Elected & Appointed Supervisors


A Board of Supervisors oversees Marion County Soil & Water Conservation District’s operations and represent the interests of land users in the county. Staff is hired by the Board of Supervisors to deliver services, based on local land uses and natural resources concerns. Supervisors are made up of five (5) non-paid county residents. Three (3) are elected, Two (2) are appointed. Elected Supervisors are selected at our Annual Meeting. Appointed Supervisors are approved by the State Board of Conservation.   Additionally, Associate Supervisors, also are selected to assist the Board, but they do not have voting power.  They participate in advising the supervisors in the decision-making for district business.




HdHeatherBcropHeather Buck, Chairperson, was born and raised in Celina, Ohio, graduated from Ohio Northern University (Ada, Ohio) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental Science.  She received a Master of Science degree  from the University of Findlay (Findlay, Ohio) in Environmental Safety and Health Management. Heather began working in the natural resources field as a Watershed Coordinator for the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed in Mercer and Auglaize Counties in Ohio.  After 6 years of working as a Watershed Coordinator, her family moved to Indianapolis where she is a Resource Planner at Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LLC.  Heather, her husband Keith, a Civil Engineer with Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LLC, and their 3 children; Caleb, Katie, and Brandt, reside in Franklin Township where their family is involved in the Franklin Township 4H club, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts.  Aside from serving on the SWCD Board, she also currently serves as the President of the Indiana Lakes Management Society Board and as an Area Representative for EnviroCert International’s Certified MS4 Specialist program.



Maggie cropMaggie Goeglein, Vice Chair, is the Executive Director of Fall Creek Gardens, an urban gardening resource center in the heart of Indianapolis, IN.  Her work there centers on developing a community-focused organization which shares tools, resources, and educational opportunities with anyone interested in growing sustainable, organic food for their families–particularly residents of urban neighborhoods with limited access to fresh, healthy, affordable food.  In addition, Maggie works consistently to bring greater environmental health to the garden site, which is located on a brownfield, through the use of a 3000-gallon rainwater catchment system, and the deliberate use of cover crops, mulch, and organic soil amendments in the garden beds.

Maggie holds an M.A. in Earth Literacy from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, IN (Thesis– Growing our Future: Creating a Preschool Garden and Urban Sustainability Curriculum), is a member of the Indiana Organic Gardeners Association, and serves as a director on the Board of Directors for the Mid-North Food Pantry.  At home, she and her husband enjoy exploring ways to live more sustainably, such as making rain barrels, drying laundry on a clothesline, and preserving the bounty of their garden harvest–as well as enjoying the antics of their flock of urban chickens and exploring new ways to enjoy their wonderful eggs.  She may be reached at: maggie@fallcreekgardens.org




JohnHheadshotJohn Hazlett, Board Treasurer, is a Manager-Water Footprinting Services with 15 years of experience working in energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling and stormwater management.  Prior to joining Williams Creek, John was the Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Indianapolis, where he led the implementation of the Mayor’s SustainIndy initiative and secured over $18 million in federal grant funds for various sustainability projects.  John also developed and managed the City’s Sustainable Facilities Initiative, an energy and water conservation retrofit of 61 City facilities highlighted by a deep energy retrofit of the 50 year old City County Building that earned the EPA ENERGY STAR label.  John’s work on the initiative earned him the Mayor’s Performance Award in 2010 and the project was the winner of the 2013 Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.  His extensive experience includes working for municipal and county government in Portland, Oregon in stormwater management and helping industrial and commercial customers meet their internal sustainability goals through facility audits.  Currently, John assists corporate, higher education and healthcare clients develop strategies to reduce their water footprint by identifying opportunities to minimize, capture and reuse water.  John holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University with a specialization in Environmental Planning.  John also currently serves as a Supervisor on the Board of the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District.




Brian Neilson headshotBrian Neilson

B.S. Environmental Resources Engineering, cum laude

Humboldt State University, Arcata, California 1985

Water, Wastewater, Storm water, and Land Use Planning and Design


Brian has over 30 years of experience working in both the public and private engineering sectors.  As an active water quality enthusiast and conservationist, Brian serves as the Chairperson of the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Board of Supervisors and as the President for the White River Alliance Executive Board.


Brian is active in several organizations including IWEA, WEF, ASCE, APWA, AWWA, Water For People International, EWRI, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  A fan and advocate for Low Impact Development (LID) Green Infrastructure design concepts; Brian has been involved with alternative water and wastewater management since 1982. Brian works to integrate these alternatives into traditional civil engineering water quality and quantity projects.  Brian’s projects include federal, state, municipal, commercial, industrial, and residential site development as well as agricultural conservation practices.


Brian has designed LID and Green Infrastructure projects nationally and internationally.  Brian’s experience also includes watershed planning, stormwater master planning, combined sewer overflow (CSO) abatement, water quality assessments of lakes, rivers and streams, wastewater collection and treatment, utility infrastructure valuation, land use planning, greenway planning, and community comprehensive planning.




Blake Wilson cropBlake Wilson is a Licensed Professional Geologist (LPG) with over 25 years of experience in the environmental field. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in geology from Ball State University and obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2011. His environmental work experience began in 1985 working for the Madison County Health Department as an environmental inspector.  In 1987, Blake left government employment to work as a consultant, where he remains today.  His environmental background includes asbestos inspection and management planning, lead, underground storage tank management, hazardous waste site characterization, wetland delineation and mitigation design, NEPA investigations, storm water management, erosion control and environmental site assessment and testing.  Blake’s consulting background encompasses the management of large complex environmental projects such as reuse of a former military base, the development of two state prisons, four riverboat casinos, new interstate highways and the midfield terminal at the Indianapolis International Airport. Blake looks forward to working with the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District while serving as a Supervisor on the Board.








Associate Supervisors


Paula Baldwin         Rick Bein                 Marvin Brethauer            Bob Eddleman      


 Mark Kautz             Bob Kleinops          Beth Mason                     Mark Mongin          


J. Dennis Slaughter        Henry Wallis