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. 

Are you interested in joining the Alumni Advisory Council? Learn more or apply here.

Meet the 2019 Alumni Advisory Council Members

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Landon Acre-Kendall

Conservation Corps Service:
2016 Crew Member Central District, 2017 Crew Leader Central District

Current Location: St. Paul, MN

Favorite Outdoor Activities: Hiking, Camping, Swimming, Tree Climbing

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Anthony Bieker

Conservation Corps Service: 2011, 2012 Iowa Field Crew

Current Location: Minneapolis, MN

Favorite Outdoor Activities: Camping BWCA, biking, hiking, running.

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Eric Chien, Chair

Conservation Corps Service: 2015, 2016 NW Field Crew

Current Location: St. Louis Park, MN

Favorite Outdoor Activities: 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.

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Brian Elder

Conservation Corps Service: 2011 NE Field Crew, 2015 NW Field Crew

Current Location: Minneapolis, MN

Favorite Outdoor Activities: Hiking, kayaking, downhill skiing, and grilling.

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Aaron Gamm

Conservation Corps Service: 2013 Crew Member; 2014 Crew Leader

Current Location: Rochester, MN

Favorite Outdoor Activities: I enjoy to bike pack, hike, canoe camp, snowshoe, and hope to get into orienteering in the next year to be able to combine it all in to an outdoor adventure.

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Jen Merth

Conservation Corps Service:
Crew Member 2012, 2013 – Warner Rd., Central

Current Location: St. Paul, MN

Favorite outdoor activities: Being in the mountains – whether it’s hiking, back country camping, downhill skiing, or birding.

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Andrew Moua

Conservation Corps Service: 2012 Youth Outdoors, Minneapolis

Current Location: Brooklyn Park, MN

Favorite outdoor activities: Hunting, hiking, camping, snowboarding, traveling

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Christian Pearson

Conservation Corps Service: 2017, 2018 Iowa Field Crew

Current Location: Ames, IA

Favorite outdoor activities: Hiking, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and bushcraft.

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Ashley Peters

Conservation Corps Service: 2009-2011 (Field Crew, Field Specialist, and IP)

Current Location: Minneapolis, MN

Favorite outdoor activities: Fly fishing, hunting for grouse and pheasants, and birding at state parks

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Katie Petzel

Conservation Corps Service: 2016 Crew Leader Shakopee Central; 2015 Crew Member Grand Rapids NE

Current Location: Saint Croix Falls, WI

Favorite outdoor activities: Birding, biking, cross country skiing, botanizing, gardening, tooling around my farm.

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Calyn Rieger

Conservation Corps Service: 2015, 2016 Summer Youth Corps

Current Location: Dassel, MN

Favorite Outdoor Activities: Environmental clean-ups and camping

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Caitie Ryan-Norton

Conservation Corps Service: 2012 Youth Outdoors

Current Location: Minneapolis, MN

Favorite Outdoor Activities: Canoeing, foraging, climbing, swimming.

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Mackenzie Wilkinson

Conservation Corps Service: 2018 NW Crew Leader, Bemidji

Current Location: Verndale, MN

Favorite outdoor activities: Running with my dog, biking and kayaking

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Kou Yang

Conservation Corps Service: 2015 Central Field Crew, 2016 NW Field Crew

Current Location: Oakland, CA

Favorite Outdoor Activities: Being active, playing sports, or canoe/kayaking.

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Zack Zehrer

Conservation Corps Service: 2012 NW Field Crew

Current Location: Lauderdale, MN

Favorite Outdoor Activities: Hiking backcountry trails in the mountains. I enjoy hiking just about anywhere and rekindling my connection with nature.