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Meet the District

Commissioners

The Jones SWCD is governed by five unpaid Commissioners who are elected to positions on the general ballot and serve four-year terms. The Commissioners are assisted and supported by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). Commissioners can appoint as many Assistant Commissioners, for a one-year term, as they deem necessary.


 Name Town
Term
E-Mail
 Julie Orris; Chair
Center Junction 2023    cuppy@netins.net
Jeff Von Behren; Vice Chair, Co-Treasurer
Wyoming     2023
n/a
Pauline Antons, Assistant Commissioner
Center Junction
2019 pantons@netins.net
Dave Aschbrenner
Monticello
2021
aschmein@live.com
Walter Laetare  
Olin
2021
wlaetare@gmail.com
Paul Specht    
Monticello
2019
pspecht@gmail.com
Joe Trumm    
Cascade
2021
joesaratrumm@netins.net
Rose Rohr; Assistant Commissioner
Anamosa     2019 rcrohr64@gmail.com

Office Staff

The Jones SWCD has an official Memorandum of Agreement with IDALS-DSCWQ (Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship-Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality) and USDA-NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service). The Memorandum of Agreement allows Jones SWCD to share office space, equipment, vehicles, and most importantly State and Federal personnel. IDALS-DSCWQ provides the Secretary/Treasurer. NRCS provides the District Conservationist, Soil Conservationist, and Soil Conservation Technician. The Jones SWCD hires additional technical staff as needed.



Back Row: Ron Andreesen, Tom Miller, Billy Reiter, Thomas Mullen, Dean Zimmerman, Mark Schmidt  Front Row: Michelle Thole, Sonya Ellison, Rachel Pugh, Kim Noe, and Joe Wagner
 
Joe Wagner- NRCS District Conservationist
Sonya Ellison- IDALS-DSCWQ Secretary/Treasurer
Michelle Thole- NRCS Soil Conservationist
Mark Schmidt-NRCS Soil Conservation Technician
Thomas Mullen- State Soil Conservation Technician
Tom Miller- NRCS Wetland Specialist
Ron Andreesen- Jones SWCD Technician
Dean Zimmerman- Jones SWCD Technician
Rachel Pugh- Jones SWCD College Intern
Billy Reiter- Pheasants Forever Wildlife Biologist
Kim Noe- Elyon Contract Clerical Specialist