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
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


  • Deadline to apply for NACD TA2021 grant funding is June 6th. 
  • Save the date for the 2021 joint Southwest/Pacific Region Meeting August 30-31, 2021 at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, WY. Check back on this page for more details coming later this spring.
  • 2021 marks NACD’s 75th anniversary. Share your conservation district’s success story in our special 75th Anniversary newsletter.
  • Submit any questions, news or events to Rachel Theler, rachel-theler[at], and check NACD’s calendar for more events

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Deadlines:

Technical Assistance Grants:

  • To be featured as TA Grant success story, submit information to Rachel Theler, rachel-theler[at]
  • The Request for Proposals from new TA2021 applicants is now open! The deadline to apply is June 6, 2021.
  • For a map of all TA grantees across the region and country, visit the Technical Assistance Grants page.

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

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