Get to Know Pathfinders New Staff!

We have recently had two new staff members join us at Pathfinders RC&D, and we would like to introduce them to you and share some information about who they are and what kinds of things they’re working on. Tori Ward is our new Historic Hills Scenic Byway Coordinator and Piper Fox is working with us as a Grant and Project Coordinator.

Here are some things you may want to know about each of our new hires:

Tori Ward recently took on her role as Historic Hills Scenic Byway Coordinator in late September. Tori comes to us from a small town in Northeast Missouri where she lives on her family farm. Before coming to Pathfinders, Tori worked for the Appanoose County Soil and Water Conservation Services as a technician while attending college for Sustainable Agriculture in Centerville, Iowa. She also previously owned a business in her hometown, bringing a lot of skills and ideas with her to her new position. One of the things Tori looks forward to the most in her new position is getting to meet and work with new people! Contact Tori if you have questions about the Historic Hills Scenic Byway: email her at

Piper Fox started off working for us as an independently contracted Grant Writer in May of this year; she officially joined our team as Grant and Project Coordinator in early July. Piper is a recent graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Leisure, Youth and Human Services. Before she came to work for Pathfinders, she was a research and grant writing intern at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo, Iowa. She has experience writing grant proposals for a variety of different projects, and is passionate about volunteering and youth services. Piper currently lives in Oskaloosa, Iowa and works mostly from home. You can contact her with any questions about grants: email her at


Tori and Piper are both very excited to be working for Pathfinders and to bring their energy and ideas with them!