Our Staff

Carol Abrahamzon

Carol Abrahamzon

Executive Director
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Carol has more than a decade of experience with non-profit management and donor relationship cultivation. She and her husband Bill own a sustainable farm in southeast Minnesota where they grow beef, pork, chicken and most of their own fruits and vegetables. They employ conservation practices on their farm including, wildlife enhancement projects, invasive species removal and a forest stand improvement program.

Her work experience also includes vice president and office manager for a family business serving the farming community, program manager for the beef industry and most recently director of development for the American Red Cross. Other experience and community involvement includes, the Minnesota Beef Council, Board of Directors, past 4-H club and project leader, Future Farmers of America (FFA) parent advisor, Future Leaders of America coach, and a church council member and deacon.  She was named Minnesota CattleWoman of the Year in 2009 and Outstanding Agricultural Mentor (MN Agri-Women) in 2007.

Abbie Church, conservation director

Abbie Church

Conservation Director
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Abbie brings a diverse background in natural resources, having worked in the state, federal, private and non-profit sectors. Abbie began her career working at the Wright County Conservation Board’s Lake Cornelia Park near Clarion, Iowa. She soon realized her passion lies in working with private landowners to conserve declining species in working with The Nature Conservancy in Iowa and Minnesota. Her background also includes national non-profit, The Conservation Fund, as well as a role as Mississippi Valley Conservancy's conservation specialist from 2007 until 2012. She earned a degree in biology from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Abbie’s experience in land management, land and conservation easement negotiations, grant writing, species inventories and land use planning is valuable to the Conservancy. 

Abbie lives near Stoddard and enjoys canoeing, camping, gardening and especially hiking with her dogs Oscar and Hazelnut.

Nancy Larson, financial and operations coordinator

Nancy Larson

Financial and Operations Manager
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Nancy began her management career by working her way up through the Fortune 500 Company, G. Heileman Brewing. She has over 20 years of success in management, administration, accounting and organizational skills and now puts those skills to work for the Mississippi Valley Conservancy. 

Nancy, her husband Randy, and their two sons, Weston and Mitchell, live in Chaseburg. Nancy volunteers with the local Chaseburg Snowtrailers that maintain trails over several months for people to enjoy. She held the treasury position for four years. She also volunteered her help in several of her childrens' extra curricular activities and in her church.

In her free time, Nancy enjoys camping, boating, walking and sporting activities.

Levi Plath

Land Management
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Levi is an avid outdoorsman and a wildlife biologist with experience managing an array of different habitat types. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ecology and field biology with wildlife emphasis from St. Cloud (Minnesota) State University. Levi comes to Mississippi Valley Conservancy with a variety of experiences. He previously worked with the Minnesota DNR, Iowa DNR, Iowa State University and the Minnesota Conservation Corps. He worked as an authorized Mojave Desert tortoise biologist in Southern Nevada and has an array of volunteer experiences in the field of natural resources and biological research. Levi manages The Conservancy's lands to retain high quality habitat for wildlife and educating the public about effective land stewardship.  

In his free time, you can find Levi out fishing on the river or tearing up the local mountain bike trails.
 
Becca Dymzarov, conservation associate

Becca Dymzarov

Easement Monitoring Coord. Conservation Specialist
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Becca brought with her over 15 years of experience in ecological research, natural area planning, restoration and land protection. She has always had a passion for the outdoors. Growing up in southern Wisconsin provided her with both a familiarity and a love of prairies, savanna and forests.

Becca believes wholeheartedly in the Mississippi Valley Conservancy’s mission to protect southwestern Wisconsin’s natural heritage by conserving and caring for the farms and native landscapes on which all life depends. Her life’s work is to advance the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of such spaces. She has worked in Wisconsin, California, Oregon and beyond with conservation groups such as The Nature Conservancy and with governmental agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Becca has a master’s degree in environment and resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She spends her free time going to the park with her young son, growing food and getting outside as much as possible. She is an avid wilderness explorer, bicyclist and canoeist.

Kahty Frise Groth, outreach coordinator

Kathy Frise Groth

Outreach Coordinator
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Kathy has years of experience working at the Mississippi Valley Conservancy and the local YMCA in designing outdoor educational and fitness opportunities for the public.  She also works in coordination with the Conservancy's ecological restoration staff to provide hands-on environmental learning for youth.

Megen Kabele

Conservation Specialist
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Megen is a native of Northeast Iowa, raised on a small farm near the Wapsipinicon River. She studied forest management at Iowa State where she met her future husband, and worked seasonally in Montana and Colorado on timber and stream survey crews. From 1999-2012, Megen worked as a Forest Service lands and minerals administrator on the Pike-San Isabel National Forest, stationed in Fairplay and Leadville, Colorado. This work focused on land use on National Forest such as recreational and non-recreational activities, and also included locatable and leasable mining administration. Her background in realty actions include land exchange, purchase, donation, boundary title management, and due diligence. 

You will find Megen enjoying outdoor recreation with her family, making meals with family and friends, and creating inspired spaces at home and in the garden. She loves a good detective book, a paddle down the Upper Iowa, and quality chocolate. 

Sarah Bratnober

Development Associate
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Sarah brings extensive communications and relationship management skills to her role as Development Associate at the Conservancy. During her eight-year tenure as Organic Valley’s Director of Marketing Communications, she promoted passionately the land/water stewardship role of family farms across the country. 

Since 2011, Sarah has offered her services as an independent content strategist and creative director to help socially responsible businesses with their marketing. She also served for four years on Valley Stewardship Network’s board of directors, where she learned more about the conservation challenges of southwest Wisconsin while sharing her skills in marketing communications. 

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, her years of land ownership, trail maintenance, and silent sports recreation have endowed Sarah with much respect for our fragile environment and all the creatures who depend on it. She enjoys kayaking on the Mississippi River and many of its tributaries. 

Mary Dresser

Conservation Assistant
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Mary has worked as an environmental educator at nature centers and residential environmental centers in Wisconsin, Kentucky, Illinois, and Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Spanish from University of WI—Oshkosh and a Master of Science in Environmental Education from the University of Idaho.

Her first experience with MVC was on a guided hike in the Boscobel Bluffs State Natural Area and began volunteering for the organization in January 2017, and is excited to be a part of the MVC staff. In her free time, Mary enjoys hiking, birdwatching, reading, and making baskets.