Staff

Mary Barrick, Director
Mary was promoted to the Director position in April of 2014.  She previously held the Administrative Assistant position working closely with the past Director, playing a major role in working with the budget and has been a key player in the growth of the Conservation Board programs. She has been very successful in grant writing, working with land acquisitions and trail projects. Mary has also been an integral part in public programming and assisting with educational programs.  As a director, Mary is focused on enhancement of our properties and the addition of new programs.  Mary lives near Ruthven, enjoys being outdoors, and spending time with family.

Jen Meyer, Administrative Assistant
Jen Meyer is the Administrative Assistant managing the office for Palo Alto County Conservation Board (PACCB) and Lost Island Nature Center.  She has a degree in Public Relations-Communication with a minor in Art from the University of Northern Iowa.

Kaitlin Anderson, Naturalist
Kaitlin Anderson is the Naturalist and loves to share her knowledge of nature and the outdoors.  She began working for PACCB and Lost Island Nature Center in January 2018.

Rob Allen, Operations Supervisor
Rob joined the County Conservation Board in July of 2014.  Rob started as our new 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.
During high school, Rob started working with Webster County Conservation Board as a seasonal intern. After high school, he attended Ellsworth Community College majoring in Conservation Technology.  He then 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.”

Blake Jesse, Park Ranger
Blake joined the County Conservation Board in April of 2019 as Park Ranger.