Staff Members

“Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.” – Aldo Leopold

Molly Jugovic
District Manager

Molly joined the Soil Conservation District in 2018 as a District Technician and has been the District Manager since early 2020. Her role for the Soil Conservation District is assisting producers with plans and programs, ensuring programs are followed, organize tree plantings, social media and public information, and managing personnel.

Molly was born and raised on a small family farm in Illinois. She earned her Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies.

Isabella Sferra
Watershed Coordinator

Isabella joined the Soil Conservation District December of 2022 as a District Watershed Coordinator. She was born in Rome, Italy and raised in San Diego. She graduated from Scripps Ranch High School. Earned her bachelor’s degree in conservation-focused biology, along with political science from Grinnell College in 2022. While at Grinnell, she worked in the college’s herbarium and its prairie preserve, the Conrad Environmental Research Area, where she helped with land management and prairie restoration. Her first job outside of college was in invasive plant removal and habitat restoration in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northeast Ohio. She also participated in butterfly and deer surveys. Enjoys bird watching, gardening, and learning more about native plants and ecology. She is excited to begin helping local landowners and farmers in Williams county. 

Christy Sperling
District Technician

Christy joined the Soil Conservation District January of 2023 as a District Technician. She graduated from Williston High School and did her first two years of college at Williston State before transferring to NDSU where she earned her Animal and Equine Sciences degree in May of 2016.

She was born and raised on a small farm near Williston. In the summer of 2016, she worked at the NDSU Central Grasslands Research Extension Center which is one of the largest cattle grazing research sites in the state of North Dakota. She got to work with veterinarians studying new Ovsynch protocols and new vaccination equipment and protocols while also tasked in performing the everyday maintenance and animal care for the herd. In the summers of 2017 and 2018 she worked for the Crazy Mountain Ranch in central Montana as a wrangler. She took guests out on horseback through the ranch and maintained a herd of over 50 horses and a 5 wagon team of draft horses. During the rest of the week they would work cattle and help out the ranch crew fixing/building fences, branding, and moving cows on horseback to different pastures on the 18,000 acre ranch. In the fall of 2018, she moved back to Williston and went to work for the Williston Research and Extension Center where she was the technician for the dryland research study trials. She planted, harvested, and processed data on multiple cereal grains and broadleaf crops for compatibility in the region while working with a variety of researchers and private companies to provide data for producers in NW North Dakota.

In her free time she has a small herd of commercial cattle that she raises and a flock of 100+ chickens (egg lady by her friends) that keeps her busy. She is looking forward to her new position that entails working with the farmers and ranchers in region.              

Ramona McLean

District Clerk

Ramona joined the Soil Conservation District in March of 2023. She was raised in rural eastern Oregon and lived for a time across the border in Wetsern Idaho. She has lived in Williston for the past 23 years. Three of four children and five of her seven grandchildren also call Williston home. Ramona can often be found tending her flowers beds or enticing birds and squirrels to visit the feeders throughout her yard. Some people may recognize her from working at Western Veterinary Clinic or JCPenney.

David Telck
Equipment Manager

David joined the Soil Conservation District in September of 2020 as the Equipment Manager. David’s role is to conduct equipment maintenance and repair, assist with equipment rental programs, and coordinate/conduct custom seeding operations.

David is originally from Colorado, but has been working in the Williston area for the past 8 years. In 2019, his family decided to make Williams County home.

Keith Brown
Soil Health & Cropping Systems Specialist

Keith joined the Soil Conservation District on a part-time basis in January of 2019 as the District’s Soil Health and Cropping Systems Specialist.

Prior to joining the District, Keith worked for the NDSU Extension Service starting as an Associate Extension Agent in Burleigh County in 1985 and assuming responsibilities as Divide County Extension Agent in 1987. He served in that capacity until taking advantage of the opportunity to semi-retire in 2016.

During the years Keith served as the Divide County Extension Agent, a primary focus of many of the programs conducted for agricultural producers was the adoption of conservation tillage systems to reduce soil erosion, improve soil health, and the integration of crop rotations to improve sustainability. At the same time, he was also instrumental in introducing pulse crops to producers and helping to develop the pulse crop industry in North Dakota.

Keith is originally from Baldwin, ND and grew up on the family farm located approximately 30 miles northeast of Bismarck. After graduating from Wing High School, he attended North Dakota State University in Fargo where he earned his Bachelors degree in Agricultural Mechanization.