Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

July 27, 2011

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Contact:  Diane Katzenberger 303-236-4578


Kathleen Dennis Selected as Assistant Regional Director for Budget and Administration for the Fish and Wildlife Service

Kathleen DennisThe Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) welcomes Kathleen Dennis as the new Assistant Regional Director for Budget and Administration for the Mountain-Prairie Region.

Dennis will be stationed in Denver and will oversee regional program functions for Colorado, Utah, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming. She will provide direction for program areas dealing with the budget and financial management, personnel management, contracting and procurement, engineering, safety and health, information technology, water resource issues including water rights and management, and other associated administrative support functions.  She comes to the Service from the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver.
Dennis retired from the U.S. Army in 2004 as a colonel after 26 years of active duty.  During her career, Dennis specialized in logistics management, maintenance management and various aspects of education.  She was stationed in the U.S. and overseas in Germany and Qatar.  She also served as an Assistant Professor of Engineering Mechanics at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York and serving as the Chief of Joint Logistics Training for U.S. Atlantic Command in Norfolk, Virginia.

 “We are pleased to have someone of Kathleen’s knowledge, leadership, and experience join our team,” said Steve Guertin, the Service’s Director of the Mountain-Prairie Region.  “She will be a valuable asset as we deal with the full range of complex issues involved in managing the budgetary and administrative functions of our diverse region.”

Dennis welcomes the opportunity to continue to work in Colorado, a state she has grown to love during her federal service. "I look forward working with the Service,” said Dennis.  “Their great reputation was known to me before I ever even applied for the position of Assistant Regional Director.  I welcome being associated with dedicated, passionate professionals and a noble mission.” 

“My primary goal once I get fully on board is to help find more efficient and effective ways to support the many worthy programs and people under the Service purview,” said Dennis.  I know tough budget times are here and lots of changes in systems and processes are happening and I hope to be a big help in helping the Fish and Wildlife Service get through this challenging time.”

Dennis was born and raised in Illinois on a small farm with her five brothers and sister.  She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in1974 where she attended on a four-year Army ROTC scholarship.  She earned a Master’s degree in Engineering Mechanics in 1986 from Virginia Tech as well as a Master’s degree in National Security Studies from the National Defense University’s National War College in 1997.  Dennis and her two dogs live in Aurora, Colorado.  

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