Board And Staff

 2022 Board of Supervisors and Staff

Chair – Mitch Michaud, Soldotna

Vice Chair – Larry Marsh, Kasilof

A retired Fish and Game biologist, Larry raises hay and horses in Kasilof.  Larry and his wife, Carol, also volunteer as inspectors in the District’s Certified Weed-Free Forage program. Larry served on the District board from 2011 to 2014 and returned in 2016.  Larry:  “I’m serving on the District board because I believe in Alaska and the future of agriculture in Alaska.  The work of the District provides an opportunity to support the efforts of Kenai Peninsula farmers to grow wholesome, locally produced food in a sustainable manner.”

Secretary – Lou Heite, Nikiski

Lou and her husband, Steve Dahl, are the loving owners of Eagle Glade Farm in Nikiski where they specialize in growing culinary herbs, garlic, onions and potatoes. Lou has served on the District board since 2014.  Lou: “I serve on the board because I really believe in the mission of the Soil and Water Conservation District: keeping our resources healthy and promoting the best and most sustainable use of our soil and our water. Besides, it’s fun!”

At-Large Member-Larry Opperman

Larry and his wife moved to Alaska in early 1991 and made the Kenai Peninsula their permanent home in 2011 after they each retired. Larry was a civilian environmental specialist for the Elmendorf AFB civil engineering squadron upon moving to Alaska. He specialized in air quality, water quality, solid waste, hazardous waste, and a myriad of other environmental programs within the Air Force. Starting off as a staff environmental employee, he worked his way up to becoming the chief of the 120-person Asset Management Flight on Elmendorf with sections comprised of wildlife management, energy program, real estate, planning, and of course, environmental issues. Larry also helped draft statute language for implementation of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 in the state of Alaska. Being retired, he enjoys gardening and is on the board of directors of the Central Peninsula Garden Club. He is a recent addition to the KSWCD board of directors.

At-Large Member – Steve Albers, Kenai

Steve is a third generation California farmer who came to Alaska on a canoe trip in 1987 and never left.  Steve’s has been growing healthy soil and practicing low input agriculture at his Kenai-area farm, Dandelion Acres, for nearly 15 years. Steve joined the District board in 2011 to help build a community of successful farmers.

District Manager

Teri has been on the Kenai since 1992. She worked as both a teacher and a principal for the Kenai School District. During her time teaching her passion was in science and outdoor education, and felt that many of her students learned best through real world experience. Teri loves to garden and has a small scale farm growing vegetables and flowers. She believes in healthy food and subsistence living as much as possible. She feels Alaska offers an abundance to its residents. “I am excited about my new adventure of learning and supporting our community and growers through my work with the district.”

District ConservationistUSDA

Meg Mueller is the District Conservationist in the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Kenai Field Office.  USDA-NRCS has been a partner in conservation with local SWCD’s since the 1930’s Dust Bowl days, beginning as the Soil Erosion Service.  For more information on the history of SWCDs and the federal partner please read The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan.  Meg has worked with NRCS since 1998.  USDA-NRCS Kenai and Anchorage Field Offices, 110 Trading Bay Drive, Suite 160, Kenai, AK 99611, 907-283-USDA (8732) x100