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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeff Snyder has been with Louisa County Conservation since October of 2005. He graduated from Muscatine Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Biology and Soil Conservation. Jeff enjoys how every day is different and the many challenges that the job brings. When he isn’t managing wildlife areas, planting food plots, patrolling the parks, or maintaining equipment he enjoys vintage dirt racing, golfing and gardening. He also enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.
Tanner is originally from Pleasant Hill, IA. He graduated from ISU in 2016 with a BS in Animal Ecology with a Minor in Criminal Justice. Tanner loves the outdoors and spends a lot of his free time hunting, fishing or hiking.