2021 Board of Directors & Staff
Brian Huggett, Chair
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 Oerther, Director
Margaret Oerther, 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.
Kent VanSickle, Treasurer
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.
Paul Egnatuk, Director
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, Director
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.
Maureen Reed, District Manager
Maureen Reed began her career in conservation and education when she and her husband David Reed, managed Michigan Audubon Society's Baker Sanctuary while raising their two sons. With a background in scholarship/grant coordination, grant writing and administration, she brings program/mentoring experience and appreciation for land protection to Calhoun Conservation District.
Jeremiah Swain, a graduate of Michigan State University's Agribusiness Management Program has for the past seven years served as MAEAP Technician for Calhoun and Jackson Counties. His background studies in agriculture and natural resources serves the rural communities well. Click here to learn more about the MAEAP program.