Spotlight On Our Workers

Richard Casale, CA ACES Enrollee

Richard Casale, CA ACES Enrollee

As with many of the talented people that are involved with the ACES-NRCS Program, Rich Casale started as an ACES enrollee shortly after he retired from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  He had served for most of his career (43 years!) as the District Conservationist in Santa Cruz County, CA.  Rich had worked with several ACES enrollees while employed by NRCS over the years and always thought that type of work would be...

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Mark Lane, CO FS Enrollee

Mark Lane, CO FS Enrollee

How did you become interested in working for the Forest Service and when did you start work for the FS? It seems I’ve always had an interest in the outdoors.  In the 1960s, Lassie ended up with a Forest Ranger.  At that point, at about 10 years of age, I knew what I wanted to do for a living.  I originally worked for the Soil Conservation Service as a range conservationist.  My first job...

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Donald Gipe, CO SEE Enrollee

Donald Gipe, CO SEE Enrollee

Donald Gipe is an Instructor for EPA’s unique National Air Compliance Training Delivery Project (NACTDP). The Clean Air Act establishes the respective roles of state and federal agencies within the statutory framework mandated by Congress. States, usually in conjunction with their local agencies, have the primary responsibility for the control of air pollution within their respective geographic boundaries. This responsibility entails the development and implementation of air pollution control plans and strategies to meet...

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Denise De Joseph, CA ACES Enrollee

Denise De Joseph, CA ACES Enrollee

Denise at the Vasco Caves Archaeological District during survey fieldwork for the Concord field office this spring. This is a large complex site in the hills of Contra Costa County containing many pictographs (rock art) and bedrock mortars and seasonal camp sites. The NRCS project was a spring box replacement which required intensive tribal consultation due to the sacred nature of this National Register-listed historic property.       Denise De Joseph joined the...

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Lido Niccolai, IL SEE Enrollee

Lido Niccolai, IL SEE Enrollee

Lido Niccolai is currently working in the NOWCC/SEE Program as a Level 4 Data Assistant for the EPA Superfund Division of Region 5 in Chicago. Before joining the SEE Program, Lido worked for major consulting firms, spending 4 years with Arthur Andersen and 12 years with Deloitte Tax, LLP.  During his tenure with Deloitte, he served as Database and Office Administrator. Lido’s current position supports the office in its management of data, including reviewing...

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Monique Nivolon, CA SEE Enrollee

Monique Nivolon, CA SEE Enrollee

Story of my Life by Monique Nivolon I feel I’ve been a long time on this earth; I was born in Paris, France, as I said a long time ago, before WWII, so that I was pretty much aware and starting to have some understanding of what was going on upon France’s invasion in May 1940.  I did not live through the days of Paris being taken over, because I was with my aunt,...

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Richard Shelfer, FL Forest Service ACES Enrollee

Richard Shelfer, FL Forest Service ACES Enrollee

How did you become interested in working for the Forest Service and when did you start work for FS? Growing up in rural North Florida, I spent my early years roaming the woods with my father and grandfather.  We hunted game, camped, picked berries, scouted tracks, fished and picked wildflowers.  I always felt comfortable and at peace in the outdoors.  My other early passion was art.  I received a degree in visual art, but...

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Michael Giesey, MT Forest Service ACES Enrollee

Michael Giesey, MT Forest Service ACES Enrollee

How did you become interested in working for the Forest Service and when did you start work for FS? I’ve been interested in a career in forestry since I was about 10.  I’ve always enjoyed being in the woods and didn’t want to be like my dad and wear a suit and tie to work every day!  I learned about the Forest Service while reading about forestry careers and got my first job as...

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Elizabeth Scott, DC SEE Enrollee

Elizabeth Scott, DC SEE Enrollee

Enrollee Name: Elizabeth “Liz” Scott SEE Position Title:  Administrative Assistant for OPPT- IO Location: U.S. EPA Headquarters, Washington, DC Supporting EPA SEE Program since:  July 2010.   Elizabeth Scott retired from United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, Washington, D.C., in April 2009 but felt that she wasn’t quite ready for official retirement. She first learned about the SEE Program through her niece who was working for the EPA at the time. After doing...

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Ted Evans, PA ACES Enrollee

Ted Evans, PA ACES Enrollee

ACES enrollee Ted Evans provides technical assistance to the Pennsylvania NRCS State Office. Ted is a Pennsylvania native and over the years has served his country and community. Ted retired from the Army-Guard Reserve after 39 years of service and retired from the United States Civil Service with 20 years of service. He gave selflessly of his time and talent while working for PA NRCS in a part-time capacity from March 2004 to March...

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