J. Michael Schnetzler – Mike is the Appraisal Services Branch Chief for USDA Rural Development. Mike began his career in 1983 as an independent fee appraiser focusing on Single Family Residential properties. Starting in 1988 Mike began specializing in commercial and special use properties and has served as a qualified expert witness in various court jurisdictions. He became a Certified General appraiser in 1990. Mike joined USDA as the State Appraiser for New Mexico in June of 2009 and was responsible for review and oversight of appraisals submitted to New Mexico RD including the single family, multi-family, community facilities and business and industry programs. Accepting an Area Director position for RD in 2013, he was responsible for management of an area office, two satellite offices and supervision of 11 employees. Mike and his staff oversaw delivery of 40 loan and grant programs administered by Rural Development in the northern half of New Mexico.
In November 2015 Mike became the Senior Appraiser for USDA RD and in September 2020, Mike was named the Appraisal Services Branch Chief, overseeing 30 regional appraisers providing appraisal review services for USDA in all 50 states and the territories of the United States including Guam, Puerto Rio, the Virgin Islands and the islands of the western pacific. As a part of the Program Support Staff, Mike is responsible for continued development and implementation of the appraisal review process, staff training, and measurement of appraisal risk.