Our Staff


Mark Jacobs
Director of Conservation Programs
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Mark received a B.S. in Anthropology at Northern Kentucky University and his A.A.S. in Recreational & Wildlife Management at Hocking Technical College. With his excellent conservation background, Mark used to work at the Wilds in southeastern Ohio, where he worked on captive breeding and conservation programs from Africa, Asia, and North America! In 2001, he returned to NKy and founded non-profit Wildlife Conservation Kentucky, Inc. and established Split Rock Conservation Park.

Susan Brown
Conservation Education Specialist
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Susan was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. She received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Morehead State University and a MEd. in Environmental Education from Western Washington University. She enjoys using the great outdoors as a classroom for students of all ages, and in her free time she can be found in the woods following animal tracks, inspecting scat, and turning over rocks in search of wildlife.


Pavla Link
District Operations Manager
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Pavla is a long term Boone County resident and brings her business and marketing B.S. degree and experience to our team .  During her years working as a Community Marketing Manager for Field and Stream she developed close partnership with many local conservation groups and agencies. Pavla continues to be deeply involved in conservation programs in our area as well as volunteer efforts with Veteran organizations nationwide. Her passion for the outdoors and agriculture comes from her upbringing in rural Czech Republic and her Search and Rescue Team experience.  On her days off you can find her roaming the woods or streams with her two sons and their dogs.

Jasper Stevenson
Soil Conservation Technician

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Jasper grew up in southeastern Wisconsin, and her longtime interest in rocks and minerals led her to receive a B.A. in Geology from Lawrence University. She has conducted geologic and sedimentologic research in the glaciated and unglaciated Midwest as well as in the Rocky Mountains. Although her specialties are dirt and rocks, she also has a strong love for music and the arts.


Tyler Rankin
Forest Health Specialist
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Tyler received his B.A. in Biology from Transylvania University and his MS in Applied Ecology from Eastern Kentucky University. In addition to his role at BCCDKY, he is also a Project Manager for a local Environmental Consulting Firm where he specializes in impact reductions to streams, wetlands, and endangered species. Tyler has over 20 years of experience in outdoor education, ecological restoration, and wildlife conservation. He also serves in multiple leadership roles within the falconry community on state and national level. Tyler has a deep respect and fascination of wildlife and the natural communities of Boone County, and through active involvement in sportsmen’s organizations and the BCCDKY, he has found an outlet to express his passions.