Conservation Foundation Board

Palo Alto County Conservation Foundation Board holds its regular monthly business meetings the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held at 5:30 pm at the Wellness Center in Emmetsburg, Iowa, October thru April and at the Lost Island Nature Center May thru September.

Jim Carpenter, Chair
Jim was born and raised in Emmetsburg.  Him and his wife Jean live in Emmetsburg and their daughter and husband live in West Bend.  Jim has been with the Emmetsburg Community School District for the past 23 years, working in the maintenance department.  Jim has always been drawn to the outdoors and takes notice of the wildlife around him.  Working in the elementary school, he enjoys seeing children involved in conservation programs through the Nature Center, as they come back from field trips and classroom activities excited and informed about how important conservation is and protecting our environment.  Jim comments, “Serving on the Conservation Foundation is one way I feel I can help ensure that the future o our environment is left in good hands.  Conservation has to be a long term commitment.  The best tool we have is educating our children on the importance of Conservation.”
Shana Herke, Board Member
Shana lives outside of Graettinger on an acreage with her husband, Jarret, and their two young daughters.  Shana is the Marketing & Sales Coordinator for Farmers Trust & Savings Bank in Spencer.  She enjoys the outdoors and is excited to become involved with the Palo Alto County Conservation Foundation Board.
pat molitor Pat Molitor, Board Member
Pat and her husband, Paul, live on the family farm south of Ruthven.  They have 3 grown children:  Steve lives in Altoona, Iowa;  Sarah lives in Evansdale, Iowa;  Shawn lives in Iowa Falls, Iowa.  Pat taught school in Emmetsburg, St. Benedict, and Algona before finishing the last 33 years of her career at the Ruthven-Ayrshire Community School.  “I spent many of those years teaching 5th grade subjects and adding in 6th grade science.  I have taken many environmental education classes over those years.  Working with the other members of the Conservation Foundation has given me another opportunity to stay involved in environmental education.” stated Pat.
IMG_8036 Maureen Horsley, Board Member
Maureen Reeves Horsley grew up along the west fork of the Des Moines River taking walks, riding horses, and looking for rocks and relics.  She went to school and has become a Pediatric and Family Nurse Practitioner.  For the past 39 years – currently working for Palo Alto County Health System at the Graettinger and Emmetsburg clinics.  Married to Joel ( Agronomist with Titan Pro SCI, Clear Lake, Iowa) they love fishing, camping, watching eagles, listening to frogs and volunteering at the nature center.  Joel and Maureen enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, encouraging the love of outdoors and God’s great world.
jay bargman Jay Bargman, Board Member
Jay and his wife Julie farm near West Bend, Iowa and have 3 children – Jared, Ashley and Courtney.  As co-owners of the Redwood Campground, Jay thought he needed to do his part to promote the nature center and the Lost Island Lake area.  “With farming as my occupation there is a natural interest to conserve and preserve a good healthy environment and appreciate what is around us.” stated Jay.
julie nelson Julie Nelson, Board Member
I am a retired Registered Nurse and my husband, R. David Nelson, is a retired Audiologist (Nelson Hearing Aid Service, Spencer).  We have 4 married children and 8 grand children.  I am an active member the Palo Alto County Board of Health, Ruthven Community Care Center Board of Directors, Palo Alto County Church Women United, District Treasurer for United Methodist Women and a board member of the Ruthven United Methodist Church.My husband and I are avid gardeners and seed savers.  We grow a lot of flowers and vegetables and have 10 acres of trees on our acreage.  Recently we planted 1.4 acres of wildflowers.  We also like to travel, but mostly we enjoy being at home in Ruthven and spending time with our family.

SueAnne Deitering, Board Member

I live in Emmetsburg with my husband, Brian, and our 3 children. Kendall is a graduate student at Northern Iowa, Grant attends ILCC and works for a local contractor and Adam is a Senior at Emmetsburg High School. My family and I enjoy spending time at Lost Island Lake. I love being outdoors and am an avid runner and also enjoy paddleboarding, hiking, and biking. My family also enjoys fishing, hunting, and kayaking. I have taught at Emmetsburg Community School for the past 17 years. I first taught Early Childhood Special Education and currently teach the Readiness Kindergarten program. It is wonderful having Kaitlin, the Naturalist, visit our classroom with her nature presentations. My students do a nature based project each year as part of my educational program at school.