Board of Directors and Staff
NVSWCD is governed by a five-member Board of Directors. Three directors are elected in a general election every four years, and two, including a Virginia Cooperative Extension agent serving Fairfax County, are appointed by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board.
The NVSWCD Board of Directors meets the fourth Tuesday of every month to discuss district business. The meetings are held in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax, on the 9th floor. Meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. (unless announced otherwise) and are open to the public. For minutes from the previous three fiscal years, please see: NVSWCD Board Meeting Minutes.
A seven-member staff carries out the goals set forth by the Board.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Johna Good Gagnon is serving her second term as an elected member of the Board. Johna is appointed, since 1993, to the Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She serves on the Lee District Land Use and Transportation Advisory Committee and numerous other community committees. Gagnon is retired from the federal government after more than 26 years of service and is currently working in the private sector. She is a proud alumnus of George Mason University. Email Johna Good Gagnon.
George W. Lamb is serving his first elected term as an NVSWCD Director. Since settling in Fairfax County in 1993, George has been very active in the county's civic and environmental community. He currently serves as Vice-Chair and at-large appointee on the Environment Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) and is the lead author on the Interrelationship Between Land Use and Transportation chapter of the EQAC annual report. George was a co-founder of the Fairfax League of Conservation Voters, and represented the environmental community on the Tysons Corner Land Use Task Force. He is a Consulting Systems Architect at Nicira Networks and lives in Falls Church with his wife and two daughters. Email George Lamb.
Jean Packard chaired the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in the mid-70’s and was the first woman in Virginia elected to a soil and water conservation district board. She served on the NVSWCD Board in the early 70’s and was reappointed in 1989. Packard is active in many citizen organizations, primarily in the environmental field. She is president of the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust and serves on the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority Board and the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board. Email Jean Packard.
John Peterson has served as an NVSWCD Director since January 2006. He is currently President and CEO of KEMPS Consultants, Inc. with expertise in natural resources public policy, water resources, and erosion and sediment control. Peterson founded Kemps Consultants in 1994 upon retiring, after 40 years of successful federal civil service, from his position as Assistant Chief of USDA’s Soil Conservation Service. Peterson is a former executive director of the National Watershed Coalition. He drafted and lobbied for the successful passage of the Small Watershed Rehabilitation Act of 2000, the first major USDA water resources legislation passed in over 22 years. He is currently the Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts’ Board Representative to the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), a three-term president of the International Erosion Control Association and a Soil & Water Conservation Society Fellow. Email John Peterson.
Adria Bordas was appointed in 2002 to the NVSWCD Board to fill the position reserved for a Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent serving Fairfax County. Bordas earned a Master of Science degree in plant pathology from the University of California-Davis and a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University in biological sciences. For the last three years Bordas managed a grower-scientist participatory research project on alternative disease and pest control strategies for strawberry production in California. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Landscape and Nurserymen's Association, the Frying Pan Park Renovation Task Force, and the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Executive Board. Email Adria Bordas.
Taylor Beach, Environmental Educator, coordinates the day-to-day activities of the ever-popular rain barrel program.
Laura Grape, District Administrator, is responsible for overall program administration and handles policy, budget, and watershed issues. She assists community watershed groups and also is the staff liaison to the Board of Directors. (Laura and Diane Hoffman are currently transitioning this position in advance of Diane's impending retirement.)
Nicholas Kokales is the Administrative and Technical Assistant. He is the point of contact for seedling programs, seminar registrations, and newsletter subscriptions. He also provides basic soils information.
Asad Rouhi, Urban Conservation Engineer, reviews site development plans for Fairfax County. He also advises homeowners and developers on land management issues such as erosion and sediment control, stormwater management, drainage problems, stream restoration/stabilization, and soils.
Dan Schwartz, Soil Scientist, is a member of the soil survey update team and provides soil information to the public and agency staff. He also coordinates the volunteer stream monitoring program and helps organize the county-wide watershed clean-ups in the fall and spring.
Lily Whitesell, Watershed Specialist, coordinates watershed projects and outreach, including storm drain education and other initiatives. She is responsible for the website and Conservation Currents, NVSWCD's newsletter.
Willie Woode, Senior Conservation/Agricultural Water Quality Specialist, reviews rezonings for Fairfax County and develops conservation plans for suburban horse farm operators. He also provides technical advice to homeowners and consultants on pond management and soils.
NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS) STAFF
Larry Wilkinson, District Conservationist, administers the NRCS conservation programs that provide financial and conservation planning assistance to agriculture in Fairfax County. He also provides technical expertise on watershed projects including dam rehabilitation and streambank stabilization.