Mark Vavroch, Executive Director
Mark has been a full time employee since April 1987. He began his employment with the Board as a park ranger and later was hired as director in 1990. Mark is responsible for the day to day operation of the County Conservation Department, as well as, preparing budgets, making recommendations to the Board, writing grants, and helping maintain and develop all county areas. Mark received a B.S. in Forestry with an emphasis in Outdoor Recreation from Iowa State University. Mark and his family enjoy watching school athletic events, watching college football, fishing and walking Ginger (their lab).
Corey has been a full time employee since May 2003. His duties include patrolling and maintaining all county areas with a special emphasis on managing and developing the county’s wildlife areas. Corey loves the diversity of the job, everyday is a little different. Corey received an Associate of Science Degree from Kirkwood Community College. During his spare time, Corey and his wife enjoy boating, camping, snowmobiling, and spending time with their families.
Emily Klein, Resource Manager / Naturalist
Emily has been a full time employee since May 2016. Her duties include maintaining all county areas and teaching environmental education programs. Emily enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors with others. Emily received a B.S. in Agriculture Education, Science Communication option from Iowa State University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Environmental Education from Florida Atlantic University. Emily and her family enjoy traveling, camping, biking, downhill skiing, hunting, kayaking, and swimming in the farm pond.
Junior Simpson, Campground Host
Junior has been a member of the summer seasonal staff since March 2011. His duties include answering camper’s questions, maintaining all county areas, and training seasonal staff. Junior is retired from a career at Kinze Manufacturing and is from Hartwick, IA.
Tristan Roehrig, Seasonal Park Ranger
Tristan is completing a summer internship working at Diamond Lake. His duties include checking in campers on the weekends and maintaining all county areas. Tristan will be starting his second year at Vermillion Community College in Ely, Minnesota studying Wilderness Park Management and is from Keota, IA.
Conservation Board Members
Conservation Board Meetings
The Poweshiek County Conservation Board will have one meeting each month. Usually, the Board will meet the Tuesday preceding the second Thursday of the month at the Foster Center, which is located at the south entrance to Diamond Lake. The public is always welcome to attend.
Diamond Lake Park
4896 Stagecoach Road
P.O. Box 666
Montezuma, IA 50171