American Indian Alaska Native and Asian American Pacific Islander SEPMs
join together for training at the joint employee association meeting.
A panel consisting of state conservationists answers questions and
listen to state SEPMs stories during the training.
American Indian Alaska Native (AI/AN) and Asian American Pacific
Islander (AA/PI) Special Emphasis Program Managers (SEPM) from across
the nation received training recently in Spokane, Washington.
National SEPMs Carol Crouch (AI/AN) and Angel Biggs (AA/PI) assisted in
the training that was conducted during the joint American Indian Alaska
Native Employees Association (AIANEA) and the Asian Pacific Islander
Organization (APIO) conference.
The SEPM training covered subjects such as: roles and responsibilities
of the SEPM; DN-714; developing a business plan; budget & reporting; and
Nearly 57 SEPMs, that attended the conference, shared personal
experiences as well as success stories within their states. A panel of
state conservationists answered questions and listened to SEPM issues
and/ or concerns.
Both Crouch and Biggs are district conservationists from Oklahoma and
Vermont, respectively. The state conservationist panel included Ed
Burton (California); Roylene Rides at the Door (Rhode Island); JR Flores
(North Dakota); Joyce Swartzendruber (Maine); Terry Cosby (Ohio); and,
Larry Yamamoto (Director, PIA). Melanie Oliver, Oklahoma Civil Rights
Committee American Indian Alaska Native SEPM assisted with the training.