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Farewell to Linda, and welcome Candace!

By Benton SWCD | December 2, 2022

A fond farewell to our previous Operations Coordinator, and welcoming our new OC

We bade a fond farewell to Linda Lovett in August of 2022. Linda joined BSWCD in October of 2019 as our Operations Manager.  She barely had time to learn the ropes when the pandemic hit, and everything changed.  Linda navigated the maze of new state COVID regulations and helped ensure that our employees stayed safe.  She updated operational procedures to enable teleworking staff to go paperless during the office shutdown and continued to streamline processes after we started returning to the office.

In June of 2021 when we were moving from our old location of over 10 years at 5th & Monroe, to a new office in The Renaissance Building, Linda accomplished no small feat by orchestrating the pack-up by staff, and the move-in by contractors. We appreciate all the great work Linda did over the last few years with our team, and we wish her well in her new endeavors!

In November, we welcomed our new Operations Coordinator, Candace Mackey. Candace has over 10 years of experience in non-profit administration, with an academic background in Business Administration and Music Education. She began her career as a middle school choir and band teacher, moved on to marketing in tech, then as a steward for the environment with the SCA, working in fire prevention education with the Shoshone & Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley, the Idaho RC&D, and National Park Service. This experience led to a deep appreciation for environmental education and those bringing conservation resources to communities. Since that experience, she worked for non-profit arts organizations, completing a grass-roots effort to raise a center for the arts in a rural area outside of Santa Rosa, CA and presenting world class chamber music to its residents.

Having just moved to the Willamette valley in summer of 2022, she is enjoying learning from her colleagues about all the gorgeous and valuable natural areas so close to her new home. She and her husband and 7-year old son enjoy hiking, fishing and working on their new property with the assistance of two delightful doggie companions.

The Operations Coordinator administrates the District’s day to day business. Her job is to provide operational and administrative support to Board and staff and ensure the smooth day to day functioning and safe operation of the District. Candace’s diverse skills and experiences will be very valuable to the District. Welcome, Candace!

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