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Winners Bios

Kerry Whitford has over 18 years of experience in environmental and water resource strategic planning, project management and policy development. She is currently Reclamation’s EMS and Sustainable Building Program Coordinator. Previously, Ms. Whitford was Reclamation’s lead strategic planner and EPA Region 8’s State Assistance Program Manager where she negotiated EPA/State/Tribe partnership agreements and represented Region 8 on Colorado’s Pollution Prevention Partnership. Ms. Whitford earned her B.A. in Environmental Conservation at the University of Colorado and an MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Joe DiVittorio is Reclamation’s Invasive Species Program Coordinator. He holds an MS degree in Plant and Soil Science. Previously, Joe was the Applied Biology Program Manager in the U.S. Navy’s Northwest Region. Before that, he was a biologist at Naval Air Station, Point Mugu CA. Joe began federal service as a forest firefighter and range conservationist with the U.S. Forest Service. He was raised on the family’s cattle ranch in northern California. Joe has recently coauthored an Equipment Inspection and Cleaning Manual to limit the spread of invasive species from contaminated equipment, and helped prepare the multi-agency Quagga-Zebra Mussel Action Plan.

Michael Cunanan has been working for the US FWS Arcata Field Office since 2001. Currently, Michael is a Database Manager for the Klamath Basin Strategic Habitat Conservation team developing database tools to support an adaptive management strategy for landscape conservation, research, restoration, and monitoring.

 


U.S. Department of the Interior

Greening of the Interior

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