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, OR, 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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

 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 [email protected]

Jenny Ammon – Natural Resource Educator

Jenny was raised in beautiful Northeast Iowa near the mighty Mississippi River.  She attended and graduated Kirkwood Community College with her A.A.S. Degree in Parks and Natural Resources.  Following Kirkwood, she attended and graduated Upper Iowa University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Biology.  Most recently, she worked as Angler and Aquatic Education Coordinator for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.  She enjoys working with the public, she enjoys sharing her passion for natural resources.  She enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, reading, birdwatching and visiting her family and friends back in Iowa when time allows. Ammon also helps manage the district’s CLEAR grant program. Contact her with environmental education requests and educational resource questions.

Phone: (503) 391-9927 ext. 334 or send e-email to [email protected]

Brandon Bishop – Agriculture Conservation Planner

Brandon grew up on a farm in Aumsville and worked with his dad, Ryan Bishop, until his passing in 2013. Brandon attended Oregon State University and graduated with a General Ag Degree and minor in Ag Business Management, is also trained as an EMT and worked for Santiam Memorial Hospital, served for several years as a volunteer fire fighter and worked for both Wilbur-Ellis and Fitmaurice Fertilizer before accepting the position with us.

Phone: (503) 391-9927 ext. 313 or send e-mail to [email protected]

Sarah Hamilton – Restoration Project Coordinator

Sarah grew up right here in Salem.  She attended Oregon State University and received a bachelor’s degree in 2002.  Sarah comes to Marion SWCD from Clackamas SWCD, where she spent 3.5 years as an invasive plant specialist, and the coordinator for both the Columbia River Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA), and the 4-County (Portland area) CWMA.

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

Tom Wilson – Administrative Assistant

Tom was raised in Blodgett, OR, and graduated from Philomath High and University of Oregon.  He served in the Peace Corps in the Republics of Macedonia and Ecuador.  Most recently he has taught English in Thailand, but moved home to Oregon for his wife to get her master’s degree at OSU.  Tom is responsible for board and committee meeting documentation as well as website upkeep and maintenance and whatever else is assigned to him.

Phone: (503) 391-9927 ext. 306 or send e-email to [email protected]