824 111th Drive
Horton, KS 66439
Phone: (785) 486-2131
Fax: (785) 486-2801

Programs

KEO Personnel Contacts

Kickapoo Environmental Office
1107 Goldfinch Road
Horton, KS 66439

Phone: (785) 486-2601
Fax: (785) 486-2445

Nestoria Lopez-Wright, MA.Ed, MPH, Ph.Dc, CHES, CIC
Environmental Office Director
Phone: (785) 486-2601 x 103
kickapoo.nestor@gmail.com
Nestoria.wright@ktik-nsn.gov

 

Meet the EPA Team!!!

 

Nestoria L. Wright - Environmental Office Director EPA

Nestoria, completed her Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Management major in Health Services Organization and Policy (HSOP) and Psychology at Wichita State University, Master in Public Health (MPH) and Community Leadership Development at the University of Kansas and Wichita State University and a Ph.D. Public Health major in Epidemiology, at Walden University. She also completed her Bachelors’ Degree in Education and Master in Educational Administration and School Guidance and Counseling at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines. She joined Kickapoo Tribes in Kansas in April 2019. Prior to working at the  Kickapoo she has been employed at the US Air Force since 2011-Feburary of 2019.She also worked as an Epidemiologist and Health Planner at Shawnee County Health Department Topeka Kansas, where she served as an Emergency Preparedness and Community Outreach Epidemiologist since March 2004- August 2007.She taught Masters’ in Public Health Online Courses such as Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Introduction to Graduate Studies in Health Sciences, Social, Behavioral and Cultural Factors in Public Health, Healthcare Research Methods, Analysis and Utilization, Public Health Administration, Epidemiology, Fundamentals of Research in Healthcare Administration and MPH Practicum/Internship at Grand Canyon University, Andrew Taylor Still University, and National American University since August of 2008-December 2012. In 2013-2014 she served as a Lead Online Instructor Teaching Health Care Administration Classes: Health Care Statistics, Health Ethics, Health Care Organization and Supervision, Epidemiology, Health Care Social and Behavioral Theories at Concorde Career College. She looks forward to continue developing and promoting a comprehensive environmental protection programs for the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas that will protect the natural, cultural, and human resources.

Jessica Nicole Raley BS in Biology with a Concentration in Ecology
Environmental Specialist
Wetlands Program Coordinator

Jessica is a recent graduate from the University of Louisville where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Concentration in Ecology. After completing a research expedition in the Amazon rainforest Jessica began to fully understand her passion for science. Since then she has traveled across the US to further pursue research. These research projects have included testing biodiversity of bees, analyzing plant chemical defenses, and invasive species control. Her main interests are environmental science, conservation and population ecology. Jessica is a Kentucky native and has packed up her life (and dogs!) to move to the Sunflower State to be the new Wetlands Program Coordinator with the Kickapoo Environmental Office.

 

Chance Bentley, MS
Environmental Specialist
Air Quality Coordinator

Chance is an environmental specialist with a background working with climate modeling to develop adaptation strategies in agro-ecological settings. Chance’s works have been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals including Catena and the Journal of Hydrology. Chance completed his M.S. in Plant Science coursework from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (2018) and dual majored in Biology and Natural Resources and Environmental Studies for his B.S. at Kansas State University (2015). He is looking forward to assisting the Kickapoo tribe in maintaining healthy air conditions in both indoor air and ambient air settings.

 

Craig Wahwahsuck
Brownfields/Tribal Response

785-486-2601 ext. 104

 

My name is Craig Wahwahsuck Sr. and I recently joined the Kickapoo Environmental Office (KEO) as the new Brownfields/Tribal Emergency Response. Resident of the Kickapoo Reservation and a Kickapoo Tribal Member. Graduated Atchison High in Atchison, KS in 1993. Craig has 15 yrs. experience in the environmental field. Have worked for Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation as Supervisor Solid Waste/Wastewater programs and with the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas.

Brownfield sites are abandoned or underused properties where there may be environmental contamination. Redevelopment efforts are often hindered by the liability for the cleanup or the uncertainty of cleanup costs. Brownfield sites that aren’t cleaned up represent lost opportunities for economic development and for other community improvements. The previous brownfields employee left the program in good standings and we will continue proceeding forward with the program.



 

David Hebert, MS in Agronomy
Environmental Specialist
Water Quality Program Coordinator /Waste Water Management Manager

I first discovered my passion for plant and soil science when I worked at a nursery in Albuquerque, NM; David completed his Bachelor’s in Agronomy where he also interned as a Crop Consultant. Soon after, David finished his Masters in Agricultural Biology where he studied the intricacies of soil health, pathogen growth and host susceptibility. David has experience in Arboricultural research and hands-on application of pesticide technology. Being a biologist has made David realize that natural resources are amazing gifts to mankind and needs to be cherished.

Sonny Fee
Solid Waste Coordinator


Sonny is a lifelong resident of the Kickapoo Reservation and a Kickapoo tribal member who graduated from KNS in 1994 then went to Atchison Vo- tech for welding technology where he graduated in 1996.  Sonny worked for the Golden Eagle Casino in marketing and later in security for about a year. He has also worked for Kickapoo tribe Gaming commission. Sonny started working for the Kickapoo tribe Environmental Office in December 17, 2012. He started out in Solid waste and later moved to the Air program. He recently moved back to the solid waste program

 

Jon Goslin
Wastewater Technician

Jon is a jack-of-all-trades. Most relevantly, Computer Support Specialist, Electrician, Certified Drinking Water Distribution and Treatment Technician, as well as a Certified Septic Truck Operator, among other things... Prior to joining us at the KEO, Jon worked for 3 years at the Kickapoo Water Department as a Water Control Monitor. He’s built numerous 85’ luxury yachts as an Electrician, as well as Burial Vaults, Floating Concrete Docks for recreational use, and commercially used signs for businesses. He received his Associates Degree as an Electrician from Bellingham Technical College. Jon enjoys travelling and meeting new people. Germany, Ireland, Amsterdam and Mexico are just a few of the places he’s been. Kickapoo means he-moves-about, and Jon has been trying to live up to it.

 

Jason Thomas
Environmental Health Office (KEO) Liaison

Jason Thomas. Tribal Counsel Member Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas

He is a Kickapoo Tribe Environmental Health Office (KEO) Liaison

 

Dusty Brown

My name is Dusty Brown. I grew up here on the K-Rez. I started gardening as a hobby, then I had the opportunity to help Build and operate greenhouses for a small Olive oil company in Northern California. I have 8 Years of experience building and maintaining greenhouses. I am looking forward to getting our community garden operational and ready for the community.