Meet the mentors

Tribes and the Exchange Network

FRANK HARJO, GIS MANAGER & TGG CHAIR
MUSCOGEE (CREEK) NATION, OKLAHOMA

BryAnna has worked for the Tribe’s Water Quality Control Program since 2007. The Tribe has had an Exchange Network (EN) grant since 2008.  The main focus of the EN projects has been to build the Tribe’s capacity to exchange data, both to EPA and data partners, more efficiently and effectively. The Tribe collects continuous air and water data, which amounts to an enormous amount of data requiring intense data management and specialized database tools for data validation, analysis, and organization.  These efforts have led to improved data management, improved submissions, better access to and analysis of climate data.  Projects have also included extensive database development, both in-house and cloud-based, mainly for our continuous water quality data. Streamlining data collection is also a part of the Tribe’s data management goals.  Currently the Tribe is doing this through the creation of tablet-based field forms specific to various environmental projects. BryAnna joined the Tribal Governance Group in 2012 to advocate for tribal participation in the Exchange Network.  She sits on the EN Interoperability and Operations Team (IOT) and various Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) as needed.  In relation to this work, you will often hear her state, “Tribes are not like states, and they are even less like each other.”


Contact BryAnna

Phone: 760.873.3584 ​

Email: BryAnna.Vaughan [at] bishoppaiute.org

Angie Reed​, Water Resources Planner

Penobscot Indian Nation, Indian Island, Maine

BRUCE JONES, SSHIAP PROGRAM MANAGER
NORTHWEST INDIAN FISHERIES COMMISSION, WASHINGTON

Bruce currently serves as the Salmon and Steelhead Habitat Inventory and Assessment Program (SSHIAP) Program Manager the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC).  Prior to 2007, Bruce spent thirty years with the Quinault Indian Nation successfully implementing and managing their natural resource programs.  Since 2008, under the Exchange Network (EN), the NWIFC has worked with its 22 member tribes to successfully develop and launch a WQX data exchange and two regional exchanges for juvenile fish and near-shore research data for the State of Washington. Bruce’s experiences on the EN include serving on the Network Technology Board (and previously, the Network Operations Board) as well as the Tribal Governance Group. Specific EN projects he has helped to develop and manage include: >>NWIFC Water Quality Exchange (WQX) - includes a water quality database, Node, and Client for the management and sharing of tribal water quality data. Deployed 2009.​ >>Puget Sound Data Exchange - Juvenile Migrant Data Exchange (JMX) - A joint project with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Puget Sound Partnership, the team launched the Washington State's Juvenile Migrant Data Exchange. This Exchange includes a database, Node plug-in, and Client for the User's to manage and share their in-river trap data.  Deployed 2011. >>Nearshore Data Exchange (NSX) - A joint project with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife to develop a platform for the management and sharing of nearshore environmental data. This Exchange includes a database, Node plug-in, and Client and was deployed 2013.​ >>TWQD/WQX Enhancement Project (WQX) - A joint project with the USET tribes, this project focuses on updating the 2009 WQX client and database.  The new database will include most of the WQX schema and the client interface will be updated to today's standards.  This project is due for completion in 2015.


Contact Bruce
Phone: 360.528.4369

​Email: bjones [at] nwifc.org

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APRIL HATHCOAT, ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III
CHEROKEE NATION, OKLAHOMA

Exchange Network Tribal Mentorship Program

LINDA ROSAS, ENVIRONMENTAL COORDINATOR
HABEMATOLEL POMO OF UPPER LAKE, CALIFORNIA

BRYANNA VAUGHAN, WATER QUALITY COORDINATOR
BISHOP PAIUTE TRIBE, CALIFORNIA

Angie has worked for Indian Nations in some capacity since finishing her MS in 1998, starting with serving as the Water Resources Specialist for the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians in northern Maine. Angie helped Penobscot Indian Nation (PIN) receive their first Exchange Network grant in 2007 and has used two subsequent grants to continue building internal capacity for collecting, managing and sharing their water quality data. The PIN Water Resources Program is now managing all of their data electronically: from field data collection on smartphones that are used to populate lab data entry forms all the way through an internal database structure that is mapped to WQX and exchanged with EPA via a PIN node.  Current efforts are focused on incorporating biological data into the internal database and making all data available to PIN leaders and citizens in a clear and easily-accessible fashion.

Angie joined the TGG efforts shortly after PIN received their first EN grant and served on the Network Partnership and Resources Group (NPRG) under the initial governance structure. Water quality issues on the Penobscot River and the necessary attention they require have demanded much of her attention over the past few years. However, because she believes that the work of TGG is critical to the participation of Indian Nations in environmental protection, she continues to be committed to the this effort.

​Contact Angie
Phone: 207.817.7360
Email: angie.reed [at] penobscotnation.org

Darold is fairly new to air quality monitoring and has been working for the Pala Environmental Department since July of 2014. His prior experience as an Information Systems Specialist has helped him greatly in adapting to the air quality monitoring world. Darold's enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge has lead him recently to instructing his first course on air quality fundamentals through Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP).


Contact Darold ​

Phone: 760.891.3540 ​

Email: dwallick [at] palatribe.com

April has been with the Cherokee Nation’s Environmental Programs since February 2004 and is primarily responsible for managing the Clean Air Program. Her current duties include quality control and quality assurance of all air monitoring data, and she is responsible for grant assistance, budgeting, staffing, workload assignments, and uploading data into the EPA’s Air Quality System (AQS).  April is licensed with the State of Oklahoma as a Registered Sanitarian and a Registered Environmental Specialist, is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), and is a member of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).  She is also a member of the Tribal Air Monitoring Support (TAMS) Center Steering Committee. April began working with an Exchange Network grant in 2011; the current Cherokee Nation EN grant is focused on publishing environmental data to a publicly accessible web page to improve access of environmental information by the tribal population and the public at large. April also serves on the EN Network Technology Board (NTB). ​


Contact April

Phone: 918.453.5098​ ​​

Email: ahathcoat [at] cherokee.org

Linda is currently working with the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake as the Environmental Coordinator. Previously, she worked with the Redwood Valley Rancheria and Big Valley Rancheria, and successfully wrote an Exchange Network grant proposal as well as implemented and built an open-source node. ​


Contact Linda

Phone: 707.275.0737 ext. 20 ​

Email: lrosas [at] hpultribe-nsn.gov

DAROLD WALLICK, AIR QUALITY PROGRAM MANAGER, PALA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS, CALIFORNIA

Frank has over 12 years of GIS/GPS experience has managed the Tribe’s GIS activities since 2009. His experience with the EPA Exchange Network dates back to 2006 when he started EN activities with the Cherokee Nation. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation recently developed the Open Waters database to begin flowing water quality data through the WQX data exchange. Currently, the tribe is in the process of developing an Emergency Response application using existing data flows and collaborating with other tribal partners. Frank began participation with the Tribal Governance Group (TGG) in 2010 and also began serving on the Network Operations Board as part of the Exchange Network Governance. Frank currently serves on the Exchange Network Leadership Council (ENLC) as one of the tribal representatives. Frank has given various presentations on the Exchange Network at the Tribal EN conference, National EN Conference, and NCAI Annual Conference.

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Contact Frank

Phone: 918.549.2510 ​​

Email: Fharjo [at] mcn-nsn.gov

​Whether you're new to the Exchange Network (EN), or a long time participant with years of experience behind you, we invite you to join the EN Tribal Mentors Network. Through mentorships, those with more experience assist those with developing skills, thereby promoting collaboration and information sharing. Mentorship efforts aim to build tribal capacity and support networks to foster long-term sustainability of EN projects. The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the EN Tribal Governance Group (TGG) work closely with other EN stakeholders to identify appropriate mentor(s) on a case-by-case basis.


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