Council & Staff
Connie Beck, Chairman
As former County Extension Director for a multi-county unit, Beck provided leadership and oversaw the educational mission of the local University of Illinois Extension.
She earned her master’s degree in education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
She now uses her vast experience in the conservation field, as well as understanding of local businesses and volunteer organizations, to help build community development and improve educational opportunities in our region.
Kevin Rohling, Vice-Chair
Kevin has worked in natural resource conservation since 2004 and currently works as a Forestry Research Technician with University of Illinois Extension Forestry. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geography from SIU-E, specializing in Biogeography and GIS. He conducts research and Extension activities focused on invasive species issues, prescribed fire, use of technology in forestry, wildlife monitoring, chainsaw safety, natural areas management, and outreach and interpretation. Kevin’s previous work experience includes positions with the River to River CWMA, Natural Land Institute, The Nature Conservancy, Great Basin Institute, Illinois EPA, Great Rivers Land Trust, and National Park Service.
Chris Evans, Treasurer
Chris Evans is an Extension Forestry and Research Specialist for the University of Illinois. He also serves as the Interim State Coordinator for the Master Naturalist Program. Chris has over 20 years of experience in natural resource management and forestry. Chris currently serves as the Treasurer for the Shawnee Resource Conservation & Development Area, President of the southern chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society, and board member for both the North American Invasive Species Management Association and Midwest Invasive Plant Network.
Tabitha Ayres, Executive Director