Tami Hildebrand, Executive Director, administers and promotes the Agricultural Conservation Easement (ACE) program while working closely with the nine-member Agricultural Land Preservation Board and the Berks County Board of Commissioners. Tami also provides the organizational leadership for the staff.
Emily Wangolo, Deputy Director, leads the Department's agricultural promotion initiatives, liaises with agricultural partner organizations, develops networks for agribusinesses, and supports the land preservation program. This is a new position in the department and reflects the County's commitment to build on the successful agricultural land preservation program by providing broader support to agriculture and agribusiness in the county.
Amanda Burkard-Sell, ACE Program Coordinator, provides a supportive role in the administration of the Agricultural Conservation Easement (ACE) Program. She assists in the processing of selected farms from time of selection until settlement and tracks easement purchase data. She also provides receptionist and clerical support.
Kimberly Fies, ACE Technician, inspects the farms protected by agricultural conservation easements while providing technical assistance to farmers. She assists farmers with minor modifications to conservation plans and provides information on the implementation of best management practices. Kim also acts as a coordinator for conservation work between the Agricultural Land Preservation Board and other agencies.
Clyde Myers, ACE Program Specialist, assists the ACE Technician to inspect the farms protected by agricultural conservation easements while providing technical assistance to farmers. He also assists farmers with minor modifications to conservation plans and provides information on the implementation of best management practices.