Mahoning SWCD Adds 2 New Board Members

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Mahoning County Soil & Water District recently welcomed Elayne Bozick of Lowellville and Andrew J. Baltes of North Jackson to its board of supervisors. They were elected to the posts in November. Bozick will serve as chairperson and Baltes as secretary.

Bozick has been a real estate agent with BHHS Stouffer Realty in Boardman for nearly six years. She serves on the Mahoning County Historical Society board, the Coitsville Township Zoning Board of Appeals and was recently elected district governor nominee designate for Rotary District 6650.

Bozick is a former president of the Rotary Club of Youngstown and leads the Operation Pollination initiative, a Rotary International environmental project that brings community partners together to protect, create and connect natural habitat sites.

“Elayne’s work with Operation Pollination relates directly to the SWCD’s mission of habitat restoration and conservation of natural lands,” says Kathi Vrable-Bryan, district administrator.

Baltes operates a farm in Ellsworth Township and is a fourth-generation family farmer. He also works as a seed dealer with Hubner Seed and is vice president of the Mahoning County Farm Bureau board. He has worked with the SWCD in the past to promote pollinator crops and other agricultural practices.

“We are excited to have Elayne and Andrew on our board as they bring a wealth of knowledge in their respective fields and diverse experience integral to the success of the outreach and assistance we provide to the public we serve,” Vrable-Bryan says.

The new board supervisors will serve three-year terms. They replace Jerry Rockhold, who served on the board for nine years, and Ken Day, who served for three years.

The Mahoning County Soil & Water Conservation District advances best management practices for conserving land and water resources by providing education, technical assistance and stewardship. 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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