Greetings from NE MT! I'm a mother, grandmother, rancher, Environmental Programs Manager for the Fort Peck Tribes for the past 30 years! Let's go!
Environmental Programs Manager
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Public Office
Grant Writing, Management, Real Estate Inspection, Permitting, Enforcement, Strategic Planning
During my tenure as the Environmental Programs Manager for the Fort Peck Tribes, we have developed federally approved water quality standards, received approval for: Non Point Source Pollution Assessment and Management; Clean Water Act 106 Assessment and Management program; Clean Air Act Section 105 and 103 programs; Tribal Response Program (Brownfields); Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act Circuit Rider Inspector program; Underground Storage Tank Inspection program; primacy for the Safe Drinking Water Act Underground Injection Program. Currently manage over a million dollars in grants for the Tribes. The program has received numerous regional and national awards.
Manage 1000 head commercial cow/calf ranch with my husband that includes 1900 acres of irrigation. General Manager for a sustainable low income housing development on the Reservation in partnership with the Make IT Right Foundation and the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes.
County Committee Chairman for the Democratic Party. President Outback Barrel Racing Association 2007 to 2017.
How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse
Any questions on human resource management, regulations and jurisdictional questions for doing business in Indian Country, program management, grant writing (general), EPA permit questions, and Brownfields investigations.
What motivates and inspires you?
I like challenges, seeing a need and trying to get it done using my wits and ingenuity. And First Time Flippers on DIY, lol!
Who are your personal ‘Sheroes’/Female Role-Models?
My Mom! For most women, I think, your mom is the single most influential person in your life. While I was growing up during the 60's and 70’s, my mom faced particular hardships that presented huge challenges. She was widowed before she was thirty and with 4 children and an associates degree in legal secretarial science. Unlike today, women didn’t have access to credit and were paid less for commensurate work of their male counterparts. So, she held down sometimes 3 jobs, bought a house, raised 4 kids who were 3 and a half years apart, and completed her Bachelor of Science Degrees in Accounting and Business Management graduating at the top of her class. She always stressed the importance of education. A hard act to follow!
What technology/literature/art/seminars/ideas do you love, and recommend to others?
In preparation for trip to China, I’m reading several books on China and Chinese culture which are extremely interesting and really help explain their approach to politics, economic development, and history. I love historical fiction as well, so Ivan Doig is a huge favorite as well as TC Boyle. As bit of a political junkie, I just read a World in Disarray by Richard Haas, which was a great read, so obviously I like my Kindle app.
How do you reboot?
I love my horses, they mesmerize me and put all the stresses in my rear-view mirror.
What is your biggest accomplishment, so far?
Professionally, I had the opportunity to lead the development of a comprehensive environmental protection program in Indian Country. It’s been so rewarding and the program been recognized regionally and nationally as an example for other Tribal environmental programs across the nation.
Personally, as a wife, mother and grandmother that’s easy, I have managed to stay married to the same man for 38 years, raised 2 beautiful, accomplished daughters who have blessed me with 2 of the brightest grandchildren ever!
What is the biggest career risk you’ve ever taken?
Staying in Montana after graduation from college in 1980. The oil boom was bust, I had a petroleum engineering degree, but the PE’s were going oversees for work. I packed up and headed home to north eastern Montana with no job and no job prospects. But I think it worked out.
What is the ‘lasting legacy’ you hope to leave?
As programs manager, you hope to leave systems and procedures that are built upon, modified, and used by the person who fills in behind you, adding a few of their refinements along the way. You hope people say, “you know this process still works pretty good, she did some good work here”.
Words of wisdom you want to share with Montanan women?
Don’t be a spectator! Jump in!