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New Faces

New Faces at SDTDC and MTDC

Photo of Nancy O. Geehan.Nancy O. Geehan joined SDTDC as a natural resources specialist in June 2006. She worked with the Forest Service and privately, as a contractor from October 2005 to June 2006. Nancy worked for the Forest Service from 1990 through 1996 in various policy and management positions, and as a consultant in the private sector with nonprofit and private organizations in conservation of natural resources and science-based private lands management. Nancy attended Arcadia University and received a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary natural resources management from the University of Wyoming.

Photo of Emma Heller.Emma Heller joined MTDC in April as an editorial assistant. She will be converting publications to HTML format, and will have other Web site responsibilities. The last two summers Emma worked at Yellowstone National Park, where she used a GPS receiver to record the coordinates of features such as culverts and guardrails. Emma is a sophomore at the University of Montana, studying media arts and studio art. She grew up in Gardiner, MT, at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

Photo of John Kovalicky.John Kovalicky joined MTDC as a smokejumper technical specialist in February. Improving smokejumper equipment and smokejumper aircraft accessories are John's responsibility. He has a bachelor's degree in business finance from the University of Montana. In 1985, he began his Forest Service career on the St. Regis Ranger District fire crew. In 1988, John became a smokejumper and worked as the training foreman, and then as loft foreman at the Missoula Smokejumper Center.

Photo of Doug Lausch.Doug Lausch has been working at MTDC as an engineering technician in the fabrication shop since October 2006. He joined the Forest Service in 1996 as a forestry technician at the Ninemile Ranger District for the Lolo National Forest. He became a full-time seasonal forestry technician in 2000 and a member of the national Missoula helitack crew in 2003. He graduated from MSU-Billings as an autobody technician in 1973.

Photo of Theron Miller.Theron Miller joined MTDC in 2006 as a social science analyst and has been working on projects in safety and health, fire and aviation, and recreation. He received a Ph.D. in forestry (with an emphasis in natural resources social science) from the University of Montana in 1997. Theron was on the faculty of the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana where his research and teaching focused on natural resource management, planning, and recreation management.

Photo of Ruth Paz.Ruth Paz has been working as a mechanical engineer for the fire and fuels program at SDTDC since October 2006. She received her bachelor's degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, and a master's degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of La Verne. She has 7 years of experience as a mechanical design engineer at Northrop Grumman. While there, Ruth also worked with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Photo of Tia Trickey.Tia Trickey began working at MTDC as an office automation assistant in February. She served as a human resources sergeant in the U.S. Army for more than 7 years. She now works at MTDC's front desk.

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