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Wisconsin Civil Rights

NRCS Wisconsin Civil Rights Advisory Committee

In Wisconsin, the NRCS Civil Rights Advisory Committee ensures that every employee, applicant, and program participant is treated with dignity, equality, and respect by enforcing CR and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) statutes, protected federal laws, policies, management directives, and executive orders.

Mission: Dedicated to provide management with counsel to create a positive diverse workforce environment and make NRCS services available to all people.

Vision: A diverse workforce that, by reflecting the face of Wisconsin, will provide equal opportunity and quality of service to all customers.

NRCS Wisconsin Civil Rights Advisory Committee Members

Name Position Phone Number Email
Josh Odekirk
Acting State Conservationist
Jennifer Smith
Committee Chair
Jeff Maroszek
Committee Vice Chair
John White
Outreach Coordinator
Betsy Doolittle
Equal Opportunity Liaison Officer
Sarah Chan
Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Emphasis Program Manager
Amberly Barry
African American Emphasis Program Manager
Ciara Ahrens
Disability Emphasis Program Manager
Jean Kursave
Federal Women’s Program Manager
Brittany Siehr
LGBTQI+ Emphasis Program Manager
Dave Gundlach
Hispanic Emphasis Program Manager
Jodi Chapek
American Indian & Alaska Native Emphasis Program Manager
Dana Qualy (acting)
Veteran Emphasis Program Manager
Lisa Neuenfeldt
Northeast Area Representative
Nick Besasie
Northwest Area Representative
Dana Qualy
Southeast Area Representative
Arabelle Force
Southwest Area Representative
Krisann McElvain
State Office Representative

Special Emphasis Dates and Months

January - Martin Luther King Commemoration
February - African American History Month
March - Women's History Month
April/May - Holocaust Remembrance Day
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
May - Asian Pacific Heritage Month
June - Pride Month
August 26 - Women's Equality Day
September - Hispanic Heritage Month
October - National Disability Awareness Month
November - National American Indian Heritage Month

Related Links and Resources 

USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights (OASCR)

OASCR Special Emphasis Programs: employment related programs which focus special attention on certain groups that are not represented or have less than expected participation rates in specific occupational categories or grade levels within the agency's workforce.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: About the EEOC, Facts about Employment Discrimination, Filing a Charge, Enforcement and Litigation, Technical Assistance Program, Related sites.

Office of the U.S. Attorney General, Civil Rights DivisionMission, Special Issues, Speeches, Selected Cases and Briefs, Newsletter, Directory.

Translations for Non-English Speaking Producers: In addition to the translated items available on, free interpretation services for Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service assistance is available at your local USDA Service Center. Tell us your preferred language, and the USDA team member will call an interpreter to get the discussion started.


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

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

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

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