Alumni Advisory Council

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa works with a diverse group of alumni who bring access and influence to our alumni network. Candidates participate in and sustain collaborative group efforts while providing input and guidance to staff and board. 

Meet the members

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Eric Chien, Chair

  • Corps Program & Year: 2015, 2016 NW Field Crew
  • City, State currently living: St. Louis Park, MN
  • Favorite outdoor activities: I enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, and canoeing. If it takes me out into natural areas, and is a conduit for revealing all of the amazing things in Nature than I am game.

Neil Brouwer

  • Corps Program & Year: 2014, 2015 NW Field Crew
  • City, State currently living: Sioux Center, IA
  • Favorite outdoor activities: Hunting, fishing, and hiking.


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Caitie Ryan-Norton

  • Corps Program & Year: 2012 Youth Outdoors
  • City, State currently living: Minneapolis, MN
  • Favorite outdoor activities: Canoeing, foraging, climbing, swimming.



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Brian Elder

  • Corps Program & Year: 2011 NE Field Crew, 2015 NW Field Crew
  • City, State currently living: Minneapolis, MN
  • Favorite outdoor activities: Hiking, kayaking, downhill skiing, and grilling. 
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Rachel Ault

  • Corps Program & Year: 2012, 2013 South Field Crew
  • City, State currently living: Metairi, LA
  • Favorite outdoor activities: I love hiking and camping outside. I've also developed a love for snowshoeing and dog sledding (mushing) to keep away the winter blues.
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Kou Yang

  • Corps Program & Year:  2015 Central Field Crew, 2016 NW Field Crew
  • City, State currently living: Saint Paul, MN
  • Favorite outdoor activities: Being active, playing sports, or canoe/kayaking.


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Harley Hanson

  • Corps Program & Year: YCC, MCC & Project Host
  • City, State currently living: Duluth, MN
  • Favorite outdoor activities: Hiking, cross-country skiing, biking, wildlife observation, canoeing & kayaking, tossing rocks into bodies of water, supper on the deck 


Anthony Bieker

  • Corps Program & Year: 2011, 2012 Iowa Field Crew
  • City, State currently living - Minneapolis, MN
  • Favorite Outdoor Activities - Camping BWCA, biking, hiking, running.



Calyn Rieger

  • Corps Program & Year: 2015, 2016 Summer Youth Corps
  • City, State currently living - Dassel, MN
  • Favorite Outdoor Activities - Environmental clean-ups and camping



Danielle Yaste

  • Corps Program & Year: 2016 NE Field Crew, 2017 Individual Placement
  • City, State currently living:  Fargo, ND
  • Favorite Outdoor Activities:  Hiking or canoeing, or portaging a canoe (best of both worlds)

Frank Herman

  • Corps Program & Year: 1988 Summer Youth Corps
  • City, State currently living: Blaine, MN
  • Favorite Outdoor Activities:  Fun in the outdoors include backpacking, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting to sightseeing the beauty nature has to offer.