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NRCS-Wisconsin Civil Rights Committee

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.

Civil Rights and EEO Counseling and Mediation:
If you believe you have been discriminated against
because of race, color, sex (including sexual
harassment), religion, age (if over 40), national
origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation,
or reprisal for equal employment activities, in
an employment matter or in the workplace, and
wish to initiate an Equal Employment Opportunity
complaint, you must contact your EEO counselor
within 45 days of the alleged discriminatory action.
Contact USDA-NRCS Civil Rights Employment
Division at (301) 504-2182 for assignment of
an EEO counselor.

Wisconsin Civil Rights Committee Members


Angela Biggs
Deputy Equal Opportunity Advisor
State Conservationist
Wisconsin State Office - Madison
(608) 662-4422, ext. 203


Greg Kidd
Committee Chair
ASTC - Easements
Wisconsin State Office - Madison  
(608) 662-4422, ext. 252


John White
Committee Vice Chair
ASTC - Field Operations
Juneau Area Office
(920) 386-9999, ext. 3028


Tivoli Gough

Outreach Coordinator
State Public Affairs Specialist
Wisconsin State Office - Madison  
(608) 662-4422, ext. 228


Rob Lawson
Human Resources Coordinator
ASTC - Management & Strategy
WI State Office - Madison
(608) 662-4422, ext. 255


Meridith Williams

Asian/Pacific Islander
Emphasis Program Manager
Soil Conservationist
Plymouth Service Center
(920) 467-9917, ext. 3025

Holden, Rhia

Rhia Holden
African American Emphasis Program Manager
Soil Conservationist
Union Grove Service Center  
(262) 747-3011

Dawson, Lizzy

Lizzy Dawson
Disability Emphasis Program
Soil Conservationist
Portage Service Center
(608) 745-7356


Linda Harring
Federal Women’s Program Manager
Wisconsin State Office - Madison
(608) 662-4422, ext. 290

Calkins, Cody

Cody Calkins
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Program Manager
Soil Conservationist
Jefferson Service Center
(920) 674-2020, ext. 3159


Nicole Krause

Hispanic Emphasis Program Manager
Soil Conservationist
Black River Falls Service Center
(715) 284-4515, ext. 112


Ryan Gerlich
American Indian Emphasis Program Manager
Resource Conservationist
Wisconsin State Office - Madison
(608) 662-4422, ext. 227


Shelly Klukas
Veteran Emphasis Program Manager
Program Support Specialist
Altoona Area Office

(715) 832-6547

Maroszek, Jeff

Jeff Maroszek
Northeast Area Representative
District Conservationist

Lena Service Center
(920) 829-5406, ext. 125


Matt Blohowiak
Northwest Area Representative
Agricultural Engineer
Altoona Area Office
(715) 461-6012



Pattie Haack
Southeast Area Representative
Soil Conservationist
Madison Service Center
(608) 224-3750, ext. 8519


Josh Bushee

Josh Bushee
Southwest Area Representative
Soil Conservationist 
Lancaster Service Center
(608) 723-6377, ext. 104

Otto, Matt

Matt Otto
State Office Representative
Resource Conservationist
Wisconsin State Office - Madison
(608) 662-4422, ext. 245


Special Emphasis 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
  • August 26 - Women's Equality Day
  • September - Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October - National Disability Awareness Month
  • November - National American Indian Heritage Month

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