Mahoning Conservation District Appoints Monus, Owens, Scarsella

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Matthew Monus of Boardman and Fred Owens of Austintown recently joined the Mahoning County Soil & Water Conservation District’s board of supervisors after winning elections for the seats in November.

Richard S. Scarsella of Boardman, a two-time former board member, was chosen by the board to fill an open seat.

Monus is an engineer with GPD Group in Akron and has worked primarily in matters related to site development, grading, stormwater management, permitting and erosion control. He holds several certifications in soil and water management. He holds a bachelor of engineering degree from Youngstown State University.

Owens is a professor emeritus at Youngstown State, where he taught telecommunications and business courses for more many years. He has authored several textbooks and research articles on communication and organizational behavior. Owens is a former president of the Rotary Club Youngstown and the Austintown Growth Foundation, and has also served on boards of the Salvation Army and American Diabetes Association. He was among the collaborators who launched the Walk on Wick and the Youngstown Air Show. He was inducted into the Austintown Hall of Fame in 2016.

Scarsella is the job training coordinator at Choffin Career and Technical Center in Youngstown and a local historian. He is chairman of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society board of directors, a board member and former board president of the Boardman Historical Society and a board member of the Youngstown Steel Heritage Museum. Scarsella also sits on the boards of the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio, the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center and the Mahoning Valley Regional Council of Governments.

The Mahoning County Soil & Water Conservation District advances best management practices for conserving land and water resources. The district, established in 1950, is staffed by a small team of environmental professionals who lead efforts in community and school outreach, agricultural project support, stormwater control, watershed protection, pond management and more.

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