I have served on the Jackson SWCD board since 2015 and am currently the chair. I also serve on the Soil and Water Conservation Commission and am a civil engineer with a 30-year career in water resources. I became active in OACD in 2018 when the organization was reinventing itself. I served on the governance committee that created OACD’s current bylaws. I also served on the committee charged with regulatory and legislative affairs, and this led to my current role as chair of the OACD Advocacy Committee. I have chaired this committee through 5 legislative sessions. OACD plays a critical role for SWCDs by representing their interests in state and national forums and by disseminating information to help SWCDs be effective in their work. An engaged Board of Directors is essential and I will bring the necessary energy and commitment to the job.