Mary Cressel Rayburn retires from NRCS Mary (Cressel) Rayburn, NRCS Acting Branch Chief for State and Field Communications, Legislative and Public Affairs Division, recently retired with more than 33 years as a conservation communicator.She has been a SWCS member for nearly 25 years and currently is an advisory member on the editorial board for the "Journal of Soil and Water Conservation".She is a past president of the National Capital (Washington DC) Chapter and committee chair for educational booklets and annual meeting publicity at the international and chapter levels.She has received several honors from the Society including SWCS Fellow in 1995 and Outstanding Service award in 1994.
During her NRCS
worked in Washington D.C., Indiana and California.She
was the communications point of contact for the National Wetlands Team, National Conservation Buffer Initiative, Backyard Conservation Campaign and interagency Coastal America education/outreach activities.She
has judged national conservation and communications awards for Renew America, National Association of Conservation Districts and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
received USDA honor awards in 1991 and 1999 and a Coastal America Partnership Award in 1998.She
has been listed in Marquis "Who's Who of American Women" and the first edition of "Who's Who in the Media and Communications."Mary
has been a mentor to numerous communications professionals and interns in both the public and private sectors.She earned a Bachelor of Science cum laude degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland.
has written were published in the "Yearbook of Agriculture", "Journal of Soil and Water Conservation", "Soil Conservation
" magazine, "National Wetlands" newsletter and various newspapers and publications.