Conservation Showcase - Employees

Missouri's Conservation Employee Showcase











Mark Nussbaum, far right, with his wife, Sarah, daughter, Lizzie and son, Matt.

Mark Nussbaum, Area 3 Engineer

Some people might claim that Mark Nussbaum is nuts about his trees.

However, Nussbaum, selected 2010 Tree Farmer of the Year by the Missouri Tree Farm Committee, probably would tell you that the 610-acre family farm near Jackson is about a lot more than just trees; it's a hobby, a continuation of a three-generation family operation, a source of recreation, a means to improving natural resources, and a parenting tool.

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Aaron Schulz

Aaron Schulz, Earth Team Volunteer and NRCS WAE

If Aaron Schulz mentions that his tenure as an Earth Team volunteer ended up being for the birds, he means it.  Schulz has been volunteering with the NRCS office in Butler County, Missouri, since 2008, when he was a student at Poplar Bluff High School.

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Front row left to right: Ashley, Natalie, Mike Holcer. Back row left to right: Lin, Pastor Brent and Eric.

Mike Holcer, Civil Engineer Technician

When NRCS Civil Engineer Technician Mike Holcer flew into Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with five members of the Chillicothe Cornerstone Church, he saw hundreds of blue tents dotting the island.  His goodwill trip to Haiti, an island just slightly smaller than the state of Maryland, came four months after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the country of nearly 9.7 million people.

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Brian Sturm

Brian Sturm, Soil Conservation Technician

Brian Sturm hasn't figured out how to be two places at the same time, but the NRCS soil conservation technician in Chillicothe, Missouri, might have come up with the next best thing.

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Skip Mourglia

Skip Mourglia, Soil Conservationist (Forestry)

Louise A. "Skip" Mourglia ran a forest consulting business for 20 years before joining NRCS as a soil conservationist (forestry) in 2002. She says this career change gave her new tools to help people help the land.

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Sarah Szachnieski

Sarah Szachnieski, Resource Conservationist

Sarah Szachnieski likes horses. She also likes her job as an NRCS resource conservationist in Warren County, Missouri. So finding a way to incorporate her interest in horses into her job seemed only natural.

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Lynn Leimkuehler

Lynn Leimkuehler, Resource Conservationist

Lynn Leimkuehler has all the same job challenges as others in the high-workload NRCS offices in northwestern Missouri. But Leimkuehler, resource conservationist at Carrollton, Missouri, has the added challenges of performing his duties as a paraplegic.

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