Deputy Director Honors Midwest Region Staff
A highlight of the Deputy Director’s visit to the Midwest Fisheries Center and La Crosse District Visitor Center was informal conversations with field staff. USFWS photo by Ashley Kast.
The Midwest Region’s achievements are linked directly to the dedication and passion of its employees. On May 14, 2014 the Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Rowan Gould, honored two of our exemplary colleagues at a Regional Office Town Hall meeting. Jean Collette from the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District was presented with the 2013 Administrative Professional of the Year award. Marianne Dahl, a secretary for ABA in the Midwest Regional Office, was recognized for 45 years of service. Midwest Deputy Director, Charlie Wooley, also recognized Pat Percy, IT Specialist, for 38 years of service. The region will miss both Percy and Dahl who recently retired.
The Deputy Director’s Midwest Region experience continued on May 15 with a driving tour of the Upper Mississippi River. With Regional Director, Tom Melius, along with Wooley and Deputy Assistant Regional Director of Fisheries, Aaron Woldt, as tour guides, Gould traveled south to our La Crosse Midwest Fisheries Center and our Upper Mississippi River National Fish and Wildlife Refuge La Crosse District Visitor Center. Once in La Crosse, Wisc., Gould had the opportunity to informally meet with field staff. Highlights from the day included a tour of the new Whitney Genetics Lab, talking with field staff about their work, and a visit to the new La Crosse District Visitor Center, where he saw the first green buds of spring on the prairie.
Deputy Director, Rowan Gould, watches Dr. Emy Monroe demonstrate how water samples are processed for eDNA at the Midwest Region’s Whitney Genetics Lab in La Crosse, Wisconsin. USFWS photo by Ashley Kast.
The Midwest Region appreciates the opportunity to share our accomplishments with the Deputy Director. We look forward to his future visits and our next chance to demonstrate that the Midwest Region is committed to fulfilling the Service’s mission in all the work that we do. Thank you to our staff who made the Deputy Director’s visit fun and memorable!
By Katie Steiger-Meister