District Employee & District Supervisor
NCDEA proudly sponsors
the National Conservation District Professional Award & the National
Conservation District Board Member Award to recognize professionalism and
dedication in the people behind the nation's conservation district programs.
These nominees are not only district professionals or board members - they
are people that truly believe in conserving the natural resources and making
the world a better place.
Below you will find a link that will take you to a printable award
packet. Please submit all nominations to the regional level by October 1.
Deadline is October 1 for the Regional Awards
November 15 for Region to submit for the
Employee & District Supervisor Award Winners
Professional of the Year
Bryan S. Evans
Pitt County, North Carolina
Receiving the NCDEA’s
distinguished award was Bryan S. Evans, a 16 year employee of the Pitt
Soil and Water Conservation District, Greenville, North Carolina where
he serves as the District Director. Mr. Evans has been applauded for his
commitment to excellence in the district and he strives to obtain
certifications and trainings that will promote conservation and provide
him with the opportunity to offer the best technical service possible to
the citizens of the county. In 2008 he was named the state’s Outstanding
Technical Employee of the Year.
Evans has served as President
of the North Carolina District Employees Association, has served on
numerous state education committees and was appointed by the Speaker of
the House as a member of the State Board for Licensing of Soil Science.
His involvement has continued on the regional and national levels, as
well, including participation on the Canon National Envirothon Core
Committee where he has served as the Public Relations Chair.
Also, active in his community,
Bryan is a volunteer fire fighter, is a member of the Kiwanis
organization, was elected as president of the Parent Teacher
Association, and is a deacon and Sunday school teacher at his church.
For these accomplishments and for his many other achievements, Mr. Evans
was named 2011 Outstanding Conservation District Professional of the
Year. Presenting the award was Connie Richmeier, President of the
National Conservation District Employees Association.
Receiving the board member
award was Mr. James Lacy from the state of Kentucky. Mr. Lacy has
served for 31 years as a Wolfe County Conservation District board
member, Campton, Kentucky. As a leader in agriculture he has served on
many commodity organization boards,
educational foundations, commissions, transition teams and served as
an agricultural advisor to the local legislators regarding agriculture
issues, agri-business, and conservation issues.
Mr. Lacy has served as President of the Kentucky Association of
Conservation Districts and assisted in strengthening the partnership
and cooperation between state legislative leaders and the agricultural
community. He served on the National Association of Conservation
Districts’ Legislative Committee (NACD) and was elected to and served
for 4 years as a member of the NACD Executive Committee.
Professionally he has worked in the public school system for 30 years
as teacher, principal and
school system Superintendent.
Lacy continues to represent the efforts of conservation and it’s
stewardship throughout his community. For these accomplishments and
for his many other achievements, Mr. Lacy was named the 2011
Outstanding Conservation District Board Member of the Year. Presenting
was Connie Richmeier, President of the National Conservation District
Supervisor of the Year
Wolfe County, Kentucky
Professional of the Year
W. Thomas Brooks
Lee County, North Carolina
Mr. Brooks was recognized by the board of the
NCDEA for his technical and educational expertise that has served his
local district well. He is a 30-year employee of the Lee Soil and Water
Conservation District located in Sanford, North Carolina. Tommy, as he
is called by his colleagues, serves on the Natural Resources
Conservation District’s State Technical Committee, has served as
President of North Carolina’s conservation district employees
association, President of the regional association and has fulfilled a
3- year term as a NCDEA board member. Dubbed as the “go-to” person he
mentors district employees across the state and has worked to strengthen
working relationships in his county, region, and on the national level.
Tommy has chaired several national committees on behalf of the NCDEA and
continues to actively support district employees’ development programs.
He is very active in community projects and committees including
membership in a local civic club and was inducted as an Honorary Member
of the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society for volunteer work at
a local high school.
of the Year
Camden Couty, New Jersey
Robert Dobbs hails from the
state of New Jersey and has been an employee of the Camden County Soil
and Water Conservation District for 31 years. He has been proactive in
structuring the District program to build capacity in order to address
the resource needs. As a member of the New Jersey’s state employees
association for 25 years, Robert has serve in the office of Secretary,
Vice President, and President. He served as the Regional Representative
to NCDEA and assisted with the coordination of the Leadership
Development Program. While serving as President of the National
Conservation Districts Employees Association, Robert was responsible for
the creation and funding of the first Executive Director position for
NCDEA. Robert continues to assist NCDEA and NACD by serving on a task
force for training certification of district professionals that work in
urban and coastal areas. Mr. Dobbs is a member of the Agriculture
Development Board, past President of the Association of New Jersey
Environment Commissions, and serves on the advisory board for the
Voorhis Environmental and Cultural Foundation.
Photo coming soon
2010 District Supervisor
of the Year
Spokane County, Washington
Receiving the board member
award was Gerald Scheele from the state of Washington. Mr. Scheele has
served for 14 years as a Spokane County Conservation District board
member where he has led the implementation of conservation technology in
the District. On the state and regional level, he has served on the
state conservation district farm bill committee and the State Barley
Commission representing the region on a global level traveling to
foreign markets on behalf of the Commission. Gerald is a member of the
Resource Conservation and Development council serving as their current
treasurer. His nominating soil and water conservation district attests
that his participation in national issues, discussions, and actions has
strengthened not only their local district but there entire state
conservation district efforts, as well. He has volunteered on a weekly
basis to teach money management to elementary students in an inner city
school and continues to volunteer his time and talents in his local