Council Leadership

The Shawnee RC&D is led by a team of devoted volunteers from all over the Southern Illinois Region. As an agency committed to benefiting the greater area, council seats are not limited to a set number of members but rather to representation from across the lower 16 counties.

While many council members currently work in, or have retired from, professional conservation, there are also many at-large members from varied backgrounds who simply have an interest in what we do.

We invite anyone interested in learning more about the Shawnee RC&D to consider attending a council meeting. Meetings are open to the public, but due to space limitations we ask that you please email or call ahead to ensure adequate seating.


Connie Beck


As former County Extension Director for a multi-county unit, Beck provided leadership and led the educational mission of the localUniversity 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 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


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.