Southeast Region

NACD's Southeast Region Representative is Candice Abinanti. Candice is based in North Carolina and can be reached at

Executive Board Member: Franklin Williams, NC
Region Chair: Steven Meeks, VA
Region Vice Chair: Kenny Mullis, SC
National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA) Southeast Regional Director: Kayleigh Evans, KY
Southeast Conservation District Employees Association President: Kayleigh Evans, KY
National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) State Representatives
NACD Staff – Southeast Region Representative: Candice Abinanti, NC

Southeast Region Conservation Hall of Fame webpage


  • NACD’s 2022 Fly-In will be held virtually on March 22, 2022. View resources here.

Upcoming Events:

Submit any questions, news or events to candice-abinanti[at] and check NACD’s calendar for more events, including state and territory meetings.

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Technical Assistance (TA) Grants

Have a TA Grant success story? Please share information with candice-abinanti[at]


  • NACD’s Southeast Region was awarded a total of $2,746,997 in TA2021 grant funding. The grants fund 100 positions in 80 districts in all 11 of the Southeast Region’s states and territories, as well as the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
  • For a map of all TA grantees across the region and country, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Urban Agriculture Conservation (UAC) Grant Initiative

  • Congratulations to the Duval SWCD in Florida, Jefferson County SWCD in Kentucky and the Northern Virginia SWCD in Virginia for being selected as 2021 UAC Grant Initiative awardees.

Friends of NACD District Grants Program – Districts helping districts

Stories from the Southeast Region:

Please send any resources, job posts, events, blogs, news to share, questions, comments, etc. to Candice Abinanti, candice-abinanti[at]


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