Meet our awesome board members

All with different backgrounds!


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! 


Rebecca Ortwein

Vice Chairman 

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!


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!

Chris Benton

Chris Benton

Chris Benton is from Walton, KY and has lived here for 27 years! Chris graduated from Ohio Technical College in Cleveland, OH. He has implemented many conservation methods in land management in his farming operation, including rotational grazing of cattle and crops, along with planting Winter Wheat on his own crop ground! He and his fiancee run a herd of 50 cows and raise vegetables and pumpkins to sell at the local farmers markets.

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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.

Loren Hand

Loren Hand


Debra Waller

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!