Jane Keppinger

District Manager

Keppinger became the district manager in 2007 and also serves as the district’s budget officer each year. She first worked for the district in 2001 as administrative coordinator. She had previously worked at Polk SWCD in Dallas, Ore., for two years.

Keppinger has worked in conservation for 25 years. She was first hired by Linn SWCD in 1989. Since then she had held a variety of positions at several Willamette Valley SWCDs. She attended Linn-Benton Community College where she studied medical administration. After college she worked for several doctors and private businesses.

Contact her with any questions or concerns regarding the district.

Phone: (503) 391-9927 ext. 304 or send e-mail to



Janice Calkins

Office Coordinator

Calkins joined the district in 2006 bringing her extensive administration, organization and customer service skills. She earned an associate’s degree in merchandising/art from Modesto Junior College in California.

In addition to her administrative duties, Calkins coordinates and runs the yearly environmental conservation mural contest. The contest is open to all elementary schools and children’s programs in the district. The teachers of the winning classes or teams receive a $100 grand prize that goes to the purchase of school supplies while all the students who participate receive district gift bags.

Contact her for general office information or mural contest updates.

Phone: (503) 391-9927 ext. 301 or send e-mail to


Kim Nelson

Volunteer Coordinator

Nelson joined the district December 2016. She has varied experiences ranging from international travel to working in both the logging and health care industries. Most recently, she worked for local government entities in finance as well as with fire and police departments.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from from Walla Walla University and studied abroad at the University of London in England.

Phone: (503) 391-9927 ext. 331 or send e-mail to


Jenny Meisel

Jenny Meisel

Native and Invasive Plant Specialist

Meisel coordinates the Native and Invasive Plants Programs and the district’s annual native plant sale. She also provides education and outreach activities within the district. She joined the Marion SWCD in 2008. Previously, Meisel worked as a wildlife biologist and technician for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, as a wildlife biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and briefly for the US Geological Survey conducting research in eastern Oregon and Washington.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her master’s degree in wildlife science from Oregon State University.

Contact her with questions regarding native and invasive plants.

Phone: (503) 391-9927 ext. 312 or send e-mail to


Meredith Hoffman

Meredith Hoffman

Conservation Program and Partnership Lead Specialist

Oregon born and raised, Hoffman accepted a job in Indiana after graduating from college where she worked in large scale swine production farms. She stayed in Indiana for 40 years and only recently returned to Oregon. While there she took on the job of helping to clean up one off the state’s main waterway arteries, the Eel, working for the SWCDs and the county writing grants and overseeing the planning and management process.

She earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in animal science and the other in agricultural economics, from Oregon State University.

Contact her for water quality information and conservation planning.

Phone: (503) 391-9927 ext. 335 or send email to


Jon Blatchford

Jon Blatchford

Ag Specialist and Planner

Blatchford is a graduate of OSU where he earned a bachelor’s degree in crop and soil science with an agronomy option. He works with landowners helping them develop conservation plans using best management practices.

An Oregon native, he grew up in Mt. Angel and spent time on his grandparents’ farm in Yoder helping out with their livestock and crops. While in college he focused on seed breeding for better production. He has worked as a crop consultant for the past two years.

Contact him with questions about crop production and conservation planning.

Phone: (503) 391-9927 ext. 313 or send email to


Susan Ortiz

Programs Assistant

Ortiz joined the district in 2008, prior to this she worked for Linn SWCD, the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts and as an agricultural producer. She earned her bachelor’s degree in crop and soil science with a minor in horticulture from Oregon State University.Ortiz provides program and grant administration assistance to the technical staff. Contact her with questions with any of the district’s grant programs.

Phone: (503) 391-9927 ext. 315 or send e-mail to


Ron Crouse

Ron Crouse

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Crouse joined the district in 2007. He provides conservation science outreach to district K – 12 schools. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental education from Colorado State University and a master’s in education from Portland State University. Prior to working for the district he served as head instructor for the marine education programs at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. After which, he worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service creating the Comprehensive Conservation Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement for Hanford Reach National Monument.

Crouse also helps manage the district’s CLEAR grant program. Contact him with environmental education requests and educational resource questions.

Phone: (503) 391-9927 ext. 316 or send e-mail to