美高梅游戏网址 Leadership

Meet the Executive Committee


President & Government Affairs Committee Chair

Frank Krentz

Frank is a 5th generation rancher in Southeast Arizona.  他在农村长大,上的是一所单间学校, and learned the ins and outs of ranching from his family. 小学毕业后,他进入了阿尼玛斯高中,在那里他参与了体育运动, student government, and was the Animas Chapter FFA President. Frank attended college at New Mexico State University where he received his Bachelor's and Master's in Agribusiness. 从新密歇根州立大学毕业后,Frank的第一份工作是在Fertizona Willcox. Soon after, he returned to the family ranch to apply his skills and knowledge from his schooling and hands-on experience.

Frank's family legacy goes beyond ranching. Many of his family members have servered as Supervisors to the Whitewater Draw NRCD; so it was a natural fit for Frank to become involved. Thorughout his childhood, 弗兰克经常通过NRCD参与保护项目:刷子管理, fencing, water improvements, and wildlife-friendly drinkers.

Frank has been involved with Arizona Cattle Growers, Project Centl, National Cattlemen Beef Association, and is currently the Vice Chairman of Whitewater Draw NRCD, 此外,他还担任美高梅游戏网址主席和美高梅游戏网址政府事务委员会主席.

"I hope to help producers throughout the state in getting projects on the ground that will benefit Arizona's natural resources. I believe that by working with our agency cooperators, we can positively impact agriculture thorugh conservation practices and shed positive light on such an important part of our state's economy." - Frank Krentz

Mark Kuechel

1st Vice President

Mark Kuechel

Mark is a 4th generation farmer whose family has been growing citrus in the American Southwest for almost 140 years. Mark is the owner and operator of Kuechel Farms, which he established in Yuma, Arizona, in 1975. 自1990年以来,马克一直担任尤马NRCD和尤马保护花园的主席, receiving the Outstanding Supervisor Award in 2000, 2013, and 2019. 2014年,他被任命为美高梅游戏网址的财务主管,并担任目前的职位1st Vice President since 2018.  Mark is a member of the 美高梅游戏网址 Cropland Committee. 马克还是NACD西南地区第二副总裁.

From 1994 to 1999, Mark was a member of the University of Arizona Yuma Agricultural Center Research Advisory Council and Chairman of the Cooperative Extension, and in 1997, 领导建立了马克·威尔科克斯农业学生纪念奖学金. 2011年,亚利桑那尤马社区基金会授予马克尤马之心奖. 他在2008年被国际扶轮扶轮基金会提名为保罗•哈理斯之友. 他是代表FFA的亚利桑那大学荣誉校友. He received an Honorary FFA Degree, Yuma Chapter, 2004-2005, and an Honorary FFA Degree, State, 2006.

Mark is a life member of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, North American Hunting Club, Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, and the National Rifle Association. 他与亚利桑那狩猎和渔业部门一起做了几个志愿者项目, spearheading efforts to build and install a Bighorn sheep tank drinker in the Tinajas Altas Mountains, 并参加了在科法山脉的大角羊搬迁计划.

Tina Thompson

2nd Vice President

Tina Thompson

Tina is a 5th generation rancher who, along with her husband David, 是她在威尔科克斯外长大的牧场的所有者/经营者吗. Tina and David raised their son Cory on the ranch, 他和他们的孙女一样,是他们公司不可或缺的一部分! Tina has a lifetime of experience in conserving natural resources while in the business of raising cattle. The family ranch relies on many miles of pipelines along with numerous wells and water storage facilities. 她在亚利桑那州做了大半生的牧场主, Tina has a great appreciation for well-managed, healthy, productive land.

蒂娜在2010年加入了威尔考克斯-圣西蒙NRCD, and in 2018 was asked to join the 美高梅游戏网址 Executive Committee. She was voted in as 2nd Vice President and holds this position currently. Tina is also a District Supervisor for Willcox-San Simon and is an active member of the Arizona Farm Bureau, Arizona Cattle Growers, Cochise Graham Cattle Growers, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Tina’s dedication to continuing her family’s legacy, her passion for agriculture, and her devotion to natural resource conservation make her an exemplar of female leadership in agriculture today. In her position, Tina hopes to encourage others to learn how farming and ranching can support resource conservation across the state.


Past President

Bill Dunn

Bill grew up on his family's farm in Maricopa, AZ. 1964年,他开始登记安格斯牧群——亚利桑那州最古老的安格斯牧群. Then in 1974, he bought his current ranch in Kearny. 他的女儿和女婿继承了在德克萨斯州注册的牛群的遗产.

Bill is the current Chair of the Winkelman NRCD and is also a member of the NACD Special Committee on Bylaws. 他曾担任美高梅游戏网址总裁,并继续任职于执行委员会. His involvement in the Districts spans decades, 他在亚利桑那州牧场主的经历也很适合他担任地区监督员.



Shelley Blackmore

Shelley Blackmore owns and operates, with her husband, their ranch in Hillside, 他们饲养安格斯和安格斯/赫里福德和安格斯/巴拉佐纳杂交肉牛. Shelley’s family has been in ranching for generations and can trace her family’s ranching ancestry back to Scotland many, many years. Love of ranching, working with the land, 牛和马是雪莱和她的家人唯一的生活.

About 12 years ago, 在三角主管柯蒂斯·里特去世后,雪莱被要求接替他的位置. If you ask Shelley, she’ll tell you that up until then, 她对区是干什么的只是略知一二, 学习和参与他们的工作对我很有启发!

谢莉还担任当地业主协会的秘书/财务主管, where she says it has been a surprising avenue of opportunity to befriend other property owners in her area of Arizona, and to teach these other landowners the facts about ranching and the importance of conservation of our lands.

“I dearly love the ranching industry here in Arizona and do not want to see it and our way of life disappear.” – Shelley Blackmore

Anita Waite


Anita Waite

安妮塔和她的丈夫从1993年起就在亚利桑那州经营牧场. 他们买下了甘蔗泉牧场,这是一个全新的牧场,而且是在沙漠中经营的牧场! They swiftly learned the importance of resource management. Land stewardship seemed implicit to ranching, and Anita and her husband quickly took to implementing conservation practices and have a cooperative management plan with Game & Fish, BLM, State Land Department, NRCS, their local NRCD, and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Anita has been active in many organizations over the years. 她曾担任莫哈维县公共土地利用委员会放牧主席, 担任生境伙伴委员会副主席, and was a USDA – FSA County Committee person. Currently, she sits on the board for the Mohave County Farm & 他是大桑迪NRCD的主席,也是美高梅游戏网址的财务主管.



Tribal Districts Representative

Sadie Lister

Sadie’s family has been ranching for seven generations. Up until the 1940s, her family raised goats and sheep, but have since added cattle and horses to the mix. Sadie took over management of her family’s ranch in 2005 from her parents and shares it with her siblings.

Sadie serves as 美高梅游戏网址's Tribal Districts Representative and has been a member of the Little Colorado River Soil and Water Conservation District (LCRSWCD)/Navajo Nation since 2010. 她是印第安维尔斯社区的民选代表, 它是LCRSWCD内13个纳瓦霍民族地方自治分会之一, 她还是全国农业发展委员会多样性、公平和包容特别委员会的成员.

在她的工作中,她与美国农业部的项目协调了许多外联和教育讲习班, Navajo Nation, BIA Natural Resources Programs, Cooperative Extension Programs, and land grant colleges.


Cropland Committee Chair

Tim Grandy

1917年,蒂姆的家人从爱达荷州搬到了亚利桑那州,这使他成为4岁的男孩th generation farmer in the Buckeye Valley. Tim’s wife is also comes from a long line of farmers – her family has farmed in Arizona for five generations. 他们四个儿子中的两个继承了务农的家庭传统. 蒂姆和他的儿子有一个小的牛犊牛经营大多注册安格斯牛, “只是因为他们喜欢它们的外观”!

他在美国农业部自然资源保护服务处工作了41年, 蒂姆是一名土壤保持技术员,在那里他执行了计划, design, installation, and certification of conservation practices relating to irrigated cropland and rangeland management, working directly with local farmers and ranchers, and often served as the Government Representative on Emergency Watershed Protection project across the state.

Since retirement in 2018, 蒂姆曾在七叶树谷NRCD董事会任职,目前是副主席. He continues his work with ranchers and farmers across the state as an irrigation efficiency consultant, putting his knowledge and experience from his years at the NRCS to continued good use for the betterment of Arizona agriculture.


Rangeland & Forest Committee Chair

Daric Knight

Daric is a 4th generation rancher, raised on his grandparents’ ranch, Hooper Hereford Ranch, in Springerville, Arizona, which is where Daric and his wife live today, and operate it under the name White Mountain Herefords. In addition to the ranch, 他们既有狩猎业务,也有自然资源建设业务.

Daric已经在保护区工作了28年. When in high school, Daric was recruited by former Apache NRCD board member Robert Holland and former Chairman Don Colter to serve as a “youth advisor”. 在这个职位上,Daric从小就了解了学区的重要性和影响. 在亚利桑那州立大学获得农业商业学位后, Daric resumed his participation in the Apache NRCD, and is currently the Chairman of the Apache NRCD. He is also an 美高梅游戏网址 Executive Committee member.

“My favorite thing about the NRCD is the influence we can have on the natural resources in our local area. We are also able to more closely collaborate and partner with other state and federal agencies to make a conservation footprint across multiple landscapes and management jurisdictions.”


Education Committee Co-Chair

Sheryl Christenson

Sheryl is a life-long farmer from Yuma, Arizona. 1935年,她的父亲在尤马定居下来,买下了家族最初的80英亩土地. Her father, Frank J. Hartman, grew alfalfa and small grains, and during World War II, raised Bermuda grass for grass airfields. When Sheryl and her sister inherited the farm from Frank, 它被租给了蔬菜种植者——这是尤马地区的一个核心生长特征.

Sheryl first became involved with the Conservation Districts when she became the Laguna NRCD Education Center Director and Clerk – a position she held for 12 years. She currently serves as Chair of the Laguna NRCD as well as the Executive Committee of the 美高梅游戏网址.

谢丽尔现在并一直参与许多社区组织, including being a past District Governor for Rotary International (2016-17); being a Charter Member of Yuma Sunrise Rotary; being a Member and Officer of Elks Lodge 476 Yuma, Arizona; being a member, liturgist, and member of the session for First Presbyterian Church; being a graduate of the Yuma Leadership Academy; and being a recipient of 美高梅游戏网址’s Employee of the Year.


Education Committee Co-Chair

Dawn Salcito

Dawn is a born and bred rancher from Arizona. 在成长过程中,她和父母一起在许多牧场工作,并嫁给了一个牧场主人. After getting married, 她和她的丈夫搬到了她丈夫的家庭农场所在的骷髅谷. 近30年来,道恩一直在三角地区经营牧场.

In 2015, Dawn joined the Triangle NRCD board, and took a job with the Western Yavapai Conservation Education Center (sponsored by Triangle and Chino Winds NRCDs). Dawn also became an NRCS Program Specialist in order to help support producers with their conservation projects.