Office of Natural Resources

 

Main Office

Transportation Building
1840 Painttown Road
PO Box 1747
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-359-6110

Tribal Hatchery

954 Straight Fork Road
PO Box 1747
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-497-5520

Tribal Greenhouse

2429 Goose Creek Road
PO Box 1747
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-359-0256

Wastewater Treatment
Water Quality Laboratory

2000 Old #4 Road
PO Box 1747
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-359-6777

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Staff Directory

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NATURAL RESOURCES

Michael LaVoie


Michael LaVoie

Natural Resource Manager
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
828-359-6113
michlavo@nc-cherokee.com

Mike has approximately 15 years experience working in the field of natural resource management.  He was initially employed as a Biologist with the EBCI in 2007 and today, serves a the EBCI Natural Resources Manager.  Mike was born and raised in western New York and has resided in North Carolina since his graduation with a BS in Biology from Wake Forest University in 1999.  He received his MS in Biology from Western Carolina University (2006) with a focus on fisheries and aquatic ecology.  Prior to his tenure with the EBCI, Mike worked for a variety of agencies and Tribal organization on conservation projects in the southern US, New York, and Alaska.  He currently serves a the Vice President of the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society.  In his free time, Mike enjoys traveling and spending time in the outdoors with his family and friends.

Brittany Mathis

Brittany Mathis
Fiscal Grants Coordinator
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
828-359-6112
britwats@nc-cherokee.com

Brittany graduated Western Carolina University with a BSBA in Business Law.  She started working with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Fisheries and Wildlife Management in 2013 as the Program Coordinator.  In 2016 she assumed her current position.

 

Paula Price

Paula Price
Natural Resources Program Coordinator
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
828-359-6110 (P) | 828-359-0256 (F)
paprice@nc-cherokee.com

Paula attended Montreat College in North Carolina earning a degree in Business Management. She brings with her 33+ years’ experience working in public and administrative services and works closely with all the Natural Resources Program staff coordinating and/or assisting with varied program, community and outreach events. She is also the primary coordinator for the EBCI Tribal fishing tournaments held on the Qualla Boundary each year.

 

FISH & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

Dr. Caleb Hickman

Caleb Hickman, Phd
Supervisory Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist
828-359-6109 (P)
828-359-0255 (F)
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
calehick@nc-cherokee.com

Caleb supervises the research and management of fish and wildlife as a tribal resource and for regulatory needs.

 

Nicholas Reed

Nicholas Allen Reed
Biological Science Technician
828-359-6107 (P)
828-359-0255 (F)
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
nickreed@nc-cherokee.com

Nicholas is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and currently resides in the Wolftown Community with his son Kaeson. Nicholas has been employed with the Fisheries and Wildlife Department since August of 2016. In 2011 he graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University with a B.S in Environmental Science with a focus in Ecology. Nicholas brings work experience from a variety of places including BIA Forestry, National Park Service (Cheoah Ranger District), and EBCI Office of Environment and Natural Resources. FYI he is also a avid fan of Tar Heel Basketball and University of Southern California Football .

 

Doug Reed II

Doug Reed II
Hatchery Supervisor
828-497-5520 (P)
828-497-3940 (F)
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
dougreed@nc-cherokee.com

Doug has been employed by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians since 2000. He currently holds the position of Cherokee Tribal Hatchery Supervisor.

 

Dallas Bradley

Dallas Bradley
Biological Science Technician
828-359-0256 (P)
828-359-0256 (F)
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28779
dallbrad@nc-cherokee.com

Dallas has been employed with the Natural Resources Program since August 2011.  He grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho where his fondness for the outdoors was natured by weekends in Yellowstone National Park.  After moving to North Carolina, Dallas attended Haywood Community College and studied Fisheries and Wildlife.

During his off duty time, he enjoys spending time with his wife traveling bak to the Rockies and enjoying the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.

 

David Rowland II

David Rowland II
Fish Culturist
Tribal Hatchery
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
828-497-5520
davirowl@nc-cherokee.com

David is AKA (also known as) Gravy.  He has a BS in Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences from North Carolina State University.  Born in The Birdtown Community, he has been employed with the Tribal Hatchery since 2014.  David is also a ‘World Class’ outdoorsman! Happily married to Jennifer Oskins and proud father to daughter California Carolina Rowena Rowland.

 

Josh Parris

Josh Parris
Lead Wildlife Biologist
828-359-6108
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
joshparr@nc-cherokee.com

Josh holds a Bachelors degree in Education, post graduate certificate in GIS, and both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology. He has worked with a variety of terrestrial wildlife species focused mainly on wildlife capture and sampling. Josh’s primary responsibilities include wildlife damage management, wild-life habitat management, and coordinating field sampling. He resides in Waynesville with his wife Ngaire and son Tayler.

 

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

Gary Sneed

Gary Sneed
Environmental Regulatory Specialist
828-359-6119 (P)
828-359-0255 (F)
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
garysnee@nc-cherokee.com

Erosion Control Inspections, House Site Inspections, Commercial Site Inspections, Underground Storage Tank Inspections, USACE 404 Permit, T&E Species Habitat Assessments, Hazardous Material Assessments, Certified Floodplain Manager.

 

Derek Tahquette

John Derek Tahquette
Environmental Compliance Specialist
828-359-6118 (P)
828-736-8931 (C)
828-359-0255 (F)
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
johntahq@nc-cherokee.com

John Derek Tahquette is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and resides in the Wolftown Community with his wife and son. He has been employed as the environmental compliance specialist for the Natural Resource Program since December of 2016. He received his bachelors in Natural Resource Conservation and Management from Western Carolina University in 2012. The focus of his college education was soil and water conservation, which is where much of his work is focused. He performs soil erosion inspection on many of the commercial construction projects on the boundary. He enjoys fishing and spending time with family and friends in his spare time.

 

AIR QUALITY

Katie Tiger

Katie Tiger
Air Quality Program Supervisor
828-359-6115 (p)
828-359-0255 (f)
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
katerenw@nc-cherokee.com

Katie has worked in the Air Quality Office for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians since 2008. Katie was born and raised on a farm in northern California. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Haskell Indian Nations University (2007) with a focus in biology. In her free time, Katie enjoys grocery shopping, walking her dogs and spending time with her family.

 

Amy Smoker

Amy Smoker
Air Quality Specialist
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
828-359-6114
amysmok@nc-cherokee.com

Amy is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She graduated from Western Carolina University with a B.S. in Chemistry (2005). In 2001, she started her career with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians working at the Cherokee Pharmacy as an intern. In 2008, she transitioned into the Natural Resources Program as an Environmental Technician for the Air Quality Office. In 2017 she assumed her current position. In her free time she likes spending time with her family and going to watch her son play sports.

 

HORTICULTURE & WATERSHED MANAGEMENT

Aaron Ducker

Aaron Ducker
Environmental Aquatic Specialist
828-788-1802 (P)
Tribal Greenhouse & Nursery
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
aaroduck@nc-cherokee.com

Aaron is from Buncombe County, North Carolina. He attended Haywood Community College and received his Associates degree in Fish and Wildlife Management Technologies. From there he went and received his B.S. degree in Environmental Studies from Brevard College.  Aaron is responsible for the Hydro-Met stations within the Tribal Boundaries. These stations monitor different water quality parameters. Aaron has worked in aquatics and fisheries management for over six years. Aaron is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys playing bluegrass music as one of his hobbies.

 

David Anderson

David Anderson
Environmental Horticulture Specialist
828-359-6099 (P)
Tribal Greenhouse
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
daviande@nc-cherokee.com

David attended North Carolina State University where he received his Bachelor’s in Horticulture Science, his minor in Crop Science, and had a special emphasis in Soil Science. David has worked in the fruit and vegetable industry most of his life. He resides in the Big Cove Community and is a traditional Cherokee ball player. Some refer to David as “The Greatest Show On Earth”. He is also an accomplished trout fisherman.

 

WATER QUALITY LABORATORY | WASTEWATER TREATMENT

Michael Bolt

Michael Bolt
Manager of Tribal Environmental Laboratory
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
828-359-6772
michbolt@nc-cherokee.com

Michael has 18 years experience in EBCI water quality section. He is the Water Laboratory Manager, the 401 Water Quality Certification Program Administrator and Project Officer for Tribal Wetlands Program Development.
He is responsible for Tribal Surface Water Quality Standards Monitoring & Assessment, and Tribal point source discharge NPDES monitoring compliance data generation for federal reporting.   Michael is also the Chairperson of the United South & Eastern Tribes Natural Resources Committee,  Vice Chairperson of the National Tribal Water Council and National Tribal representative for the State Onsite Regulators Association.

 

 

Heather Gregory

Heather Gregory
Environmental Laboratory Technician
828-359-6777 (P)
Cherokee Wastewater Treatment Plant
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
heatgreg@nc-cherokee.com

Heather Gregory works with water quality issues that affect the Tribe in addition to providing community outreach and education.  Her biggest passion is working with the environment. She graduated from Western Carolina University in 2008 with a BS degree in Geology, and attended graduate school at Coastal Carolina University. She started her job with the Tribe in 2012.

 

FORESTRY

Tommy Cabe

Tommy Cabe
Tribal Forest Resource Specialist
PO Box 1747, Cherokee, NC 28719
828-359-6225
tommcabe@nc-cherokee.com

Tommy is a Tribal member from the Bird Town Community.  He is a senior employee to the newly evolved Agricultural & Natural Resource Department. He studied environmental & natural sciences at several higher education institutions before discovering his interest in forestry. During his completion of the forestry program at Haywood Community College in 2000, he was employed by the EBCI Environmental Department as an Air Quality Technician where he had field and technical responsibilities. He later advanced to the evolving Water Quality Program as the Non-Point Source Coordinator, where he managed several projects on Tribal lands to minimize pollution in the Tribal watersheds. Tommy then became the Tribal Environmental Planner. In this position, he oversaw both the Air Quality Program and the Non-Point Source program.

In 2005 he became the Tribal Forest Resource Specialist where he is responsible for Forest Management Plan Development on the Trust Lands and on the forested Tribal acres. Cabe serves as a liaison in the “agency to agency” relationships with the USFS and the NPS for collaboration on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and traditional gathering of certain resources within these adjacent landscapes. He represents the Tribe locally and nationally on natural resource issues that impact Indian country both positive and negatively. Tommy is an avid outdoorsman who thoroughly enjoys hunting, fishing, and hiking. In doing so he is constantly aware of traditional ceremonies that need to be practiced for a more definitive connection to the land.
One of his favorite quotes is:
“Bear in mind that every oak tree started out as a nut that stood its ground”