Executive Committee Candidate Statements

Below are the candidate statements for ICEC’s Executive Committee nominees for the 2019-2021 term. ICEC’s members are asked to review the statements and vote for up to three candidates in our election by December 31, 2018. Ballots have been sent to members via email. Please contact Alicia at exec@iowaee.org if you did not receive a ballot.

Jenny Koska

Why do you want to be part of ExCom?

As an environmentalist and informal science educator, I would like to help ICEC work towards accomplishing its mission of providing ways for Iowa’s educators to learn, build relationships and creatively collaborate with other educators across the state of Iowa.

What you can contribute to ICEC by being on the ExCom?

Currently, I work with issues relating to solid waste. Being a part of ICEC ExCom would help teachers realize the resources and innovation that is associated with the waste industry. I would also like to bridge the gap between solid waste educators and other informal science educators. Right now I see us working in parallel, but I would like to help advocate for us to work together so that we can help accomplish the same goals.

Describe your occupation, background, skills and accomplishments.

My educational background is in Environmental Science and Environmental Policy with an emphasis in Biology. Over the last 8 years, I’ve been working in informal science education. I worked for 4 years in a variety of roles at the Science Center of Iowa. During that time, I became a certified SciGirls Trainer, a certified Dimensions of Success observer, attended many trainings on equity and access in science education, and worked on two Scale Up programs funded by the State of Iowa. My time at Metro Waste Authority has allowed me to build up contacts in local school districts, city councils in Polk County, and solid waste educators around the state. I gained experience in writing and grading grants for up to $100,000. I also received the IAN-ICEC Bohumil Shimek Environmental Educator Award in 2017. I hope to bring these skill sets to ICEC.

Logan Roberts

Why do you want to be part of ExCom?

Growing up with a forested backyard “classroom”, I spent a lot of time learning and exploring in the timber and love introducing others to these same experiences and love of nature. My K-12 School District did not incorporate environmental education into our classrooms, but I was fortunate enough to have one science teacher who was passionate about environmental education that made a huge impact on my interest in studying the natural world. I think all teachers should take advantage of the great environmental education resources we have available in our state and I’m excited about ICEC’s work in making this happen. I love reading about the projects, professional development opportunities and statewide collaboration ICEC is working on and I would love to be part of this great organization.

What you can contribute to ICEC by being on the ExCom?

After working for 6 years as an environmental educator in Iowa, I have lots of skills, passion and time to contribute to the committee. I love to promote our wonderful resources here in Iowa, both our natural resources and our environmental education resources. Since 2017 I have been working in a county where the naturalist position is less than three years old, so I’ve gained a lot of experience demonstrating the importance of environmental education to local teachers and administrators.

Describe your occupation, background, skills and accomplishments.

I currently work as a Naturalist/Park Ranger for Tama County Conservation. I spent 4 years as a Naturalist at Warren County Conservation and worked seasonally at Polk CCB and Mahaska CCB and as a tour guide for Montana State Parks. I graduated from Simpson College, where I studied Environmental Science and Multimedia Journalism. I’ve served as a member on a couple boards in college, and as an Officer for the Bowfishing Association of Iowa and committee chair for Iowa Association of Naturalists. As a non-formal educator, I love teaching about anything in the outdoors, but pond studies, prairie explorations, paddling, Leave No Trace and bowfishing are some of my favorites to share with others.

Anthony Vorwald

My name is Anthony Vorwald and I am a naturalist for Jackson County Conservation. I am requesting to be nominated for the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition Executive Committee. As a person deeply invested in conservation and environmental education within the state of Iowa I believe that I would make a great addition to the Executive Committee. As a young naturalist I am ready to become more involved and invested in conservation education efforts in the state.

I graduated college with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science, an Associates of Applied Science in Natural Resources Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education. Originally I am from Iowa but post college graduation I moved and spent some time in Minnesota and Wisconsin. While in Minnesota I was a naturalist for the Audubon Center of the North Woods. The Audubon Center is a non-profit Residential Environmental Learning Center where I taught a diverse subsection of students, from urban schools based out of Minneapolis and St. Paul, to rural students from Northern Minnesota. After my time at the Audubon Center I worked for the St. Croix River Association a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the St. Croix River. The St. Croix River Association is also the official partner organization to the St. Croix National Wild and Scenic Riverway. During my time at the SCRA I was the program assistant to our education coordinator where I conducted environmental education programs and developed environmental education curriculum.

Currently I am a naturalist for Jackson County Conservation where I educate upon conservation and environmental topics for our county’s communities. I believe with my background, employment, and career focus I would be a great fit for the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition Executive Committee. Currently I work with rural based communities but I also have experience working with urban and diverse communities and students. With this blend of experience I believe I can provide a valuable perspective to the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition Executive Committee.