Jo Ann McCready, District Manager
Jo Ann began working for the Lawrence County Conservation District in 1990 as an Erosion and Sedimentation Prevention Technician and was promoted to District Manager in 1991. Jo Ann oversees the daily operations of the District and supervises the staff. She develops the budget and works with the Board of Directors to develop and carry out the District’s Annual, Strategic, and Long Range Plans. Jo Ann works with local, state, and federal legislators on issues relating to natural resources and has developed positive working relationships with them and their staffs. She is in constant contact with other local, state, and federal natural resource agencies and keeps up to date on their activities in Lawrence County. Jo Ann serves on the legislative committee for the PA Association of Conservation Districts, is the treasurer for the Penn Soil RC&D Council . She has served with several watershed, source water, abandoned mine reclamation, education, revitalization, and trail organizations. Jo Ann is deeply involved in environmental education and is responsible for the concept and development of the West Park Nature Center.
Mary Burris, Assistant District Manager
Mary Burris joined The Lawrence County Conservation District in 2017 as the Watershed Specialist. In January of 2022 she became the Assistant District Manager and will assume the position of District Manager in January 2023. Mary is a graduate of Penn State and Chatham Universities and serves on several local boards and volunteer agencies including New Visions for Lawrence County, Tri-County CleanWays, and the Lawrence County Planning Commission.
Becca Naber, District Technician
The Technician provides assistance and project management for the Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance of Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Roads Program jointly delegated to the District through both the State Conservation Commission and Penn State’s Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads. The Dirt and Gravel Road program provides funding and technical assistance to the County’s municipalities. An emphasis is placed on sustainable management of the road surface, road runoff and drainage outlets. The District Technician also assists in the administration of the District’s PA Code Title 25 Chapter 102 Program as delegated from the Department of Environmental Protection. Duties include technical assistance to applicants, permitting, compliance inspection and enforcement. The program includes NPDES permitting for storm water discharges associated with construction activities, compliant inspection, and assistance to the Department of Environmental Protection. In addition to regulatory programs, the Technician provides educational assistance and functions as the liaison to cooperating State and Federal Agencies.
Jillian Court, Erosion & Sedimentation (E&S) Technician
The Lawrence County Conservation District welcomed a new Erosion & Sedimentation (E&S) Technician to the staff in 2019. Jillian is a graduate of Allegheny College and she is responsible for the administration of the District’s PA Code Title 25 Chapter 102 Program as delegated by the Department of Environmental Protection. Duties include technical assistance to applicants, permitting, compliance inspection and enforcement. The program includes NPDES permitting for storm water discharges associated with construction activities, compliant inspection, and assistance to the Department of Environmental Protection.
Jeannie Shay, Watershed Specialist and Environmental Educator
Jeannie Shay joined the Conservation District in April of 2019 as the Environmental Education and Outreach Technician. In January of 2022 she took on the role of Watershed Specialist and is responsible for promoting, preserving, and restoring clean water in Lawrence County’s watersheds. Jeannie is a Graduate of Slippery Rock University with a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Education.
Mitchell Whiting, Agricultural Conservation Technician
The Lawrence County Conservation District welcomed a new Agricultural Conservation Technician to the staff in October 2022. Mitchell is a graduate of New Wilmington Area High School and a member of Farm Bureau. He has attended several state trainings, is studying Conservation Planning, and will work toward his certification in the Nutrient Management Program in early 2023. Mitchell will be overseeing construction of Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) through grant funds and funds available through the new Agriculture Conservation Assistance Program (ACAP). He will also be assisting Ag producers with writing Manure Management Plans.