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 1998.

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 since 2001.

Scott Schneider, Resource Conservationist II

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 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 Adviser and Conservation Planner,  Scott is a Certified Crop Advisor, nutrient management planner, and conservation planner. Scott has worked at the District since 2002.

Collin Schoenecker, Resource Conservationist I

Collin joined the Scott SWCD in October 2014 as a Resource Conservation Technician. He conducts site investigations, works on survey and designs, performs erosion & sediment control inspections, administers the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) and is a Certified Wetland Delineator in the State of Minnesota.

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 as District Technician for Carver SWCD.

His interest in conservation and the outdoors started when his Dad and Grandpa took him hunting at a young age. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing and spending time in the outdoors.

Meghan Darley, Natural Resource Specialist

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.

 

Meghan currently oversees the Natural Landscaping programs which include raingardens, native plantings and lakeshore restorations. In addition, she coordinates the annual Tree Sale, Campus Groundwater Conservation Program, and conducts Erosion & Sediment Control inspections. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Scott County Weed Management Area to help control invasive species.

 

In her free time, Meghan enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, visiting National Parks and exploring the North Shore and Boundary Waters areas.

 

Meghan began working at the District in March 2015.

Diann Korbel, Ag Program Specialist

Diann grew up on a farm near Lonsdale and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Ag Studies from the University of Wisconsin River Falls in 2013.  Before coming to the District, she worked for the MN Dairy Herd Improvement Association, and later as a contracted employee for the NRCS. 

 

As a Certified Crop Adviser, Diann can help customers with their conservation agronomy needs including cover crops, nutrient management, prescribed grazing, and whole farm conservation planning.  She can also certify farms under the Lake Friendly Farm and MN Ag Water Quality Certification Programs as well as assist with native prairie restoration.

 

In her spare time, Diann enjoys farming, hiking, skiing, and spending time with her animals.  She has been with the District since 2016.

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, and photography.

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.

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 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, statute and regulation.

 

Kristin has recently joined the SWCD Team as Administration Assistant in August, 2019. 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.

Hannah Matthews, Resource Conservation Technician

Hannah joined the Scott Soil and Water Conservation District in May of 2020. Her job duties include assisting landowners on installing Raingardens and Native Prairies, conducting Erosion and Sediment Control inspections, and gathering water quality samples.

Hannah grew up in Le Sueur, MN, where she raised horses and alpacas. 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 gardening, fishing, photography, and spending time with family and friends.

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