Meet the Staff

Andrea Stay, Executive Director:

Andrea started with the Eaton Conservation District in January of 2006. As the Executive Director, Andrea oversees all programs, grants and administration of the District. She is responsible for carrying out the policies and priorities set forth by the board of directors.

Andrea serves on the following committees: Farmland Preservation - Purchase of Development Rights, Charlotte Wellhead Protection, Thornapple Watershed Planning Committee, Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program State Team, Greening Mid-Michigan Program, and Michigan Arbor Day Alliance. Andrea also serves as the Region 7 representative for the Michigan Association of Conservation District Employees Association.

Andrea grew up in Mason and graduated from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment with a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at Western Michigan University. Prior to her current position, Andrea served as an AmeriCorps member and was a statewide Emerald Ash Borer Outreach Coordinator at the Ingham Conservaton District and for the Forest Service for a summer as a botanist for their Forest Inventory and Analysis program.

Jennifer Hunnell, State Arbor Day Outreach Coordinator:

Jennifer joined the Eaton Conservation District in October 2011 as the Program Coordinator for the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance. This position includes organizing the annual Statewide Arbor Day Celebration which is held for 2nd and 3rd graders at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, MI. She also coordinates outreach efforts through the Michigan Water Stewardship website and the Go Green Youth Challenge program.

Jennifer grew up in Dimondale, MI and graduated from MIchigan State University with a B.S. Degree in Fisheries and WIldlife Management. She has work experience in environmental education and outreach through positions with Michigan United Conservation Clubs in Lansing, Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, MI and the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery in Mattawan, MI.

Jennifer Silveri, Water Stewardship Technician:

Jennifer Silveri returned to the Eaton Conservation District in May 2011. She worked for the District from 2007-2009 as an AmeriCorps volunteer and conservation outreach specialist for the Michigan water Stewardship Program. She is now the Water Stewardship Technician for the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). She works one on one with producers to complete environmental risk assessments and emergency plans for farms and greenhouses. She also assists producers towards MAEAP verification.

Jen graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Environmental Biology/Zoology. While in school she worked for an integrated pest management and functional ecology lab that focused on cherry and apple orchards. After her position as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the district she worked for the Michigan Rural Water Association. There, she acted as a liason between USDA Rural Development and all of the communities in the Lower Peninsula who recieved stimulus funds for water and sewer infrastructure improvements throughout the Recovery Act.

Rachael Loucks, Watershed Coordinator:

Rachael joined the Eaton Conservation District in October 2012 as the watershed coordinator for the Middle Grand River. Rachael is responsible for the overall project coordination of the MDEQ 319 grant to develop a watershed management plan for the middle section (e.g., Eaton Rapids, Dimondale, Lansing, Grand Ledge, Portland, to Lyons) of the Grand River.

Matt Einheuser, Conservation Technical Assistance Initiative (CTAI) Specialist:

Matt is the CTAI Specialist for the Clinton Conservation District. As a CTAI Specialist, he assists NRCS with implementing the Farm Bill Program in Clinton, Ionia, and Eaton Counties.

Tim Redder, USDA-NRCS District Conservationist:

Tim Redder started in Eaton County in July 2010. Previously Tim has worked as a Soil Conservationist in Clinton County and most recently as the Wetlands Reserve Program Coordinator at the USDA NRCS state office. Tim has worked for NRCS for over 5 years. He has a degree in Natural Resources Management and grew up working on the family farm in Newaygo County.

NRCS staff work directly with farmers, ranchers, and others, to provide technical and financial conservation assistance. NRCS helps landowners develop conservation plans and provides advice on the design, layout, construction, management, operation, maintenance, and evaluation of the recommended, voluntary conservation practices.

NRCS activities include farmland protection, upstream flood prevention, emergency watershed protection, urban conservation, and local community projects designed to improve social, economic, and environmental conditions.

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