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Special Emphasis Programs in Pennsylvania

Special emphasis activities and support are an integral part of the civil rights program at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Special Emphasis Programs

Special emphasis activities and support are an integral part of the civil rights program at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Within their respective programs, special emphasis program managers assist the State Conservationist, to ensure that equal opportunity is present in all aspects of NRCS programs and services. This includes assisting the State Conservationist to provide leadership to identify under representation and ensure positive actions are being taken to address any such problem areas. Special emphasis program managers assist the State Conservationist to provide advice and assistance to management officials in order to help them meet civil rights program goals and objectives. They also assist the State Conservationist to ensure effective  communications among all persons and areas dealing with, or affected by, agency civil rights responsibilities.

Pennsylvania NRCS has the following Special Emphasis Program Managers (SEPM):

Special Emphasis Program Managers (SEPM) Directory

Pennsylvania SEPM's
Name Position Phone Number Email
Justin Gross - SE
American Indian/Alaska Native American
Damian Loeper - SE
Asian American/Pacific Islander SEPM
Dayanna Estades - SO
Hispanic SEPM
Pam Karschner - NE
Disability SEPM
Ashlynn Dunn - W
Federal Women's SEPM
Curtis Swiantek - W
Black SEPM
Currently Vacant
LGBTQIA+ SEPM
Wendy Karrasch - SO
Veterans SEPM

Civil Rights Officer, Liaisons, and others Directory

Name Position Phone Number Email
Denise Coleman - SO
Deputy Civil Rights Officer (DCRO)
Shozette Smith - SO
Civil Rights Liaison for Title VII
Susan Parry
Civil Rights Liaison for Title VI Program Delivery
Currently Vacant
Civil Rights Liaison for Title VII
Abigail Appleman
Hispanic & Historically Underserved Technician
Janette Lesher
Beginning Farmer Champion

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact the USDA Office of Communications at (202) 720-2791.

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