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FS-0035 Contact: Heidi Valetkevitch, 202-205-1134

FOREST SERVICE 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 Kathy’s 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 planning effort.

Gause’s 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 master’s 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 Women’s 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 Washington, D.C.

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