About the Great Plains Regional Management:
Michael J. Ryan is Regional Director of Reclamation's Great Plains (GP) Region. The Regional Director is located in Billings, Montana, and has responsibility for all Reclamation program activities in the Great Plains Region, which includes North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and most of Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana.
Ryan previously served as Northern California Area Manager at Shasta Lake, California. In that capacity, Ryan managed nine dams, which stored and delivered water for irrigation and municipal use, and six associated power plants. He also served as Chairman of the Trinity Management Council, tasked with developing and implementing the Trinity River Restoration Program and advising the Secretary of the Interior on Trinity River anadromous fishery restoration issues.
Between 1992 and 1996, Ryan was manager of the Klamath Basin Area Office in Klamath Falls, Oregon. From December 1988 though 1992, he directed the operation and maintenance of a number of facilities of the Fryingpan-Arkansas and Colorado-Big Thompson projects and the Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel Water Treatment Plant in Colorado.
Ryan started his full-time career in January 1985 in Billings, Montana, in what was then the headquarters for Reclamation’s Upper Missouri Region. During his four years in Billings he worked in facility operation and maintenance, dam safety, and water conservation programs.
A native of Deer Lodge, Montana, Ryan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Montana State University-Bozeman, in 1984 and is a registered professional engineer.
Christopher Beardsley, Deputy Regional Director: Beardsley will assist Ryan in managing Reclamation facilities and programs in the Great Plains Region. The region encompasses all or parts of nine states, from Montana and North Dakota, to the southern tip of Texas. The Great Plains Region manages 80 dams and reservoirs, providing irrigation for 2.2 million acres of cropland producing more than $1 billion in agriculture products annually. The Great Plains Region manages 21 power plants that produce enough electricity to meet the needs of about 250,000 households.
Beardsley was previously the Deputy Area Manager for Reclamation’s Snake River Area Office, based in Boise, Idaho. As Deputy Area Manager,
he was responsible for the operation of water and power facilities from eastern Oregon to western Wyoming. Beardsley directly oversees all
activities within the Middle Snake Field Office, which includes 17 dams and three power plants. He began his federal career with Reclamation in
1992, serving as an International Affairs Specialist for the Commissioner’s Office in Washington, D.C. Beardsley has a Bachelor of Business
Administration from James Madison University.
John Soucy, Deputy Regional Director: Soucy was appointed Deputy Regional Director of Reclamation's Great Plains Region effective April 28, 2009. He has been with Reclamation since 1991, previously serving as the Region's Chief Information Officer. Prior to coming to Reclamation, Soucy worked for the Air Force. His last location before coming to Billings was at the Pentagon, Washington D.C., where he was Manager for Information Technology Contracts and Administration, in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.
Soucy is an active member of the Billings community. He has been a member of the District Advancement Committee for the Boy Scouts of America in Billings, Montana, for nearly 15 years. He has also been a football official for more than 25 years.