NCDEA Board of Directors

NCDEA Officers and Directors represent all parts of the United States and serve NCDEA's 7,000 members

2020 NCDEA Board Officers

Rhonda Kelsch
President

Rhonda is the District Administrator for the Emmons County Soil Conservation District in North Dakota.

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Melissa Higbee
Vice President

Melissa is the Executive Director of the Shiawassee Conservation District and serves as the Secretary of the Conservation District Employees of Michigan.

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Velynda Parker
Secretary

Velynda is the Secretary to the Board of Directors for Steuben County Soil & Water Conservation District in New York and serves as Division IV Representative to the New York State Conservation District Employees’ Association, Inc.

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Gretchen Rank
Treasurer

Gretchen has served as the Southwest Region Director since 2017.  She was elected Treasurer in 2020.

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Jeff Parker
Member at Large

Jeff has served as the Northeast Region Director since 2016 and has served as the member at large since 2020.

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Tim Riley
Past President

Tim is the District Coordinator of the Kent Conservation District in Delaware.

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Rich Duesterhaus
Executive Director
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2020 NCDEA Directors

Chessa Frahm
North Central Region Director
Chessa is the District Manager for the Lac qui Parle SWCD in Madison, MN and serves as the President for the Minnesota Association of Conservation District Employees.
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Jeff Parker
Northeast Region Director

Jeff is the District Manager for Steuben County Soil & Water Conservation District in New York and serves as President of the Northeast Association of Conservation District Employees.

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Sarah Tunge
Northern Plains Region Director

Sarah is the District Manager for the Mercer County Soil Conservation District and serves as a director of the North Dakota Conservation District Employees Association.

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Mandy Parkes
Pacific Region Director

Mandy is the District Manager for the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District in Redlands, CA.  Mandy also serves as the District Manager Representative – South for the California Association of RCDs Board.

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Coleta Bratten
South Central Region Director

Coleta is the District Manager of the Dewey County Conservation District and serves as President of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation District Employees.

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Hope Daley
Southeast Region Director

Hope is the District Administrative Assistant for the Jefferson Davis County Soil and Water Conservation District.  She also serves as Secretary for the Mississippi Conservation District Employees Association.

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Gretchen Rank
Southwest Region Director

Gretchen is the Executive Director for the Mancos Conservation District and the Montezuma School to Farm Project in Colorado.

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2020 NCDEA Board

2020 Board of Directors
2019 NCDEA Board

Member-at-Large and South Central Regional Director Coletta Bratten missing

2018 NCDEA Board

2018 NCDEA Board Members (Pacific Region Director Tom Salzer missing)

2019 NCDEA Board

Member-at-Large and South Central Regional Director Coletta Bratten missing

2018 NCDEA Board

2018 NCDEA Board Members (Pacific Region Director Tom Salzer missing)

2019 NCDEA Board

Member-at-Large and South Central Regional Director Coletta Bratten missing

2018 NCDEA Board

2018 NCDEA Board Members (Pacific Region Director Tom Salzer missing)

History of Board Officers

Year President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Past President
2020 Rhonda Kelsch, ND Melissa Higbee, MI Gretchen Rank, CO Velynda Parker, NY Tim Riley
2019 Rhonda Kelsch, ND Melissa Higbee, MI Jeanette Hale, AR Velynda Parker, NY Tim Riley
2018 Tim Riley, DE Rhonda Kelsch, ND Jeanette Hale, AR Melissa Higbee, MI Irene Moore
2017 Tim Riley, DE Rhonda Kelsch, ND Jeanette Hale, AR Melissa Higbee, MI Irene Moore
2016 Tim Riley, DE Jeanette Hale, AR Melissa Higbee, MI Rhonda Kelsch, ND Irene Moore
2015 Tim Riley, DE Jeanette Hale, AR Tia Rice, OH Rhonda Vetsch, ND Irene Moore
2014 Irene Moore, OH Pam Hawkins, NC Tim Riley, DE Rhonda Vetsch, ND Connie Richmeier
2013 Irene Moore, OH Pam Hawkins, NC Tim Riley, DE Bryan Evans, NC Connie Richmeier
2012 Irene Moore, OH Pam Hawkins, NC Tim Riley, DE Bryan Evans, NC Connie Richmeier
2011 Connie Richmeier, KS Irene Moore, OH Linda Smith, KY Bryan Evans, NC Cindy Moon
2010 Connie Richmeier, KS Irene Moore, OH Linda Smith, KY Pam Hawkins, NC Cindy Moon
2009 Connie Richmeier, KS Tim Riley, DE Linda Smith, KY Pam Hawkins, NC Cindy Moon
2008 Cindy Moon, IL Connie Richmeier, KS Tim Riley, DE Pam Hawkins, NC Robert Dobbs
2007 Cindy Moon, IL Connie Richmeier, KS Glenda Lewis, SC Tim Riley, DE Robert Dobbs
2006 Robert Dobbs, NJ Cindy Moon, IL Connie Richmeier, KS Glenda Lewis, SC Rich Baden
2005 Robert Dobbs, NJ Cindy Moon, IL Connie Richmeier, KS Glenda Lewis, SC Rich Baden
2004 Robert Dobbs, NJ Cindy Moon, IL Connie Richmeier, KS Glenda Lewis, SC Rich Baden
2003 Rich Baden, WA Robert Dobbs, NJ Cindy Moon, IL Connie Richmeier, KS Martha Buff
2002 Rich Baden, WA Robert Dobbs, NJ Cindy Moon, IL Carlene Rosencranz, SD Martha Buff
2001 Martha Buff, NC Rich Baden, WA Robert Dobbs, NJ Cindy Moon, IL Shirley Ball
2000 Martha Buff, NC Rich Baden, WA Robert Dobbs, NJ Cindy Moon, IL Shirley Ball
1999 Martha Buff, NC Rich Baden, WA Christy Kimble, OK Cindy Moon, IL Shirley Ball
1998 Shirley Ball, AR Martha Buff, NC Rich Baden, WA Beth Seibert, OH Kay Wasinger
1997 Shirley Ball, AR Martha Buff, NC Jeff Wilson, CA Frances Martinez, NM Kay Wasinger
1996 Shirley Ball, AR Martha Buff, NC Jeff Wilson, CA Frances Martinez, NM Kay Wasinger
1995 Kay Wasinger, KS Leroy Gross, PA Martha Buff, NC Shirley Ball, AR Don Aron
1994 Kay Wasinger, KS Leroy Gross, PA Martha Buff, NC Shirley Ball, AR Don Aron
1993 Kay Wasinger, KS Leroy Gross, PA Martha Buff, NC Shirley Ball, AR Don Aron
1992 Don Aron, WI Kay Wasinger, KS Jim Armstrong, WA Shirley Ball, AR NA


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