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Cuyahoga SWCD Supervisor Election

SUPERVISOR ELECTION VOTING

In accordance with Chapter 940 of the Ohio Revised Code, an election of two supervisors of Cuyahoga SWCD will be held. Residents or landowners, firms and corporations that own land or occupy land in Cuyahoga County and are at least 18 years of age, may run for a supervisor. A non-resident landowner, firm or corporation must provide an affidavit of eligibility, which includes designation of a voting representative, prior to casting a ballot.

Official voting begins on September 27, 2018.

There are three ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot:

  • At the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District office weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and until 3:00 p.m. on October 18;

  • By absentee ballot. Request an “Absentee Request Form” from the Cuyahoga SWCD office or online click here to download one. Ballots will be mailed beginning September 27;

  • At the annual meeting on October 18, from 4:30 – 6:15 p.m. at the Euclid Lakefront Community Center, 1 Bliss Lane, Euclid (north of Lakeshore Blvd at East 222 street). Click here for event information.

For more information, call 216-524-6580, ext. 1000.

Candidate Bios:

CHRISTINE BALK

Christine is a technical advisor for the Davey Tree Expert Company in Kent, Ohio. She specializes in Plant Pathology. Christine’s love for the environment started at a young age, which led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in biology at St. Lawrence University. After graduating from St. Lawrence Christine moved to Alaska for a 6 month internship with The Chicago Botanical Gardens and BLM. This internship involved collecting native plant seeds around Alaska for restoration projects. This project was crucial due to all of the mining and drilling done there. After Alaska, Christine went to graduate school at The Ohio State University for plant pathology. She would help in the community by teaching elementary students about plants and their importance in the world. After starting with Davey out of graduate school Christine has given many talks at conferences around the US and continues to spread awareness on the importance of trees, soil, water, and our environment. We must be informed about all factors affecting our environment in order to save it. Christine is running for this position because she not only has the knowledge about what needs to be done, but also the drive and moral compass to do what is right. Christine has volunteered to provide community programs regarding trees and is interested in using her skills to assist in the implementation of the Cuyahoga SWCD’s mission.

JEFFREY DUKE

Jeff is the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Services Manager for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District – where he has worked since 1993. Jeff has a BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a MS in Civil Engineering-Water Resources from Cleveland State. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio and a certified GIS Professional. He also serves on the Berea City School District School Board. He has a passion for GIS and maps – as a visual gateway – to the information and tools needed to allow stakeholders better perform business functions. His experience in planning, project delivery and technical support has provided him the background to be able to be proactive in providing geospatial and data management tools to internal and external stakeholders. Key project successes include his organization’s Enterprise GIS, revamping customer service delivery an inquiry tracking system and supporting the implementation of the District’s regional stormwater management program. Jeff has collaborated with various agencies in developing illicit discharge tracking and elimination tools for the NPDES Phase II Stormwater Permit Program and has worked with various community and county agencies to enhance stormwater infrastructure datasets and tools to support many business activities.

CAROLINE KELEMEN

Growing up playing in Porter Creek gave me an early appreciation for water resources in Cuyahoga County. Distraught to discover the abuse of these resources, I embarked on 20 years of environmental advocacy. In 2015, I graduated from Purdue University with the nation’s top rated Agricultural Engineering degree and a concentration in Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering. Returning to Cleveland, I began working at The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Southerly plant. I relished the opportunity to investigate the largest facility protecting our Lake and map the area. Simultaneously, I began working with the Cleveland Metropark’s Watershed Volunteer Program. Tracking erosion in the parks, maintaining and implementing storm water management features and planting native plants was so exciting for me that in 2016, I was recognized for being the most active volunteer. Hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2017, invigorated my passion for nature and desire to protect it. Since May 2018, as a Hydrologist Technician I have managed a joint project between NEORSD, the Cleveland Metroparks and Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District to assess erosion tracking protocols in the Cleveland area. I anticipate bringing my new ideas, local knowledge and passion to work for the Board of Directors.

RUTH SKULY

Dr. Skuly is completing her sixth term on the Board. Currently the chair, she has served as treasurer and vice chair. She has helped with community outreach and spear-headed the development of the District’s first Strategic Plan, which has evolved and been the guiding principle of the District since 2002. Completing her 15th year as a director of the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, she helps direct the soil and water conservation efforts across the state. Ruth is retired from the Cleveland Municipal School District where she taught biology and environmental science before becoming an administrator. As such, she headed a school for court-committed juvenile delinquents, developed student and teacher training programs and worked with schools to write and achieve their school improvement plans. She wrote and was granted numerous proposals to bring state and federal dollars to the school district. Ruth earned biology degrees from St. Xavier College (Chicago) and Cleveland State University and has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Kent State University. Ruth and her husband, Leo Deininger, reside in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. They own and manage a tree farm in Coshocton County where they have implemented many conservation practices. Her volunteer interests include the Cleveland Hiking Club, the Nature Conservancy, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes and the Sustainable Heights Network. She is interested in the federal Farm Bill and bringing federal cost share dollars to Cuyahoga County, and has taken advantage of training offered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the EPA in storm water management, brownfield redevelopment and forestry, all of which are relevant to helping lead the District.