Conservation Specialist/Equipment Manager – Brandon Blevins
Brandon joins our team as the Conservation Specialist and Equipment Manager for Clinch Valley. A native to Russell County and Department of Geology graduate from Radford University, he has worked in the private engineering and surveying industry primarily in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia. There, he has been an Environmental Scientist studying everything from geology to wetlands and the “wee-beasties” that live in Virginia’s freshwater streams. He is proud to call Southwest Virginia home as well as his new office. He looks forward to helping the people and places of this beloved region and being part of the community.
Education Specialist – Siobhan Nishida
Siobhan joins our team as the Education Specialist for the Clinch Valley SWCD. She has previously worked in a range of positions including landscape architect, wetland environmental consultant, and project manager with a sheep livestock vegetation management company. As the mother of two elementary age children, Siobhan has found a great joy in working with children while helping them explore and answer questions about environmental principles. Siobhan and her husband enjoy teaching their children through the experiences of gardening, hiking, and visiting our National Parks. She believes it is great to visit places far and near, but is very happy to become part of the Southwest Virginia community!
Siobhan is also our acting FOIA Officer.