Meet INHF's new Mark C. Ackelson Fellow

Posted on December 5, 2016 in Blog


brooksIowa Natural Heritage Foundation is happy to welcome Brooks VanDerBeek to the team as the new Mark C. Ackelson fellow. 

As the Ackelson fellow, Brooks will work on policy related to the Iowa's Water and Land Legacy coalition. This fellowship is endowed by INHF in honor of its former president, Mark C. Ackelson. 

 "It is an amazing opportunity to work on IWILL, which in my opinion is the largest conservation event the state of Iowa has ever seen," Brooks said. "It is also exciting to work for an organization like INHF who is truly a leader in  conservation."

Brooks graduated from Iowa State in May with a degree in animal ecology and minors in forestry and criminal justice. While at college he was the president of the Iowa State University chapter of Pheasants Forever in Ames. His senior year, he worked with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and with DNR officers to enforce Iowa fishing and boating laws, along with other responsibilities. His father inspired an interest in conservation that began in high school and has only grown over time.

Brooks lives in Oskaloosa with his wife, Kristelle. In his free time, he enjoys hunting and fishing.