The SWCS Board of Directors consists of one director elected by SWCS members from each of SWCS’s regions in the United States (Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast). Additionally, four At-Large Directors are appointed by the Board itself. The SWCS CEO serves ex-officio as a non-voting member.

Regional Directors represent the interests of all SWCS members, with specific responsibilities to the members and chapters within their respective regions as required by the Board. At-Large Directors assure that the Board represents public policy and natural resource knowledge, and maintains contact with federal, state, and provincial agencies; other societies; and environmental, agricultural, conservation, and other groups.

Rex Martin

Chair and At-Large Director

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 nearly 30 years, Rex has worked in various positions...

Wendi Goldsmith

Vice-Chair and Northeast Region Director

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...

Don Wysocki

Secretary and Northwest Region Director

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...

Susan Meadows

Treasurer and North Central Region Director

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...

Dale Threatt-Taylor

Southeast Region Director

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....

Steve Kadas

Southwest Region Director

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...

Bruce Knight

At-Large Director

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...

William Kuckuck

At-Large Director

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,...

Jason Weller

At-Large Director

Jason Weller joined Land O’Lakes, Inc., in 2017 as Senior Director of Sustainability where he leads the team providing natural resource sustainability and agricultural production solutions for the cooperative’s members and owners. Jason previously served as Chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the nation’s largest working lands conservation organization,...