Angola Field Office Staff

The Steuben County Soil & Water Conservation District is govened by a five member board of 3 elected and 2 appointed Supervisors who volunteer their time and expertise. 

The local five-member board of supervisors make all decisions regarding the District's programs and activities. These programs provide technical assistance, information, and education to assist people in the county to properly manage their natural resources.

  

The 2017 Board of Supervisors are:

  

STEUBEN COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

SWCD Administrative Coordinator:

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

SWCD Resource Conservationist:

Janel Meyer  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Tara Lee

  

Janel joined the Steuben County SWCD in April 2015 as the Resource Conservationist, stepping into the Administrative Coordinator’s position in August. She previously worked for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Pokagon State Park as an Office Assistant (2013 - 2015) and as the Assistant Lake Michigan Fisheries Biologist for the Division of Fish and Wildlife (1994 - 2012).  She began her career as a Fisheries Technician with Duke Energy (formerly PSI Energy in Plainfield, Indiana) in 1993 after receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Science and Wildlife Science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  A Northwest Indiana native, she enjoys outdoor recreational activities including hiking, kayaking, bird watching, and fishing; she also enjoys spending time with family, gardening, and cooking.

  

  

Tara comes to us from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Farm Service Agency. Tara is a Trine University graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  She was a Team Leader for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for 7 years and completed a 1 yr contract at the Farm Service Agency prior to starting her current position at Steuben County SWCD.  She and her family have lived in Steuben County for 30 years.  Her hobbies include up-cycling, scoring great deals at garage sales, kayaking and spending time with her family.

  

  

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: District Conservationist

  

Brian Musser

Brian is a lifetime resident of northeast Indiana growing up in St. Joe, Indiana in DeKalb County. In 2010, Brian received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He enjoys cycling, hiking, kayaking, and pond hockey.

 

 

Board of Supervisors

Chairman

Thomas Green  

Tom Green has been involved with Steuben SWCD since 1989 when he worked as an Erosion Control Technician (ECT) for the IDNR Division of Soil Conservation.  Working with the Indiana’s “T” by 2000 program, he helped design and install conservation practices.  While working as an ECT, Tom went back to school at Tri-State University where he earned a Civil Engineering degree.  For five years after graduation Tom worked for an Engineering Consulting firm in Kendallville doing stormwater and erosion control designs.  In 2000 his wife, Dr. Charlsie Green, purchased the Grandview Veterinary Clinic from the H. G. Headley estate and Tom began helping out at the clinic as manager.

Still wanting to do some civil engineering work, Tom started Tom Green Engineering and works on various site plan designs incorporating new stormwater and erosion control measures to reduce runoff and protect Steuben County resources.

Tom has served on the SWCD board since 1999 as an appointed supervisor.  Tom has been 4H Aerospace superintendent for too many years to count and looks forward to the rocket launch every year at the fair.  He attends Angola United Methodist Church, and is a member of the Cahoots Coffee Café administrative board.  Tom enjoys camping, canoeing, and hiking.

  

Vice-Chairman

Zac Martin

Zac was the Resource Conservationist for Steuben County SWCD.  He now operates his own company and was voted in as Vice Chairman in March 2016.

Member

Craig Holman

  

Craig has served the SWCD on the board since 2012. Craig works on the Holman family farm in Steuben County. He assists with 4-H and FFA activities in the area. He enjoys the outdoors and agricultural related antiques.

Member

Chuck Howard

Chuck graduated from Hamilton high school before going on to becoming an accomplished farmer and construction contractor.  He resides in Otsego Township and previously served on the Edon Co-Op board for nine years.  

Member

Gene Diehl

Gene was raised on his family farm located here in Steuben County.  He graduated from Orland High School in 1962.  His service as a reserve police officer for both the Angola and Fremont departments occured from 1966 to 1991.  He purchased his wife's family farm and subsequently farmed it for thirty years. His family has grown to include two children and five grandchildren.  He enjoys operating HAM radio tower, aviation, as well as collecting and restoring antique tractors.