I am 36 years old. I was born and raised on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation. I am a proud member of the LCO Tribe and always do what I can to help my community. I am currently enrolled in classes at Moraine Park Technical College working to obtain my Associates Degree in Water Quality Technologies.
One of the best things about being an LCO Tribal member is the cultural activities that I get to be a part of. Some of my culture activities include attending pow wows, wild ricing, hunting and gathering, and harvesting spring walleye. Along with my cultural activities I also have a handful of hobbies such as playing chess, and playing card games. My main hobby is baseball, I enjoy playing baseball, attending baseball games, and helping my sons improve their baseball skills.
I was previously employed through the LCO Tribal Government at the LCO Public Works office as the Lead Water Operator. I had been working in this field for 15 years. Some of my job duties included taking water samples, sending those samples to be tested, keep the Waste Water Treatment facility running smoothly, and many other tasks. With the help of the Indian Health Services I have obtained my Municipal Water Works Operator Certification, Qualified as Distribution Grade 1 and Ground Water Grade 1.
OTMN/NN Circuit Rider Technical Assistance
Wisconsin Rural Water Association works with systems that are Other Than Municipal (OTM), and Non-Transient /Non-Community (NN).
OTM/NN water systems are regulation by the Department of Natural Resources in order to ensure that they provide clean, safe drinking water. Wisconsin Rural Water’s OTM/NN program offers on-site visits to help water operators with samples, reports, treatments, water conservation and training. WRWA Circuit Riders work alongside system personnel to train operators how to correct a problem rather than simply fixing it for them. Each year our OTM/NN Circuit Riders make over 1,000 on-site visits to communities in the state. It is a priority of WRWA water programs to provide high quality drinking water for WI residents therefore this assistance is provided at no charge to the systems and communities they serve.