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John Myers, Executive Director
John has been enjoying the outdoors and camping since early childhood in both the east coast mountains and Midwest plains. An Eagle Scout, and former volunteer and employee with the Boy Scouts of America, John further developed a love of education and outdoor environments. He has a strong non-profit background in program development, strategic planning, and donor development at several local organizations. Currently, John serves as president of the Daybreak Rotary club and a member of the board of Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
John and his wife have two children. They enjoy camping, fishing, and outdoor recreation.
Jan Aiels, Education Director/Senior Naturalist
Jan Aiels is an Iowa native who grew up in rural Dubuque county. She has been a zoology instructor at Mt. Mercy College, a Girl Scout professional and joined the Nature Center staff in 1993. Jan enjoys backpacking, gardening, quilting, hiking (she recently “survived” a hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon – and back to the top), canoeing and helping others enjoy and appreciate nature.
Jean Wiedenheft, Land Stewardship Director
Jean Wiedenheft started as a volunteer at the Nature Center, helping with scout workshops and spreading wood chips on the trails. She’s been a full-time employee since 2001, sharing her enthusiasm for nature with volunteers and visitors. She enjoys horseback riding, beekeeping and walking in the woods.
Lindsey Flannery, Marketing & Business Development Coordinator
Lindsey is a life-long nature lover who grew up on a farm in the beautiful rolling hills of Northeast Iowa, near Decorah. Her duties include marketing and promotion, securing sponsorships, and developing relationships with the Nature Center’s many wonderful supporters. Lindsey has a BA in Public Relations and English from Coe College, as well as experience in non-profit fundraising at several other Cedar Rapids organizations. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys hiking, camping, canoeing, mushroom hunting, photography, journaling, and yoga.
Jennifer Rupp, Program Specialist/Naturalist
Jennifer grew up loving nature on an acreage near Ames, Iowa. She attended the University of Northern Iowa for an undergraduate degree in Earth Science (Astronomy) and a Meteorology minor, and again for a master’s in Environmental Science. She moved to Cedar Rapids in 2010 and joined the Indian Creek Nature Center staff in 2012. Jennifer enjoys all outdoor activities, astronomy, reading, and helping others learn about the natural world.
Dana Wood, Office Manager
Nancy Lackner, Development Assistant
Suzanne Hunter, Registrar
Julie Walters, Creekside Shop & Volunteer Coordinator
Rich Patterson, Director Emeritus