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Staff Profiles

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Isabelle Bruder

Isabelle Bruder is the Drainage Specialist at Stark Soil & Water. She works with property owners in Stark County to address their drainage concerns and questions.

 

Isabelle earned her bachelor’s degree in biology at Grinnell College. Prior to graduating, she worked with American Conservation Experience as a crew member to manage invasive species and perform trail work. She also has held various biology intern positions, in which she assisted with ecological restoration projects through the collection of prairie seeds, prescribed burns, invasive species removal, and animal tracking surveys. In her free time, Isabelle enjoys upcycling furniture, crafting, hiking, and thrifting.

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Max Miller

Max Miller is the natural resources technician at Stark Soil & Water Conservation District. He manages the cover crop program, assists producers and landowners on implementing conservation practices, develops NRCS conservation plans, and investigates agricultural pollution complaints.

Max is a recent graduate of Kent State University at Stark and has recently been employed by the Ohio State University assisting in agricultural entomology research, the USDA in monitoring for invasive forest & crop pests, and the Cleveland Metroparks working in field botany. He loves cooking, movies, and continuing to expand his knowledge of natural resources and the outdoors.

Taylor Noble

Taylor Noble is the Storm Water Specialist at Stark Soil & Water Conservation District. She conducts site inspections to ensure compliance with storm water quality regulations, assists on post construction inspections, reviews storm water pollution prevention plans and assists with organizing and inspecting outfalls throughout Stark County. She also assists with storm water education and drainage issues as necessary.

 

Taylor earned her Associates of Applied Science in GeoEnvironmental Science at Hocking College. She previously worked for Wayne Soil & Water Conservation District as its Nutrient Management Specialist, first working alongside farmers to assist with managing farm best management practices, then as a Water Resources Specialist assisting landowners, homeowners and contractors with stormwater and/or water quality concerns. Taylor spends her free time hiking at Mohican State Park and Hocking Hills, kayaking the Mohican River, and rock picking wherever rocks are found.

John S. Weedon

John S. Weedon is the Executive Director of Stark Soil & Water Conservation District. Since 2017, he has directed a staff of 6 conservation professionals, managed a half million-dollar budget, overseen a fleet of four vehicles, and administered the District’s four core program areas: Agriculture/Natural Resources, Conservation Education, Drainage, and Storm Water. In 2021, the Stark SWCD was named District of the Year.

John holds a Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois. Prior to coming to the District, he was the conservation manager for Connecticut Farmland Trust. He owns a dairy farm in Geauga county, which has been in his family since 1948. Outside of work and his farm, he enjoys hiking, birding, riding trains, reading, watching Shakespeare plays, and winning Nerf gun battles.

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