Legacy Learning Boone River Valley Board Members are a group of Hamilton County, IA, volunteers that have a shared vision of a destination learning organization that offers a wide variety of workshops celebrating art and nature. We strive to provide memorable learning experiences with artists, artisans, and natural resource professionals in a relaxing “staycation” atmosphere. Offerings span the realm from heritage crafts and natural resources to modern art and skills.
Russilyn Bever is currently serving her community as an English as a Second Language Instructor at Webster City Middle School. She has 26 years of teaching experience in the Webster City Community Schools district. She aspires to live by the Wesley‘s rule: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” She is an experienced gardener and participates as a vendor at many Farmers Markets.
Michael Brandrup, President, is the retired Director of the Conservation Division of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, which included Fisheries, Wildlife, State Parks, Forestry, and Law Enforcement. Mike has also collaborated as a private citizen, with Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to donate 112 acres of natural timber to the Hamilton County Conservation Board to ensure public access and perpetual use of natural land for recreation. He brings management experience to the board.
Sharon Cline, Secretary, is a PhD chemist, retiring from Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN in 2011. She moved to Webster City, IA in 2012, and has obtained her Master Gardener status creating a phenology of the wildflowers in Briggs Woods Park in Hamilton County, IA. Other interests include genealogy, quilting, gardening, and heritage crafts. She is currently serving as a Master Gardener representative on the Horticultural Council for Region 7 (counties of Hamilton, Wright, Webster and Humboldt). She brings expertise with spreadsheets and finances to our board.
Jean Eells, Vice-President, has worked in natural resource education for more than 30 years and brings experience in building partnerships and grant writing and management to the board. With a masters degree in adult education and PhD in Agricultural education with an emphasis in program evaluation, Jean makes sure our work is data driven and constantly improving. She has operated her own business for 17 years and consults widely across the state and Midwest on natural resource education and marketing, and interpretation.
Keri Holmes Rojas
Keri Holmes Rojas is a corporate executive who retired to Iowa because she believes that when small communities work together, they can create vibrant local economies. With a background in process improvement, marketing, website design and social media, she manages the local nonprofit movie theater, and volunteers with LLBRV.
Maureen Seamonds, Treasurer, is an Artist/Entrepreneur. She holds the MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture and operates the Produce Station Pottery. She has founded two companies and taught Art at Iowa State, Drake University, and Iowa Central Community College where she was Art Department Coordinator. She has worked with many community partnerships to create opportunities for students and has been active with the Webster City Arts R Alive organization that sponsors the annual Sculpture Event in the town park. She creates public sculpture and has shown her work professionally throughout the region.