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Special Emphasis Employment Programs

The Mission of Special Emphasis Programs is to provide guidance to the Agency concerning equal employment opportunity for all personnel, in personnel management policies and practices, as well as in NRCS sponsored programs and activities. In Missouri, the Special Emphasis Program Manager's (SEPMs) are available to provide help and guidance to employees concerning employment issues, equal employment opportunities and civil rights, and also outreach and assistance to agency customers.


Asian American/Pacific Islander Emphasis Program
Program Manager: Lydia VerBrugge (573) 876-9322

Black Emphasis Program
Program Manager: Garrielle Stephens (816) 431-2101

Disability Emphasis Program
Program Manager: Curtis Hoeft (636) 922-2833, ext. 3

Veterans Emphasis Program
Program Manager: Gorman Bennett (417) 745-6613 ext. 3

Federal Women's Program
Program Manager: April Wilson (417) 683-4212

Hispanic Emphasis Program
Program Manager: Ramon Salazar (660) 582-7125 ext. 3

American Indian/Alaska Native
Program Manager: Nathan Witt (417) 451-1007 ext. 3

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender
Program Manager: Nancy Walker (573) 748-5245 ext. 3

Special Emphasis Observances

Month Observance
February Black History Month
March Women's History Month
April Earth Team Volunteer
May Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
June Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Month
September Hispanic Heritage Month
October National Disability Awareness Month
November American Indian Heritage Month