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Headshot of Lee Sorenson Lee Sorenson Executive Director
O: 712.336.6352 ext. 1 | C: 319.240.4820 | lsorenson@co.dickinson.ia.us
 Growing up in Waterloo, Iowa, Lee Sorenson’s respect and appreciation for the outdoors was instilled into him by hiking, fishing and hunting.  The time he spent outside the city was an oasis of enjoyment and relaxation.  A few years after high school he put his love for nature to the forefront and enrolled in Ellsworth Community College and then Iowa State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in fish and wildlife biology.  He started his career working in southeast Iowa working as a natural resource aide for the Department of Natural Resources during the summer months throughout college.  Soon after he graduated he was hired on as a park ranger with the Iowa County Conservation Board.  After two years he was hired as the executive director, where he served for 12 years.  When not working he enjoys spending time with family and friends enjoying conservation and recreation.
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 Bryanna Kuhlman – Environmental Education Coordinator

O: 712.336.6352 | C: 605.569.1252 | bkuhlman@co.dickinson.ia.us

 Bryanna Kuhlman’s memories of her childhood spent outdoors in Menonmie, WI, have shaped her into who she is today. From building tree forts to catching frogs and worms to racing bareback down the farm lane, the outdoors was the centerpoint of her youth, and that helped lead her into an environmental career. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Steven’s Point in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology with an emphasis in environmental education and then worked on fire lines for The Nature Conservancy and Bureau of Land Management before becoming natural conservation areas stewardship coordinator with Colorado Canyons Association in Grand Junction, CO. She began her duties as environmental education coordinator with the Dickinson County Conservation Board in 2017. If you are interested in setting up any educational programs, Bryanna would love to work with you!
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 Ashley Hansen – Naturalist

O: 712.336.6352 | C: 303-241-5309 | ahansen@co.dickinson.ia.us

Ashley Hansen graduated from Castle View High School in Castle Rock, CO, in 2010 and went on to graduate from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in fish, wildlife and conservation biology with a concentration in wildlife biology. After returning from a two-year commitment with the Peace Corps doing environmental education in Santo Domingo, Paraguay, she decided to find a job stateside and began work as the Dickinson County Nature Center naturalist in 2017. When not at work, Hansen enjoys running, hiking, traveling, reading, crafting and cuddling with her cat, Nambi.
 _DSC5711 cropped Kiley Roth – Community Relations Coordinator
O: 712.336.6352 | C: 712.339.1153 | kroth@co.dickinson.ia.us
 Growing up by the mighty Mississippi River, it’s hard to not appreciate the beauty of nature. Her love of living near water was satisfied by moving to the Iowa Great Lakes area after graduating from Northwestern College in Orange City. She started with the Dickinson County Conservation Board in 2014, working in the office, coordinating volunteers and helping out with environmental education. She’d love to work with you if you want to use your talents to assist the nature center and conservation board.
 
 Photo of Aric Ping  Aric Ping – IRVM Vegetation Specialist
 O: 712-338-4786 | C: 712-490-3268 | aping@co.dickinson.ia.us

Aric Ping graduated from Westwood High School in Sloan and then from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, with a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences. He completed an internship at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, biology department, working with prairie preserves and wetlands. He then accepted a position as a biological science technician with The Nature Conservancy Platte River Preserve in central Nebraska. Ping also spent time as the lead range technician at Custer State Park with the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department before his last job as a vegetation technician in Douglas County, CO. In his spare time, Ping enjoys hiking, taking pictures, brewing his own beer and morel hunting with his wife, Katie, and their two greyhounds.

 

 Photo of Brian Cuperus Brian Cuperus – Maintenance Technician
O: 712-338-4786 | C: 712-470-5891 | bcuperus@co.dickinson.ia.usBrian Cuperus grew up in Rock Rapids and attended South Dakota State University, graduating in 2012 with a degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences. He worked as seasonal help for the Dickinson County Conservation Board before starting full time in February 2014. When not at work, Cuperus enjoys hunting, fishing and watching football.
 IMG_2728 Charles Vigdal – Recycling Center manager
O: 712.338-2549 | C: 712.330.3505  | cvigdal@co.dickinson.ia.usCharles Vigdal’s path toward becoming a naturalist started at a young age, exploring and hunting throughout the Iowa Great Lakes region. In high school, he became fascinated with biology and science, which continued on through Iowa Lakes Community College and Iowa State University, eventually earning a bachelor of science in animal ecology. He started his career as a conservationist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Fish Hatchery as a natural resources fisheries aide. Eventually he got a job working for the Dickinson County Conservation Board as one of two naturalists in Dickinson County. It was the ideal combination of outdoors and education for him.  When he is not working he likes to spend time outdoors with his daughter, Eden.