October 23, 2017

Board of Directors

2017-2018 Officers
Chair: Rex Martin
Vice-Chair: Wendi Goldsmith
Secretary: Don Wysocki
Susan Meadows

SWCS members may contact their board members using the contact information in the members-only website.
Board members may also be contacted through SWCS headquarters:
945 SW Ankeny Road, Ankeny IA 50023, 515-289-2331,


Northeast Region Director




Wendi Goldsmith

Wendi Goldsmith has been a recognized leader involved in research, policy, and design related to vegetation for engineering and environmental stewardship projects. She works to build relationships, to attract new young, urban, and diverse members, and to coordinate SWCS activities in connection with recent federal policy for climate change preparedness and sustainability. She founded Bioengineering Group in 1992 (sold in 2014), and also founded Center for Urban Watershed Resilience (www.CUWR.org) in 1999, both to support projects and communities seeking living and ecologically integrated solutions.

Soil management has gained importance in urban areas and wherever climate change is a concern. Wendi’s career has focused on promoting awareness, acceptance, and practice of bioengineering techniques and green infrastructure solutions for stormwater, river, and coastal management. Her goal is to foster greater interaction between SWCS and other societies oriented towards the built environment to promote wider practice of soil stewardship for flood reduction, carbon sequestration, and living bank/shoreline measures. SWCS members have much to offer as we solve today's problems for climate adaptation and resilience.


Southeast Region Director


Dale Threatt-Taylor

Dale Threatt-Taylor is the Director of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District and Wake County’s Soil and Water Conservation Department. She received a Bachelor of Science in Conservation from North Carolina State University in 1991. Her career began as a Soil Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. She later joined the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District as a Conservation Technician and progressively moved into one of the Natural Resource Conservationist positions.

Dale received a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University in 2011. In 2012, she was selected as one of 30 agriculturalists in North Carolina identified to participate in the Agricultural Leadership Development Program at North Carolina State University.

Dale’s vision for a successful society includes active communication, professional board service, and productive membership. She wants everyone to understand that locally led conservation begins with an individual, and that all of our conservation work matters.

North Central Region Director



Susan Meadows


Susan Meadows is a training officer for the Indiana Natural Resources Conservation Service. Her previous 20 years included positions in the field as a soil conservationist, district conservationist, and technical services team leader working directly with land users and decision makers as they put conservation practices on the land. Susan has also worked four years as a RC&D coordinator and has been an SWCS member for over 25 years.

Susan understands that the world of conservation and agriculture will continue to change dramatically over the next few years as we position ourselves to help feed the ever-growing population. She believes caring for our natural resources and producing food, fuel, and fiber in a sustainable way is critical. All agencies and organizations at every level will be affected and the practicing conservationist will need more support than ever. She believes that communication is a vital characteristic in any organization of volunteers/members and SWCS is no exception. Without communication people will get disconnected, and their passion can be swayed to other efforts. In these challenging days, Susan knows we need to keep conservation in the forefront, and being an active member of SWCS is the way to do that!

Northwest Region Director

Don Wysocki

Don Wysocki is an Extension soil scientist with Oregon State University at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center.

SWCS as a body of scientists, managers, decision makers, and involved individuals is a uniquely situated organization. Don is focused on the changes that are going on daily. Energy, water quality, air quality, watershed health, waste management, food safety, endangered species, and soil erosion are a widening list of issues. How are we as a society adjusting to change?

There is intensifying competition and demand for resources and environmental benefits. At the same time, few people have direct connection with the land and fewer have experience managing natural resources. Yet the public has a greater interest and concern in how natural resources are managed and sustained. SWCS is challenged to educate everyone on the importance of healthy land and clean water. However, its role doesn’t stop there. Don believes SWCS members must be leaders when and where decisions on resource management are made. SWCS has the opportunity and responsibility of balancing the needs of people, land, water, and other resources.


Southwest Region Director 



Steve Kadas

Steve Kadas graduated from New Mexico State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Crops and Soil Science. He has since served as a soil conservationist, district conservationist, and area conservationist, among other positions. Steve currently serves as the resources conservationist managing the state technical specialists and technical standards in New Mexico. He has been an active member of SWCS for 28 years. He has served as Chapter President in both New Mexico and Wyoming and has held many other chapter positions. He is also serves as an Elder at the Calvary in Meadows church.


At-Large Directors

Bruce Knight

Bruce Knight is a nationally recognized expert on conservation, agriculture, and the environment. Bruce is the principal and founder of Strategic Conservation Solutions, LLC.  From 2002 to 2006, he served as Chief of Natural Resources Conservation Service, the lead USDA agency for conservation on private working agricultural lands. Bruce was the under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs at the USDA from 2006 to 2009. A third-generation rancher and farmer and lifelong conservationist, Bruce operates a diversified grain and cattle operation in South Dakota using no-till and rest rotation grazing systems. His farming and ranching background gives him the opportunity to practice stewardship and husbandry, providing firsthand knowledge of the interdependency of animal, plant, and human health with the environment.

Rex Martin

Rex Martin grew up on a farrow to finish swine operation in Camden, Arkansas. A former Arkansas State FFA President, Rex attended college at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business.

For the past 28 years, Rex has worked in various positions related to environmental regulation and legislation at the state and federal levels. As head, external relations at Syngenta his responsibilities included directing engagement with agricultural groups, setting and implementing North America Syngenta ag and environmental policy, directing our Federal government relations department, and managing Syngenta’s “Leadership at its Bestâ„ ” training program.  In his current position as senior vice president of Owner Relations for Dairy Management Inc., his responsibilities include leading a team managing Farmer Relations, Agricultural External Engagement, and Crisis Communications.

When he is not working with agricultural organizations, Rex enjoys skiing and snowmobiling along with singing and playing music. Rex lives in Springfield, Missouri, with his wife, Kristie, and teenage daughters, Blair and Haley. 



William F.  Kuckuck

Bill Kuckuck is an integral part of the leadership teams of both CropLife America and CropLife Foundation. Prior to his current role, Bill served as executive vice president and COO of the American Farmland Trust. His professional experience also includes several senior management positions in the food and agriculture sectors, having served as managing director of Marine Harvest Europe, president of Tyson Foods International, and group chairman of Ralston Purina Asia/Pacific, among others. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in agricultural business management, completed his MBA at Rockhurst University, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Kent Corporation.



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