June 23, 2017

Board of Directors

2016-2017 Officers
President: Jon Scholl
Vice President: Rex Martin
Secretary: Wendi Goldsmith
Don Wysocki

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


Northeast Region Director



 Bill Boyer

Wendi Goldsmith

I work 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. 

Soil management has gained importance in urban areas and wherever climate change is a concern. My career has focused on promoting awareness, acceptance, and practice of bioengineering techniques and green infrastructure solutions for stormwater, river, and coastal management. My 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. 

Wendi Goldsmith founded Bioengineering Group in 1992 to consult on vegetation for engineering and environmental stewardship projects. 


Southeast Region Director


Dale Threatt-Taylor

I have several goals for the Society: Active Communication, Professional Board Service, and Productive Membership. My first priority is to be diligent in communication that reaches each of the chapters in the region. I would like use all means of communication to try to develop a relationship with the state chapters and their leaders. Social media, email, mail, and the old reliable telephone. Another goal is be to provide support to SWCS both staff and fellow board members. Having served on several boards, I understand the time commitment required to be an effective board member. I want to explore opportunities to promote active memberships in SWCS, which will increase the volume of our voice on conservation efforts across the land. The "what can we do next/more/better" attitude will is my platform.

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 NC 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 NC State University. 

Dale 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


I understand 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. 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. I believe 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, I know we need to keep conservation in the forefront and SWCS is the way to do that!


Susan Meadows is a Training Officer for the Indiana NRCS. Her previous twenty 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.

Northwest Region Director

Don Wysocki

Numerous issues challenge us daily. SWCS as a body of scientists, managers, decision makers, and involved individuals is a uniquely situated organization. As the Northwest Region Board member, I think it’s possible to represent you well and to make a difference. The message that I share with you, concerns 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 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.

We are challenged to educate everyone on the importance of healthy land, air and water. However, our role doesn’t stop there. We must be leaders when and where decisions on resource management are made. As members of SWCS we have the opportunity and responsibility of balancing the needs of people, land, water, and other resources.

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


Southwest Region Director 



Steve Kadas

Steve current serves as the Resources Conservationist managing the state technical specialists and technical standards in New Mexico. He has been an active member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society 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.

2015 – Present NRCS State Resource Conservationist, Albuquerque, NM

2012 – 2015 NRCS Area Conservationist, Albuquerque, NM

2004 – 2012 Assistant State Conservationist of Operations, Albuquerque, NM

1996 to 2004 NRCS District Conservationist, Cheyenne Wyoming

1993 to 1996 SCS District Conservationist, Estancia, NM

1990 to 1993 SCS Soil Conservationist, Clovis, NM

1987 to 1990 SCS Soil Conservationist, Albuquerque, NM

1984 to 1987 Construction Worker, New Mexico, Colorado and California

Bachelor of Science in Crops and Soil Science, New Mexico State University, 1984


At-Large Directors

Bruce Knight

Bruce Knight is a nationally recognized expert on conservation, agriculture and the environment.  Knight is the principal and founder of Strategic Conservation Solutions, LLC.  From 2002 to 2006, Knight served as Chief of Natural Resources Conservation Service, the lead U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agency for conservation on private working agricultural lands.  Knight was the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the USDA from 2006-2009.  Drawing on his experience as a former association executive, lobbyist, regulator and Capitol Hill staffer, Knight has a broad understanding of how Washington works.  He also brings firsthand knowledge of farming to his national policymaking credentials.  A third-generation rancher and farmer and lifelong conservationist, Knight 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. 

Rex has served in many leadership and Board positions inside and outside the industry.  He has received a number of awards recognizing his leadership commitment to agricultural organizations, including the William Larue award from the Southern Crop Production Association, the Croplife America Workhorse Award and the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Agri-Women President’s Award. He also was the first-ever recipient of the Kansas Ag Retailers Association’s “Standing TALL” award.   

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


Jon Scholl

Jon Scholl teaches agricultural policy at the University of Illinois as part of an experiential learning program focused upon a hands-on, real world approach to learning.

He served five years as President of American Farmland Trust where he refocused the organization on a mission of protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and helping keep farmers on the land.  

Prior to his leading AFT, Jon severed as Counselor to the Administrator for Agricultural Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) in the George W. Bush Administration. At the U.S. EPA, Scholl led the development of the first National Agricultural Strategy, first agricultural advisory committee and the first agency-wide cross media agriculture team.  He also helped direct Agency regulations on animal feeding operations, spill prevention, clean air rules and emission reporting requirements. In 2007, Scholl provided counsel to the USDA farm bill team on conservation provisions.

Prior to his work at the U.S. EPA, Scholl was Executive Assistant to the President of the Illinois Farm Bureau, among other positions including Director of Public Policy, Director of National Legislation, and Director of Natural Resources. Over his 25 years with Illinois Farm Bureau, he worked with the Illinois Congressional delegation and coordinated several legislative initiatives at state and local levels. Scholl also worked at the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Jon is a partner in a family farming operation in McLean County, Illinois where they grow corn, soybeans and generate wind power. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1978 with a B.S. in Agricultural Science. He was the recipient of the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Award of Merit in 2008. He is currently a member of the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Advisory Committee.  He is the former Chairman of the Illinois FFA Foundation Board of Trustees.


William F.  Kuckuck

President, CropLife Foundation

Executive Vice President and COO, CropLife America

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. Kuckuck holds a bachelor’s degree from 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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