District Fundamentals

Did you know that Conservation Districts are a form of local government? The Conservation District Law Act of May 15, 1945 paved the way for the formation of County Conservation Districts in Pennsylvania. This law is the primary legislation that governs the makeup and actions of the Commonwealth's Conservation Districts.

The Indiana County Board of Commissioners appoint the seven member Conservation District Board of Directors, which oversees the District's financial and programmatic operations.

Here, you'll find additional information on the Indiana County Conservation District Board of Directors, as well as records of public meetings and other applicable governance policies and procedures.

Board of Directors

It is the Board of Directors’ role to provide guidance and direction as the Conservation District staff work to address the agricultural and resource needs of Indiana County. The Conservation District has agreements with the Departments of Environmental Protection and Agriculture to administer some of their programs, yet it is the Board of Directors that establish the overall mission and long range goals for enhancing Indiana County’s resources. The board includes four individuals associated with the agriculture community, two individuals from the urban community, and a Commissioner representative. All voting board members, with the exception of the Commissioner representative, serve four-year terms and are appointed by the County Commissioners. Individuals interested in serving as a board member or associate director should contact the Conservation District for more information.


Board Members (Voting)

  • Sherene Hess: Commissioner Member, Chairperson
  • Aaron Simpson: Rural Director, Treasurer
  • Craig Andrie: Rural Director
  • Janis Long: Public Member
  • Barbara Peace: Rural Director, Vice Chairperson
  • Cindy Rogers: Public Member
  • Gregg VanHorn: Rural Director
Associate Directors

Associate Directors (Non-Voting)

  • Thomas Beresnyak
  • Sara King
  • John Somonick
  • Alysha Trexler
  • Joseph Yachoboskey
  • Hunter Overdorff
  • Doyle Freeman
  • Charles Flinn

Board Meetings

The Indiana County Conservation District Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 9:30am. Meetings are held at the Conservation District Office. All are welcome.

District Policies

District board meetings are open to the public and certain records are available for review. Please review our policies regarding public comment and records access. Additional information on Pennsylvania Right to Know Laws can be found by visiting the PA Office of Open Records website.  

Board Meeting Agendas/Minutes

July 16, 2024


June 18, 2024


May 21, 2024


April 16, 2024


March 19, 2024


February 29, 2024


February 20, 2024


January 16, 2024


December 19, 2023


November 21, 2023


October 17, 2023


September 19, 2023


August 15, 2023


July 18, 2023


July 6, 2023


June 20, 2023


May 16, 2023


April 18, 2023


DGLVR QAB Meeting Agendas/Minutes

April 5, 2024


January 29, 2024


July 7, 2023

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