Our Board

The official governing body of the Soil and Water Conservation District consists of five supervisors. Three are elected (one each year for a three-year term) at an annual meeting of land occupiers held in January, February, or March. Two are appointed (also for staggered three-year terms) by the State Soil Conservation Board based upon recommendations of the leadership in the district.

Individually, Soil and Water Conservation District board members are responsible for the following:

  • To attend and actively participate in all board meetings.
  • To come to meetings prepared.
  • To carry out assigned responsibilities.
  • To stay informed of local conservation issues.
  • To attend area and state meetings of the state association.
  • To participate in training opportunities.
  • To promote the district’s work to local landowners, agencies and organizations, and legislators
  • To identify local conservation needs and work to meet them within the limits of its resources.
  • And to keep the conservation district mission in focus.

Collectively, board members have the responsibility to work together as a unit to plan and oversee implementation of their district’s programs.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a board member, please feel free to contact any of our current board members.

Current Board Members

Chairperson – Josh Cox, Lafayette, IN – ELECTED TERM EXPIRES: 2019
Email Address: jcfarms14@gmail.com

Vice Chair – Curt Vanderkleed, Romney, IN – ELECTED TERM EXPIRES: 2018
Email Address: farmvander@hotmail.com

SupervisorSally Unser, Lafayette, IN – APPOINTED TERM EXPIRES: 2020
Email Address: sally.unser@gmail.com

Supervisor –  Michael Strasburger, West Lafayette, IN -ELECTED TERM EXPIRES: 2020
Email Address: stras2424@gmail.com

Supervisor – Melody Clouser, West Point, IN – APPOINTED TERM EXPIRES: 2021

Board Meetings

Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) adhere to the Open Door Law which was enacted in 1977 to permit the citizens of Indiana access to meetings held by public agencies. Meeting notifications are posted at the SWCD office at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting and include the date, time, location and topics to be discussed.

The Soil and Water Conservation District board (consisting of five supervisors) meet regularly on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA Service Center, 1812 Troxel Drive, Lafayette, Indiana. To conduct official business, at least three supervisors (constituting a quorum), must be present at the meeting. Only members of the governing body may make motions and vote on motions before the board; however, this does not preclude associates and staff from providing input on issues being discussed.

Regular monthly board meetings follow an agenda which tracks progress of planned goals and actions specific to the SWCD’s strategic plan. The agenda also include minutes from the previous meeting, a financial report, discussion of upcoming events, provision of staff reports, signing of financial claims and a review of conservation plans as needed.

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