Indian Grass. Photo: Pat Whalen

Missouri Prairie Foundation Staff

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 more than 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. 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 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. (Photo credit: Travis Duncan)

In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation and the Grow Native! program, Davit also serves in the following conservation leadership capacities for statewide groups:

  • Chair, Missouri Invasive Plant Council (administered by MPF and its Grow Native! program)
  • Chair, Prairies and Grasslands Resource Committee of the Conservation Federation of Missouri
  • Chair, Natural Resources Subcommittee of the Missouri OAKS Committee (Outdoor Action Committee)
  • Member, Missouri Land Trust Coalition Steering Committee
  • Member, Missourians for Monarchs Steering Committee

Davit speaks to many groups on the importance of prairie conservation and the many benefits of native plants, and has spoken at national conferences, including:
Opening Keynote, Oct. 2015, America’s Grasslands Conference, Fort Collins, CO
Opening Keynote, June 2019, North American Prairie Conference, Houston, TX

Watch Davit’s TEDx Gateway Arch presentation, February 2015: Why Prairie Matters: New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape

Listen to Davit’s interview with the Nature Revisited Podcast, January 2021: The American Prairie 

Jerod Huebner

Director of Prairie Management

MPF’s Director of Prairie Management Jerod Huebner oversees prairie management planning and execution including invasive species control, prescribed fire, and all other aspects of the stewardship of MPF’s prairies. Huebner also administers prairie stewardship grants and participates in prairie outreach and education activities.

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, preschool-aged son, and baby daughter.

Jerod was named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year by the Conservation Federation of Missouri on March 6, 2020. Read more about Jerod’s work in this Joplin Globe article

Brooke Widmar

Director of Administrative Operations and Member Engagement

Brooke grew up in southwestern Missouri and has always been passionate about the great outdoors. In high school she got involved with the Missouri Stream Team program and attended the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE), which was a springboard for her to a life of working and volunteering with different conservation groups. She graduated from Missouri State University (Go Bears!) in 2019 earning a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation and Management with a certificate in Environmental Education. She comes to us from her most recent work with Stream Teams United and The Nature Conservancy of Missouri. Brooke is an avid birder, is involved with the Audubon Society, the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and other local conservation organizations. In March 2016, Brooke received the Youth Conservationist of the Year award from the Conservation Federation of Missouri.  Brooke serves as MPF’s representative on the Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative Committee, and is a member of the Missouri Land Trust Coalition’s Advocacy Committee.