The Huntingdon County Conservation District was organized to provide for the conservation of soil and water resources, assist in watershed protection and flood prevention, preserve woodland and wildlife, protect public lands, preserve the tax base, and to protect and promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the people. We have proudly served Huntingdon County since July 28, 1955.
Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3024
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 and serves as the Chairperson for the Southern Alleghenies Charitable Trust. . 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,
Dirt & Gravel Roads & Low-Volume Roads Technician
Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3015
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.
Chesapeake Bay/ Nutrient Management Technician
Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3022
Jonathan started working for the district as the Nutrient Management and Chesapeake Bay Specialist in November 2018. He will be working with agricultural producers administering Chesapeake Bay projects, writing manure management plans, reviewing Act 38 plans, and working with compliance issues through the county. In December 2016 he graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in Wildlife Biology. Jonathan and his wife Echo reside in Bedford County where they live and operate a beef and specialty crop farm growing pumpkins and berries. Jonathan grew up working on his family dairy farm. He enjoys hunting, farming and working on his classic truck with his dog Mack.
Watershed Specialist/ Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful Coordinator
Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3021
Logan joined the Huntingdon County Conservation District
as the Watershed Specialist in October 2018. He is responsible for
monitoring and improving the health of Huntingdon County’s waterways
through regular water quality testing and stream/riparian restoration
efforts. He also provides educational programs and acts as the Keep
HuntingdonCounty Beautiful Coordinator and Envirothon Coordinator.
Originally from Mifflinburg, PA (Union County), Logan graduated from
Juniata College in May 2018 with a B.S. in Environmental Science
with a primary focus in fisheries management and aquatic ecology.
Logan’s passions include hunting, trapping, fishing, kayaking,
herpetology (especially vernal pool ecosystems), and spending
time with his family.
Staci Spertzel Black
Erosion & Sedimentation Resource Technician
Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3019
Staci started as the Erosion & Sedimentation (E&S) Technician for the Conservation District in 2019. She is responsible for administering the E & S Program and NPDES permitting for construction-related projects that plan for earth disturbance. In addition, Staci provides technical assistance, education, and outreach related to Chapter 102 of the Clean Streams Law and ways to reduce sediment to streams. She graduated from Ohio University in 2005 with an M.S. in Environmental Studies. She has previously worked in private consulting and for both state and federal agencies as an archaeologist. She brings to the District experience working with soils, compliance reviews, fieldwork, and GIS mapping. Staci has lived in Huntingdon County for more than a decade and regularly enjoys adventures outside with her husband and dog. She is very happy to be living and working in such a beautiful place.
Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3013
Joy joined the District as an Administrative Assistant in December 2018.
Joy 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 and NRCS.
Born and raised in Huntingdon County, her fields of study were accounting/computer sciences. She previously worked at JC Blair Hospital for 20 years as the Assistant Director of the IT department and previously as a Payroll Coordinator and a construction cost accountant/office manager.
She currently resides in Huntingdon County with her husband Ross and enjoys camping, gardening, and riding motorcycles.
Clockwise from bottom right: Russell Kyper(Vice-Chairperson), Jeff Thomas (District Chairman and Huntingdon County Commissioner), James Weikert (District Treasurer), Andrew Harpster, Jama Hampson, Dr. Dennis Johnson, and Michael Mowrer.
The Huntingdon County Conservation District has seven directors who serve on our board. Their duties include:
- Identifying local conservation needs
- Developing, implementing, evaluating a 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 8 AM and are open to the public.