Mary Barrick, Executive Director
Mary has been with the Palo Alto County Conservation Board (PACCB) for 23 years and became the Executive Director in April of 2014. She is instrumental in gaining funding and support for land acquisition, conservation, and trail projects. Mary is also focused on providing public and educational programming utilizing the Lost Island Nature Center and our conservation properties to demonstrate the value of preserving nature. Mary lives near Ruthven, enjoys being outdoors, and spending time with family.
Jennifer Meyer, Office Manager
Jennifer Meyer is the Office Manager for PACCB and Lost Island Nature Center. Jen grew up in Rolfe, Iowa and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a a degree in public relations-communication with a minor in art. She has a background in providing executive support, marketing, development, and grant writing that is valuable to our organization. In her spare time, Jen enjoys time with her family, whether that be out at Sportsmans Park at the range, hiking at Basswood, kayaking at the many great waterways in the county, leading Scouts on an adventure, camping, or embarking on another home improvement project.
Kaitlin Anderson, Naturalist
Kaitlin Anderson is the Naturalist and loves to share her knowledge of nature and the outdoors. Kaitlin grew up in Garner, Iowa and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in biology. She began working for PACCB and Lost Island Nature Center in January 2018. Kaitlin enjoys small town living and likes to explore new parks, as well as walking with her dog, and running.
Rob Allen, Operations Supervisor
Rob joined the County Conservation Board in July of 2014 as our Operations Supervisor. Rob was previously the Wildlife Technician for the Hardin County Conservation Board where he had extensive experience with invasive species removal and native plant regeneration projects. Rob graduated from Iowa State University where he earned his BA in forestry.
He enjoys living in this part of the state where he can enjoy the great lakes and marshes we have to offer. Rob is an avid hunter and fisherman and says, “While I am outdoors hunting and fishing, it’s not about the harvest for me. I enjoy watching the dog work for birds, enjoy spending time with friends and family, and watching the wildlife. I am also an avid trapper; trapping is how I started learning about many conservation management practices.” Rob is married and has a daughter that attends Ruthven-Ayrshire Elementary School.
Blake Jesse, Park Ranger
Blake joined the County Conservation Board in April of 2019 as Park Ranger. Blake was educated at Newell-Fonda Community School, Iowa Lakes Community College, and graduated from Iowa State University where he studied animal ecology with an emphasis in fisheries. He gained an appreciation for the environment growing up on an acreage and spent most of his time outside. Blake enjoys hunting, fishing, and being out in nature.