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Mark Vavroch, Executive Director

Mark Vavroch, Executive Director

Phone:   641-623-3191

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 Bella (their lab).

Corey Simpson, Park Ranger / Weed Commissionercorey0806

Phone:  641-990-3479

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.


Chris Pankow, Park Technician

Phone: 563-880-2582


Chris started with Poweshiek County in March of 2020. He maintains the park and trails. Previously he worked as a park ranger with the Army Corps of Engineers, and is excited to return to Poweshiek County, where he interned as a college student! Outside of work Chris coaches archery and enjoys hiking, spending time with his family, and working alongside his wife at their family landscaping business.


Amy Andrews, Naturalist

Phone:  319-213-5607


Amy started with Poweshiek County in March of 2020. She provides environmental education to children and adults throughout the county, in school and community settings. Contact her if you would like her to present to your group! Amy is a proud alumna of Central College with a degree in Communication Studies and Environmental Science. In her free time she enjoys exploring prairies and woodlands, game nights, reading, craft projects and attempting to garden.

Seasonal Staff

2021 Campground Hosts

Coming soon!




Kyle Doty, Seasonal Park Ranger

Kyle is a 2021 Summer Seasonal Technician at Diamond Lake. He will be a senior this fall at Iowa State University pursuing a degree in Animal Ecology with a double option in Wildlife and Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. He is from Grinnell, IA and graduated high school from BGM. Kyle has a farming background and enjoys spending time outdoors hunting and fishing.





Conservation Board Members

Conservation Board of Directors

Members left to right: Larry Van Ersvelde, Ann Brau, Eugene Long, Richard Geiger, & Erick Calderwood

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