Southwest Region

NACD's Southwest Region representative is Rachel Theler. Rachel is based in Colorado and can be reached at


Executive Board Member: Jim Berlier, Estancia, NM
Region Chair: Mark Kuechel,  Yuma, AZ
Region Vice Chair: Josh Smith, Las Cruces, NM

National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA) Southwest Region Representative: Gretchen Rank, CO,  NCDEA Southwest Region Alternate: Brenda Smythe, NM
National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) Region Director: Nikki Brinson, Broomfield, CO
NACD Staff, Southwest Region Representative: Rachel Theler, Buena Vista, CO


Upcoming Events:

  • April 22 – May 1, 2022 – 67th Annual Stewardship Week: “Healthy Soil: Healthy Life”
  • July 15-17, 2022 – 2022 NACD Summer Meeting | San Juan, P.R.
  • July 24-30, 2022 – NCF-Envirothon | Oxford, Ohio
  • September 8-11 – Southwest/Pacific Regions Meeting | Maui, Hawaii

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Past Southwest Region Newsletters: 

Please send any resources, job posts, events, blogs, news to share, questions, comments, etc. to Rachel Theler, rachel-theler[at]

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