Contact individual staff members by placing their first name in front of @silt.org.
Suzan Erem is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust, launched in January 2015 to permanently protect land to grow healthy food. Suzan graduated from the University of Iowa in the mid-1980s with degrees in Journalism and English, but soon learned she had the ability to bring people together around common goals. She’s been doing that ever since.
Job opportunities dragged her out of Iowa but she returned in 2010 with her husband to witness a dramatically different landscape. At the same time local food was more popular than ever, young people could not afford the land to grow that food on. She put her organizing skills to work, and two years later leaders in agriculture, development and planning from around the state joined together to create SILT.
Joe is a recent graduate of Iowa State University (Magna cum laude) with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Forestry. He has spent his summers working at vegetable farms such as Sundog Farm and Wildwoods Farm, and ran a forestry crew in the Western U.S. His undergraduate work included hands-on experience with Iowa State’s Prairie STRIPS project and riparian buffers.
Joe is available to consult with rural landowners. He will take an inventory of the current conservation issues on your property, discuss optimal locations for the production of table food (fruits, vegetables, nuts, meat/poultry/pork etc.), and provide information about how to make your good stewardship last for generations with a conservation easement. His work is supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.
Genie Maybanks has been in the restaurant, grocery, and wine business for 25 years. Her passion is good food! She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Geography specializing in Environmental Health. Working as a staff trainer and in public outreach and marketing at New Pioneer Co-op for the 18 years really helped fortify the understanding that we make a difference each day when we choose local healthy foods. What we eat not only affects our personal health and the health of our environment, but it also generates money and sustains our local economy and boost our neighbors. She is excited and proud to be part of this forward-thinking organization to help build capacity and maintain access to the best Iowa food for generations to come.
Eric Woolson is owner of The Concept Works, a media relations company in West Des Moines. Eric was a reporter at the Waterloo Courier for 9 years, the chief of communications for Gov. Terry Branstad and consultant to many candidates including Joe Biden, Mike Huckabee and Scott Walker.
Eric can be reached at ewoolson(a)theconceptworks.com
Steven Adelmund joined Global Reach in 2019 after more than 20 years in the digital marketing and sales fields.
Mr. Adelmund has a proven ability to enhance the brand equity of his clients through strategic digital marketing, engagement planning and execution. He enjoys cultivating a holistic and collaborative approach to solving digital marketing problems.
Steve can be reached at steven.adelmund(at)globalreach.com