Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Announces New Executive Team Members

March 18, 2015

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District announces the recent employment of Barbara H. Bennett to fill the newly created position on the executive management team as Director of Administrative Services. Ms. Bennett holds a B.S. Degree from the University of Notre Dame in Civil Engineering. She is both a Professional Engineer and Professional Surveyor in the State of Ohio and also holds certifications as a Professional  in Erosion and Sediment Control, Professional in Storm Water Quality and as an Accredited Professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED-AP). For the last 25 years, Barbara has been employed with a private civil engineering and surveying consulting firm where she was a Partner and on the Board of Managers which entailed directing an 80-employee engineering firm with five offices. She served as past chairman of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival and currently serves on nine community volunteer boards including The Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition, Aultman Health Foundation, the Ohio Rail Development Commission, and Walsh University among others.

Ms. Bennett is responsible for overseeing business operations, public information, records management and IS/IT for the District’s main office and five parks. Ms. Bennett will serve as the primary spokesperson to the public and to the media for the MWCD.

Mary C. Burley has also been assigned to fill the newly created position of Director of Human Resources as part of the executive management team. Ms. Burley is responsible for overseeing hiring, employee benefits, policies and safety for the 100 full time and 200 seasonal staff positions in the District.

Mary C. Burley, began her career with the District 17 years ago as a Human Resources Coordinator, and has also served in the capacity of Human Resources Manager and Administrator. Ms. Burley is a graduate of Florida Southern College with a B.S. degree in Personnel Administration and Marketing. Her career also includes time spent working in human resources management and training at a national bank branch in Dover, Ohio and the Roscoe Village Foundation in Coshocton, Ohio.

Ms. Bennett and Ms. Burley join Boris E. Slogar, P.E.- Chief Engineer, James B. Cugliari -Chef Financial Officer/Treasurer, Scott Barnhart - Chief of Recreation and Theodore R. Lozier, P.E. - Chief of Conservation on the MWCD executive management team led by John M. Hoopingarner, its executive Director/Secretary.


The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio covering 8,000 square miles in all or portions of 22 counties. The District’s 16 reservoirs and dams have been credited for saving an estimated $10.7 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government. In addition, over 3.6 million customers a year use the District’s recreational facilities throughout Eastern Ohio which bolsters the region’s economy and augments the quality of life for Ohio’s residents.

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Barbara H. Bennett, P.E., P.S.

Director of Administrative Services

Mary C. Burley

Director of Human Resources

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