Calhoun Conservation District
Your Local Resource for Natural Resource Management
2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tracy Bronson, Executive Director 269-781-4867, x5
Tracy has a background in business management and administration, and has worked for the Calhoun Conservation District for 17 years. She is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, is active with the Calhoun County Chapter of Pheasants Forever and is a Master Gardener volunteer.
Rick Pierson, Project Coordinator 269-781-4867, x37
During the past 23 years Rick has worked for 6 Conservation Districts in Michigan and Alaska, as well as the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts. He developed the first conservation district in the Copper River Valley in Kenny Lake, Alaska; and has administered and implemented many conservation programs and grants in his career.
Mike Rubley, Project Coordinator 269-781-4867, x26
Mike graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.S. in Natural Resources and a minor in Geographic Information Systems. He is an avid outdoorsman with experience in environmental management.
Melanie Stoughton, Project Coordinator 269-781-4867, x38
Melanie earned a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies, then worked for the Michigan Water Stewardship Program for 6 years. She has worked for conservation districts for 7 years, serves as a board member for the Kalamazoo CD, and enjoys gardening.
Suzanne Ebright, Education Coordinator 269-781-4867, x39
Suzanne's background includes a B.S. in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management, and a teaching certification in secondary sciences. She has worked for the California and Michigan Departments of Agriculture, and has taught agriculture and environmental classes for more than 20 years. She is an active volunteer for many different groups; an Advanced Master Gardener volunteer since 1992, and the current MI CD Employees Assoc. President .
Sharon Williams, MAEAP Technician 269-781-4867 x40
Sharon earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Management at MSU. She worked as a groundwater technician, a watershed project coordinator, and wrote nutrient management plans before becoming a MAEAP technician. Sharon lives on a 1,000 acre farm north of Marshall with her husband and children, where they raise field crops and beef cattle.
Brett Riser, Project Coordinator 269-781-4867, ext 33
Brett earned a B.S. from Michigan State University in Fisheries and Wildlife Management. His area of expertise is managing Michigan's aquatic ecosystems. In his spare time you can find Brett outdoors enjoying hunting, fishing, and camping.
Calhoun Conservation District Board of Directors
Guided by a locally elected Board of Directors, the CCD currently employs seven full-time, knowledgeable staff with backgrounds in natural resource management, wildlife management, biology, agriculture, education and business administration.
Gregory Fountain, Chairman
Greg's family owns and operates a corn and soybean farm in NE Calhoun county. He is dedicated to conservation efforts and has served on the Board for more than 15 years.
Jim Smith, Vice-Chairman
Jim is an outdoor enthusiast and sportsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, trapping and working with his hunting dogs. He has been a county resident for 14 years and works for Duncan Aviation.
Jason McHugh, Secretary
Jason is an environmental consultant/geologist that specializes in hazardous materials management, contamination issues, and natural resources protection. Jason enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time in the outdoors with his wife and two children.
Linda Kubiak, Treasurer
Linda lives in Clarence township and also serves on the township board. Linda operates a pre-school, and with her husband, operates a local farm producing corn, soybeans and hay.
Dustin Rhodes, Director
Dustin moved to Battle Creek in 2006 with his wife who is a Calhoun County native. An MSU graduate with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Dustin shares passion for the outdoors and for the residents of Calhoun County. He is an Iraqi war veteran serving for the US Marine Corps and still serves in the Michigan Army National Guard.
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