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New Faces at the Missoula Technology and Development Center

A photo of Maggie Pittman. In September, Maggie Pittman joined MTDC as the new Operations Support Team Leader. Maggie began her Forest Service career as a seasonal employee at the Mount Saint Helens Ranger Station, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, in 1977. In 1981, she received a forestry degree from the University of Montana. She worked at the Lolo and Gallatin National Forests as a forester and resource assistant in timber, silviculture, recreation, range, and minerals. In 1991, Maggie moved to the Helena National Forest as a public affairs specialist. While there, she also served as the administrative officer and Montana State Legislative Affairs Coordinator. Maggie transferred to the Regional Office in 2000 and assumed the position of Deputy Director for Public Affairs.
A photo of Dave Fallis. Dave Fallis became MTDCís Operations Program Leader in November. His career with the Federal Government began on a BLM helitack crew while he was attending Utah State University. He graduated with a degree in range and forest science in 1979. He spent 6 years at the Tonto National Forest, Globe Ranger District, as a range conservationist, 4 years at the Carson National Forest, Camino Real Ranger District, as district resource assistant, and 3 years at the Humboldt National Forest, as forest and range substaff. Dave served as district ranger at the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Lost River Ranger District, and as district ranger at the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Dillon Ranger District.
A photo of Les Holsapple. Les Holsapple is the new Program Leader for the Wildland Fire Chemicals Systems group. Les began his Forest Service career as a forestry technician at the Plumas National Forest in 1969. In 1973, he was assigned to Missoula as a smokejumper. He continued his career in fire as a fire management officer at the Helena National Forest, Lincoln Ranger District. In 1981, he accepted a forester position at the Boise National Forest in reforestation, presale, and silviculture. Les moved to the Ochoco National Forest in 1988 serving as district fire management officer and district silviculturist. He was reassigned to the Umatilla National Forest in 1991 as the fire planner and fuels specialist, later serving as the deputy fire staff officer. Les received a bachelorís degree in forest resource management from the University of Montana and has completed graduate work in forest ecology and silviculture at Northern Arizona University, Utah State University, and Colorado State University.
A photo of Charlie Showers. Charlie Showers is the new Engineering Program Leader for MTDC. Charlie will oversee project work in facilities, roads, environmental compliance and protection, hazardous materials, alternative energy, and law enforcement and investigations. A 1982 civil engineering graduate from the University of Idaho and licensed Professional Engineer, Charlie spent 7 years with the Idaho Department of Highways as a project engineer and contract administrator. He joined the Forest Service in 1989 as zone engineer at the Boise National Forest. In 1991, Charlie moved to the Payette National Forest as a special project engineer where he coordinated the completion of the South Fork of the Salmon River road restoration project. He became the assistant forest engineer at the Payette National Forest in 1993. In 2000, Charlie came to MTDC and served as Operations Program Leader.
A photo of Gary Kees. Gary Kees joined MTDC in May as a project engineer. Gary will be working in the reforestation and nursery programs. His current projects involve economic fence enclosures, saws to cut hardwood, soil fumigation, remote weather stations, and copper coatings for seedling containers. Gary, who has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho, worked for 10 years as a mechanical and structural engineer, project manager, and engineering group leader for Monsanto Co. in Soda Springs, ID.
A photo of Jim Olson. Jim Olson was assigned to MTDC in January. He is an employee of the BLM, National Interagency Fire Center, but works with MTDCís smokejumper and firefighter equipment specialists to develop better equipment for smokejumpers and firefighters. After graduating from the University of Idaho in 1977 with a degree in business management, Jim started his Federal career in Alaska as a smokejumper and firefighter. In 1994, he transferred to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, ID, as loft manager.
A photo of Mary Ann in her office. Mary Ann Davies, MTDC project engineer, is not a new face at MTDC but is new in world biking competition. She finished second in her age group in the Womenís World Masters Mountain Biking Championship held this summer in Canada with a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes, and 26.71 seconds for the 16-kilometer course. Mary Annís time was the fastest of all U.S. contestants in all age groups.

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