SWCD Administrative Coordinator:
SWCD Resource Conservationist:
Janel joined the Steuben County SWCD in April 2015 as the Resource Conservationist, stepping into the Administrative Coordinator’s position in August. She previously worked for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Pokagon State Park as an Office Assistant (2013 - 2015) and as the Assistant Lake Michigan Fisheries Biologist for the Division of Fish and Wildlife (1994 - 2012). She began her career as a Fisheries Technician with Duke Energy (formerly PSI Energy in Plainfield, Indiana) in 1993 after receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Science and Wildlife Science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. A Northwest Indiana native, she enjoys outdoor recreational activities including hiking, kayaking, bird watching, and fishing; she also enjoys spending time with family, gardening, and cooking.
Tara comes to us from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Farm Service Agency. Tara is a Trine University graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. She was a Team Leader for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for 7 years and completed a 1 yr contract at the Farm Service Agency prior to starting her current position at Steuben County SWCD. She and her family have lived in Steuben County for 30 years. Her hobbies include up-cycling, scoring great deals at garage sales, kayaking and spending time with her family.