Meet the District Supervisors



Natalie Burger was appointed to the District Board of Supervisors by the State Soil Conservation Committee (SSCC) on September 12, 2016. Natalie has a BA in English and Business Administration. Together with her husband, Mike Burger, Natalie owns and operates Hidden Pastures LLC, a livestock operation in Frankford Township. Her livestock currently includes alpacas, goats, sheep, yaks and rabbits. Natalie’s responsibilities in the operation include financial management, livestock management, marketing and sales. Natalie also serves as: the secretary of the Sussex County Board of Agriculture; a member of the Woman’s Leadership Committee of the NJ Farm Bureau; a member of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business Committee; and as a 4H leader. She is also involved in the Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs program.

Richard Vohden was appointed to the District Board of Supervisors by the State Soil Conservation Committee (SSCC) on September 12, 2016.  Rich grew up on small farms in the Springfield and Union area. He played football and wrestled while in High School and in the military.  He enlisted in the US Army on his 18th birthday and spent 16 of this 36 months of service on the DMZ in Korea.  He later attended Newark College of Engineering (now NJIT). He has 35 years in the construction industry and served as a union official.  Rich has also been in farmer in Green Township since 1983. His main crops include asparagus, raspberries, chicken and ducks. He now also has a small vineyard and orchard.  He has three grown children and has been married to his wife, Faith for more than 35 years.

Richard has extensive experience in government and has served on the Green Planning Board, the Green Open Space Committee and the Green Township Environmental Committee. He also served as a member and chairman of the Sussex County Open Space Committee and as a member of past chairman of the Sussex County Planning Board. Supervisor Vohden has served as a Sussex County Freeholder for the past 6 years. In that capacity he has served as a member of the NJ Highlands Council and on the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.

Mr. Vohden is also active in the following organizations: NJ Association of Counties; Sussex County Chamber of Commerce; the VFW; the Green and Sussex County Historical Societies; the NJ Farm Bureau, the Sussex County Board of Agriculture, the NJ Forestry Association and the Sussex County League of Municipalities.

Phil Deacon is currently serving in his17th year as a District Supervisor and is currently a vice chairman. Phil is a well-known and well respected builder throughout Sussex County. Phil owns and operates Deacon Homes and has built over 270 homes and other projects throughout the county. He has been cited on multiple occasions for the high quality of his work and the sustainability of his developments. Throughout his career, Phil has worked with surveyors and engineers and has a strong background in septic design, surveying and land use development. He is also a licensed NJ realtor. Phil is a life director of the New Jersey Builders Association and a member and former director of the National Association of Home Builders. He is also a director of the Franklin Mutual Insurance Company.  Phil has also served as a Board member for Newton Hospital and as a member of the Sussex County Strategic Growth Advisory Committee. Phil is also well known and respected for his charitable and community activities.

Matt Fox is currently in his second year of service to the District.  Matt attended the Catholic University of America Metropolitan School of Engineering in Washington, D.C. and is a professionally licensed civil engineer and land surveyor of the State of New Jersey.
Matt currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the District. Matt is a principal and owner of Canger Engineering Associates, Inc. located in Sussex County.  Matt’s areas of expertise include: land use planning, storm water management, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, site construction and layout, sanitary sewer and septic design and boundary line location.  A resident of Green Township, Matt serves on the Green Hills School District Board of Education, the Green Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Green Township Environmental Committee. Matt has served as a District Supervisor since 2013 and served as a judge of the 2014 NJ Envirothon. Matt is married and has 3 children. Matt currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the District.