Bob Zimmerman, Chair – Lincoln Twp

Kami Willett – Pleasant Twp

Pete Hobson – Valley Twp

Bernie Bolton – Belknap Twp

Keith Hotze – Macedonia Twp


Assistant Commissioners

Russ Brandes              Steve Pierce

John Thomas              Norma Bolton

Terry Gleaves             Chris Perdue


The duties, authorities, and responsibilities of the district commissioners are too numerous to be completely summarized in a paragraph.  However, their main objectives are to conduct surveys, investigations, demonstrations, and help to determine research needs relating to soil and water problems; to cooperate with other agencies, governmental or otherwise, and with owners of occupiers of the land; to promote the development of comprehensive programs of planning, application, and maintenance of necessary erosion control and conservation measures; to enter into agreements with individuals, landowners, operators; to promote and establish sound soil and water conservation practices.  Our activities are intended to benefit the people of the district, and also the public in general.  We are primarily responsible for conducting affairs of the East Pottawattamie SWCD.


Josh Sieren, NRCS District Conservationist

Becky Lockwood, Conservation Assistant

Terry Gleaves, NRCS Federal Technician

Jessica Luke, State Technician

Dave Burmeister, SWCD Technician

Nicholas Salick, Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist

Dan Case, Environmental Specialist 

Paige Volkens, Education Coordinator





"Hello!  I am from Treynor, Iowa.  In 2017, I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Science and an Agricultural Communications minor.  During college, I interned as a crop scout in Treynor and Henderson.  Following college graduation, I worked at BigIron Auctions as a Listings Representative.

I was blessed to have the opportunity to grow up on a century farm in Southwest Iowa.  I truly believe my small town, farming roots ignited the flame behind my passion for agricultural communications.  I love connecting with new people and I enjoy sharing agriculture's story with those who may be a few generations removed from the farm.

I am very involved in my church as a Sunday School Teacher and a Worship Team Leader.  My hobbies include spending quality time with my friends and family; I especially love the time spent with my nieces and nephews.   

I look forward to working with both East and West Pottawattamie Soil & Water Conservation Districts and I hope to make a difference in agricultural education in my county and local communities."

~Paige Volkens; Education Coordinator

East & West Pottawattamie SWCDs

Paige Volkens

Education Coordinator

Office Hours: 8am-4:30pm M-F

Physical: 321 Oakland Ave.

Mailing: 16 Main Street

                Oakland, Iowa 51560

Phone:     712-482-6408

Fax:          855-233-1297