Ukiah Field Office
Bethney Lefebvre started with BLM through a temporary employment agency in 2006. BLM quickly employed Bethney full time as the contact representative for the Ukiah Field Office.
A native of Mendocino County, Bethney graduated from Round Valley High School and attended University of California in Santa Cruz, studying veterinary medicine. She trained as a veterinary assistant at the Ukiah Veterinary Hospital. Influenced by her mother, Bethney now studies social science and psychology at Mendocino Junior College. She has also been a library assistant, and managed The Coffee Critic, a well known coffee house in Ukiah, before going to work for BLM.
Beside her dedication to her work, Bethney is devoted to her husband and young daughter, Lilith (Lily for short). She also has many other interests. Bethney is an accomplished student of Capoeira, a Brazilian fight-dance and martial art created by enslaved Africans during the 16th Century. Participants form a roda (circle) and take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring in pairs in the center of the circle. The game is marked by fluid acrobatic play, feints, subterfuge, and extensive use of groundwork, as well as sweeps, kicks, and headbutts. As part of this art form, Bethney has become an accomplished musician playing the flute, berumbu and drums. She has earned her advanced teaching belt, having studied the art form for more than 12 years.
Bethney also enjoys Judo, painting, sculpting, knitting, archery, gardening, dog sledding, mountain biking, snowboarding, anthropological studies, Brazilian Portuguese and samba.