LaKeisha was born and raised in Dooly County. She graduated from Middle Ga Technical College with an AAS Degree in Business Administration. She took a lot of time as an Earth Team Volunteer for the National Resources of Conservation Service (NRCS) in 2015 until 2017. She learned different aspects of NRCS, importantly helping people help the land. She has less experience on the farm but more in conserving natural resources. Surprisingly, she was offered a job with the Georgia Association of Conservation District (GACD) as a District Program Assistant (DPA) that will motivate her to continue helping the people and getting paid to do it. She says out of all the jobs she's ever had, the greatest opportunity in every position is "Helping people become a better person". And this job is by far her greatest accomplishment.
Lystashia Watkins, District Program Assistant
Fort Valley, GA (Peach, Bibb, Taylor, and Crawford Counties)
Lystashia Watkins lives in Warner Robins, GA and she graduated from American Intercontinental University with her AAS in Business Administration and pursing her Bachelor’s in Human Resources. Lystashia has had over 6 plus years in customer service while focusing 2 years on administrative and clerical duties. She has also been a big help in her community with volunteering at church events and her local high school. Most of her career has been revolved around retail, but she’s ecstatic to be making a turn in her career with a different role. Even though agriculture is totally new to her she’s happy to be on board with Georgia Association of Conservation Districts as a District Program Assistant and Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Asha Williams, District Program Assistant
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Asha Williams serves as the District Program Assistant for Houston, Macon and Pulaski Counties. She is originally from Warner Robins, Georgia and a product of Houston County Schools. Her interest in farming and conservation dates back to her adolescent years. She watched her father plant gardens during the spring and prune the pecan and pear trees in their backyard. Those experiences have given her a strong desire to share her interest in farming and gardening with her own children.
As a military spouse, she has visited national parks and beaches in various parts of the country along with her family. She is a consummate lover of nature and is thrilled to work in a profession that supports nature and its many conservation efforts.
She has served as a middle school educator in Houston County, Henry County, Mobile County, and in Chesapeake Public Schools. Asha has also served to support installation commanders, military members, military-connected students and international officers. She has taught in programs that provide STEM-based opportunities for middle school students. As an educator, she saw how many students enjoyed participating in hands-on STEM activities. As District Program Assistant, she wants to collaborate with other agencies to help students learn how to support conservation. She wants to support educators by providing them with presentations and resources for hands-on activities that focus on conservation of the land, water and air. She is also very passionate about helping students pursue educational opportunities to help them reach their academic and professional goals.
Asha wants to speak to farmers, ranchers and forest managers about programs and financial resources that are available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service. These programs can help them to be more productive. Through NRCS Programs, farmers and forest managers can implement conservation practices they are currently using along with additional conservation practices.
Asha Williams earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts: Speech Communication from Valdosta State University. She is certified to teach Middle Grades English, Language Arts and Social Science. She also earned a Master of Education: Curriculum & Instruction from Averett University. Asha’s education also includes an Executive Leadership and Financial Management Certificate from Cornell University’s professional development programs.
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