The Indian Creek Nature Center has appointed a new executive director of operations. Longtime leader, Rich Patterson, notes that he isn’t retiring, but will focus his efforts on fund-raising from a downtown Cedar Rapids office.
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The Indian Creek Nature Center has appointed John Myers as its new executive director of operations. Myers, a resident of Marion, was previously senior district executive for the Hawkeye Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, and was co-founder and director of operations for Independent Child Advocate Services.
Myers will begin his new role on May 28 and succeeds Rich Patterson, who has led the Indian Creek Nature Center for the last 35 years. Patterson, as previously announced, will be transitioning into the role of executive director of development with responsibility for capital fundraising, endowment generation and support.
“John brings with him a great deal of experience as both an executive and board member for non-profit agencies,” said Board President Rebecca Mumaw, “His vision and leadership will guide our organization as we begin a new chapter in what has been a long and rich relationship with the community and nature. John has a strong background in business and has a strategic focus that set him apart.”
“My passion for great community organizations drew me to the Nature Center and this new role,” said Myers. “The Indian Creek Nature Center is an exceptional gem in the Creative Corridor community. I was fortunate to have completed my Eagle Scout Project at the Nature Center 18 years ago. Together with a strong board, great staff, and community support, I look forward to taking the Nature Center into the future, due largely in part to, the strong foundation Rich Patterson has created.”
Patterson is not retiring but will devote up to a year focusing on fund raising to expand the organization’s endowment and for a new headquarters building. He will move to an offsite location. His title will remain Executive Director, however Myers will assume all responsibilities for day to day operations, including facilities and education.
The Indian Creek Nature Center is Iowa’s first and only privately owned and operated nature center. With 300 acres of land and 4 miles of trails, the center hosts more than 40,000 visitors a year. The vision of the Indian Creek Nature Center is to promote a sustainable future by nurturing individuals through environmental education, providing leadership in land protection and restoration, and encouraging responsible interactions with nature. To find out more, please visit www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org.