New deputy forest supervisor for the Lake Tahoe Basin |

New deputy forest supervisor for the Lake Tahoe Basin

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announced that Joel T. Suenkel has been selected as the new deputy forest supervisor for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Originally from Wisconsin, Suenkel recently returned from Germany after a 30-year career with the U.S. Army where he retired as a colonel. Suenkel is an expert in strategic planning, process improvement along with organizational, program and operations management.

“We are pleased to announce Joel’s arrival and to have him join our skilled and dedicated Basin team,” forest supervisor Jeff Marsolais said. “His expertise in strategic planning and organizational management will be a valuable asset to the important work underway in the Lake Tahoe Basin.”

Suenkel graduated from the University of Wisconsin as a distinguished military graduate and earned a master’s degree in organizational behavior from the University of Phoenix. During his career with the military, Suenkel was deployed in numerous countries including South Korea, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan, Japan and Iraq, and was awarded numerous medals — including the Bronze Star.

“I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my life and a new career with the Forest Service. I’m excited about relocating to beautiful Lake Tahoe,” Suenkel said. “I also look forward to the challenge of helping to lead this high profile, complex Forest Service unit.”

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