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Colleen Thomas Selected to Lead Planning & Infrastructure Department

Jul 1, 2019

AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) is pleased to announce that Colleen Thomas has been selected as the Tribe’s Planning and Infrastructure Department Director. Colleen’s selection follows the retirement of Ernie Thompson on Monday, Ohiarihkó:wa/July 1, 2019 after more than 20-years guiding the development and completion of the Tribe’s assorted construction and capital improvement projects.

“I thank my colleagues and co-workers for their support and look forward to the opportunity to continue working in cooperation to realize our community’s development and infrastructure needs,” said new Planning & Infrastructure Director Colleen Thomas. She added, “It is an honor to be selected to lead a team of focused and devoted individuals who are committed to building a stronger community through various tribal construction projects.”

For the past six years, Thomas served as the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Capital Projects Manager where she helped coordinate and oversee multiple construction projects; including the Ionkwakiohkwaróron Tribal Administration Building, Margaret Terrance Memorial Way Road Extension, Health Services Expansion and Renovation Project, and a new Tribal Construction Building, among other projects. She has been instrumental in impelling the Tribe towards energy efficiency and sustainability. Some of her prior work experience also includes Construction Manager and Architectural Design Supervisor for the Tribe, as well as Project Manager for the Powell Design Group based in Orlando, Florida.

“Colleen is a high-caliber leader who possesses the managerial skills, strategic vision and proven experience to develop, implement and administer various infrastructure and construction projects,” shared Tribal Executive Director Tsiorasa Barreiro.

As the new Planning and Infrastructure Director, Thomas will provide her management skills and work expertise in overseeing the strategic planning of tribal construction projects in meeting the ongoing growth of the Akwesasne community. She will provide leadership and oversight to the Tribe’s Planning and Infrastructure Programs in the areas of Public Works, Capital Projects and Construction.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Planning and Infrastructure Department is located at 2817 State Route 37 in Akwesasne, New York and can reached at (518) 358-4205, or stop by their office between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for assistance.

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The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is the duly elected and federally recognized government of the Saint Regis Mohawk People