Bandelier Mastermind Council Wins Prestigious Award

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Members of the Bandelier National Monument Mastermind Council showing their group winner trophies in the National Park Service Intermountain Region 2018 Leadership Awards are, back row from left, Kevin Stillman, Robert Harper, Myron Gonzales, JT Stark and Jeff Goins. Front row: Jorge Maldonado, Jamie Civitello and Kim Carrasco. Photo courtesy Bandelier National Monument


Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott is proud to announce that the Bandelier Mastermind Council was the group winner of the National Park Service Intermountain Region’s 2018 Leadership Award.

The Mastermind Council consists of eight staff members: Robert Harper, Maintenance Mechanic; Myron Gonzales, Preservationist; JT Stark, Exhibits Specialist; Jorge Maldonado, Facilities Management Specialist; Jamie Civitello, Archeologist; Geoff Goins, Supervisory Interpretation Park Ranger; Kevin Stillman, Trails Crew Leader, and Kim Carrasco, Assistant to the Superintendent.

Intermountain Regional Director Sue Masica noted that “Leadership is about so much more than position, It’s about attitude, influence, motivation, and working with others to make things happen. It can be direct, but it can also be subtle.”

The Bandelier Management Team nominated the Mastermind Council for this inaugural award, and noted that the council was established in 2016 “to provide an additional voice for the park’s line staff, as a venue to foster ideas and recommendations for enhancing morale and the workplace environment, and to provide an additional opportunity to further develop leadership within the park.”

In their nomination, park management realized that Bandelier had something special, a true voice for the park’s staff – one that was constructive, enhanced the park’s team and work environment, and was highly successful in implementing positive change for the park.

In establishing a foundation for the Mastermind Council, professional Leadership Coach and Mastermind Facilitator LeAnne Parsons was contracted for the first year to support the Mastermind in establishing a council “model” that would be positively-oriented with a good strategy for setting goals and communicating with the Management Team and park staff.  LeAnne supported the group in building problem-solving strategies, communication skills, and embracing the “big picture.”

For more information about Bandelier National Monument, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517 or visit, on Facebook, BandelierNPS.