Directors and Staff


Board of Directors:

Russ Braun, Chairman
Mike Hovatter, Vice-Chairman
Jan Kemmer, Commissioner
Jerry Olsen, Public Director
Joe Labant, Public Director
Denise Casilio,Farmer Director
Ray McMinn, Farmer Director

Associate Directors:

Jim McCluskey

Director Emeritus:

Ron McMinn


Steve Putt: District Manager
Steve, a native of Bedford County, joined the Elk County Conservation District as the District Manager in 2011. Prior to coming to Elk County, Steve served as the Resource Conservation Specialist at the Blair County Conservation District for 8 years and served as the Resource Conservationist at the Clinton County Conservation District for 2 years. He also spent some time residing in Maryland and Colorado. Steve is a certified professional in erosion and sediment control (CPESC) and has a bachelor’s of science degree from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where he studied Geology & Environmental Science. He is also active in the community and serves on the Ridgway Heritage Council and the TriCounty Rails-To-Trails board.


Kim Bonfardine: Watershed Specialist
Kim, a native of Elk County, joined ECCD in the spring of 2005 after holding the same position at the Warren County Conservation District. She attended Penn State Dubois Campus to earn an Associates Degree in Wildlife Technology and then went on to Clarion University to study biology where she received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology with a concentration in Freshwater Ecology. Kim enjoys the many aspects of her job such as environmental education, working with local watershed groups and other conservation organizations, but her true passion is working on the beautiful headwater streams throughout the county; trying to protect and conserve our most required natural resource, water.


Kate Yetzer: Resource Conservation Technician
Kate, a native of Elk County, joined the Elk County Conservation District as the Resource Conservation Technician in 2014. Prior to working for the District, Kate worked for the Army Corps of Engineers at East Branch Lake and earned her Bachelors of Science degree with a concentration in Geology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Kate enjoys spending time in the PA Great Outdoors and volunteering her time at the Elk County Visitor Center.


Amanda Stoltzfus: Resource Conservation Technician
Amanda, a native of Berks County, joined the Elk County Conservation District as a Resource Conservation Technician in 2014. She previously was employed by the Dauphin County Conservation District. Amanda received her bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008 in Agriculture Extension Education. She enjoys many outdoor activities such as running, gardening, and kayaking.

David Stubber: Solid Waste Enforcement Officer
Dave Stubber was hired as the Municipal Waste Enforcement Officer in 2000. He also was the West Nile Virus Coordinator for Elk County. He now splits his time as the Municipal Waste Enforcement Officer and working at the Community Recycling Center in St Marys. Dave is a retired DWCO with the PA Game Commission he also is very active at Elk County Catholic High School where he coaches varsity football.

Diane Myers: Secretary
Diane has been employed by the County of Elk since April of 2010. Her duties are split between the Conservation District and the Elk County Solid Waste Authority / Recycling Office. She provides all secretarial, accounting, and payroll services to the District. A lifelong resident of Elk County, she is a graduate of Jamestown Business College and has served in the U.S. Air Force as a ground equipment technician. Prior to starting employment at the County, she worked as a financial assistant for North Central PA Planning & Development Commission for 18 years.

Cooperating Agencies:

Allegheny National Forest (ANF)
PA Association of Conservation Districts
PA Department of Agriculture
PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR)
PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
PA Fish & Boat Commission
PA Game Commission
PA State Conservation Commission
Penn State University Center for Dirt & Gravel Road Studies
Trout Unlimited
US Army Corps of Engineers
US Fish & Wildlife Service
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy