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North Dakota Civil Rights Committee

Welcome to the NRCS North Dakota Civil Rights page.

NRCS Civil Rights Program in North Dakota


A guiding force in promoting civil rights as essential to a quality work environment and program delivery.


To serve as a communication network to promote and enhance civil rights opportunities in North Dakota and provide recommendations and counsel to the State Conservationist.

National Observances

  • January - Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (3rd Monday)
  • February - Black History Month
  • March - Women's History Month
  • April - National Volunteer Week (3rd week)
  • April - "Take Your Child to Work" Day (4th Thursday)
  • May - National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
  • June - LGBTQ Pride Month
  • August 26 - Women's Equality Day
  • September 15 - October 15 - National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October - Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • November - Native American History Month

Leadership and Advisors

Dan Hovland
Deputy Equal Opportunity Officer

Jennifer Vetter
Civil Rights Liaison Officer for Employment and Program Delivery
(701) 440-9403

Jarvis Keney
Environmental Justice Coordinator
(701) 530-2005

Mark Hayek
Equal Employment Opportunity Liaison
(701) 530-2080

Darlita Sarkilahti
Business Services Liaison
(701) 530-2008

Anna Bahnson
Outreach and Recruitment
(701) 530-2095

Committee Members

Committee Chairperson
Lindsey Goldade

Conservation Delivery Unit Supervisor, Ashley FO
(701) 288-3481

West Zone Representative
Corey Mathies
Soil Conservationist, Center FO,
(701) 794-8725

West Zone Representative
Abigail Roth
Management and Program Analyst, Carson FO
(701) 622-3381

East Zone Representative
Mark Welter
Conservation Delivery Unit Supervisor, Lisbon FO

East Zone Representative
Sydney Bidwell
Natural Resource Specialist, Finley FO
(701) 524-2840  

Tribal Representative
Matthew Seufert
Resource Conservationist, Minnewaukan FO
(701) 473-5312

Special Emphasis Program

American Indian/ Alaska Native Emphasis Program Manager
Jeff Desjarlais
Tribal Liaison, Rolla FO
(701) 477-3167

Asian American/Pacific Islander Emphasis Program Manager
Andrew Willyard
Compliance Team Designated Conservationist
Grand Forks FO
(701) 765-3677

Black Emphasis Program Manager

Disability Emphasis Program Manager
Adam Flaagan
Agronomist, Devils Lake FO
(701) 662-4987

Federal Women's Program Manager
Anne Polasky
Public Affairs Specialist, Bismarck SO
(701) 530-2006

Hispanic Emphasis Program Manager
Brian Gysbers
Conservation Delivery Unit Supervisor, Cando FO
(701) 968-3514

Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender Program Manager

Veterans Emphasis Program Manager
Joseph Cooper
Resource Soil Scientist, Jamestown FO
(701) 658-3362

Equal Opportunity Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

Fax: (202) 690-7442

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.