Louisa County Conservation has fulltime, part-time and seasonal employees.

Are you interested in joining the staff? Check out our current job openings.


Executive Director

Katie Hammond

Katie became a full time employee for Louisa County Conservation in March of 2000. Since then, she worked as Naturalist, Environmental Education Coordinator until November of 2012 when she became the Executive Director. Katie graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Animal Ecology with emphasis in Wildlife in May of 1998. Katie serves as the Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Chief Hunter Education Instructor, Ex-Officio member of Tri-Rivers and on too many committees to list here. She enjoys spending as much time as she can in the wilder areas of Iowa with her family and dogs. Hiking, paddling, camping, hunting and fishing are some of her favorite pasttimes.


Office Manager

Dani Boysen

Dani and her family live in the country on a little hobby farm near Cairo with a diversity of animals ranging from the more normal: dogs, cats, goats and chickens, to the more unusual: an alpaca, chinchillas, guinea pigs and waterfowl. Besides taking care of animals, Dani also enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking and playing board or card games with her family and friends. Dani comes to us with 12 year of experience from the Hy-Vee Drugstore in Wapello. 

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Lana Artz-McComb

Lana Artz-McComb was hired as a naturalist in March of 2016. She graduated from UNI with a degree in Earth Science: Natural History Interpretation and a Minor in Spanish. She completed her Masters Degree in Environmental Education and Interpretation through the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. Lana enjoys all of the usual outdoor activities like hiking, camping, paddling, and exploring new parks. She loves learning and particularly enjoys exploring subjects like archaeology and geology.

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Laura Semken

Laura started with Louisa County Conservation on August 17, 2020. Laura has a passion for river clean-ups, she loves to paddle and view birds.


Operations Supervisor

Noah Robb

Noah Robb is a Morning Sun native.  He attended Iowa State University and has a degree in Animal Ecology with a minor in Forestry.  He enjoys hunting and fishing.  Noah joined the team on May of 2021.


Natural Resources Technician

Jacob Ewart

Jacob Ewart worked seasonally for Louisa County Conservation before joining the team as the Natural Resource Technician in July of 2022. Jacob Ewart is a graduate of Wapello High School after which he attended Iowa State University. Jacob received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy with a minor in Forestry. 

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