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Tennessee State Office

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801 Broadway, 675 US Courthouse
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone
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855-591-1284
Mailing Address
801 Broadway, 675 US Courthouse
Nashville, TN 37203
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With the mission of “Helping people help the land,” the Natural Resources Conservation Service provides products and services that enable people to be good stewards of the Nation’s soil, water, and related natural resources on private lands.

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Sheldon Hightower 

Sheldon Hightower is the NRCS Tennessee state conservationist, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Hightower began his NRCS career in 1996 as a student trainee in Oklahoma and Minnesota. He worked as a soil conservationist in Minnesota for two years before being selected as a district conservationist in Ulysses, Kansas. 
Hightower served as acting director for the Financial Assistance Programs Division in Washington, D.C., and as acting assistant state conservationist for field operations in Pennsylvania, New York (2010), and Kansas (2013).   

Hightower also served as the acting state conservationist in Nevada (2013) and Kansas (2018) and as a member of the National Civil Rights Advisory Committee to the Chief. 

Currently, Hightower is a board advisor to the Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee Southeast Leadership Development Program, an 18-month program he spearheaded in 2019. He serves on the Hiring Strategy Task Force team and as the Southeast Representative on the National Field Office Technical Guide Committee.
 

During his NRCS tenure, Hightower has served eleven years in leadership positions while actively promoting diversity, mentorship, and career development within the workforce. Hightower is a life member of the National Organization of Professional Black NRCS Employees and is the Treasurer for the Tennessee Chapter. 

In his spare time, Hightower enjoys hunting, fishing, walking, reading, and spending time on his family farm.

*Sheldon Hightower is on an extended special leadership assignment. Please contact Acting State Conservationist Curt McDaniel at 615-277-2536 or curt.mcdaniel@usda.gov.

Read Curt's bio 

Curt McDaniel (213.42 KB)

USDA NRCS • Southeast Region 


 

Tennessee Leadership Team

State Office
Name Position Phone Number Email
Sheldon Hightower
State Conservationist (National Detail)
Curt McDaniel
( Appointment Date: May 19, 2024 )
Acting State Conservationist
Tina Rapaport
Executive Assistant to the State Conservationist
Grace Lutz
Assistant State Conservationist - Management and Strategy
Garrett E. Morris
Assistant State Conservationist - Programs
Harold Pettigrew III
State Outreach Coordinator
Linda Ortiz
State Resource Conservationist
M. Alton Miller P.E.
State Conservation Engineer
Aaron Friend
State Soil Scientist
Vacant
State Public Affairs Officer
Area 1 - Jackson Area (West Tennessee)
Name Position Phone Number Email
Joshua Richardson
Assistant State Conservationist - Field Operations
Area 2 - Murfreesboro Area (Middle Tennessee)
Name Position Phone Number Email
Chris Wolkonowski
Assistant State Conservationist - Field Operations
Area 3 - Cookeville Area (Cumberland Plateau)
Name Position Phone Number Email
Arthur "A.J." Hawkins III
Assistant State Conservationist - Field Operations
Amber Johnson
( Appointment Date: May 6, 2024 )
Acting Assistant State Conservationist - Field Operations
Area 4 - Knoxville Area (East Tennessee)
Name Position Phone Number Email
Matt Feno
Assistant State Conservationist - Field Operations
NRCS - National Wild Turkey Federation Liaison
Name Position Phone Number Email
Vacant
NRCS - National Wild Turkey Federation Liaison