Kaw Nation Environmental Department Staff
Meet the individuals listed below that protect the environment for you and all Kaw tribal land.
|KNED Director – Dejene Alemayehu Ph.D.
Dr. Alemayehu has been with the Kaw Nation since 1998. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Plant Science from Alemaya University, Ethopia in 1982, a Masters Degree in Agronomy from OSU in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from OSU in 2000. During his time with Kaw Nation he has expanded the role of the Environmental Department to cover programs to help protect the environment and to help more tribal members.
|Kayla Calhoun – Environmental Assistant
Kayla Calhoun was born and raised in Ponca City. She has a husband named Daniel to whom she’s been married for almost three years. Kayla has a beautiful two-year-old son named Carter. Last year, Kayla attended Pioneer Technology Center for a certification in medical assistance.
“I was thrilled to be hired as the environmental administrative assistant for Kaw Nation,” said Kayla.
|Francine Hackett – Environmental Technician
In her spare time, she enjoys fishing.
|Toby Lavers – Recycling Technician
Toby Lavers, a Kaw tribal member, joined KNED in January 2014. He worked six months for River Ridge Construction before becoming KNED’s recycling technician. He’s a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Afghanistan war.
In his spare time, Lavers enjoys hunting.
Cody Wingo is currently studying process technology at Northern Oklahoma College. He interned for the Kaw Nation Environmental Department in the summer of 2013.