Our staff is committed to serving the many constituents of our organization. We encourage you to reach out to a staff member to find out about our programs and services to help you with your needs.
Julia Cumming, Program Administrator
Julia Cumming is the District Program Administrator. The District Program Administrator represents the Board of Supervisors and serves to carry out their responsibilities on a day to day basis. She serves on the Subdivision Review Board and assists the County with land use planning and management, including the implementation of the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program. She investigates and resolves agricultural pollution complaints. She maintains a positive working relationship with other agencies and organizations to achieve common natural resource protection goals. Julia has been with Madison SWCD since 1996.
Gail Wilson, Operations Coordinator
Gail Wilson is the Operations Coordinator. She has been with Madison SWCD since 2000 and is a Madison County native. She serves as the receptionist for the district, handles accounts payable and receivable, maintains financial records, prepares reports, payroll, and district sales. She maintains the district files and assists with all meetings, tours and workshops. She feels very fortunate to work with and for the great people of Madison County.
Broc Sehen, Wildlife Specialist
Broc Sehen is the District Technician- Wildlife Specialist. He joined Madison SWCD in 2021. Broc is a graduate of The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources, where he became familiar with environmental programs and policy as well as research and data collection techniques. Broc is from South Vienna, Ohio where he developed his passion for the environment and conservation through hunting, fishing, 4-H, and FFA. He is excited to help the residents of Madison County improve and maintain wildlife habitat and conservation efforts while also meeting landowner production goals and expectations.
Emma Ryan, Urban Conservationist
Emma Ryan is the Urban Conservationist and joined Madison SWCD in 2023. Emma is a graduate of Wilmington College with a degree in Agriculture and a minor in Sustainability. While working at Madison SWCD Emma will review and implement Madison County Sediment and Erosion Control Plans and inspect sites to ensure proper management and control practices in urbanizing areas. She also administers the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund through the Ohio EPA which offers funding for the repair and replacement of home sewage systems in Madison County for low-income households. Emma is excited to increase urban awareness and education for the newly growing capacity of Madison County.
Dan Barr, Natural Resource Engineering Technician
Dan Barr is the Natural Resource Engineering Technician for the Madison Soil & Water Conservation District. Dan has a B.S. from The Ohio State University in Earth Science, and has spent the past 8 years as a Resource Conservationist with the Delaware Soil & Water Conservation District, where he worked on a variety of conservation and drainage projects, ranging from house site reviews, grassed waterway design, to ORC 6131 drainage petition projects. In his spare time, Dan enjoys escaping to the backcountry to camp and hike with his wife Elizabeth and two dogs, tending to his garden, and training for ultramarathons.
James Tillman, District Conservationist
James Tillman is the District Conservationist for Madison and Clark Counties with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. James has been with NRCS since 2012, and enjoys working with a multitude of operations and managements. James began his career with NRCS through an internship. He has worked within multiple counties in and around Southwest Ohio, and is looking forward to providing service for many more years with the agency.
Zach Rusk, Soil Conservationist
Zach Rusk joined Madison County in 2023 as the Soil Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Soil Conservationists work with landowners to prevent soil erosion, maintain soil fertility and structure, and implement sustainable land use practices. He graduated with a BS in Natural Resources with a focus on Sustainable Agriculture and a minor in Military Science from The Ohio State University with a sprinkling of coursework from Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. He received his Masters in Agricultural Education at California Polytechnic State University
Enjoying the perks of the military brat lifestyle, Zach moved around the world throughout his childhood. The habit was sustained throughout his adult life, frequently relocating to where there was fun to be had and an opportunity was offered to work on his passion in life: promoting nutrient-dense food production while enhancing the ecology of the soil and reducing pollution. A fun fact about Zach is he competes in Jiu Jistu tournaments as a blue belt. (But he’s secretly still a white belt!)