A Spirit Lake woman has become the first Iowan elected to the Sierra Club’s national board of directors. Donna Buell was one of eight candidates for five seats on the board. She received the second highest number of votes from Sierra Club members across the nation.

Buell says she’s looking forward to contributing her “rural farming heritage” to the organization’s environmental expertise. Buell has been a volunteer for environmental causes for 20 years and served on the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission from 2003 to 2007 as an appointee of then Governor Tom Vilsack.

Iowa’s Sierra Club formed in 1972.