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MACDE Board of Directors

Nicole Bernd
Area 1 - North West
Term ends - 2021

West Polk SWCD | 218-281-6070
528 Strander Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

Nicole is the District Manager of West Polk SWCD, Crookston, since 2006, employee since 1994. A creator of relationships/partnerships and collaborator of successful projects for the restoration and conservation of our natural resources. University of Minnesota Crookston Graduate (1996), Natural Resource Management and an Associate’s in Applied Science Degree in Natural Resource Technology (1993), Central Lakes College. She has lived in the Crookston area for 25 years and resides in a small rural village with her husband of 22 years, teenage son and daughter. She believes all want to be included, not excluded and to be a part of something bigger then themselves.

Nathan Hylla
Area 2 - West Central
Term ends - 2021

Stearns SWCD | 320-251-7800 x3
110 2nd St, S, Suite 128
Waite Park, MN 56387

Nate is the Project Management Supervisor with the Stearns County SWCD where he has spent the last 11 years.  He is a Stearns County native and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Social Science.  In previous roles, Nate has spent the past 20 years in the land surveying, engineering, and conservation field.  In his spare time, Nate enjoys hunting, fishing, sports, and anything else outdoors.  Nate, and his wife Megan, live in Avon and have 3 children, 2 dogs, and 1 cat.

Jill Carlier
Area 3 - North East
Term ends - 2021

Pine SWCD | 320-216-4240
130 Oriole Street East
Sandstone, MN 55072

Jill has worked for Pine SWCD for the past 15 years, 12 years as the manager.  Pine SWCD currently has a staff of 4: the district manager, a technician, a forester and a wildlife biologist.  Jill’s duties as manager include district board support, no-till drill rental program, tree program, website, grant reporting, and human resources. When not at work, she enjoys camping, volleyball, hockey, decorating cakes, and showing antique tractors.  Jill lives in Hinckley with her husband, daughter and son.

Dan Cibulka (Treasurer)
Area 4 - Metro
Term ends - 2021

Sherburne SWCD | 763-220-3434
425 Jackson Ave NW
Elk River, MN 55330

Dan started as the Water Resource Specialist for Sherburne SWCD in May 2016, after a decade of lake and stream work in both Michigan and Wisconsin.  He holds a BS in Biology from Central Michigan University and a MS in Environmental Science & Policy from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.  Dan attends as many concerts as his schedule allows, and also enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, cycling, X-country skiing and canoeing.

Chessa Frahm (President)
Area 5 - South West
Term ends - 2021

Lac qui Parle SWCD| 320-598-7321

122 8th Ave. South, Suite 1
Madison, MN 56256

Chessa is the District Manager for Lac qui Parle SWCD.  She earned a BS in Environmental Studies and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Environmental and Social Sustainability.  Time away from work consists of spending time with her husband and dog, trying new recipes, and crafting.

Michele Stindtman (Secretary)
Area 6 - South Central
Term ends - 2021

Fairbault SWCD | 507-526-2388
415 S. Grove Street, Suite 8
Blue Earth, MN 56013

Michele has worked for the Faribault County SWCD since 1986, and has been the Program Administrator since 2001. Her current office includes the SWCD, Water Planning, Feedlots, Septics, GIS, Drainage Department, and Planning and Zoning.  Michele and her husband Troy have spent her entire lives as residents of Faribault County.  They have 3 grown children, and she spends much of her free time with her Granddaughter Jaydyn.

Cody Fox
Area 7 - South East
Term ends - 2021

Mower SWCD | 507-434-2603
1408 21st Ave. NW
Austin, MN 55912

Cody is the Project Manager for the Mower SWCD/Cedar River Watershed District. He served as the district technician for 5 years and is now responsible for 25 capital improvement projects. Cody graduated with a degree in natural resource management from the University of Minnesota, Crookston. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with wife, new chocolate lab (Drake), hunting, sports and sporting events and being involved in the local fire department.

Tasha Lauer (Vice president)
Area 8 - North Central
Term ends - 2021

Crow Wing SWCD | 218-828-6197
322 Laurel Street, Suite 22
Brainerd, MN 56401

Tasha has worked for Crow Wing SWCD for 6 years as the SWCD Coordinator, and prior to that she worked for Thirty Lakes Watershed District for 6 years. Her current office duties include, financials, websites, grant reporting and tree sale.  She has lived in the Baxter/Brainerd area for 13 years,with my husband and son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 rabbit. She also has a son in the Air Force, and a daughter who is a baker.