Enrollee Spotlights

Marlene White, KS SEE Enrollee

Marlene White, KS SEE Enrollee

Marlene White is a Level 4 SEE Enrollee for Region 7 EPA in Lenexa, Kansas and has been with the SEE Program for eight years. Moreover, Marlene has a distinction few of us hold.  She has served in the Waste Enforcement and Material Management Branch since she began work as a SEE Enrollee.  Marlene now serves as Office Manager for the Branch and provides administrative support in the area of information management.  Her work...

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Eleanor Yeomans, GA ACES Enrollee

Eleanor Yeomans, GA ACES Enrollee

Why do you like working as an enrollee? As an enrollee in the ACES program I feel a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment at the end of each day. I feel like I have a purpose, I know that my skills are valued and are essential to the NRCS team. Over the past 25 years I have had the privilege of working with many fantastic landowners and NRCS employees. The role that NRCS...

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Chris R. Shook, PA ACES Enrollee

Chris R. Shook, PA ACES Enrollee

When Huntingdon County, PA District Conservationist, Jim Steward, had an opening in his office in 2006 during the ACES Demonstration Project, he knew just the type of person he needed. He did not have much time to train anyone; he needed someone who could hit the ground running. Enter Chris Shook – currently a Level 2 ACES enrollee in the Huntingdon County office. Jim had met Chris on several occasions at various conservation meetings...

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Francis Reich, AK ACES Enrollee

Francis Reich, AK ACES Enrollee

Francis Reich’s 42-year adventure in Yup’ik territory would read like a classic Alaskan novel full of drama, humor, cross cultural encounters, and the brutal realities of life in bush Alaska. His formal education, historical perspective of the region, cross-cultural communication skills and practical small business development talents allow him to facilitate complex processes with successful results. Fran’s tenacity was instrumental in the development of the Kuskokwim Community College, the Kuskokwim Fisherman’s COOP, the Yuut...

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h’Enri Whitseyjohnson, DC SEE Enrollee

h’Enri Whitseyjohnson, DC SEE Enrollee

Name: h’Enri WhitseyJohnson SEE Position Title: Analytical Support Technician Location: EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Supporting EPA SEE Program Since: November 2014 Job Description at the EPA: Ms. WhitseyJohnson supports the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) Direct Procurement Team where she reviews and analyzes request for procurements (Form 1900-37), Mentor-Protégé Agreements, and Subcontracting Plans. Interesting projects or assignments she is working on: She accepted her current position because of her strong interest in...

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Rixon Rafter, CA ACES Enrollee

Rixon Rafter, CA ACES Enrollee

After retiring early in 2003 as an Agricultural Engineer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Salinas, California, Rixon Rafter continued part time as a volunteer in the same office. Late in 2007 he was contacted by Jim Howard, the district conservationist (DC) in San Mateo County about a position in the National Older Worker Career Center (NOWCC) Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) program. This appealed to him as it consisted of the...

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Leon Kot Jr., Former CO ACES Enrollee

Leon Kot Jr., Former CO ACES Enrollee

Growing up in rural Ohio, Leon Kot, Jr. always enjoyed working outdoors. After leaving the Army he worked for the US Army Corp of Engineers in Oklahoma. Over time he earned a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation, an M.S. in Natural Science and, eventually an Ed.D. in Science Education with the help of the GI Bill. As a Graduate Assistant at Oklahoma State University he traveled the state making conservation presentations to schools and various...

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Rita Watson, CA SEE Enrollee

Rita Watson,  CA SEE Enrollee

Name: Rita Watson Title:  Clean Water Act Support Location:  EPA Region 9, San Francisco, CA Years of experience:  25+            With EPA SEE Program since:  March 2016 Job Description at the EPA:  Provide professional support to Region 9’s Clean Water Act Division in the form of data review, data input/management; file creation and maintenance; and document creation and review.  Prior Experience and Education: Ms. Watson holds a BA in Speech & Communications from SFSU.  She...

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Edward Moon, OH ACES Enrollee

Edward Moon, OH ACES Enrollee

Prior to joining the ACES Program, Ed Moon of Ravenna, Ohio worked for NRCS for over 37 years, serving as district conservationist in 8 different Ohio counties. He learned about the ACES program just before retiring from NRCS in 2006 from his supervisor Tom Perrin. Working in the same field office since 1973, has prepared him for his current job as an ACES enrollee there. He has had the privilege of working with several...

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William “Bill” Serbonich, OH ACES Enrollee

William “Bill” Serbonich, OH ACES Enrollee

William “Bill” Serbonich has been with the ACES Program since the Pilot in 2006. He first learned about ACES from Mary Ann Hawk (currently in Northeast Ohio) who was a former area District Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Mary Ann recognized that part of the state had a heavy forestry workload and felt that someone with a forestry background would be helpful. Bill says “I remain very grateful to the NRCS...

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