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Stephanie Adams


Stephanie joined SWCDM in 2019 as Director to help coordinate programs and partnerships that support the mission of the SWCDM. Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology and has since spent her time working with watershed organizations and Soil and Water Conservation Districts to coordinate programs focused on watershed restoration and upland management. When not working, she is typically hiking or fishing with her dog.

Melissa Downing

Operations Director & Partnerships Coordinator

As the Operations Director for SWCDM and MACD, Melissa assists the organizations in financial record keeping, office management, and works to improve office systems and policies to ensure the missions of SWCDM and MACD are fulfilled. Melissa also manages SWCDM’s partnership agreements. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University, with an emphasis in hazardous waste management. She spent several years working as a paralegal at a large law firm in West Virginia, before taking time off to raise her two sons. Melissa enjoys spending time with her family in the outdoors hiking, camping, and rafting. Melissa’s hours at the office will be 8:00-4:00, Monday through Friday. She can be reached at

Eric Rannestad

Communications Specialist

Eric joins us from Washington State where he worked to provide design and communications services to conservation groups across the west — including many conservation districts! Since graduating from Whitman College, Eric has worked with the Walla Walla County Conservation District, Wallowa Resources, and The Nature Conservancy. He received bachelor’s degrees in Art and Economics and maintains a fine art practice outside of his regular communications work.

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