MEET THE TEAM
2022 Board of Directors & Staff
Brian Huggett comes from a farming family who has resided in Calhoun County for more than 150 years. He has worked for state and national parks in Michigan and California, as a hydrologist and cartographer. His expertise with grant-funded aquatic and watershed projects has served the District board and community positively since becoming a board member. Currently Brian serves as Watershed Technical Advisor, in addition to his role as Chair for Calhoun Conservation District.
Margaret Steele with a degree in Forest Ecosystems from the University of Michigan, brings hands-on experiences as a newly elected board director. Currently she serves on the boards of the Marshall Parks & Recreation and Brooks Nature Center. Extensive field work and store management of Oerther's, a family owned garden and pet business, provide a wide range of skills and enthusiasm to Calhoun Conservation District Board.
Paul Egnatuk grew up in the Marshall area and has been active in conservation practices and watershed initiatives, including involvement with the River Country Heritage Water Trails. His professional experience working in the Michigan Legislature has proved invaluable during 2020-21, when boards were required to adjust to virtual meetings. Paul continues to guide Calhoun Conservation District with policy and procedure requirements.
Linda Kubiak resides in Clarence Township and was recently elected as Clarence Township Supervisor. She has provided guidance to the Duck Lake Association for their watershed management plan. Linda and her husband operate a farm producing corn, soybeans, and hay. She has served on the District Board over 20 years; contributing first-hand knowledge of the agricultural community and local government.
Isiah Strand was born and raised in Marshall, Michigan. He graduated from Olivet College in 2021 with a degree in biology and environmental science and spent time working as an invasive species technician for the BCK CISMA. Isiah is excited to be able to use the skills he has learned and apply them to his local environment.
Lead Watershed Tech
Renee Walden grew up in Barry County. She is currently finishing her degrees in Environmental Science and Anthropology at Western Michigan University and has previously spent time working in the agriculture field and in the microbiology field. Renee is excited to be able to help the local community and to work on our watershed.
MAEAP Technician Calhoun & Jackson Counties
I gained a certificate degree from Michigan State University in Agricultural Industries. I started to work on farms at a young age doing seasonal work and continued to work on a dairy farm through college. After graduating college, I worked in Farm Management and then Retail Ag Service sales for the past 8 years. I am a very avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. I love chasing new outdoor adventures and harvesting wild food to share with my family and friends. I love spending time with my family and watching my son grow. I am very passionate about conservation and environmental stewardship, so I greatly look forward to working with the Conservation District and the MAEAP program.
Kent VanSickle continues the tradition of family farming and responsible stewardship, in a seven generation family committed to land located in Marengo Township. He serves on several boards including the local fire department and MarLee Elementary School board. His knowledge of land management enhances conservation awareness, and serves as a role model for others in the field of agriculture.