Jim Gibson grew up in rural Northeast Indiana where he gained an appreciation for soil and water conservation while living adjacent to a 290-acre lake and working on both of his grandparents’ farms. In 1993, Jim earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from Purdue University’s School of Agriculture.
In 1994, Jim moved to the Cincinnati area and was employed for six years with the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) – an interstate regulatory agency primarily for the Ohio River.
Jim joined SD1, a regional wastewater/storm water utility serving Northern Kentucky, in 2000 and was appointed Director of Water Resources in 2007. He oversees a department that implements Northern Kentucky’s storm water quality management plan including compliance with U.S. EPA’s Phase II MS4 permit. Additionally, the department conducts comprehensive watershed assessments including water quality, biological, flow monitoring, and streambank stability surveys, as well as watershed model development.
In 2003, Jim was recognized as the “Young Scientist of the Year” by Engineers and Scientists of Cincinnati (ESC) for contributions in scientific, engineering and technical knowledge associated with innovative wet weather studies, monitoring system designs, and storm sewer inventory assessments. Currently Jim serves on Water Environment Federation’s Storm Water Institute (SWI) Advisory Committee, which provides insight and leadership in addressing storm water management at the national level.
Jim and his wife Isabel have lived in Union Township for the last 22 years where they are currently raising three children and have been actively involved with youth programs and sports. Jim wants to share his knowledge and experience with the SWCD to serve the local property owners and assist the county with the many storm water management challenges facing the community.
Joe Glassmeyer owns and operate Glassmeyer Family Farms in Franklin Township. Their farm encompasses 510 acres of corn, soybeans, hay and pasture for Polled Hereford cattle and Shetland ponies. The cropland has been 100 percent no till for the past six years.
Joe became a Clermont SWCD board member in 1986 and is now in his 33rd year as supervisor, currently serving as Chair of the Board. He has held all positions on the district board, and various offices for the Ohio Federation of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD), including Area 4 Director from 2000 to 2008, Secretary-Treasurer from 2009-10, Vice President from 2011-12, and OFSWCD President from 2013-14.
Joe has served as Clermont SWCD’s delegate to the annual OFSWCD legislative session on sixteen separate occasions. He has served as the district’s representative to the Ohio Kentucky and Indiana Regional Council of Government’s Regional Conservation Council for many years and has served as Chair of the organization for three terms.
Joe regularly attends area and state OFSWCD Supervisor meetings as well as National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) North Central regional meetings. He has completed the Ohio Conservation Leadership Training Program. Joe has served as an OFSWCD delegate to the Washington D.C. Legislative Conference on eight separate occasions. He was also an alternate board member from Ohio on the NACD board of directors.
Todd Winemiller grew up working on his family farm in Batavia and has been a resident of Clermont County for over 50 years. Todd and his wife Deborah live on Taylor Pike outside of Newtonsville with their three children, Lexie, Madison and son Ryan. Along with Todd’s cousin, the family farms approximately 3,500 acres. The farm includes about 1,200 acres of corn with the remainder in soybeans. The farm has been 100% no-till for 21 years.
Todd is currently completing his second term as District Supervisor. He has also played an active role with the Farm Service Agency in Owensville, serving for 10 years on the FSA County Committee, six of those as chairman. Todd also serves as a member of the Ohio State University Extension Office’s advisory committee. He has also helped establish policy and conduct interviews with potential applicants seeking staff positions with OSU. Prior to his term as Supervisor, Todd participated in a special project with NRCS, Clermont SWCD and Miami University’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability. Graduate students from the university visited the Winemiller farm to study and learn about agricultural practices.
Todd is a pilot and very active in local aviation chapters, where he has serve as President, Vice President and board member. Through this experience, Todd has gained a good understanding of organizational management, including knowledge of “Roberts Rules.” Todd wants to continue to use his experience to help SWCD better serve local landowners in the county.