Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District 

130 West Main Street * St. Clairsville, OH 43950 

Phone 740-526-0027

Mission Statement: To educate and assist present and future landowners in the wise use of our soil and water resources.

2019 Belmont Soil and Water Board of Supervisors


The Belmont Soil & Water Conservation District is governed by a five-member board that serve staggered, three-year terms beginning January 1st and ending December 31st.   

Steve Mazgaj- Chairman

Steve has lived in Belmont County for his entire life. Steve grew up on a farm outside of St. Clairsville and still resides there today.
When Steve was a kid his family milked 40+ Holsteins but they got rid of the dairy cattle and started raising beef cattle.
Also grown on the farm is corn, oats, and hay. Steve enjoys working on the farm bailing hay, planting and harvesting grain, feeding the cows, and repairing and maintaining fences, buildings, and equipment.
Steve graduated from St. Clairsville high school and attended Belmont Career Center in his junior and senior year of high school.
Steve also has an associate’s degree from Belmont Technical College. Steve worked as a machinist and shop supervisor until 2014 when he started a small excavating company.
Steve tries to use good land steward practices where ever possible on the farm and his excavating company.

Nicole Turner- Vice Chair

Nicole Turner resides in St. Clairsville with her family. She recently graduated from West Liberty University with a degree in Chemistry.
While in college she participated in a couple research opportunities including developing a water quality program focused on identifying and quantifying several well known heavy metals in streams and creeks in Ohio County.
She is employed as a quality control technician at IMI Fabi, a global talc manufacturer in Benwood WV.  Nicole was a former SWCD supervisor in 2014/2015.
She loves the mission of the SWCD and honors it by actively volunteering in the Captina Creek water quality program.

Dan Freund-  Secretary

Dan lives outside of Bridgeport off of St.R 250. He has been a farmer for his entire life. His family covers about 500 acres and consists of a cow-calf operation with about 60 head of cattle.
Mr. Freund, since retiring from the construction trade after more than 30 years of service, now spends his time tending the farm and taking hay.

Brian Murphy- Fiscal Agent

Brian is a lifelong resident of Belmont County. He attended Union Local Schools growing up. Mr. Murphy is a graduate of The Ohio State University ATI.
He now operates a farm in the county raising corn, soybeans and hay with his wife Audrey and 4 children.

Cynthia Shaw- Public Relations

Cynthia Shaw is a lifelong resident of 53 years of Belmont County, Ohio
Shaw is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Accounting.
Shaw currently is the Managing member for TERA Properties and Shaw Farms, consisting of approx. 1500 acres. These properties are currently being utilized for hay, corn, soybean, and cattle pasturing. 
Shaw is also a board member and assistant for Shaw Farms Equine and Therapeutic Center, where they assist children with disabilities through horseback riding.
During her tenure as CFO of Bellaire Local Schools from 2011 thru 2014, Shaw developed financial strategies which assisted the District to be lead out of fiscal emergency 
Shaw was the owner/operator of approximately 20 years of Shaw’s Drive Thru’s, Cyndi’s BP, and Bellaire Party Center located in Warwood, Glendale, Bellaire, Bridgeport and St. Clairsville. 
Cynthia Shaw appreciates the opportunity to serve Belmont County residents while embracing her core values of integrity and innovation along with the motivation to assist Belmont County Soil and Conservation to greater heights. 


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