Frank is currently the GIS Manager for the Muscogee Nation’s (MN) Geospatial Department. Since 2009, he has guided the tribe’s GIS activities and worked with EPA’s Exchange Network. Together with the MN Environmental Services department, the tribe’s first Exchange Network grant was funded in 2011. A node was implemented and the Open Waters application was established to manage water quality data. The MN expanded the Open Waters application to incorporate additional tribal partners and built a tribal response application that would allow partner tribes to work together. More recently, the tribe was awarded funding to build real-time capabilities and a tribal portal to display and host their information in real-time. Frank currently serves on the E-Enterprise and Exchange Network Management Board as a tribal representative.
Contact Frank - Phone: 918.549.2510 | Email: Fharjo [at] mcn-nsn.gov
BRUCE JONES, SSHIAP SECTION MANAGER | NORTHWEST INDIAN FISHERIES COMMISSION, WASHINGTON
Bruce has over 40 years of experience working with tribes in the northwest and has been with the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) since 2007. Since 2008, the NWIFC has been an active partner in the Exchange Network (EN), working with its 20 member tribes to successfully develop and deploy several data exchanges, including Water Quality, Nearshore, Juvenile Fish, Adult Fish, and Fish Management. Currently, NWIFC are developing a new data exchange called “Riparian and Floodplain Data Exchange,” or RFX. Bruce’s experiences on the EN/E-Enterprise includes serving on the Network Technology Board (and previously, the Network Operations Board) and Management Board. He has been a TXG member since 2008.
Contact Bruce - Phone: 360.438.1180 | Email: bjones [at] nwifc.org
LEONARD BRUCE, SENIOR PLANNER & POLICY ANALYST | GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY, ARIZONA
Leonard is currently the Senior Planner & Policy Analyst at Gila River Indian Community in Arizona. His past experience includes grant management and policy analysis on a variety of topics related to science and technology. He has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Science & Technology Policy from Arizona State University and has worked with various academic and tribal institutions around the subject of data sovereignty, research integrity, and strengthening tribal nations. Leonard currently serves on the E-Enterprise board as EPA Region 9 tribal representative. Leonard is a bit of a newbie on the Exchange Network scene – joining in 2021, but firmly believes that collective action, information sharing, and mentorship is needed to further strengthen tribal environmental programs.
Contact Leonard - Phone: 520.560.7317 | Email: Leonard.Bruce.DEQ [at] gric.nsn.us
LISA GOVER, POLICY ANALYST | EPA REGION 9 - REGIONAL TRIBAL OPERATIONS COMMITTEE
Lisa (Pawnee/Comanche) has formerly served as the administrator for various tribal environmental programs including General Assistance Program (GAP), Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), and Climate Change Programs. Lisa has served as a delegate to the Region 9 Regional Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC), the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA), the Western Regional Air Partnership (WRAP), and the EPA E-Enterprise Leadership Council (EELC). As a Policy Analyst for EPA Region 9 RTOC, she analyzes EPA policies and prepares position statements on EPA programs and initiatives that impact Tribes, including environmental data related topics. She also assists in preparing annual budget requests to EPA Region 9, and currently supports the TXG as an adjunct member.
Contact Lisa - Email: gover.lisa.2015 [at] gmail.com
APRIL HATHCOAT, ENVIRONMENTAL DIRECTOR | CHEROKEE NATION ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS, OKLAHOMA
April has worked for the Cherokee Nation Environmental Programs office 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, grant management, staffing and workload assignments, and uploading data into the EPA 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). April began working with the Exchange Network program in 2011; the current Cherokee Nation EN grants include creating a Tribal mentoring program for ATTAINS (Assessment and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Tracking and Implementation System), providing support for Tribal representatives of the EELC, and establishing a radon data exchange via OpenNode2. April serves on the EN Interoperability & Operations Team (IOT).
Contact April - Phone: 918.453.5098 | Email: april-hathcoat[at]cherokee.org
ANGIE REED, WATER RESOURCES PLANNER | PENOBSCOT INDIAN NATION, MAINE
Angie has worked with Wabanaki Nations, in what is also known as Maine, on protecting the health of their waters since finishing her MS in 1998. As the Water Resources Planner for Penobscot Indian Nation (PIN) she has written four successful Exchange Network (EN) grants. The fourth was an EN partnership grant awarded to PIN and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians (HBMI) in 2020 to help both Nations take their data management, analysis and exchange systems to the next level. She has been with TXG since 2007 and currently her focus is hands-on technical trainings that make the daily lives of tribal environmental professionals easier. Since 2019 she has helped TXG organize two Data Carpentry workshops (in-person and virtual), host many virtual small-group R demonstration/working sessions and provide weekly virtual one-on-one R mentoring. Angie believes that building strong data management and exchange skills in the office will help tribal environmental professionals feel more able to take advantage of the EN grant program and participate in TXG to help others.
Contact Angie - Phone: 207-356-5167 | Email: angie.reed [at] penobscotnation.org
BRYANNA VAUGHAN, WATER QUALITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR | BISHOP PAIUTE TRIBE, CALIFORNIA
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 have 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. BryAnna joined the TXG 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
DAROLD WALLICK, AIR QUALITY PROGRAM MANAGER | PALA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS, CALIFORNIA
Darold has been involved with tribal air quality monitoring since 2014. He transitioned over to environmental science with Pala after working many years in information systems and technical support. Pala's environmental department started the air quality monitoring program over 20 years ago. The location of tribal reservation is a hot spot for a few ambient air quality issues. Darold has made many needed changes and improvements to the program and continues to help the tribe expand it abilities to handle its AQI issues. He says after been introduced to this field of work and meeting all the wonderful people that helped him when he started, he feels in debt and enjoys paying it forward.
Contact Darold - Phone: 760.891.3540 | Email: dwallick [at] palatribe.com
The TXG is always looking for tribal professionals willing to dedicate their time and first-hand experiences to furthering their mission and promoting tribal involvement in the Exchange Network.
If you are interested in joining, complete and submit the Tribal Exchange Network Group (TXG) - Membership Request Form.
TRIBES AND THE EXCHANGE NETWORK
The purpose of the TXG is to promote tribal sovereignty by empowering tribes to make informed environmental decisions; facilitate access to training, resources, and tools for improving data management and exchange solutions; and communicate and collaborate with US EPA, EN, and EE partners to increase understanding of the unique tribal cultural values and environmental concerns. Review the TXG Charter.