Carol Davit, Executive Director
Executive Director Carol Davit works with the Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) board of directors and committees and oversees all operations of MPF – including fundraising, strategic planning, communications, advocacy, the Grow Native! program, and administration, and has edited the Missouri Prairie Journal since 1996.
Davit has worked for 20 years in the conservation and environmental fields in communications, development, administration, and leadership capacities. She has worked for private, nonprofit conservation groups and at the municipal and state government levels. Davit serves on the Missouri Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Steering Committee, the Conservation Federation of Missouri Grasslands Committee, OAKS (Missouri Outdoor Action Committee), and on MELAB—the Missouri Environmental Literacy Advisory Board. She has been the editor of field guides and written on a wide variety of natural history and conservation topics for the Missouri Prairie Journal, the Missouri Conservationist, and other publications. Davit has B.A. and M.A. degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is the recipient of the Erna Eisendrath Memorial Education Award and the Plant Stewardship Award from the Missouri Native Plant Society.
“I consider myself extremely fortunate to help conserve some of the most biologically rich habitat on earth,” Davit says, “and to work with the many people in the MPF and Grow Native! community who are so passionate about prairie conservation and native plants.” Carol and her husband and son are Stream Team #3631.
Watch Davit’s TEDx Gateway Arch presentation: Why Prairie Matters: New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape
Jerod Huebner, Director of Prairie Management
MPF hired its new Director of Prairie Management, Jerod Huebner, on July 6, 2015. Among his various duties are prairie management planning, mapping, invasive species control, prescribed fire, and all other aspects of the stewardship of MPF’s prairies, which now total more than 3,000 acres in 19 tracts of land.
Huebner earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2010. While in college, Huebner worked at MPF’s and the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Prairie Fork Conservation and Expansion Areas in Callaway County on a variety of prairie reconstruction activities. After graduating, Huebner worked as a wildlife biologist at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. Among his duties in that position were managing 18,000 acres of high public use conservation areas in the St. Louis region, preparing management plans, supervising staff, grant writing, and numerous outreach activities. He holds Level 3 Fire Burn Boss Certification and has conducted numerous wildlife population surveys.
Originally from Monett, MO, Huebner is pleased to have moved back to southwestern Missouri. He and his wife live in the Joplin, MO area, his home base for carrying out MPF prairie management.
“I look forward to helping protect Missouri’s prairies for many years to come,” Huebner says, “I started my career working on prairies and consider it a real blessing to be able to spend nearly every day at work on a prairie.” In his spare time, Jerod is an avid hunter and angler and enjoys spending time outside with his wife and one-year-old son.
Amy Humphrey Hayes, Administrative Operations Coordinator
Amy Humphrey Hayes brings a varied background to her position as Administrative Operations Coordinator. After earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in French and Russian at the University of Kansas, Amy embarked on a professional music career with husband Joe, touring North America, England, France, and Japan as two-piece rock band Clatter. During this time Amy also maintained a freelance web and graphic design business.
In 1995, Amy and Joe moved from Seattle to Joe’s grandparents’ farm in Cooper County, Missouri. Since then, they have renovated the 1921 farmhouse, transformed the dilapidated chicken house into a music studio, added solar panels, and replaced the 125 acres of fescue with native warm-season grasses and 7,000 trees.
You can find Amy in her off hours gardening, photographing amphibians, and performing in various community theater productions in Columbia, Missouri.