About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to protect and enhance Cass County’s natural resources by providing educational and technical services to all landowners.

Meet the Team

All our Employees & Board Members have a love for conservation & it shows in their daily efforts.  If you see us out in the community please feel free to share your ideas to improve Cass County’s natural resources.

Lori Whitmyer – District Administrator

Started March 14, 2022 as the Districts full time Administrator.  Lori is a life long resident of Cass County residing in Cassopolis.  Lori attended Southwestern Michigan College and has worked in agriculture for the past eight years.

Lori has many years of experience serving local communities through volunteerism as an acting board member with multiple organizations.  Living on her family farm with her husband and two boys and actively farming with livestock gives her the knowledge to lead the district.  Being a steward to her own property also gives experience to share with others within our community.

Korie Blyveis – SESC Administrator

Started February 29, 2016 at 16 hours per week.  Now working full time and certified by the State of Michigan to perform duties under the SESC Comprehensive classification. (inspector/administrator).

Korie is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a BA in Environmental Studies and Communications.

She is an 20 year resident of Cass County, prior Newberg Township Clerk and St. Joseph County MSU Extension Resource Recovery Agent.

Emily Haluda – MAEAP Technician

Started November 10, 2020 as the District’s full-time Michigan Department of Agriculture grant funded MAEAP Technician.

Emily is a graduate of Lake Superior State University with a bachelor degree in parks and recreation, and an associate degree in natural resource technology.

She was born and raised in St. Joseph county, IN and currently resides in Bristol, Indiana. Her professional experiences have been heavily focused on natural resource programming for youth. Her goal is to work with local farmers to ensure best management practices are being implemented.

Pat Boyle – SESC Assistant/Inspector

Started February 12, 2020.

The District is the Michigan Part 91 Enforcing Agency for Cass County. Pat completed DEQ training on March 11, 2020 to be certified as a Stormwater Management Operator. He conducts Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control inspections for the County and assists with other District activities as needed.

District Board of Directors

A conservation district board is consisted of five (5) elected directors who serve four (4) year terms.  The District election is nonpartisan and the directors are elected by the residents of the district at large.

Karen Nelson
Chairman

Liaison Duties:  Invasive Species, Wildlife/Habitat & Public Relations/Events

Bernie Williamson
Vice Chairman

Liaison Duties:  Public Relations/Events, MAEAP

Wendy Elsey
Treasurer

Liaison Duties: Human Resources & Wildlife/Habitat

Scott Wyman
Treasurer

Liaison Duties: Human Resources & SESC

Jim Kings

Liaison Duties:  SESC & Water

Associate Directors
Dallas Chester
-Liaison Duties: Water & Reforestation
Alex Bozmowski -Liaison Duties: SESC & Wildlife/Habitat

Cass County Board Liaison
Annie File

Volunteer Bill Westrate – Liaison Duties: Invasive Species & Reforestation
Volunteer Jeff Blyveis – Liaison Duties: Volunteer coordination
Volunteer Nick Dussel – Liaison Duties: MAEAP
  • Financial Committee: Wendy Elsey, Jennifer Miller, Doug Knapman & Korie Blyveis
  • Policy Committee: Bernie Williamson, Karen Nelson, Kerri Wade (MEC volunteer), Lori Whitmyer & Korie Blyveis
  • Plat Book Committee: Korie Blyveis & Bernie Williamson
  • Bird Habitat Initiative: Korie Blyveis, Alex Bozmowski and several partners
  • Youth Education Committee: Emily Haluda