Spotlight On Our Workers

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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Louis Chaboya, AZ SEE Enrollee

Louis Chaboya, AZ SEE Enrollee

Louis Chaboya started working with the SEE Program in May, 2015. He works with the Border 2020 Program as the Emergency Preparedness and Response Planner and is stationed in Rio Rico, Arizona on the Arizona/Sonora border. The Border 2020 Program is a result of the La Paz Agreement between President Reagan and De La Madrid. The agreement coordinates the efforts of Mexico and the United States dealing with Environmental issues. For more information click on...

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Sharon Mathis, DC SEE Enrollee

Sharon Mathis, DC SEE Enrollee

Before joining the Environmental Protection Agency — Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics in Washington, DC – Sharon enjoyed a successful career as a Realtor/Mortgage Loan Officer, licensed in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and California, over a period of 20+ years.  Prior to her real estate career, she was an instructor of English and Communication skills at both public and private schools throughout the DC Metro area and on the West Coast.  Her career objective,...

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Elbert Wells, PA ACES Enrollee

Elbert Wells, PA ACES Enrollee

Mr. Elbert Wells is a dedicated Conservation Planner in the West Chester, Pennsylvania office who has been involved in conservation work for more than forty years. Elbert began his work as a Soil Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Berks County office in 1966.  After six months on the job, he became a member of the United States Army where he served for two years.  When Elbert’s Army stint was finished, his...

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