About Us

Our Staff:    

celina     Celina Seftas
     District Manager
     Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 114
     manager@huntingdonconservation.org

  Celina Seftas started as the Watershed Specialist for the
  Conservation District in 2008 and as the District Manager in 2015. 
  She is responsible for overseeing all staff and programs and administering
  the Agricultural Land Preservation Program. She is also on the Board of
  Directors for the Pennsylvania Envirothon. Celina grew up in
  Huntingdon County and has always wanted to work in the outdoors. She
  enjoys the collaborative and project-oriented nature of working at the
  Conservation District and helping others learn more about the local
  environment. Celina attended Huntingdon Area High School and earned
  a B.S. in Environmental Science from Juniata College. In 2012, she
  earned Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful's Presidents Award for her work
  in the county. Celina and her family enjoy kayaking, camping, gardening,
  and hiking.

       

 

 

sherri

   Sherri Law
   Dirt & Gravel Roads & Low-Volume Roads Technician
    Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 103
   roads@huntingdonconservation.org

  Sherri started as the Dirt and Gravel Roads Technician for the
  Huntingdon County Conservation District in October 2017. She
  administers the Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road program, which
  provides funding for Townships to increase the quality of their
  dirt, gravel, and low volume roads while reducing erosion to streams.
  She is originally from south eastern Pennsylvania and moved to
  Huntingdon County in 2012 as a student at Juniata College. In 2016,
  she graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science. She continues
  to live in Huntingdon and is happy to be working to improve the roads
  and streams in the area. Her hobbies include hiking with her
  Australian cattle dog Samantha, biking, and crocheting.

 


taylor   Taylor Clark
   Erosion & Sedimentation Resource Technician
   Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 107
   erosion@huntingdonconservation.org

  Since August 2017, Taylor has been operating the District’s DEP-
  delegated Chapter 102 programs. These include review of Erosion
  and Sedimentation Control (E&S) plans and National Pollutant
  Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit applications. Taylor
  conducts routine inspections, investigates public complaints, and
  provides technical support for earthmoving projects. Industrial
  development, home building, road construction, utility lines, logging,
  stream restoration, and more are covered by this program. Taylor plans
  to use these experiences to expand her skills in communication
  between environmental stakeholders. Taylor grew up on a farm in
  southeastern York County and graduated with a B.S. in environmental
  science from Juniata College. Currently she lives in James Creek and
tries to ride horses as much as she can without having her own, which proves to be challenging. Taylor enjoys gardening,experimental cooking, and spending time with her family.

 

abbe    Abbe Hamilton 
    Chesapeake Bay/ Nutrient Management Technician
    Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 110
    agriculture@huntingdonconservation.org

  Abbe joined the Conservation District in October 2016. Originally
  from Massachusetts, she has been immersed in Central
  Pennsylvania agriculture for four years and resides in Huntingdon.
  She has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from SUNY College of
  Environmental Science and Forestry and a M.S. in Agronomy from
  Penn State. While at Penn State she worked with the Weed Ecology Lab
  and the Cover Crop Cocktails project and ultimately developed a
  rapid-assessment system to measure the ecosystem service contributions
  of cover crops. Abbe is a certified public Nutrient Management Plan
  reviewer for Huntingdon County and also works to provide educational,
  technical and financial assistance for farmers seeking to upgrade their
  on-farm conservation practices.

 

 

 

 

Stacia-Fe     Stacia-Fe Gillen
     Watershed Specialist/ Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful Coordinator 
     Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 109
     watershed@huntingdonconservation.org

  Stacia-Fe joined the District as Watershed Specialist in March 2016.
  She is responsible for water quality monitoring, creating and
  maintaining demonstration sites (riparian buffers/rain gardens/
  pollinator gardens), leading environmental education throughout the
  county, coordinating the county Environthon,
providing technical
  assistance, and writing grants to fund these activities.  As the Keep
  Huntingdon County Beautiful coordinator, she also organizes local

  cleanup events, including the annual Tire Wars and the annual
  Juniata River Cleanup. She also maintains this website,
  so please contact her with questions or concerns. Stacia-Fe
  grew up exploring the creeks and rivers of Huntingdon County and
  graduated with a B.S. in environmental science from Allegheny College.
  She appreciates that her job enables her to connect people with water in
  creative ways. Currently, she lives in Petersburg and enjoys kayaking,
  doing herpetology citizen-science, gardening, and playing ultimate frisbee.

 

 

karie      Karie Kauffman 
     Administrative Assistant 
     Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 101
     admin@huntingdonconservation.org

  Karie joined the District as Administrative Assistant in June 2015.
  Karie handles all of the District’s administrative functions, payroll, and
  financials. In addition to her administrative duties,  she manages the
  topographic map and animal guard sales, as well as assists with the
  Agricultural Land Preservation program. Karie attended DuBois Business
  College where she received an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and
  Business Administration. Currently, Karie resides in Mifflin County with her
  husband, Sam, and enjoys photography, gardening, hiking, and kayaking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

District Directors:

board members

Clockwise from bottom right: Andrew Harpster, Russell Kyper (Vice Chairperson), Tyler Snider, Dennis Johnson, Michael Mowrer, Jeff Thomas (Chairperson), James Weikert (Treasurer)

The Huntingdon County Conservation District has seven directors who serve on our board. Their duties include:

  • Identifying local conservation needs
    • Developing, implementing, evaluating strategic plan to meet those needs
  • Developing vision and mission
  • Setting goals & priorities
  • Hiring staff to carry out programs/plans
  • Voting on approving/objecting to agreements such as grants, delegation agreements from the state, and other contracts

District directors serve four year terms. Our board represents our county, and is always composed of farmer members, public members, and a member of County Governing Body. Board meetings are typically held on the first Thursday of every month at 8AM and are open to the public.