USDA Forest Service
Heidi Valetkevitch, 202-205-1134
SELECTS GAUSE AS DIRECTOR OF CIVIL RIGHTS
WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2000 -- United
States Department of Agriculture Forest Service
Chief Mike Dombeck announced the appointment of
Kathy Gause as the Director of Civil Rights.
I am delighted to have someone of Kathys
caliber and expertise in this position, said
Dombeck. She brings with her a wealth of civil
rights experience to the Forest Service and will
be a valuable addition to the agency.
Gause has been Director of Equal Employment Opportunity
and Conciliation Programs at the Office of the Architect
of the Capitol (AOC). She has worked in EEO, Civil
Rights, and Human Resources for more than 20 years.
In her previous position, she set up the first EEO
Office in the AOC and spearheaded its strategic
Gauses career began in Department of the
Navy where she worked in research and development
for 27 years. Kathy obtained her bachelor of science
degree in business from Rider University in New
Jersey, summa cum laude, majoring in management
and organizational behavior. She started her graduate
work in business administration at La Salle University
before the Navy moved her to Virginia. She obtained
her masters degree in public administration
from George Mason University in 1997.
Gause was an officer on the D.C. Council for Civil
Rights Executives for five years and has served
in the same capacity in the Philadelphia area.
A native of the Bucks County Pennsylvania area
where she visits often, she also enjoys spending
time with her husband Lee and three children, Jaclyn,
30, James, 27, and Danielle, 17. She plays soccer
in the Fairfax Womens Soccer Association League
and serves as the chair of a high school parents
athletic board. Gause is a frequent speaker at national
conferences and has won numerous awards including
an Unsung Hero award from Spingarn High School in