Spotlight On Our Workers

Dennis Aslett, Idaho ACES Enrollees

Dennis Aslett, Idaho ACES Enrollees

Enrolled in the ACES Program since 2006, Dennis Aslett supports the Sandpoint, Idaho NRCS office as a Conservation Planning Technician.  His primary responsibilities are to meet with private landowners and evaluate their existing grazing programs.  He identifies livestock grazing issues and natural resource concerns, conducts field surveys and produces pasture management and grazing plans that ultimately result in improvements for the landowners and increased protection for natural resources. In addition to the grazing programs,...

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Paula Whittington, DC SEE Enrollee

Paula Whittington, DC SEE Enrollee

Enrollee Name: Paula Whittington SEE Position Title: Office Manager for the Office of Environmental Education Location: U.S. EPA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. Supporting EPA SEE Program Since: October 2015 Job Description at the EPA: Ms. Whittington supports the Office of Environmental Education (OEE) where she’s responsible for assisting in the organization and coordination of office operations, procedures and resources. Her duties include oversight of administration functions such as scheduling meetings and appointments, organizing supplies, and...

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Lewis Goins, MS ACES Enrollee

Lewis Goins, MS ACES Enrollee

I am an implementation specialist with ACES – Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). I was employed on March 22, 2010. I am based in Laurel, MS and I serve the surrounding communities. One of my most enjoyable duties is to meet with current active program contract participants to assist and follow-up in determining if additional technical assistance is needed. I also enjoy making field visits to landowners to determine their conservation needs and to...

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John Baker, TX SEE Enrollee

John Baker, TX SEE Enrollee

Long-time Texas resident and Region VI SEE Enrollee, John Baker began his career in the U.S Army at Fort Hood, Texas where you can follow his development from a Confinement Officer at the Fort Hood Stockade to Company Commander of the 518th Military Police Battalion, responsible for establishing a Security Command Post in Duncanville, Texas.  At an interesting point in Dallas-Ft. Worth history (commemorated in the plaque pictured below), Mr. Baker’s command post was...

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Michael Jones, VA ACES Enrollee

Michael Jones, VA ACES Enrollee

I was born and spent my entire childhood in rural Southside Virginia near a community called Purdy, VA. My rural background and love for the natural world, and all its resources, have been solidly ingrained in me by my family since early childhood. Growing up on the banks of the Nottoway River was every farm boy’s dream and a reality for me. I attended Virginia Tech and received a B.S. Degree in Forestry and...

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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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