Marion SWCD Staff
USDA – NRCS Staff
Elli has a background in Environmental Studies, with a BA degree from Wellesley College. She has worked the last three years with a compost and recycling management company in Boston, Massachusetts. Elli volunteered her time working with people in the urban agriculture scene – a rooftop commercial farm, a composting and farming operation, beekeepers, and others. She has had a passion for urban farming and gardening, and the local food movement, for years. Elli is happy to direct you to local resources, educational materials, and technical assistance offered by your county’s SWCD.
Elected & Appointed Board 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.
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.
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.
- Paula Baldwin
- Rick Bein
- Marvin Brethauer
- Bob Eddleman
- Mark Kautz
- Bob Kleinops
- Beth Mason
- Mark Mongin
- J. Dennis Slaughter
- Henry Wallis