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.

Rebecca Power

Chair and At-Large Director

Rebecca Power is Director of the 12-state North Central Region Water Network and leads a range of other water outreach programs at the University of Wisconsin-Extension. During her 20 years with UW-Extension, she co-directed the six-state Great Lakes Regional Water Program and served as a local natural resource educator in...

Steve Kadas

Treasurer and 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...

Keith Berns

Northwest Regional Director

Keith Berns combines over 20 years of no-till farming with 10 years of teaching agriculture and computers. In addition to no-tilling 2,500 acres of irrigated and dryland corn, soybeans, rye, triticale, peas, sunflowers, and buckwheat in south central Nebraska, he also co-owns and operates Green Cover Seed, one of the...

Christopher Hartley

Vice-Chair and Northeast Regional Director

Christopher Hartley is the Senior Environmental Markets Analyst with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of Environmental Markets. He is responsible for the development of policy, tools, and metrics to facilitate private investment in conservation and the participation of farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in emerging environmental markets. He...

Ellen Gilinsky

At-Large Director

Ellen Gilinsky, PhD is president of Ellen Gilinsky, LLC, which she started in January 2017 to work with government, industry, and the private sector on finding environmental solutions to water challenges. Her clients include Resources for the Future, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, University of North Carolina at...

Jerry Hatfield

At-Large Director

Jerry Hatfield received his PhD from Iowa State University in 1975 in the area of agricultural climatology and is the retired director of the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, Iowa. His research focuses on the interactions among the components of the...

Jason Weller

Secretary and At-Large Director

Jason Weller is president of Truterra, LLC, the sustainability business of Land O’Lakes, Inc. 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...

Roger Wolf

North Central Region Director

Roger Wolf is a lifelong native Iowan, current farmer landowner, and President of Wolf Brothers Wildlife Enterprises, LLC headquartered in Osceola, Iowa. He has over 33 years of professional experience working in soil and water conservation. He started his career as a Watershed Project Coordinator in 1989 working in the...

Amanda Gumbert

Southeast Region Director

Amanda Gumbert serves as an Extension Water Quality Specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food & Environment. Amanda collaborates with university personnel and federal/state/local agency partners to deliver water quality information and technical assistance to Kentuckians through the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. A major program focus is...