2011 Volunteer Recognition
Take Pride in America®
Summer Youth Interns and Adult Volunteers meet with Senator Tom Udall in Washington. Left to right, back row: Kelsey Medina (intern), Damian Turner (adult volunteer), Autumn Fattón (intern), Judy Williams, Paula Breaux (adult volunteer), Senator Tom Udall, Kelsey Medina (intern), Paul Williams (BLM Archaeologist), Connor White (intern). Front: Katherine Wells (MPPP Chair), Janet MacKenzie (MPPP Project Coordinator) and Aamon Torrez (Intern)
addition to promoting public lands stewardship, Take Pride in America®
recognizes and honors outstanding volunteers through its annual national
awards ceremony. Individuals, groups, organizations, programs and
federal land managers are honored for their contributions to our public
lands and for their efforts in utilizing volunteers in creative and
The award is for the MPPP and BLM Summer Youth Intern Program which is
held annually for two weeks on Mesa Prieta. The 2011 event in June was
the program’s tenth anniversary. The concept for the Youth Program
originated with Katherine Wells, Project Founder and MPPP Chair.
Previous Project Coordinators Suzie Frazier and Beth Ann Sánchez were
important to the project’s early development. MPPP is a 501 (c) (3) organization.
July, five interns, Aileen Cruz (Ohkay Owingeh), Kelsey Medina (Ohkay
Owingeh), Connor White (Nambé Pueblo and Fairview, OK), Autumn Fattón
(Truchas), and Aamon Torrez (Fairview, NM) traveled with adult
volunteers to Washington to receive the Take Pride in America® award.
They also had the opportunity to visit several important national sites
during their five-day stay.
National Public Lands Day Volunteer of the Year Recipient
Dr. Richard Ford
The Volunteer of the Year Awards recognize five National Public Lands Day (NPLD) volunteers who showed exceptional dedication to service on NPLD and throughout 2011. These volunteers displayed an ethic of land stewardship and inspired those around them to be better volunteers themselves. NPLD is sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).
MPPP Volunteer Recognition Awards for 2011
Williams was presented with “The Big Bear” award in appreciation for
all he has done for the Summer Youth Intern Program and MPPP.
Williams was born and raised in CO, went to the University of the South
in Sewaunee, TN and the University of CO to study anthropology and work
at Mesa Verde National Park. In 1985 he received an MS in
anthropology from Northern Arizona University. Then he worked
everywhere - Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Montana - in museums, National
Forests and colleges.