As PED’s director and THPO, Shasta oversees the operation of the entire department. Her job is to make sure that Pala’s environment, both natural and cultural, is protected. She keeps the Executive Committee informed, and she works with legal and environmental partners on issues of importance to Pala, including the fight to stop the Gregory Canyon Landfill. She also ensures a continuous source of funding for the department through grants and partnerships.
Irene provides administrative support to the Pala Environmental Director and department staff. She is responsible for accounting and record keeping for the Environmental Department; Transfer Station; USEPA and THPO Grant programs, and for keeping the office running smoothly. Irene is the person to call if you have questions for the Environmental Department. She can direct you to the right person.
Water Resource Specialist
Heidi’s main duties include reducing potential pollutants from entering our waters, pulling both surface and groundwater samples to check water quality, working with Pala Utilities to ensure the safest possible drinking water for our community, tracking stormwater/flooding damages, helping the community implement water conservation techniques, and working with our tribal youth on various environmental initiatives.
You can learn more about the Pala Water Program here.
Darold’s main job duties include operating and maintaining both of Pala’s air monitoring stations, managing the air quality database and developing and updating air quality project plans and standard operating procedures. He is also responsible for developing Pala’s Air Quality Index (AQI) and conducting all Indoor Air Quality Assessments (IAQA).
Learn more about the Pala Air Program here.
Alexis attends to the daily operation of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office by responding to requests for cultural consultation. She researches projects to see if they will affect any of Pala’s traditional lands, sacred sites, and cultural areas. She also manages our database of archaeological sites and historical documents and attends trainings and meetings to stay up to date on projects that are important to Pala.
Learn more about the THPO program here.
Kurt’s duties include surveying and reporting on endangered species, mapping wildlife movement corridors, mapping vegetation, educational outreach, and general wildlife studies. He’s the person to call if you have questions or concerns about Pala’s animals and plants. Kurt’s position is currently funded by a grant from the USFWS for the creation of a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).
Learn more about Kurt’s work with wildlife here.