District Employee Receives Statewide Recognition 2013

Local Leader recognized as “2013 Employee of the Year” by WADE

Nichole Embertson, PhD receiving award from Kathleen Whalen, WADE President.
Nichole Embertson, PhD receiving award from
Kathleen Whalen, WADE President.

Leavenworth, WA, June 17, 2013:   Whatcom Conservation District Resource Coordinator, Nichole M. Embertson, Ph.D., was recognized as the 2013 Employee of the Year by the Washington Association of District Employees (WADE) for dedicated leadership and her efforts to advance conservation ideals.

Dawn Bekenyi, WADE Treasurer and Employee of the Year Committee Chair presented to Dr. Embertson a beautiful steel fish wall sculpture, made by Steve Seymour, with plaque during the Washington Association of District Employees annual meeting and training in Leavenworth. 

Whatcom Conservation District Board members in their nomination form stated, “Frankly, that someone with her credentials works for a conservation district is indicia of her dedication to conservation.  She is passionate about the environment and farmers.  She knows that only by being the best stewards of the land can highly productive farming continue to co-exist with its community.  Demographics are changing.  Farmers must be productive to survive economically and conservationists to persist socially.  Nichole is an outspoken advocate for conservation and pragmatism.  She delivers hard messages to tough audiences on both sides of the issue.  Her participation on national committees with Whatcom Conservation District below her signature promotes all CDs.”

Joe Heller, Whatcom Conservation District Chair, said in his nomination letter that, “Nichole is emblematic of the high quality professionalism of all the staff who work for the Whatcom Conservation District. In recent years she has taken on additional work and leadership responsibilities.

She is an outstanding Resource Coordinator for our Sustainable Livestock Production Program. Landowners and operators with whom she interacts speak highly of her knowledge, practical suggestions, and easy interpersonal style.

Nichole was instrumental in helping create and launch in September 2012 a monthly Whatcom Dairy Speaker Series. Every month, free to attendees, university and industry experts are invited to speak about production, management, and other topics of interest. Attendance has steadily increased as word has spread among the producer community about the value of the presentations.

By training and experience, Nichole’s knowledge and skills relating to nutrient management plan implementation; livestock environmental management with an air quality specialty; nutrient and waste management issues; air and water quality issues; emissions quantifications studies; identification of effective best management practices; and air, water, and nutrient chemistry background, all combine to aid producers to mitigate their environmental impacts and strengthen the agricultural industry within the community.”

Congratulations, Dr. Nichole M. Embertson!


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