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May 10, 2006
Contact: Beverly Gorny

Hillman Named BLM Newcastle Field Manager

Viola (Vi) Hillman has been selected as the new field manager for the Bureau of Land Management's office in Newcastle. She will assume the helm of the BLM Newcastle Field Office in early July.

"We are very fortunate to have Vi Hillman become the Newcastle Field Manager. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in ecosystem and fuels management and is highly regarded as an individual with great people skills." said Bob Bennett, BLM Wyoming state director.

Hillman began her career with the Bureau of Land Management as a seasonal employee in 1978. She worked 14 seasons at the Salt Lake Field Office. Hillman has been the state lead for several fire programs at the Utah State Office since 1997. She worked as an interagency fire program manager for the Intermountain Regional Office, USDA Forest Service and Utah State Office the past three years.

"I look forward to joining the Newcastle Field Office team," said Hillman. "As soon as possible, I want to get to know and work with the staff and members of the public who use and enjoy the variety of public lands and resources in the Newcastle area."

Last fall, Hillman completed a temporary assignment as the Associate Field Manager at Richfield Field Office. She has served several other assignments at the Washington Office for the BLM and USDA Forest Service. She has also completed the Continuing Ecosystem and Fuels Management graduate programs sponsored by Colorado State University, Utah State University, and University of Northern Arizona last year.

She has a Master's Degree in Education and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education. She was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah and Weber State University from 1991-1998. Prior to attending graduate school, Hillman taught eight years at the high school level. She enjoys riding her Harley, fly fishing, reading, and spending time at her cabin in Island Park, Idaho.


Last updated: 03-03-2007