Board of Directors

Tim Bielenberg

Tim Bielenberg, Chair

Bielenberg had previously served one term on the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District before returning to the district to devote his time to local conservation issues. He operates a family dairy and row crop farm which is located near Aumsville.

 Bielenberg has worked with the district to institute several conservation practices on his farm over the years to protect his farm’s soil and water supply for future generations.His efforts include protecting stream edges, installing irrigation water saving linears and a methane digester, which operates at full capacity on the dairy farm.

Doug Krahmer.2011

Doug Krahmer, Vice-Chair

Krahmer has been an outspoken advocate for conservation in Marion County for many years. He has served as district chair, vice-chair and secretary/treasure since joining the board in 2001. He is the owner of Berries NW. He has previously served on both the Board of Agriculture and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement board.


Ken Hetsel, Secretary/Treasurer

Hetsel was appointed and then elected to the Marion SWCD board to fill the At-Large 2 Position. He is also a member of the Pringle Creek Watershed Council; Oregon Health Authority Addictions and Mental Health; Oregon Consumer Affairs Council, Board Member; NAMI Marion/Polk Advisory Board, Co-President and R.O.C.C., Recovery Outreach Community Center, Board Member.


Darin Olson, District Position Zone 3

Olson and his family own a 200 acre farm south of Salem. He was elected to the board in 2006. He has worked with Marion SWCD on numerous conservation programs over the years many years. The district has also assisted him with many projects on his farm, which according to Olson, he might not have been able to accomplish on his own.


District Position Zone 2 is Currently Unfilled

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Bob DeSantis

Bob DeSantis, District Position Zone 5

DeSantis is a third generation farmer who has grown strawberries, grass seed, vegetable seed, and Christmas trees. He was born and raised in Silverton. DeSantis joined the board because he “has a personal interest in educating future generations about how to care for the environment,” he said.



Emily Ackland, At-Large Position 1

Ackland’s involvement with the Marion SWCD began while she was working as an Environmental Specialist for Marion County. During her four years there, she collaborated with SWCD staff on a variety of projects and became familiar with the goals and objectives of the District. Ackland was nominated as an Associate Director in 2008 and then elected as director that same year. She continues to serve in this capacity.