Meet the District

District Manager – Siobhan Nishida

Siobhan serves the Clinch Valley SWCD team as the District Manager. She 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 and Record Retention Officer.

Conservation Specialist/Equipment Manager – Brandon Blevins

Brandon serves the district as the Conservation Specialist and Equipment Manager for Clinch Valley SWCD. 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 – Hannah Rexrode

Hannah signed on as the district’s Education Specialist in spring 2022. Before joining the Clinch Valley team, she worked as an educator in museums and parks across Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) through the National Association for Interpretation and has received recognition for her fun and engaging educational programs for both students and the public. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Hannah has a fondness for Appalachian history and landscapes as well as a deep appreciation of the Clinch River. She is thrilled to be working alongside Russell County educators to help provide local students with an understanding of the amazing natural resources that this region has to offer.

Board of Directors

Clinch Valley SWCD is also served by an elected or appointed board of dedicated farmers and conservationists. If you would like to contact any of them, just give us a call.

Zac Ketron – Chair

Kelly Gilmer – Vice Chair

Jason Bush – Treasurer

Andy Smith – Director

Scott Jessee, VT Coop Ext. Appointee

Mike Altizer – Director Emeritus

Gary Breeding – Associate Director

Bill Worrell – Associate Director, VT Coop Ext. Forestry