IWINR Board

Board members all hold two year terms, with the exception of the Treasurer position. Elections are now held on even years at the annual conference. 

Sarah Nizzi, PresidentMe.

Sarah Nizzi is originally from central Iowa and is a graduate from Drake University with a bachelor's of science in environmental science. Currently, she is employed by the Xerces Society as a Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner Biologist. Sarah has been active with IWINR since her first conference in the winter of 2014. She has held multiple executive board positions and was recently elected president in 2022. She has also participated in Outdoor Journey for Girls as a mentor/chaperone and instructor. Off the clock Sarah volunteers for other conservation non-profit groups and enjoys hunting, fishing, running, kayaking, biking, and writing.

Carrie Tolzin, Vice President

Carrie Tolzin grew up in southwest Iowa and is a graduate from Bemidji State University with a bachelor's in environmental studies with an emphasis in hydrology and a minor in geology. Currently residing in northwest Iowa, she works as an IDALS Watershed Coordinator for the Headwaters of the North Raccoon Watershed. Carrie has been an active IWINR member since her first conference in 2017 and has since held the positions of Member-at-Large, Secretary, and was recently elected as Vice President in 2022. In her free time, Carrie enjoys kayaking, fishing, and hunting with her family, reading, and spending time with her dogs Jada, Rio, and Reese.

Lori Eberhard, Treasurer

Lori Eberhard is originally from northeast Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in natural history interpretation. She is currently the Park Manager at George Wyth State Park in Waterloo and has held that position for over 20 years. Lori started with Iowa DNR in State Parks at Lacey Keosaqua State Park in southeast Iowa. She has been involved with IWINR for 22 years and 11 of those years as the life appointed treasurer (and has not been booted from the position yet). Lori helped bring Outdoor Journey for Girls to the eastern half of the state at Hickory Hills Park, which is managed by Black Hawk County Conservation. This has been a great partnership. In her spare time she enjoys traveling anywhere, hanging out with friends and family, campfires, and trying new recipes on her pellet grill.

Kayla Clausen, Secretary

Kayla Clausen is originally from Greenfield, Iowa and is a graduate from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in forestry and an option in Interpretation. Kayla is currently the full time Naturalist for the Decatur County Conservation Board and has been since she graduated from ISU in 2016. Kayla became active with IWNR after she attended her first conference in 2020. Since then, she has been a Member-at-Large and was recently elected as Secretary in 2022. Kayla attended Outdoor Journey for Girls as a 12 year old and now participates as a mentor/chaperone. In her free time, she enjoys anything outdoors, crafting, reading, seeing friends and family, and spending time with her miniature dachshund, Evie.

Kay Bates, Member-at-Large

Kay Bates, a retired 911 Operator, has been a Hunter Education Instructor since 2010. She has assisted with Outdoor Journey for Girls as a mentor/chaperone, presenter, muzzleloader instructor, and any other needed position since 2013. Being on the board for IWINR is new for her as of February 2022. 

 

In her spare time, when she is not volunteering, she enjoys taking care of her dogs, and her flock. Kay is an avid gardener, likes to sew and read, enjoys camping, the outdoors, and is studying TaeKwonDo.