Main Number: (515) 795-3216

General Information:

Mark Schneider – Executive Director
MarkMark became the executive director of the Iowa Arboretum in the fall of 2011, after working for 32 years at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, Virginia. One of his accomplishments there was to develop the zoo into a zoological garden. He received many awards and recognition for his contributions to the Norfolk area in terms of landscaping and environmental work and developing gardening programs for people with disabilities. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware in plant science and a graduate degree in human resource development at George Washington University. He also has a graduate degree in public administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk. Mark lives in Ames with his wife Phyllis. They have two children.

Kevin Lantz – Horticulturist
KevinKevin has spent the past 30 years with the Iowa Arboretum working as a horticulturist, taking care of the grounds, and overseeing weddings. He graduated from Iowa Lakes Community College with an AAS degree in Horticulture. He grew in Pomeroy but now resides in Boone. His family continues to be big supporters of the Iowa Arboretum and spend as much time as they can volunteering. In his downtime, Kevin enjoys going fishing, nature, and traveling.


Heather Bass – Office Manager
In 2001, Heather began working at the Iowa Arboretum as a horticulture specialist, managing the greenhouse and performing grounds work. Before joining the Arboretum, she graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Horticulture and worked at a few different locations before settling down at the Arboretum. Several years ago, Heather decided to make a change by transitioning to office manager. She now manages everything indoors including memberships, office work, and the volunteers. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and two little boys at their home in Ames.

Sally Good – 
101_9980Sally graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Business Administration and a specialization in Accounting.  She has worked in many areas of the banking industry during her career.  She continues to perform accounting services for nonprofit organizations and businesses in the area.  Sally is active in Community United Methodist church, and is a Board member of the Ogden Community School District and the Ogden Community Scholarship Foundation.  Sally and her husband, Chuck, live in Ogden.  They have four children.


Leah Worth – Horticulture Project Manager
unnamedLeah started on September 1, 2016, as the Horticulture Project Manager.  Leah is originally from Willey, Iowa. She is a graduate of Iowa State University (BS and MS in horticulture).  She was employed by Country Landscapes and Gerten Greenhouse and Garden Center in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.  Leah has a strong background in teaching students, commercial growers, master gardeners and the general public.



ShyAnn Sherer – Event Specialist and Administrative Assistant
ShyAnn is a graduate of Iowa State University’s event management program.  She was employed at Green Hills Retirement Community planning programs and events and worked as a bridal consultant at Pure Bridal in Ames.  She is a Certified Wedding Planner and is certified as an On-Premises Alcohol Seller-Server.  She is also certified in Hospitality and Restaurant Management.  ShyAnn is the owner of Tropical Sno in Ames.  She lives in Ames.



Abby Hoffman-Carlson – Education Coordinator
Abby earned a degree in Social Science teaching and minor in English teaching from the University of Northern Iowa.  She was a student teacher in the Dallas Center-Grimes and Des Moines school systems and has worked in other central Iowa schools. Abby previously worked as a camp counselor at Living History Farms. She lives in Polk City with her husband, David, and their cat, Patches.



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