Kathy Dirks serves as the Program Manager for the Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome Center near Missouri Valley.  Kathy oversees the day-to-day operations of the village/welcome center which includes everything from volunteer coordination to ordering merchandise for the gift shop to organizing the yearly school program.  She loves all aspects of tourism and has been actively involved in the Travel Federation of Iowa; Western Iowa Tourism Region; the Loess Hills, Lincoln Highway and Western Skies Byways; and Harrison County Tourism.  Prior to coming to the village/welcome center in 1994, Kathy worked in education, private industry, and tourism-community development.   Kathy has degrees in psychology, sociology, and education from Wartburg College and Drake University.