Marnie Basney is a Realtor since 1996, which gives her a good working understanding of land use and principles. She currently served as Vice President of Chippewa Watershed Conservancy. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2005 with her Bachelor of Science degree, double-majoring in Biology, Natural Resources Option; Environmental Studies, Environmental Science Concentration. During that time, she created the first web site for the Isabella County Recycling Center, served on the Board of Directors for the Recycling Center, was Vice-Chair for the Board of Directors, did her internship there, and eventually landed the position of Environmental Education Specialist. From there, she went to Oahu, HI to serve as Environmental Specialist as a civilian contractor for the Army. Returning to MI, she also worked for the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service as Soil Conservation Technician, and was detailed to the NRCS Area Office in Flint to serve as Soil Conservationist, and ended her two-year term with NRCS doing wetland determinations. Marnie enjoys recycling, spending time in the outdoors, “recycling houses,” and conserving our resources at every opportunity. Marnie grew up in Mecosta County on her fourth-generation family farm where she has a cabin, and likes to visit there as many weekends as possible.