Our Board Members

Meet our board

Every Conservation District in Kentucky has up to seven supervisors. BCCDKY is thankful to have a Board made up of scientists, arborists, naturalists, financial gurus, farmers, and county workers.

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Board Members 2018
Rebecca Ortwein



Rebecca has always been involved with the outdoors, from fishing in Alaska after school,  to training children and horses in 4-H in Kentucky - her life has been rooted in nature. A B.A. in Biology with an Environmental minor from NKU, she is determined to grow stewardship among the youth in our community, from 5-75. She works for ORSANCO's F.O.R.E., leads Boy Scout Troop 727, and also Venture Crew 727!

Debra Waller-Messer

Vice Chairman


Debra Waller grew up in Boone County on a farm raising tobacco and cattle! She has a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Plant Physiology. She worked at UK for a few years in plant physiology and continued her teaching experience in Boone County. Her passion is conservation and she loves being a liaison for the Conservation District. She has been involved with the Board for 14 years and loves the direction it is going in! Fun fact: she has been every position on the Board at least once!

Karen Hlavacek



Karen Hlavacek has always been interested in flora, fauna, native trees, wildflowers, and geology - truly anything regarding nature and the natural environment has always raised an eyebrow to her! Karen has experience as an owner and board member of a private homeowner's development with 250 acres and a small 24-acre lake in Wisconsin. Her working background and education has included being an HVAC/R engineer for a large corporate insurance complex to working in cost accounting, global portfolio accounting, and investment performance at several Fortune 500 companies. Currently, Karen can be found roaming the building and grounds at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Office helping them maintain and beautify their complex.

Kristin Scott

Kristin grew up as a child of an Air Force family, who always made it back to her Kentucky roots. Kristin is happily married with three amazing kids! She graduated from Morehead State University with a B.S. in Agricultural Sciences - Animal Science. She actually worked at BCCDKY after graduation as an Agricultural Technician! 

Mike Wilson
Mike Wilson

Mike grew up in Boone County, Kentucky and has always had a passion for the outdoors. Upon graduate from Conner High School, Mike attended Northern Kentucky University and obtained his degree in Aviation Administration. After spending time in the Army as an Engineer Officer he returned to Boone County to continue his career in public service. He previously worked as the Purchasing Agent for Boone County Schools and is now the Supervisor of Boone County Solid Waste Division. When he’s not helping coach his kids’ wrestling team, he can be found exploring the trails, woods, and waterways of Kentucky!

Victor Vanover

Vic grew up in Burlington, Kentucky. He is finishing up his B.S. in Environmental Sciences at Northern Kentucky University. He previously worked as a student and as a staff member with NKU’s Center for Environmental Restoration. He is now Boone County Park’s new Land Manager, and when not there he is out dragging his daughters through the woods and creeks!

Jason Roberts 2
Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts has been a Boone County resident his whole life.  Jason graduated from Boone County High School in 1997 and obtained a Horticulture degree from Cincinnati State.  Jason became a Certified Arborist in 2008, and a Municipal Arborist in 2011.  He currently works for the City of Covington as a Forester maintaining city trees and Devou Park.  Jason enjoys anything outdoors including hunting and fishing.  Jason also sits on several boards, including Boone County Tree Commission, Northern Ky Urban and Community Forestry Council, and Covington Tree Board.