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 kelcie.sweeney@macd.org

Rebekah Faivor, NFWF Soil Conservationist

Rebekah has been with the district since August 2018. she 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. She enjoys working with farmers from all sectors of agriculture. At the district she helps providing technical assistance and help with farm bill programs in the Maple River watershed.

Contact Rebekah at rebekah.faivor@macd.org

Katie Hafner: CTAI Technician

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. She has a passion for backyard conservation, and can answer all your question on cash crop farming. In her spare time she enjoys hunting, camping, gardening, and working with her husband on the family farm in Chesaning. Katie helps provide conservation planning assistance to landowners in Clinton and Ionia counties.

Contact Katie at katie.hafner@macd.org

Eric Bak: MAEAP Technician

Eric Bak

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 eric.bak@macd.org

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 joe.woodruff@usda.gov

Cheyanne Boucher: NRCS Conservation Technician

Cheyanne Boucher, NRCS Conservation Technician

Cheyanne joined the district in November of 2020. She graduated from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelors in Wildlife Ecology and Management. Before coming to the Conservation district, she worked on the Isle Royale wolf and moose study, for the Saginaw Bay CISMA, and Michigan DNR. Cheyanne also worked for Michigan State University studying the reproduction and survival of American woodcock and on another project studying the movement and dispersal of white-tailed deer. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, and gardening. She especially loves spending time outdoors with her horse and dogs.

Contact Cheyanne at cheyanne.boucher@macd.org

Jill Detwiller, Water Resources Coordinator

Jill Detwiler joined the Clinton Conservation District in September 2021 as the Water Resources Coordinator. She is a Haslett native and in 2017 earned her Bachelors degree from Michigan State University in Environmental Studies and Sustainability with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Before joining the District, Jill supported the incubator kitchen program at Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing and grew her love of plants while working at a family-owned greenhouse. Most recently, she lived in Savannah, GA coordinating the local Master Gardener program and providing agriculture and natural resource education to landowners as an ANR Educator with University of Georgia Extension. Growing up in the Great Lakes State and living near the Atlantic ocean engrained her deep appreciation for water resources. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, snowboarding, and ogling at nature.

Contact Jill at jill.detwiller@macd.org

Kurt Wolf, Farm Bill Biologist

Kurt Wolf has been working with the Clinton Conservation District along with Gratiot and Saginaw since March 2016. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree of Science majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. His undergrad concentration was in conservation with a primary focus on wildlife. Kurt previously worked for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as a Non-Career Wildlife Assistant. He enjoys helping landowners improve native habitat on private property and surrounding public land. Kurt is an avid outdoorsman and likes to plant native grassland prairies on his property in Ovid for hunting and recreation.

Kurt can be reached at kurt.wolf@macd.org or 586-921-3013

Norlando Veals: NRCS Soil Conservation Technician

Norlando has recently joined the St. Johns office as the NRCS soil conservation technician. Norlando will work to help producers apply for, contract, and implement different practices to conserve the natural resources we all use. Before moving to Michigan, Norlando worked for Indiana NRCS and also the Forest Service. Originally from Mississippi, he graduated from Alcorn State University where he played college football. He graduated with a degree in Ag Economics. At home, he enjoys hunting, fishing, coaching football, and mentoring.

Contact Norlando at Norlando.Veals2@usda.gov

Emily Malkin : NRCS Soil Conservationist

Emily’s interest in agriculture started off while participating in her local FFA program in high school. She joined the military while in high school and will be celebrating 8 years this coming November. While attending college at Michigan State University, Emily traveled and studied abroad, interned for a research lab and a non-profit organization, wrote an article that was published in Michigan and Ohio Farmer Magazines, and graduated in December of 2019 with a Bachelors in Crop and Soil Science and a minor in International Agriculture. After college she worked for a safety compliance laboratory, then started with NRCS in July of 2020 as the soil conservationist for Shiawassee County. She was married in October of 2020, and her and her husband Tyler are expecting their first child in December this year. Emily enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs, and also being outdoors and gardening. She is excited to learn and assist in the conservation of this county, and to promote programs that will benefit farmers and our environment.

Contact Emily at Emily.Malkin@usda.gov

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.

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