Board

2019 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Iowa Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society is governed by an Executive Committee of 11 positions elected by the membership at the Fall Meeting: the Chapter President, President Elect, Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Chair and five Area Chairpersons.

ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS

  • Hanna Bates, President, Iowa Water Center
  • Steve Konrady, President Elect, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Heidi Ackerman, Past President, Iowa State University
  • Clare Lindahl, Membership Chair, Soil and Water Conservation Society Headquarters
  • Greg Townley, Secretary, USDA NRCS
  • Alan Lauver, Treasurer, USDA NRCS
  • Larry Beeler, Central Area Chair, Retired
  • Olivia LaGrange, Southeast Area Chair, Conservation Districts of Iowa
  • Josh Balk, Northeast Area Chair, Black Hawk SWCD
  • Vacant, Northwest Area Chair
  • Carolyn Schwartz, Southwest Area Chair, USDA NRCS

ADVISORY POSITIONS APPOINTED BY THE BOARD (NON VOTING)

  • Mark Tomer, Student Chapter Liaison, USDA ARS
  • Sarah Ham, Social Media Chair, USDA NRCS

POLICIES

The Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Society operates under the guidance of the Iowa Chapter SWCS Handbook.

Download the Iowa Chapter SWCS Handbook.

CHALLENGE GRANT

Area Chairpersons are encouraged to conduct a membership or educational activity in their area. Interested chairpersons can simply make a request to the board in advance of the activity.  Examples of activities that might qualify include:

  • Activities related directly to recruiting new members such as having a recruitment booth at a local conference, expo or like event.
  • Activities related to providing educational and technical information to members, bringing visibility to the organization and recruiting other professionals in the field to become members such as workshops, seminars, tours, etc.
  • Activities related to networking and recruiting new members such as hosting a casual, social activity