President, Equality USDA
Meghan Walter is an Environmental Engineer for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) at the West National Technology Support Center in Portland, Oregon. She is responsible for providing technical expertise in environmental engineering and compliance, dam safety, hydrology, hydraulic modeling, and watershed restoration. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa, and a Master’s Degree in Water Resources Engineering from Tufts University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer.
For over 6 years, Meghan served as a Special Emphasis Program Manager for the LGBTQ+ Program at NRCS. In this role, she created and implemented recruitment and outreach strategies to intersect LGBTQ+ people living and working in rural spaces across the country. She was instrumental in organizing a strategic LGBTQ+ special emphasis program across USDA’s 16 agencies and 12 offices.
Since 2018, Meghan has served as the President of Equality USDA, the employee resource group for LGBTQ+ USDA employees and retirees. She also serves as the Chair of Pride in Federal Service, an interagency work group focused on equal employment opportunity and engagement related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
Senior Training and Program Analysis Specialist
Food Safety and Inspection Service, FSIS
Vice President, Equality USDA
Born and raised in the Lone Star State, Kimberly Kelley graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and minors in mass communication and business administration. While in college, she spent time interning for FSIS until she moved to Washington, DC in 2009 to pursue a career with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
Kimberly serves as a Senior Training and Program Analysis Specialist for the Food Safety and Inspection Service. In her eleven years in employee, leadership, and organizational development, Kimberly finds it most fulfilling to educate the importance of understanding perspectives, inclusion, and collaboration. To accomplish this, she focuses on educating the core techniques of understanding oneself and others. Through this awareness she breaks down how individuals can effectively communicate, motivate, and lead.
In Kimberly’s time in training, she has become a subject matter expert in generational diversity, designs and delivers soft skills training, manages the FSIS mentoring program,coordinates Federal Executive Institute training for GS14s and GS15s, manages the FSIS two-week New Supervisor Training Program, is a certified career development facilitator, and is certified in the Strength Deployment Inventory, Hogan Inventory, and Strength Finders assessments.
Kimberly’s road to leadership advocacy roles has taken high speeds within the last several years. Kimberly has served as a Chair and special projects manager her program area’s Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee (EEOAC) and served 4 years as the FSIS LGBTQ special emphasis program manager. Kimberly is also serving her second term as the Vice President of Equality USDA, the employee resource group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) USDA employees and retirees.
Kimberly believes it is important to the LGBTQ community to prove themselves professionally, and sexual orientation or gender identity should never define or devalue a person’s abilities or skills. As empathy is the prerequisite for understanding, Kimberly is motivated to continue to help educate employees regarding LGBTQ challenges and issues. Kimberly feels the more we can support diversity and inclusion as a necessity, the more we will be able to continue to make USDA a welcoming workplace and an employer of choice.
Diversity & Inclusion Specialist
USDA APHIS Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, & Inclusion
Communications Director, Equality USDA
Jeremy Wood is a born and raised North Carolina boy, and currently serves as a Diversity & Inclusion Specialist for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, & Inclusion. Jeremy came home to APHIS after serving with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for 3 years. Having 16 years of service with APHIS’s Animal Care program, Jeremy is a proud USDA employee for his entire professional career thus far.
For over ten years, Jeremy has served as a Special Emphasis Program Manager for the LGBTQ Programs at APHIS and NRCS, and just ended his appointment as the National LGBTQ SEPM for NRCS. In this role, he’s worked with SEPMs from across the Department under our One Team One Mission focus. Jeremy was instrumental in the creation and implementation the USDA LGBT SEP Committee which implemented this strategy to unify Programs in all Department Agencies and Mission Areas to deliver a single message of equality and the branding of USDA as a welcoming workplace.
Jeremy served as the first Communications Director for the rebranded Equality USDA, the employee resource group for LGBTQ+ USDA employees and retirees. He has worked tirelessly over the past 5 years with his department colleagues to revitalize,restructure, and re-brand USDA GLOBE as Equality USDA, a more inclusive and effective ERG in service of our fellow LGBTQ+ and Allied members. Jeremy is very excited to continue in this role of service to USDA LGBTQ+ employees and retirees.
Treasurer, Equality UDSA
Adriana Campagna is an engineer in Portland, Oregon, for NRCS. Adriana identifies as queer. Adriana looks forward to being the Treasurer on this board because she wants to be a part of an organization that emphasizes the importance of equality within USDA. Adriana is driven and passionate about LGBTQ+ issues and looks forward to working with others on this board to make Equality USDA one of the best employee organizations to be a part of.
Engineering and Resources Staff
Secretary, Equality USDA
Dee Cummings was born in Frankfurt, Germany. Her Dad was stationed in the Army there. Dee started work with the Federal government in 1980 beginning with the US Federal Highway Administration, National Office of Motor Carrier Safety. She then moved on to the Federal Housing Administration, Housing and Urban Development. After that, she transferred to the US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. Dee is currently at the US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. She works on the Engineering and Resources Staffs as well as assisting Programs, Soils, Water Resources and Admin. She works on many different projects with her team— Emergency Watershed Program projects, rehab, watershed operations, cultural resources, etc. Dee has served on the Civil Rights Advisory Committee since 1989 as a member, Asian American Pacific Islander and LGBTQ+ SEPM (since its inception— over 10 years) and is currently the secretary. She served as the secretary of Equality USDA in 2019. This is her second term. She believes everyone should be treated fairly no matter who they are. She is an LGBTQ+ Ally and her pronouns are she/her/hers. She is the best Ally she can be in honor of her oldest son, Robert, who is gay. She is a Reiki master and Deeksha blessing giver. She lives in Farmington, Utah, with her partner (actually, her better half) Bill.
Rangeland Management Specialist
Community Outreach and Engagement Co-Chair, Equality
AJ Limberger is a Rangeland Management Specialist and LGBT+ SEPM for NRCS in Montana. After graduating from the University of Idaho in Moscow, she moved to Ekalaka, Montana, for her first job with the NRCS. Between planning new contracts, certifying practices, and meeting with producers, she also works with the local EMT service and serves as a volunteer firefighter.
Born into an Air Force family, relocating every few years was a fact of life. Moving from the states to Italy, Germany, Greece, then back to the states by the age of 15 made her resilient. Even as an adult, AJ continues to move around the country whether for family, education, or work.
In her spare time AJ tends to her backyard flock of chickens and can be found with her
two heeler pups or exploring nearby public lands for deer sign. Her passions include good
food, exploring nature, petting every dog available, and learning new things.
Community Outreach and Engagement Co-Chair,
Gabriella Coughlin is a soil conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Albuquerque, NM. In this role, she delivers technical and financial assistance to diverse groups of private, public, and tribal landowners along the Middle Rio Grande Valley in support of watershed-scale conservation planning.
Originally from Nevada, Gabriella started her NRCS career in Oregon as a student intern while pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Crop and Soil Science from Oregon State University. After graduation, she went on to work in Central and Eastern Oregon as a soil scientist mapping soils and ecological sites for private landowners and federal partners in a 4-million-acre initial soil survey.
During her time in Oregon, Gabriella also served as the LGBTQ+ Special Emphasis Program Manager (SEPM) for Oregon USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Rural Development, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. As Oregon’s LGBTQ+ SEPM, Gabriella organized state and national training events and webinars for USDA employees on issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community locally and globally. She also organized several outreach events for USDA employees to positively engage with the LGBTQ+ community in rural and urban areas across the state and country.
Through her work as an LGBTQ+ SEPM, Gabriella received the 2018 Shining Star Award from Equality USDA for creating informational guides, articles, Pride planning resources, and a communication platform for USDA LGBTQ+ SEPMS to use in their collateral duty positions.
In her new role as the Community Outreach and Engagement Co-chair for Equality USDA, Gabriella is excited to use her decade of experience in NRCS and USDA’s technical, programmatic, and civil rights mission areas to develop member networks and initiatives that support a culture of inclusion and belonging within our workplaces and rural communities. Building off these efforts, she also seeks to promote the profile of career public servants as agents of change and innovation while elevating the customer service experience for millions of Americans across the country.
When she’s not administering USDA programs, you can typically find Gabriella working on her fleet of old carbueated vehicles, designing costumes, leather working, or collaborating with local organizations that support the intersections of traditional ecological knowledge, indigenous language, science, and the arts.