Mohawks name new infrastructure director

Colleen Thomas

AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has selected Colleen Thomas as the tribe’s Planning and Infrastructure Department director.

Thomas's selection follows the retirement of Ernie Thompson on Monday, 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,” Thomas said.

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, Fla.


“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,” Tribal Executive Director Tsiorasa Barreiro, said.

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.