Our Staff

Penny Brown Huber
Executive Director

Education:  Drake University, Master’s in Public Administration with a specialty in Strategic Planning, 1999 • St. Ambrose University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1980

Expertise: Administrative Management • Strategic Planning • Strategic Visioning •  Business Planning • Budgeting • Creating Partnerships • Grant Writing • Developing Local Food Businesses
Professional Accomplishments: President and CEO – Iowa Choice Harvest, LLC • Founder – Grow Your Small Market Farm™ Business Program, Ames, IA
Professional Leadership: USDA NRCS State Technical Committee 2021-present  • Wheatsfield Co-op Board of Directors 2009-present • Iowa Department of Agriculture Farm to Table Taskforce 2021
Awards:  Grow Your Small Market Farm Network named one of 80 outstanding projects in the nation run by a woman by The Whitehouse Project, New York, NY, 2008 • Named Iowa Women Entrepreneur of the Year by the Iowa Small Business Development Center, 2005

Pollinator Specialist Jessica Butters

Jessica Butters
Pollinator Conservation Specialist

Education:  Kansas State University, Master of Science in Entomology, 2021 • Central College, Bachelor of Science with Honors, Biology Major, Chemistry Minor, 2017, Dean’s List
Expertise:  Iowa Native Ecosystems • Pollinator, Insect, Native Bee Conservation and Identification • Bee Ecology • Native Plants • Tallgrass Prairies • Grassland Management • Fire and Grazing Management • Sustainable Agriculture • Grant Writing • Crop Identification • Pest Identification • Research and Data Collection • ArcGIS, R, and Excel Programming
Professional Accomplishments: Research Assistant, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS • Research Assistant, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS • Private Tutor, Homeschool networks, Manhattan, KS • Research Assistant, Aerotek at DuPont Pioneer •Intern, CenUSA Bioenergy – Iowa State University, Insect Tour Guide, Kansas State University
Professional Leadership: Public Relations Committee, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2019-2021 • FFA Officer, Popenoe Entomology Student Club, Kansas State University, 2020
Publications:
J. Butters, Murrell, E., Spiesman, B. J, and Kim, T. N. In Review. Native Flowering Border Crops Attract High Pollinator Abundance and Diversity, Providing growers Opportunity to Enhance Pollination Services. Environmental Entomology • J. Butters. Providing for Pollinators: Conserving and Integrating Natural Habitats to Support Pollinator Conservation Efforts, 2021. Master’s Thesis, Kansas State University •  J. Butters, Spiesman, B. J, and Kim, T. N. Fire Rotation and Bison Presence Have Indirect Below and Above-Ground Effects on Specific Pollinator Communities • J. Butters. Dec 2021. Do bees like living with bison? Grassland Heritage Foundation Newsletter • J. Butters. Sept 2021. A queen bee’s guide to fall garden prep! Grassland Heritage Newsletter
Awards:  Floyd Holmes Scholarship • Floyd Holmes Scholarship • John C. and Mary Beth Reese Scholarship • Graduate Student Council Travel Award • 1st place, Student Poster Competition 2019 Entomological Society of America Annual Conference, Section P-IE, Ecology 1, St. Louis, MO • 2nd Place, Student Poster Competition 2021, Entomological Society of America Branch Meeting, Section P-IE, Ecology, Virtual

Dan Haug

Dan Haug
Water Quality Specialist

Education: University of Wisconsin, Masters of Science in Water Resources Management • Iowa State University, Bachelor of Science in Botany (with honors, Phi Beta Kappa)
Expertise: Water Quality Data Analysis and Graphs Using R Statistical Programming Language • Mapping with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) • Watershed Planning and Outreach • Writing • Public Speaking • Lesson Planning • Tabling Events • Conservation and Water Quality Materials Design and Website Maintenance
Professional Accomplishments:  PRI Watershed Educator and Water Quality Specialist Since 2017 • Wrote 10-Year Water Monitoring Plan and 2021 Report for Story County • County-Wide Creek and Watershed Sign Project • Mapped Suitable Locations for Conservation Practices in 43 (HUC12) Watersheds Using the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) • Improved High Capacity Well Database and Mapped Wetland Losses at Wisconsin DNR • Monitored and Modeled Surface and Groundwater for a Lake Protection Project at University of Wisconsin • Helped Homeowners Select Native Plants at Landscape Alternatives Nursery in Minnesota

Daniel Huber

Daniel Huber
Technology and Marketing Assistant

Education:  Currently Completing a Degree in Management Information Systems at Iowa State, Graduating in Spring 2024
Expertise:  Marketing • Information Technology • Python • Data Analytics
Professional Accomplishments: Designed and Implemented Python-Based SQL inventory database for El Azteca
Professional Leadership:  Responsibility for Maintaining Office Information Technology • Led Student-Driven Restaurant Pitch

Mike Kellner
PR & Marketing Coordinator

Education:  Grand View University, Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Journalism and Media Emphasis, Dean’s List and Permanent Member Grand View Honor Society, 1984
Expertise:  Marketing • Media Relations • Photography/Videography • Social Media • Writing/Editing • Adobe Creative Suite • Website Development • WordPress • Publishing
Professional Accomplishments:  Founder/Owner – Foto & Frame, Des Moines/Winterset, IA 1984 – 2006 • Weekly Columnist and Reporter – Winterset Madisonian • Editor – Boonslick Living/Gatehouse Media • Advertising Manager – Boonville Daily News • Advertising Manager – Missouri Life, Advertising Manager – The Iowan • Photography Instructor, West Des Moines Public Schools, Southwestern Community College • Honorably Discharged – United States Marine Corps Serving Throughout the US, Japan, and Korea.
Professional Leadership:  Central Iowa Tourism Region, Member • Old Trails Regional Tourism Partnership, Former Board Member • Boonslick Tourism Council, Former Board Member • Turner Hall River Rats for the Arts, Past President • Winterset Art Center, Past Chairman
Awards:  Grand View Communications Departmental Award • Convalescent Home for Children Outstanding Service Award • Numerous Awards for Excellence in Professional Photography

Shelly Orngard

Shellie Orngard
Special Projects

Education:  Iowa State University, Nonprofit Management Certificate • Nonprofit Management Institute, Iowa State University Extended and Continuing Education, 2000 • Iowa State University, Master of Arts in English, Business and Technical Writing Emphasis,  1985 • Iowa State University, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication, Magazine Journalism Emphasis, Minor in International Studies, 1984
Expertise:  Writing • Editing • Publishing • Volunteer Management • Nonprofit Management
Professional Accomplishments: Iowa State University. Department of English, Foundational and Advanced Communication Classes • Learning Communities, Lecturer • ISU Extension, Life in Iowa, Program Coordinator/Instructor • College of Education, Dialogues in Diversity, Facilitator • Vision 2020, WK Kellogg Foundation-Funded Program, Writer, Editor, Program Coordinator • Department of History, Agricultural History journal, Assistant Editor • Iowa State University Press, Editing, Marketing, Acquisitions •  WOI Radio, Researcher, Writer, Producer • Volunteer Center of Story County, Executive Director, 2006-14 • Focus Communications, Business Owner, Publishing Services • Renewing the Countryside — Iowa, Book Editor/writer, 2002 • One-Armed Bandit, by George Mills, Book Editor/Publisher, 1998 • Association of American Colleges & Universities Session Presentation, Conference on Pedagogies of Engagement, Chicago, April 2004 • Iowa State University Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE). Panel member, Dialogues on Diversity educational model Ames, March 2002 • Iowa State University Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE). Panel Presenter, Broadening Course Objectives to Incorporate Diversity, Ames, March 2000
Professional Leadership: Raising Readers in Story County, Board of Directors, 2014-21; Vice-president, 2017-18; President, 2018-2020 • Iowa Community Education Association, Board of Directors, 2010-2012 • Volunteer Centers of Iowa, President, 2009 – 2011 • City of Ames Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan, Steering Committee Member, 2008 – 2009 • National Association for Multicultural Education, Iowa Chapter, Secretary, 2007 – 2008 •  Iowa’s Mosaic Diversity Conference 2006, Program Planning Committee, 2006 • Worldly Goods, 223 Main Street, Ames, lA, Board of Directors, 2005 – 2008 and 1999 – 2002; Chair, 2001-2002 • Ames International Partner City Association (AIPCA, Inc.), Ames City Hall Ames, IA. Board of Directors, 2002 – 2005. Delegation to Czech Republic, 2002. Delegation to Japan, 1998 • Editor of The Friendship Connection newsletter, 2000 – 2005, Host for delegation Members Visiting from Japan, 2002, 2001, 1999
Awards:  Unsung Heroes Award, Ames Noon Rotary and Ames Tribune, 2002 • Member of Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society • Recipient of Sigma Delta Chi Regional Mark of Excellence Award for Nonfiction Magazine Writing

Carman Rosburg

Carman Rosburg
Office Manager

Education:  Jefferson High School, Cedar Rapids, IA
Expertise: QuickBooks for Nonprofits • Payroll • Word Processing • Secretarial Responsibilities
Professional Accomplishments:  Have Worked in Most positions at Prairie Rivers Since 2006 Most Recently Serving as the Office Administrator

Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Coordinator Jonathan Sherwoo

Jonathan Sherwood
Lincoln Highway National Heritage Byway Coordinator

Education:  Iowa State University, Community and Regional Planning, 2010, Working towards Masters in Landscape Architecture.
Expertise: Community and Economic Development • Transportation Planning, Community Engagement • Demographic Data Analysis • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Professional Accomplishments: American Institute of Certified Planners, AICP, Member

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