Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District board meetings are held monthly at 4233 Bardstown Road, Suite 100-A. Regular meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm (with an exception of the December meeting). Meetings are open to the public however seating is limited. 2019 schedule is as follows:
- June 25 – regular meeting
- July 23 – regular meeting
- August 27 – regular meeting
The Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors are elected by registered voters in the county and serve without compensation. Board member terms are for a period of four years. The Conservation District board meetings are held monthly at 4233 Bardstown Road, Suite 100-A. Regular meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public however seating is limited.
Mike was elected to serve a four-year term in November 2012 general election. He resides in the Fisherville area (Floyds Fork watershed). He served as former board member of Floyds Fork Environmental Association (FFEA) and Fisherville Area Neighborhood Association (FANA). His interests are to help improve subdivision guidelines to maintain our rural and agricultural character by keeping our soil, water and related natural resources in the forefront of all development conversations.
Ked joined the Board of Supervisors in May 2017. Kedrick is the Executive Director for Louisville Grows and resides in the Beechmont neighborhood. When asked why he joined the board, Ked stated, “As a majority urban environment, there aren’t a lot of services provided to our remaining traditional farmers and expanding class of urban farmers. The SWCD seeks to provide these services to farms big or small that are working to make our County a more sustainable place to live and work. The SWCD supports much needed food education programs at schools and sponsors tree plantings and seedling giveaways, two important aspects to spreading education and outreach in sustainable living in Jefferson County. I feel getting involved in the board was a way for me to get involved in my community and help to make it a more sustainable place.”
David W. Kaelin
David is one of seven members serving on the SWCD board; he was re-elected in November 2014 to serve a second four-year term (Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2018). David owns and operates a 58-acre farm in the Jeffersontown area (Floyds Fork watershed). David’s interests are supporting environmental education programs for school children and teachers and promoting Best Management Practices on agricultural land that addresses and improves water quality.
Calvin ShakeMember (2017-2020)
Calvin was also elected to the board in November 2012. Calvin owns and manages several agricultural operations in the Floyds Fork watershed. He currently serves on the Jefferson County Farm Bureau board and is a former member of the Jefferson County Agriculture Development Council. Calvin produces corn, soybeans, hay and also has a beef cattle operation. Calvin has an interest in helping landowners find opportunities to maintain the family farms in Jefferson County. He believes that supporting locally grown crops is vital to sustaining our economy.
Jennifer joined the board of Supervisors in January 2017.Jennifer is one of two newly elected board supervisors. She was elected in the general election, November 2016. In Jennifer’s term as SWCD Supervisor, she hopes to spread awareness of the board and promote effective, responsible land use practices. Jefferson County needs urban representation to help understand and address the problems that our metropolitan environment faces now and in the future. Jennifer is one of those people.
As a lifelong resident of Louisville, Jennifer knows our natural environment very intimately. She is very passionate about building and protecting our lacking tree canopy with native species that thrive and combating our urban heat island effect. She loves working alongside gardeners and farmers to make farm to table food that is accessible to all. She believes in land use projects that help and encourage strong communities. She dreams of a cleaner Ohio River, Beargrass Creek, and other natural waterways that advance wildlife habitats, stabilize banks, aid in watershed management, and promotes recreational activity. She supports private property owners and their right to receive assistance through conservation programs. She strongly believes in educating our youth and instilling a love and appreciation in our natural world at an early age so they will have the lifelong power to protect it.
Jasmine joined the board of Supervisors in January 2019. She was elected in the general election, November 2018.
It’s important to me that we as a people know what happens to our soil and water, and what we are doing to contribute both good and bad. We only have one Earth we need to make sure it survives and thrives. My reason for joining the board is to make sure we protect and enhance our water quality throughout Kentucky through storm water management, land conservation, with support to citizens and organizations, and conservation education and outreach activities.
Becca joined the board of Supervisors in February 2019.
I grew up on a small beef farm in Connecticut which helped develop my passion for agriculture and the environment, and led me to pursue higher education and a career in natural resources and environmental protection.
In 2015 I graduated from the University of Rhode Island (URI) with a Master of Biological and Environmental Science, and a Certificate of Remote Sensing and GIS. My master’s thesis was broadly focused on environmental assessment with incorporation of geospatial technologies. While at URI I held a stipend to work as a teaching assistant. I taught and assisted in several courses across disciplines of biology, geology, and natural resources. My graduate work was an extension of my undergraduate education. In 2012, I received a Bachelor of Natural Resources Science at the
University of Connecticut (UConn). At UConn I held multiple research positions which helped build the foundations for my understanding of the scientific process, and future interest in the environmental field.
Most recently, I started with the Oldham County Fiscal Court taking over their Watershed Coordinator position. This program is funded through the Clean Water Act Section 319(h) for the purpose of addressing NPS pollution within the Curry’s Fork Watershed, which has been listed as impaired. This position will by far be the most challenging work I do thus far in my career by tasking me with the implementation of a watershed plan. I have no doubt that this work will serve to strengthen my ability to effectively participate on the board of the Conservation District.
Raymond Adams, Sr.
Ray served the Board of Supervisors from January 2003 to December 2018. Ray lives in the Lyndon area (Middle Fork Beargrass Creek watershed). He is a former employee of the Ky. Division of Conservation. During his 28 year career, he assisted sixteen different conservation districts and three watershed conservancy districts. His interests are in expanding community outreach programs, promoting environmental education and increasing the awareness and visibility of conservation districts.
Ward served as a district supervisor from January 1997 through December 2008 and held the office of Chairman for a majority of those years. Ward resides in the St. Matthews area (Muddy Fork Beargrass Creek watershed). Ward is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance and brings an interest in watershed management to the board while serving in an advisory capacity.
Urban Conservationist, USDA-NRCS
Kurt is employed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He has been serving the Louisville Field Office since November 1980. Kurt is responsible for managing the operations and programs of the USDA-NRCS by providing professional service and technical assistance to private landowners, governmental entities and local organizations within the boundaries of the Jefferson, Oldham and Bullitt County Conservation Districts.
Kimberly is a Field Representative with the Kentucky Division of Conservation; where she has been employed for 11 years. Kimberly serves as an advisor to conservation district boards in 13 central Kentucky counties giving consultation on legislative, fiscal and other related conservation issues. She is also responsible for providing daily assistance, as needed, to the Administrative Secretaries in all 13 soil and water conservation district offices.
Urban Agriculture Conservationist
Lilias is the conservation district’s first Urban Agriculture Conservationist. She is working to connect residents of Jefferson County to urban ariculture and local food production by helping them understand their soil resources and to manage those resources for sustainable production. Lilias sees gardening education as a means to reconnect urban residents to agricultural practices, rural communities and the importance of Kentucky’s farmland and family farmers. She resides in the Schnitzelberg neighborhood where she tends an orchard and apiary with her partner.
Rachel WhiteAdministrative Secretary
Rachel started as an employee of the conservation district in August 2017. Her responsibilities are to provide administrative support to the Board of Supervisors and USDA-NRCS staff. In addition to daily office operations, she also assists with coordinating and promoting conservation education programs, environmental grants and the state cost share program.