USDA Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck announced recently the selection of three top agency officials. Sally Collins has been selected as the associate deputy chief for national forest system; Gloria Manning has accepted the position of associate deputy chief of business operations, and Joel Holtrop was named director of wildlife, fish, and rare plant watershed and air management.
"These three individuals have outstanding leadership experience and abilities. I look forward to working with them in implementation of the Natural Resource Agenda and the challenges the agency faces as we embark on the next millennium," said Dombeck.
Sally Collins comes to the Washington Office from her previous position as forest supervisor of the Deschutes National Forest where she served since 1993. Collins holds a bachelor's degree in outdoor recreation planning from the University of Colorado and a master's in public administration from the University of Wyoming. Collins has worked in the Bureau of Land Management as a wilderness specialist and has served in the Forest Service since 1983. She has also served in planning on the Siuslaw, as the minerals staff officer on the Deschutes and later as the deputy forest supervisor, before assuming the forest supervisor position. Collins' husband, an oceanographer, coaches a ski team and works in the sports industry. Their daughter is a student at the University of New Hampshire.
Gloria Manning began her Forest Service career as a planner for the National Forests in North Carolina in 1979. She served as a planner and interdisciplinary team leader at the Sumter National Forest in South Carolina. Manning completed a tour in the appeals and land management unit in the Washington Office. She also served as the assistant director in State and Private Forestry, located in the Washington Office. Manning provided management direction for programs such as wildlife, recreation, wilderness, lands, minerals and timber on 35 national forests and grasslands as deputy regional forester for resources in the Southern Region. Manning received her bachelor of arts degree at Florida A&M University and a master's degree in land use planning at Florida State University. Manning is a native of Tallahassee, Fla.
Joel Holtrop has served in the Forest Service for over 20 years. Holtrop recently served as deputy director of range management in the Washington Office. Prior to deputy director of range management, he briefly completed a tour as acting assistant director of civil rights located also in the Washington Office. He also served in numerous positions located throughout the national forests prior to coming to the Washington Office. Holtrop has a master of forestry degree from the University of Washington and a bachelor's degree in forestry from Michigan State University. Holtrop is married with twin daughters who attend high school and are sports oriented. He is a native of Rensselaer, Ind.