Jerry Pardilla has worked in the fields of environmental protection and natural resources management in Indian Country for many years. He has served the United South and Eastern Tribes as director of the Office of Environmental Resource Management since 2012. Jerry is a former Penobscot Tribal chief and was actively involved in revitalizing the Wabanaki Confederacy comprised of Abenaki, Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Tribal Nations. He is passionate about preserving Tribal culture and has been recognized by the Maine Arts Commission as a master artist of Wabanaki traditional music. Jerry is also of Kiowa lineage and in keeping with his family traditions was inducted into the Kiowa Gourd Clan. He is a veteran and served as a commissioned officer in the Maine Army National Guard. Jerry and his wife Marla live in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Opening Prayer & Honor Ceremony