Current LCSWCD Board Members

Licking Soil & Water 2018 Board Members


Mamie Hollenback - Chair
Mamie Hollenback is a self-employed chicken farmer from Washington Township.  As 2010 Cooperator of the Year, the Hollenback’s conservation projects on the farm include grass waterways, cover crops, drainage projects, as well as being enrolled in USDA conservation programs, CRP and CSP.  Mamie sees opportunities to increase education to the agricultural community about manure management and how to secure funding for USDA programs like CRP.  


Megan Evans - Vice Chair
Megan Evans is the Grants Administrator for the Licking County Foundation, holds a B.A. in Biology from Ohio Wesleyan University and resides in Newark.  Megan would like to help identify funding streams for Licking Soil & Water and increase awareness about services offered to the community.  She would also like to increase awareness about protecting water resources and what residents and businesses can do to help.


Mike Birkmeyer - Fiscal Agent
Mike Birkmeyer resides in Granville Township and is an Independent Insurance Agent  at Madison- Collins-Stephen’s Agency.  He has B.S. in Business Administration and holds leadership roles in the Licking County Chamber of Commerce and Granville Kiwanis, as well as being a member of Newark Heath Rotary and the Downtown Newark Association.  Mike would like to see an increase in public awareness of Licking Soil & Water by continuing strong education and outreach programs and by building partnerships within the community.   He would also like to help secure sustainable funding for the organization.

Bill Goodman - Secretary-Treasurer
Bill Goodman is a beef & blackberry farmer in McKean Township. Retired from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Bill thinks SWCD has historically done a good job for Licking County taxpayers. Challenges he would like to work on include maintaining technical and financial assistance, addressing the need for conservation practices in highly developed areas, and promoting cost-share programs to assist farmers in pollution abatement activities.

John Wagy - Board Member
John Wagy operates his family’s century farm in Pataskala. In 2015, John was named LCSWCD Cooperator of the Year for his commitment to using best management practices including systematic drainage tile systems, grass waterways, variable rate fertilizer application, and nutrient management plans. Respect of the natural watershed is a priority for John, especially promoting the use of variable rate technology and planting cover crops.


Licking Soil & Water 2018 Associate Board Members

Jeffrey Baker is a resident of Newark and is Science Teacher at Alpha School, a program to rehabilitate students involved with Perry County Juvenile Court.  He holds a BA in Biology from Denison University, a BS in Marketing from Liberty University, an MA in Business Management from Regent University, and an MAT in Biology from Miami University.  Jeff served on the Board of Supervisors for three years (2015 - 2017).  He would like to see increased community awareness about water pollution issues and increased public support of Licking Soil & Water.


Jeff Bates is a Professor and Program Coordinator of the Environmental Science, Safety & Health Department at Columbus State Community College.  He is a resident of Johnstown.  He holds a Ph.D. Geological Science from The Ohio State University, an M.S. in Geology from Bowling Green State University, and a B.A. in Geology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  His areas of interest include water quality, soil management and agriculture.


Matt Hazelton is an Assistant Principal at Newark High School.  He resides north of Newark.  He holds an M. Ed. in Education Administration and B.A. in Biology.  Groundwater and conservation education are special interests of his.




Terry Van Offeren is retired from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Mineral Resources Management and currently works for Rural Action, a non-profit community development organization based in Athens.  He resides in Granville.  Van Offeren holds a B.S. in Environmental Geography from Ohio University.  He looks forward to sharing insights while also learning more about the role Soil & Water plays in local urban and agricultural communities.