Welcome Mariah Ashley to Our Team!

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Please join us in welcoming Mariah Ashley to the BMWC team! This week we hired Mariah as our Operations Manager. In this position she is responsible for improving the efficiency and productivity of BMWC’s operations, and therefore the overall performance of BMWC. She will develop and manage BMWC’s internal polices, practices and coordination, primarily working with BMWC’s staff and board. She will also manage BMWC’s general external dealings and communications, acting as a filter between potential partners and supporters and BMWC staff, programs, and projects.

Here is a little more from Mariah:

Ya’at’ééh shí Ké’ doo shí Diné’e. Shí éí Mariah Ashley yinishyé, Tsí’naa’jiní nishłí, Ta’néés’ahní bashischeen, Naakaii da shí’cheii, adóó Kin’ya’aani da shí’nalí. I am from Chichiltah, New Mexico, south of Gallup. I currently reside in Flagstaff, Arizona. I attended Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona and received an Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree in Environmental Science in 2013. I then transferred to Northern Arizona University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental science with a geology emphasis degree in May of 2016.

My previous experience includes the opportunity to intern with the United States Geological Survey collecting well measurement and water quality data on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations for the USGS Black Mesa Project. The goal of the project was to collect water table depth measurements to accurately display depletion of water from the Navajo Aquifer. I also interned with the City of Flagstaff where I learned how to monitor residential water consumption and helped with the City of Flagstaff Water Conservation Initiative. Furthermore, I interned with the Navajo Nation Water Management Branch (WMB) in Ft. Defiance, Arizona; evaluating drought conditions across the Navajo Nation utilizing in-situ rain gauge information collected by the branch and GIS applications. I also have experience working in a Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics Lab analyzing remote sensing images and GIS interpretation.

Currently, as the Operations Manager for the Black Mesa Water Coalition, I hope to gain valuable insight within the Non-profit sector as well as a desire to help my community. I also aspire to attend graduate school at Colorado State University to study hydrology and environmental policy. I would like to stress the importance of cultural significance and environmental sustainability because I believe that incorporating indigenous cultural knowledge with western scientific methods is key to combating today’s environmental issues.