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Lia Carrillo joined Practical Farmers of Iowa in October as a Green Iowa AmeriCorps member. During her service term, which runs from 2021-2022, she is mainly collaborating with PFI’s habitat and policy coordinator, Jorgen Rose.
Lia is currently pursuing an associate degree in biology at Des Moines Area Community College, after which she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology at Iowa State University in hopes of becoming a conservation biologist. Lia is from Bucks County in southeastern Pennsylvania. From 2015-2020, she lived in Houston, Texas, where she spent most of her time coaching Xcel Silver gymnastics at Biron Youth Sports Center. Lia and her boyfriend, Andrew, moved to Iowa in October 2020 so Andrew could start his new job as a regional engineer for Iowa Ducks Unlimited.
Lia and Andrew have a passion for waterfowl hunting and fishing as well as enjoying time outdoors with their three dogs. They have a pure-bred black Labrador retriever named Grace (their hunting dog), a black Lab-greyhound mix named Gem and a collie mix named Sienna. Even though the winters in Iowa can be rough and nothing like Texas, they have still enjoyed their time so far and are excited to continue exploring what Iowa has to offer.