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 through March and at the Lost Island Nature Center April through September.

Pat Molitor, Board Chair
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.
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 enjoys being involved with the Palo Alto County Conservation Foundation Board.
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 has been a Pediatric and Family Nurse Practitioner for the past 39 years, recently working for Palo Alto County Health System at the Graettinger and Emmetsburg clinics.  Maureen is married to Joel, who is an agronomist with Titan Pro SCI out of Clear Lake, Iowa.  Maureen and Joel 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, Board Member
Jay and his wife Julie farm near West Bend, Iowa and have three 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, Board Member
Julie is a retired registered nurse and is married to R. David Nelson, who is a retired audiologist.  They have four married children and eight grandchildren.  Julie is 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.  Julie and her husband are avid gardeners and seed savers.  They grow a lot of flowers and vegetables and have 10 acres of trees on our acreage.  Recently, they planted 1.4 acres of wildflowers.  They also like to travel, but mostly enjoy being at home in Ruthven, and spending time with family.

SueAnne Deitering, Board Member

SueAnne lives in Emmetsburg with her husband, Brian, and their three 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.  SueAnne and her family enjoys spending time at Lost Island Lake.  She loves being outdoors, is an avid runner, and also enjoys paddleboarding, hiking, and biking.  Her family also enjoys fishing, hunting, and kayaking.  SueAnne has taught at Emmetsburg Community School since 2001.  She first taught Early Childhood Special Education and currently teaches 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,” SueAnne notes.

Brian Malm, Board Member

Brian lives in Emmetsburg with his wife Amy, and his four children:  Haily, Hannah, Heidi, and Matthew.  Brian is a loan officer at Iowa State Bank in Ruthven, and also serves on the Emmetsburg City Council, the golf board, and the Emmetsburg Community Development Corporation (ECDC) board.  In his spare time he enjoys golfing, fishing and is a die-hard fan of the Minnesota Vikings, Iowa Hawkeyes, and Chicago Cubs.  Brian is excited to be a part of the Conservation Foundation Board, and to help the board achieve our goals.  “I didn’t know how much went on at the Nature Center until I joined the board.  I am amazed at the programs that are provided to our communities and to our schools, as well as the recreational and educational opportunities.  It is impressive,” Brian commented at our recent foundation board meeting.