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Columbus, OH 43212
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Board of Supervisors Election Candidates

2020 Board of Supervisors Election Candidates

In Ohio, soil and water conservation districts are administered by a board of five supervisors. Supervisors are elected to three-year terms in public elections conducted by the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Supervisors volunteer their time, energy and expertise. Franklin County residents and landowners 18+ years of age are eligible to vote in the election, learn more about voting in our 2020 Board of Supervisors' Election



There are three (3) candidates running for two open seats in our 2020 Board of Supervisors' Election.
For information on how to vote, visit our Election page.


Ellie Nowels

Ellie Nowels is a graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design, and is the owner of Centipede Graphics, LLC. As a freelance print and web designer, she counts among her clients FLOW (Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed) and FOR (Friends of the Ravines). Her work can be seen on a number of informational signage projects, including several rain gardens, the site of the 5th Ave. dam removal, and the Liberty Park Wildcat Run restoration project in Delaware County.

Ellie has also volunteered with FLOW for many years, participating in macroinvertebrate monitoring of the Olentangy and tributaries; removal of invasives and planting of native replacements, and along with the local blockwatch, is a volunteer steward of Islandview Park on Westview Ave.

As a new member of Wild Ones, she grows and shares native plants and is working to convert her own property to support more native plantings. An organic gardener, she also gardens for pollinators and has been raising and releasing monarch butterflies for several years. Several rain barrels and two raingardens supply flowers needed for these pollinators. She participates in “citizen science” projects and can be found counting stink bugs or monarch caterpillars as needed. This year’s COVID restrictions have given her time to seek out local streams, ponds, and nature preserves for photography and enjoyment.

Abigail Rhodebeck

Abby is the Outdoor Programs and Outreach Coordinator for REI Co-op in Central Ohio. In this role she manages the REI Community Grant program, is responsible for the delivery of all outdoor classes and events, as well as develops and cultivates relationships with local public and non-profit organizations. She serves on the board of Directors for Yay Bikes!, and The Central Ohio Greenways (COG). 

In 2019 Abby was an active member of the Associate board and is currently filling a vacant seat on the Board of Supervisors. In this current role she is the Board Treasurer and Fiscal Agent as well as Elected Official Outreach and Annual meeting planning committees. Abby is seeking election for a full term!

A lifelong resident of Franklin County, Abby has a passion for serving her community and advocating for the protection and conservation of natural resources. Abby holds a BS in Natural Resources and a MA in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University.

Karen Seidel

Karen has worked in land and water conservation for over two decades, with an emphasis on land and invasive species management and restoration, projects management, partnerships and fundraising. She has a B.S. in Biology and spent fifteen years with The Nature Conservancy as a land and projects manager. She currently works for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves and Watershed Organic.

In 2017, she formed the Central Ohio Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (COPRISM) and continues to serve as voluntary facilitator of its diverse group of voluntary collaborators representing government, non-profit, academia, and community groups and members. COPRISM’s mission is to protect Central Ohio’s natural resources, public health, safety, and economy through a coordinated approach to prevent, combat, and improve awareness of invasive species.

Karen is most passionate about nature, the environment and social justice. She joined the Associate Board in 2020 and is now seeking election to the Board of Supervisors.