Shawn Muir joined Twenty-Nine Palms Tribal Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 as an Environmental Scientist. Her science background and laboratory experience were utilized to expand on the capabilities of the Tribe’s in-house analytical laboratory. After executing a superfund research and development project in coordination with UC San Diego, she focused on operating the Tribal environmental programs including water pollution prevention, nonpoint source, groundwater, solid and hazardous waste management, food safety, endangered species, public health and Brownfields. Her daily work ranges broadly from data analysis and compliance reporting, to environmental planning,project management, grant writing, and program development. As the current Environmental Coordinator for the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, Mrs. Muir coordinates Tribal environmental efforts with multiple federal, state, and local agencies to protect human and environmental health on the Reservation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and is a Certified Groundwater Monitoring Specialist.
Levi Anderson is an Environmental Specialist and Lab Manager for the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians Tribal EPA.He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science and is a Certified Groundwater Monitoring Specialist. Levi is primarily responsible for executing the Tribal EPA’s water programs that operate under Section 106 and Section 319 of the U.S. Clean Water Act.These programs involve regular monitoring of the Tribe’s surface water and groundwater resources for the prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. Levi conducts water sampling events and performs laboratory analysis of water samples to achieve these goals.Additionally, he is responsible for the regular maintenance and operation of 29 Palms Laboratory, an analytical laboratory owned and operated by the Tribe.
Marco Perez is a Coachella Valley native and resident for over 40 years. He joined the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians as an Environmental Technician in 2015. His current duties include:implementing environmental monitoring programs through collection of soil, surface and groundwater samples;reducing fire hazards and maintaining wildlife habitat through vegetation management;developing maps using GIS and GPS data in ESRI ArcMap to facilitate environmental projects; evaluating and tracking potential brownfield sites using aerial photography, public environmental records, and database management;improving and expanding solid waste, recycling and alternative waste initiatives to provide Tribal members and staff cost-effective, environmentally sound and safe solid waste management services; and conducting environmental education, outreach, and awareness through public engagement.
Mike Reyes is the Tribal Emergency Response / Safety Manager for the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians.He began his career in law enforcement as a Correctional Corporal with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in California, where he was responsible for training of officers, managing inmates, supervising staff and being a lead in emergency preparedness and evacuation drills.Mr. Reyes currently manages the Tribal Emergency Response and Safety programs for the Tribe’s 400-acre Reservation. His daily activities involve emergency planning, writing and administering emergency preparedness grants, and overseeing disaster recovery and mitigation efforts.
Jose Luis Uribe is an Environmental Air Technician for the Twenty Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, certified by the American Chemical Society. His primary role with the Tribal EPA is the development and maintenance of the Tribal Air Monitoring Station. Air quality data is continuously collected and verified to enable the Tribe to make informed air quality management decisions in the interest of public health and the environment.