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.

  • Heidi Ackerman, President, USDA NRCS
  • Hanna Bates, President Elect, Iowa Water Center
  • Anna Golightly, Past President, Madison SWCD
  • Clare Lindahl, Membership Chair, Soil and Water Conservation Society Headquarters
  • Holly Giombi, 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
  • Lee Gravel, Northwest Area Chair, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
  • Carolyn Schwartz, Southwest Area Chair, USDA NRCS
  • Mark Tomer, Student Chapter Liaison, USDA ARS
  • Sarah Ham, Social Media Chair, USDA NRCS

The 2018-19 Iowa SWCS Officer Team. Front row, left to right: Hanna Bates, President-Elect; Heidi Ackerman, President; Holly Giombi, Secretary; Josh Balk, NE Region Chair. Back row, left to right: Olivia LaGrange, SE Region Chair; Larry Beeler, Central Region Chair; Anna Golightly, Past-President; Alan Lauver, Treasurer; Carolyn Schwartz, SW Region Chair; Lee Gravel, NW Region Chair. Not pictured: Clare Lindahl, Membership Chair; Mark Tomer, Student Chapter Liason; Sarah Ham, Social Media Chair.


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

Download the Iowa Chapter SWCS Handbook.


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