Candidates for Supervisor

John Benson

John and his wife, Carma live at 5205 Bellview Drive, Zanesville, Ohio. He has 5 children; Joshua, Josiah, Jesse, James, and Dominick.

John is a West Muskingum graduate and is currently a Code Enforcement Officer. He is a Christian & Missionary Alliance Church Trustee, an International Missionary Fellowship Board Member (Haiti), Servants in Fellowship Board Member (Haiti) and a retired firefighter for Zanesville Fire Department.

The District has helped me in the development of my farm, pond, trees, orchard and land. I so appreciate the friendly faces and knowledgeable staff.

Why are you running for the SWCD Board? I hope to help out in any way I can from my experience and to further the goals of the District.

What do you hope to accomplish? I hope to learn more about how to run and operate my farm and see if I can assist those who might be in need of advice or help.

Keith Dilley

Keith Dilley and his wife, Joyce, have a 380-acre cow/calf operation near Duncan Falls. They raise 100 acres of crops and use a bean/corn rotation with minimum tillage and some no-till.

Keith graduated in 1971 with an Associate’s Degree in Water Pollution and has completed continuing education courses in accounting and bookkeeping. He is a past member of Farm Bureau and Muskingum Ag Association Advisory Board. He previously served eight years of the MSWCD Board (1994-1999; 2015-2017). He is a member of Duncan Falls Presbyterian Church and a retired bus driver.

Kathy Mohler- 

Kathy lives at 5375 Limestone Valley Rd, White Cottage, Ohio. She is married to Dan and they have two children, Chris and Katelyn. Kathy graduated from Crooksville High School in 1973. She is retired from Maysville School. Kathy was a secretary for 31 years. Currently she is the manager for Timber Run Gardens. 

Kathy is a member of Rolling Plains United Methodist Church, Muskingum County Master Gardener and a member of Muskingum Valley Garden Society.

Why are you running for the SWCD Board? I am hopeful that I can be a positive member to this board and provide input that will continue the wonderful programs through the SWCD.

What do you hope to accomplish? If I am elected I would want to continue the direction the SWCD is traveling and provide suggestions to increase the educational programs for the youth in our county.

Mark Weiser

Mark lives at 4030 Pinecrest Drive, Zanesville, Ohio with his wife Debra. They have two grown children. Mark graduated from Zane State College and Hondros College and currently works on Weiser Farms.

Mark is a member of Newark Ski Club, an OSU usher, member of Timber Run Grange, Farm Bureau and highway clean-up.

Why are you running for the SWCD Board? I would like to continue the projects that were started; Urban Greens and Farm Land Preservation.

What do you hope to accomplish? My goal is to help leave the county and state Soil & Water Districts better able to keep their funding, keep great employees, and provide more services.

Dr. Lois Zook-Gerdau

Dr. Lois Zook-Gerdau is married to Pete and has a son, Jeremy. She received her B.A. in Chemistry with ACS certification from Hiram College and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Zook is a Professor of Chemistry and Director of Environmental Science Program at Muskingum University. She was a member of the MSWCD Strategic Planning Task Force, Chairperson of Muskingum University Department of Chemistry, Ohio Board of Regents Scholarship Committee, Muskingum University Engineering Advisory Board, ACS Student Group Advisor, member of Environmental Division of ACS, Electrochemical Society and Ohio Academy of Science.

Why are you running for the SWCD Board? I am running for the Board to take a more active leadership role in the community with regards to conservation efforts. As both a chemist and an educator, I have been concerned with environmental issues for several decades. I have devoted my career to educating students in the field of environmental chemistry, and have worked on research projects at The Wilds and have collaborated with MSWCD since 2005 to assess local water quality issues.

What do you hope to accomplish? I believe my strength lies in the area of education. My goal is to work with members of various local and state agencies ( and other elected officials) to help set conservation priorities and to help educate the community about the importance of conservation practices, as well as how economic needs can be balanced with environmental concerns.