Carissa Shoemaker joins MSCR board of directors
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Posted on Wednesday December 28, 2022
Main Street Coon Rapids announced the recent addition of Carissa Shoemaker to their board of directors.
Main Street Coon Rapids (MSCR) announced the recent addition of Carissa Shoemaker to their board of directors.

“Carissa is going to be a great addition to the board,” said MSCR Executive Director Katie Mason. “She brings a new perspective to the team and will be a great connection with Whiterock Conservancy as we partner with them on future activities.”

Shoemaker is the director of land stewardship for Whiterock Conservancy, overseeing the nonprofit’s new conservation easement program, habitat restoration efforts, sustainable agriculture program, volunteer program, and trail system.
A native of Des Moines, she attended Roosevelt High School and Central Academy. After high school, she studied anthropology at Grinnell College then worked in sustainable agriculture and conservation for several years out West before returning to Iowa to earn a master’s in landscape architecture from Iowa State University. Shoemaker started at Whiterock in April 2021 and moved to Coon Rapids shortly thereafter. In her free time, she likes to travel and explore the woods with her dog.

“I wanted to join the MSCR team because I am eager to become more integrated in the community, as both a resident of Coon Rapids and representative for Whiterock Conservancy,” Shoemaker commented.

Shoemaker joins nine other board members: President Joe Stitz, Kennedi Cretsinger, Steve Houp, Charlie Nixon, Courtney Schroeder, Bryan Spangler, Julie Winnett, Tory Winnett and Quinn Wurzer.

“I’d also like to extend a thank you to Natasha Adams for her service to MSCR,” said Mason. “We appreciate the time and contributions she gave to the program.”

Adams’s term on the board expired December 31. She had served on the board since May of 2020 and was also the chair of the promotions team. Adams plans to remain on the promotions team to assist in MSCR events.

MSCR’s mission is to create a thriving downtown by nurturing business growth and improvement through increased community involvement and inclusion while being mindful of the past and focusing on the future. The organization includes an army of volunteers. If you are interested in helping the organization, contact Mason at 712-999-4769.

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