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Meet Washington's Civil Rights Program Area Representatives

Erin Kreutz

Central Area Representative

Hi, my name is Erin Kreutz. I am excited to be the new Central Area Representative for the Civil Rights Advisory Committee. I love traveling and exploring new languages and cultures and look forward to expanding my experience and knowledge while serving on the CRAC.  I have been working for NRCS in the Ellensburg Field Office for three years. My primary interests are forestry related, however I love taking on the new responsibilities working with our organic and traditional farmers in the valley.

I am originally from Wisconsin and a true Midwesterner at heart. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for my BS in Forest Ecology and Management and Central Washington University for my MS in Natural and Cultural Resources. In my free time I enjoy cooking, hiking, gardening, and performing and teaching the harp.

Please e-mail me with any questions or concerns.

Image: Patrice Beckwith

East Area Representative

Hello. My name is Patrice Beckwith. I joined the Civil Rights Advisory Committee in 2013 as the East Area representative.  I am interested in assisting in the outreach efforts of our agency. I joined the committee to help ensure that we reach the diverse pool of employees as well as continue to expand equal access of our services to our changing customer base.  

I started my career with SCS in 1987 as an Earth Team Volunteer. I have worked in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Washington. Currently I am a Resource Conservationist in the Republic Field Office. In this position I provide service to Ferry County and the Colville Indian Reservation.

I am married with two children. Christina is in college at WSU and Lily is in high school. My husband, Jim, works for the US Forest Service. Outside of work I am very busy volunteering in my school district and serving on the boards of my local library and Business and Professional Women’s club.  I love being out-of-doors and living & working in the mountains of eastern Washington.

Please e-mail me with any questions or concerns.

Bob Jarrett

West Area Representative

Hello. My name is Bob Jarrett, and I am the new Washington West Area Representative for the Civil Rights Advisory Committee.  I look forward to representing your interests on the committee and will do my best to be a voice for your concerns and those of our customers, both internal and external.

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been with NRCS for over five years now.  I spent 30 years in the Army and Air Force, and that service helped me understand the importance of embracing diversity as a way of enhancing the mission.  My observation has been that this is even more important with the conservation mission we are all a part.  I hope that I can represent the West Area so as to help ensure that our services are available to any qualifying customer who approaches us, regardless of their background.  I also hope that our personal work experiences will be positive and that we can all feel valued for what we bring to the job.  These are stressful times, and it seems there is just never enough time to do what needs to be done, but if we are able to find joy and satisfaction in what we’re doing, it seems to make the stress a little easier to manage.

Please contact me any time you have suggestions, questions or concerns that you feel should be addressed by the Civil Rights Advisory Committee.  I also encourage you to participate in as many of the activities as possible that the committee sponsors throughout the year.  Who knows, you might learn something new and useful!

Please e-mail me with any questions or concerns.