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Soil and Water Conservation District

Resource Conservationist: 

Shawnee Sheehan

701 N. Main 

Monmouth, IL 61469



Shawnee is a 2020 graduate from Western Illinois University. She majored in agriculture business and minored in agronomy. Shawnee found that she had a passion for conservation during a summer internship with the Des Moines County Soil and Water Conservation District in 2018. 

Shawnee was born and raised in Oquawka, IL and currently resides in rural Burlington, IA  with her husband and their children. She enjoys boating, kayaking, traveling, riding motor cycles, and watching baseball. She also loves taking photos and caring for their animals. Shawnee's favorite thing to do is spend time with her two beautiful daughters and her husbands little brother, who they guardian. She is excited and eager to learn more about conservation and her position as time progresses. Outside of work you may find Shawnee at community events, assisting in her home county (Henderson) with the fair queen pageant, or at Monmouth-Roseville sporting events supporting her family members. If you see her out and about make sure to say hello- we hope to open our offices soon to see you all in person!

Natural Resource Conservation Service

Cathy Froelich

District Conservationist 

Cathy Froelich has been in Monmouth since 1991, she has one son, Conner Olson, who is a graduate from Monmouth-Roseville High School. He enjoys basketball and baseball and keeps Cathy busy outside of work. Cathy started out as the District Conservationist in Monmouth in January 1991 and in April of 2000 started managing Henderson County as well. NRCS of Illinois restructured into management units and in November of 2015 Froelich accepted the new position of District Conservationist and added Knox County to her management area. Cathy grew up in Piper City, Illinois on a cash grain and hog farm. She graduated from Western Illinois University with an Agronomy Degree. She started her career in 1987 as a Soil Conservationist in Carthage Illinois, followed with moves to Bloomington, Eureka, Breese, and finally accepted the District Conservationist position in Monmouth where she remains today. A lot has changed in technology in the last 32 years along with programs and people’s faces as fathers have retired and the sons or daughters are taking over the family business. Regardless of who you are; NRCS has programs that offer you a way to take care of your resource concerns. Come in and see us in the Galesburg, Monmouth, or Stronghurst Offices and discuss your problems with us and see what solutions we have to offer you along with financial assistance to take care of the problem!

Engineer Technician

Other Staff

Austin Ramirez is our area engineer. Austin will work hand in hand with Cathy and Shawnee on the prescribing, surveying, and designing of Warren Count Projects. As the area engineer, Austin oversees many counties and we are lucky to have days with him!

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