6021 Development Drive, Suite 2, Charleston, IL 61920 info@colescountyswcd.org 217-345-3901 ext. 3

About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the Coles County SWCD is to provide education, leadership, and assistance in order to protect and to promote the wise use of our natural resources, including soil, water, air, plant, and animal, in Coles County, Illinois.


The Coles County SWCD meets at 7:30am on the second Tuesday of each month at the USDA Service Center in Charleston, Illinois. Meetings are open to the public. Cancellations or changes to the meeting schedule are posted on the bulletin board in the foyer of the USDA building as far in advance as possible.

Coles County SWCD Board of Directors

  • Bill Janes – Chairman
  • Justin Thomas – Vice Chairman
  • Todd Easton – Secretary/Treasurer
  • William Tapella – Director
  • J.C. Doty – Director

Coles County SWCD Employees

  • Lauren Oertling- Resource Conservationist
  • Misti Neal Lewis- Administrative & Education Coordinator

NRCS Charleston Field Office Employees

  • Andy Brantner – District Conservationist
  • Stephen Head – Soil Conservationist
  • Vacant – Soil Conservation Technician

Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes are not posted on the web until after they have been approved by the Coles County SWCD Board. Minutes are generally approved the month following the meeting, with minutes being posted shortly thereafter. (Ex: Minutes from the June meeting are generally approved at the July meeting; minutes are then posted after their approval in July.)

We are in the process of digitizing older records. To request a copy of older meeting minutes, please email info@colescountyswcd.org with the approximate date(s) of the meeting(s).