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Meet the team members at Scott SWCD who uphold our mission.

Who Is Scott SWCD?

Troy Kuphal, District Director

Troy grew up on a dairy farm in southeast Wisconsin. He earned his bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Troy brings 25 years of conservation field experience. He enjoys helping landowners, local leaders and other citizens address soil, water, wildlife and other environmental issues. He also administers the Wetland Conservation Act and is available for various wetland-related questions.

As District Director, Troy is responsible for developing and administering the District’s budget, hiring, developing and supervising staff, administering grants and programs, managing internal and external partnerships, and ensuring the policies and directives of the Board of Supervisors are carried out.

 

He has served the District as manager since 2009.

Willie Peters, Resource Conservationist II

Willie grew up on a farm near Medford. He earned his bachelor’s degree with a major in forestry and a minor in natural resources and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He works on structural practices and projects.

Willie is also involved in designing project and helping landowners connect with various cost-share programs.

He has worked for the District since for over 16 years.

Shelly Tietz, Finance and Accounting Specialist

Shelly grew up in New Prague, Minnesota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mankato State University.

She provides administrative assistance to all grant programs, provides administrative assistance to the Non-Point Engineering Assistance Program and maintains District financial records.

 

She has worked at the District for more than 15 years.

Scott Schneider, Resource Conservationist I

Scott grew up on a dairy farm in Cambria, Wisconsin. He earned his bachelor’s degree in broad area agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
 

Scott is operates the District’s equipment rental program, assists farmers with livestock waste and nutrient management planning, and assists landowners with planning, design and installation of structural and ecological best management practices.

As a Certified Crop Advisor and Conservation Planner,  Scott is the Area Certification Specialist for the Minnesota Agriculrural Water Quality Certification Programs. Scott has worked at the District for more than 14 years.

Todd Kavitz, Engineering Technician

Todd earned his degree in Civil Engineering/Surveying from South Central Technical College in Mankato. Assisting producers with implementing cover crops and improving soil health is a main focus for Todd. He has a special interest and knowledge of lakeshore restoration and streambank stabilization projects as well.

 

Todd and his wife Camille farm north of Medford with their four children, Cole, Dallas, Cassidy, and Cael. Camping with family and friends, working on the farm and trips to Wyoming and Montana are among his favorite free-time hobbies and interests.

He began working at the District in January 2012.

Collin Schoenecker, Resource Conservation Technician

Collin joined the Scott SWCD in October 2014 as the new Resource Conservation Technician. In this capacity, he conducts site investigations, works on survey and designs, performs construction erosion and sediment control inspections and administration of the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA).

A New Prague native, Collin is a graduate of Minnesota State University Mankato where he earned his bachelor's degree in recreation, parks and leisure services, with an emphasis in resource management and leisure planning management.

He completed an internship with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service through Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, working with the Wetland Management District. Before starting with Scott SWCD, he worked as Resource Specialist for Rice SWCD and most recently as District Technician for Carver SWCD.

His interest in conservation and the outdoors started with his dad and grandpa who took him hunting at a young age. To this day, he enjoys hunting and fishing, but mostly teaching youth about waterfowl hunting and gun safety.

Meghan Darley, Resource Conservation Technician

Meghan joined the staff as Resource Conservation Technician in March, 2015. Many recognize her as a presenter at the District's annual raingarden and shoreline restoration workshops. She also oversees the Rain Gauge Monitoring Program for the State Climatology Office, currently working with eight volunteers who monitor precipitation daily from different locations throughout Scott County.

A native of Duluth, Meghan earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. Following graduation, she volunteered with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Duluth. She also worked as a field crew member at Gooseberry Falls State Park and along the North Shore through the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa.

A big part of her role at the District is inspecting construction sites for possible erosion concerns. As a certified Construction Installer, Meghan’s goal is to help landowners and contractors protect natural resources from sedimentation by applying best management practices such as silt fences, rock entrances, and bio-logs, and ensuring exposed soils are seeded or mulched in a timely manner.

In her free time, Meghan enjoys hunting, fishing, running, playing soccer and softball and exploring the North Shore and Boundary Waters areas. She is also a certified Wildland Firefighter.

Diann Korbel, Ag Program Specialist

Diann, a Lonsdale resident, joined the District in 2016.  She is the first point of contact for customers that call or visit the office.  Diann grew up on a farm near Lonsdale.  She earned her degrees in Agriculture Studies and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2013 and worked as a field technician for the MN Dairy Herd Improvement Association for 3 years.  She also worked as a contracted employee for the NRCS before joining the District.

 

In addition to customer relations, Diann provides technical assistance for cover crops, nutrient management, and  prescribed grazing.   She also helps certify farmers through the MN Ag Water Quality Certification Program and Lake Friendly Farm Program.  Her main interest is conservation agronomy and she enjoys farming, milking cows, hiking and downhill skiing in her spare time.

Andy Porupsky, Resource Conservationist I

Andy grew up in Zimmerman, MN.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota.  Andy assists landowners with participation in cost share and incentives programs, and conducts site investigations, surveys, designs, construction oversight and certification.

His previous work experience includes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Minnesota DNR, and the 14 years with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Andy’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, cabin trips, photography, and coaching hockey.

Jon Utecht, Water Resource Specialist

Jon joined the Scott SWCD team in early 2018.  His role is to monitor the county's water quality and quantity.  He also provides assistance with erosion and sediment control and the Buffer Law.

A native of Cold Spring MN, he earned his Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in Environmental Science, and is finishing a Masters from the University of Minnesota Duluth in Water Resource Science.  His previous experience includes working with the MN Dept. of Natural Resources monitoring water quantity, and conducting various monitoring activities as a Field Technician with the Natural Resources Research Institute.

In his spare time, Jon enjoys spending time in the outdoors to include hunting, fishing, camping, snowboarding, and hiking.

Shelby Roberts, Public Outreach and Education Specialist

Shelby joined the Scott SWCD team in April 2019 to assist with the Scott Clean Water Education Program (SCWEP), organize Outdoor Education Days, assisting with the various workshops put on by the office, and getting the word out to the community about the Scott SWCD. She also supports the various conservation programs put on by the county.

 

She grew up in Eden Prairie and earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in biology and environmental science. She previously interned for Scott SWCD in 2017 through the Conservation Corps as an environmental intern. Her other previous work experience includes The River Alliance of Wisconsin monitoring lakes and rivers in La Crosse, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in their invasive species program.

 

While in college, Shelby fell in love with camping, backpacking, canoeing, and musical theater. She has a goal to climb Everest Base Camp by 2021, but until then, you can find her on a trail, in a river, or listening to Broadway albums.

Hannah Matthews, Water Resource Technician

Hannah joined the Scott County SWCD in May 2019. Her role is to monitor the water quality within Scott County and assist with erosion and sediment control.

Hannah grew up in Le Sueur, MN. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and a minor in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services/Resource Management from Minnesota State Mankato. She had previously worked for an environmental non-profit, where she focused on drainage improvement projects within the Minnesota River Basin.

Some of Hannah’s hobbies include fishing, gardening, photography, and spending time with family and friends.

Kristin Weinandt, Administrative Assistant

Kristin started working in business right out of high school and all throughout college. She has an Associate’s Degree in Business from Inver Hills Community College, along with on the job training in small business. This has given her the opportunity to accrue a wide range of business organization knowledge. She has also focused on continued education, with background in personal, business, and payroll tax, statue and regulation. She joined the SWCD Team in the summer of 2019.

 

Kristin has recently joined the district as an Administration Assistant. She will be the first point of contact for customers that call or visit the office, along with supporting the Accounting Specialist and other staff members.

 

On her time off she enjoys fishing with her family, exploring new places, traveling and volunteering for local organizations.

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