Meet Our Staff

B to F, L to R: Elaine Brown (board director), Seth Gibson, Eric Bak, Gary Boersen (board director), Kurt Wolf, Kelcie Sweeney, Rebekah Faivor, Katie Hafner

Kelcie Sweeney, Executive Director:
Kelcie has been with the Clinton Conservation District since July 2016.  She graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Hydrogeology and from Delta College in Global Peace Studies and applied science.  Prior to coming to the Clinton Conservation District, Kelcie served in the Huron Pines AmeriCorps program and held several other field and lab-based positions.  Contact Kelcie at

Seth Gibson, Water Resources Coordinator:                                                          Seth started with the Clinton Conservation District in October of 2017.  He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife with a concentration of Fisheries Biology and Management.  Before starting with the district, Seth worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s sea lamprey control program as well as several other field and lab technician positions. Contact Seth at

Rebekah Faivor, CTAI Technician:
Rebekah has a bachelors of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Resources and a Masters of Science in Horticulture from Michigan State University. She has a strong background in farmers markets, field crops, vegetable crops, and beef cattle. She has a passion for working with farmers from all sectors of agriculture. Rebekah and her husband also own and operate Faivor Fresh Produce in St. Johns, Michigan. Rebekah has been with the Clinton Conservation District since August 2018 providing technical assistance and help with farm bill programs in Clinton, Eaton and Ionia counties. Contact Rebekah at

Katie Hafner, NFWF Soil Conservationist:
Katie joined the Clinton Conservation district in January 2019. She recently graduated with a Bachelors degree in Wildlife Biology with a minor in Field Biology from the University of Michigan- Flint. Katie has experience working on both public and with landowners while working at the DNR Rose Lake Field Office in East Lansing. In her spare time she enjoys hunting, camping, gardening, and working with her husband on the family farm in Chesaning. Contact Katie at

Eric Bak, MAEAP Technician:                                                                                    Erik started with the district in July of 2019. He has a Bachelors degree in accounting and a Masters degree in Entomology from MSU. He spent 27 years at Michigan State University working in the Pest Management and Wildlife Control unit. Eric also worked in the Environmental Health and Safety department assisting with emergency management and hazardous material response. In his free time he enjoys kayaking, backpacking, hunting, and target shooting. Contact Eric at

Adelyn Geissel, CTAI Program Assistant
Adelyn joined the Clinton Conservation District in February 2020. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Masters in Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management, focusing on native habitat conservation. For her Masters degree, Adelyn developed a conservation plan for a pollinator habitat at Sleepy Hollow State Park. Adelyn previously interned with the Michigan Nature Association as a Conservation Specialist. In her free time, Adelyn enjoys hiking, gardening, advocating for native pollinators, trail running, and kayaking/SUP.

Jessica Short, CTAI Program Assistant
Jessica joined the team in 2020 and provides support for various Farm Bill programs. Jessica has a Bachelors degree from Hope College, and has worked on residential green construction programs and energy waste reduction with utility companies. Jessica enjoys raising rabbits, gardening in her urban native backyard, and working with local community theater.

Linda Klooster-Smith, Administration/Bookkeeper:
Linda has a wide range of administrative experiences including in insurance and small business. Linda assists the District with bookkeeping and administrative duties.  She also helps ensure the semi-annual tree and plant sales run smoothly.  Linda started with the District in May of 2016. Contact Linda at

Joe Woodruff, NRCS District Conservationist:

Joe rejoined the St Johns Field office in July 2019 as District Conservationist after serving Genesee County for several years. Joe is a Clinton County resident with an interest in farming and hunting. He holds a degree from Central Michigan University and got his start in the conservation world working for the Clinton Conservation District. We’re happy to have in back! Contact Joe at

Seth, Katie, Rebekah, Kelcie, Lindsey – April 2019