Meet the Environmental Services Program Staff
Daugherty A. Johnson, III
Environmental Services Manager
Aanii. Daugherty ndizhinigaaz, Waganakising Anishinaabek ndaaw.
Hello. My name is Daugherty, I am Waganakising Odawak (LTBB Citizen).
I graduated from Michigan State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Development. I’ve spent my career working towards the wise use of our natural resources. I began this journey as a wastewater treatment operator for the City of Flint in 1991. During my 25 years of service I had the satisfaction of cleaning millions of gallons of water and returning it to a healthy ecosystem. I increased my involvement and knowledge and was given the task of directing all water, sewer and environmental operations of the City. I feel blessed to now have the opportunity to return to this land and do my part to protect it.
I served our Tribe on the Natural Resource Commission for 13 years during which time we increased the size, expertise and overall capacity of our Natural Resources Department and strengthened our Treaty rights for the benefit of our Citizens and the environment. The protection of our natural resources has been a driving force in my life and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve our membership and Ishkakimikwe (Mother Earth).
Ever since I was a young child I’ve cherished the time spent in the forests, lakes, rivers and streams throughout our lands. Now with the support of a great team of environmental professionals and a strong Tribal government I can do my part to protect and enhance these great gifts for the next seven generations.
Water Quality Specialist
I began my love of water at my family’s centennial farm near Manistee, MI. Playing in streams, ponds, fields, swamps, and forests throughout my childhood led me to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies and Agriscience at Michigan State University. I started out at LTBB as an intern in the Environmental Services Department while still in college. Soon after earning my degree in 2011, I came back to the tribe as a Water Quality Technician. After completing four years as the technician doing surface water quality monitoring on northern Michigan lakes and rivers, chemical analysis, watershed assessment and management, macroinvertebrate identification, wetland plant identification, and educational outreach, I moved to the Great Lakes Policy Specialist position for a short time. I am now the Water Quality Specialist where I run the Surface Water Protection Program and continue the monitoring and assessment of surface water.
One of my greatest passions at work is educational outreach. I and my colleagues conduct hands-on demonstrations of our work at many youth and community events throughout the year. I continue this work in my spare time as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for Raven Hill Discovery Center in East Jordan.
When not at work, I am known as an excellent cook and baker, my friends dubbing my kitchen “Caroline’s Bistro.” Being 10 minutes away from two ski resorts, I have become an avid skier and have recently taken up fishing. I look forward to owning my own boat someday.
I am originally from Boyne Falls and grew up enjoying the outdoors of northern Michigan. An interest in the natural environment led me to Northern Michigan University where I received a B.S. degree in Environmental Conservation. I have worked as an environmental technician, a native plants coordinator for Otsego Conservation District, and with various conservation projects focusing on sockeye salmon for Cook Inlet Aquaculture in Alaska. In 2013 I started working with the LTBB Environmental Services Program. Now I work mainly with air quality and climate change adaptation projects. An interest in Native American culture and the importance placed on conservation by LTBB makes me happy to be working for the Tribe. In my spare time, I enjoy fishing, hunting, camping, and generally enjoying the outdoors with my wife, Paula.
Aanii, Krystal Kiogima, ndizhnikaaz, Mkwa ndodem, Biidaasige ndoojibaa, odawa-chipperwa-bodewademi ndaaw.
Hi/hello, my name is Krystal Kiogima, My clan is Bear, I am from Petoskey Michigan, and I am Odawa, Chippewa, & Pottawatomi.
I was born here in Petoskey, and moved to Lansing Michigan when I was very young. I returned home to Petoskey in 1997. I have been raised through my Anishinabek culture and one of the biggest cultural beliefs is taking care of Mother Earth for the next 7 generations. How I was raised plays a huge role in my pursing a Bachelors in Natural Resources management at Central Michigan University in 2007. Summer of 2008 I interned with LTBB Environmental Services Program and fell in love with the work. I assisted the Water quality crew and the wetlands specialist in monitoring several of the water bodies and wetlands. Now as the Environmental Assistant I help with the recycling program, composting & POD (Prescription & Over-the-counter Drug drop-off) workgroup.
I love what I do and the impact it has on the environment, from simply recycling to composting, the smallest things can have a huge impact on the environment, so do what you can, we only have one Earth. Miigwetch.
Water Quality Technician
I am a native of Harbor Springs and a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. I attended Lake Superior State University and graduated in 2012 with my bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology. For the summer 2015 season, I served as the Youth Conservation Corps Leader with LTBB. We were able to start some new wildlife projects and continue working on past projects that educated the youth and aided NRD programs. I enjoy all water activities, hiking, growing and braiding sweetgrass, making birch bark crafts, and bird hunting with my two Brittanys. My husband and I have one son that loves being outside as much as we do! I am grateful to be able to work in an area I love and protect our environment.
Great Lakes Policy Specialist
I was born in Petoskey, Michigan and grew up playing in and learning from the surrounding lakes, rivers and forests through skiing, hiking, and boating. After high school, I left Lake Michigan to attend college at Northern Michigan University. While enjoying the Lake Superior ecosystems, I earned a Bachelor’s of Science with Majors in Outdoor Recreation, Leadership and Management, and Psychology. I spent the next ten years working with and learning from various agencies and companies around the country in the Outdoor and Environmental Education field. During that time, I also earned a Master’s of Science from Antioch University New England in Environmental Studies with a secondary science teacher certification. Most recently, I taught Earth and Environmental Science at an alternative school in downtown Denver, Colorado. While I greatly appreciated the opportunity to see and learn about so many places, I always considered Northern Michigan to be my home, and I missed being around water.
I am excited to now apply everything I learned to help protect the lakes I grew to care so much about!
Environmental Response Specialist
Aanii. Traven ndizhnikaaz. Waabizhiish ndodem. Baawating Ojibwe ndodabendaagwaz. My name is Traven Michaels, I am of the Marten clan, I am Ojibwe and I am from Petoskey. I graduated from Central Michigan University in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science. My specific degree was a double major in Environmental Science and Land Use Planning. I am currently the Environmental Response Specialist with LTBB, which puts me in charge of the brownfields and emergency response program. I have lived in this area for most of my life and have a deep connection to the land, water, wildlife and people of Northwestern Michigan. I am actively passionate about protecting our environment and unique natural resources both on and off the job. During my free time I enjoy disc golfing, playing and writing music, camping, geocaching, kayaking and spending time with friends, family and my girlfriend Amber. I am beyond grateful to be able to apply my skills to ensure that our beautiful home is here for the next seven generations to enjoy.