1-208-843-7368

Staff

(208) 843-9218
Ken P. Clark
208-843-7368, ext. 3903
Director
Ken is the Director of the Nez Perce Tribe's Water Resources Division. He is responsible for overseeing and providing day-to-day management for all programs within the Division. Before becoming Director, Ken worked as the Water Quality Program Coordinator for the Water Resources Division, overseeing the Surface Water Quality Program, the Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Program, and the Wetlands Program. He has worked for the Tribe since 2010. Before joining the Tribe, he spent nine years as a water quality analyst for the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts (IASCD), developing and implementing water quality monitoring projects throughout north-central Idaho. Before that he worked for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, conducting riparian surveys. Ken has a Professional Science Master's (P.S.M.) degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Idaho, with an emphasis in Water Resources Management. He also received his Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) from the University of Idaho in Environmental Science.
Roberto Lopez (aka Tote)
(208) 843-9218
wastewater treatment plant operator
Roberto (aka Tote) will be the back-up wastewater treatment plant operator. He has a level 2 wastewater operation license certification from the state and a level 1 water certification from the state. He has worked in the Lapwai region for most of his life, primarily with water and wastewater systems, for the City of Lapwai and for the Nez Perce Tribal Housing Authority. Tote is very mechanically inclined and pays close attention to detail. He is working toward the experience to achieve a level 3 wastewater operation license, as the back-up operator of the highly technical Lapwai Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Casey McCormack
(208) 843-7368 Ex. 3883
Water Technician III
Casey has worked for the Nez Perce Tribe since 1997. He worked for the Fisheries Department’s Spring Chinook M&E program in Orofino from 1997 until March of 2006 when he came on board the Water Resources Team. Working with the 106 and 319 programs, Casey is in charge of field operations including water sampling and habitat restoration. Casey enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, rafting, cooking and spending time with his family.
Marcus Oatman Jr.
(208) 843-9218 Ex. 3894
After working in area sawmills for 35 years, Marcus joined the Water Resources team as a seasonal employee in 2007. He became a permanent technician in 2008 helping out the 106 and 319 programs. Changing careers was quite a challenge for Marcus, but his progress with learning to use a computer and process data has been excellent. Outdoor field-work is what Marcus enjoys the most. Marcus is the father of five children and has thirteen grandchildren. Marcus enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, and spending time with his family; especially watching his grandchildren play sports.
Jon Paisano
(208) 843-9218 Ex. 3892
Waste Water Technician
Jon has been married to his beautiful wife for five years and they have two children. He is a Nez Perce Tribal member and has worked in the Water Resources Division for 15 years and for the Nez Perce Tribe for 18 years. He is currently an Waste Water/ Water Operator in the Utility Department.
Chris Porter
(208) 843-7368 Ex 3884
Administrative Secretary
Chris began working with the Nez Perce Tribe in 1977 in various secretarial jobs; in 1986 she accepted the offer to work for the Water Resources Division as Secretary. She provides assistance to the Director and other management level positions regarding a variety of administrative tasks that support the division’s overall goals and objectives. Provides direct support to the Director regarding all aspects of the division functions. She is the mother to Adam and grandmother to Jaydan, Alexya and Mariah. Her hobbies include anything to do with her grandkids and music.
Melvin Rickman
(208) 843-7368
Recycling
Melvin works under utilities in multiple tasks assisting with the operations and maintenance of the water and wastewater systems, ground maintenance, and solid waste. Melvin has worked for the Water Resources Division since 2007. His professional career consists of management, security, and tractor operation. He is a family man.
Errol Robinson
Errol assists operators in the operation and maintenance of water/wastewater systems and the waste diversion operations in Kamiah. He has previous knowledge of water and wastewater operation from the military, works well with tools, and is willing to learn. He is a family man.
Jason Vangen
(208) 843-9218
Utilities Coordinator
Jason is the main operator at the Lapwai Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. Schooling was from St. Cloud, Minnesota with a focus on water and wastewater, graduated in 1994 with a two-year degree. Jason currently is certified as a Level 3 operator for water and wastewater. Jason has also had training in inspection courses with EPA, NPDES permit writing courses and keeping current with the operator courses. He is a family man, loves motorcycles, and enjoys hunting.
Kevin Brackney
(208) 843-7368 Ex 3893
Groundwater Program Leader
Kevin has an MS in Hydrology from the University of Idaho, Moscow (1992) and a BS in Geology from Ft Lewis College, Durango, Colorado (1978). He is an Idaho Registered Professional Geologist and a practicing hydrogeologist with research and consulting experience in the remediation of organic chemicals in groundwater. He believes that it is easier to prevent contamination than it is to clean up contaminated groundwater. The Nez Perce Tribe has excellent water quality with strong linkages between groundwater and surface water. The beautiful Clearwater River flows through the Reservation and supports ocean runs of salmon and steelhead, which are the lifeblood of the Nez Perce Tribe and the Pacific Northwest. He particularly likes the work with the UST program, because its primary objective is to protect human health and the environment.
Judy Goodson
(208) 843-7368 Ex 3888
GIS Specialist