MONTE VISTA — Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas announced today the arrival of Shoshana Cooper who will serve as the Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor. She is filling a four-month temporary assignment in Monte Vista behind Tom Malecek who retired in December 2019.
Cooper comes to the Rio Grande from the Idaho Panhandle National Forests where she has worked as the public affairs officer and Forest tribal liaison. Prior to these roles, she served as the executive assistant to the IPNF Forest Supervisor and Deputy Forest Supervisor. Cooper previously worked at the Curlew Job Corps Civilian Center in Washington State in a variety of roles. She co-coordinates an annual “lead from where you are” leadership program for the USDA Forest Service Northern Region.
“We are fortunate to have Shoshana take on this critical leadership role,” said Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas, who appointed Cooper. “The Forest will benefit from her diverse work background and experiences.”
Cooper added: “I’m eager to join the community and learn about the rich history of the San Luis Valley. I look forward to learning and understanding the cultural connections to this landscape and working with tribes and community partners to learn from each other to improve forest conditions.”
“I am enjoying the parenting journey, raising two boys ages 15 and 17, learning life’s lessons, hunting, hiking, mountain biking and working with my horse,” said Cooper. “I have heard wonderful things about the Rio Grande National Forest and its natural resources. I am excited to meet the employees and build relationships with the people that live and work in this area.”