Great Smoky Mountains Honors Michelle Bogart; Celebrates Tourism Week

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is pleased to announce the selection of Michelle Bogart as the Park’s 2017 “Employee of the Year.” This marks the 34th anniversary of an important partnership between the park and its neighboring communities which recognizes the outstanding work of park employees in all disciplines. A public event will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at 11:30 a.m. on the lawn at Park Headquarters near Gatlinburg, TN.   

“Michelle’s performance of her job duties is superb at all levels,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “She represents the best of the best within the National Park Service and we are so fortunate to have her within our ranks.”

Serving as a Budget Technician, Michelle performs an array of duties that help facilitate work across the park. She performs critical budget work that allows park managers to efficiently manage finances to procure needed supplies, staffing, and housing.  In her role as Housing Coordinator, she takes extra steps to ensure the housing program runs efficiently.  

“Michelle’s performance as the Housing Coordinator is exemplary,” stated Supervisory Budget Officer Rodney Larsen. “Whether it is replacing old furniture, buying supplies, editing housing plans, formulating annual work plans or resolving tenant issues, she juggles the constant barrage of demands while keeping the well-being of the occupants in mind.”   

In addition to her budget work parkwide, Michelle assisted the Resource Education Division by filling in for a co-worker on maternity leave. Michelle formulated and tracked every account for the division. 

“Everything that Michelle does is done with precision and attention to detail” said Resource Education Coordinator Susan Sachs.  “Over the last several years, Michelle has assisted our division in a multitude of ways overseeing numerous complex purchasing accounts.  We are all so grateful for her dedicated assistance.”

Park staff and visitors benefit greatly from the incredible amount of work that Michelle accomplishes. Michelle serves as a mentor to all her coworkers by sharing her years of institutional knowledge and offering a helping hand to anyone in need.

“Michelle loves the Smokies and it shows in the quality of her work,” said Chief of Administration Dawn O’Sickey. “Though the park visitor will not see her, she serves the visitors behind the scenes by taking care of the employees, interns, and volunteers who are working the front lines. Michelle works hard, has a sharp intellect, and a joyous laugh that can make anyone smile.”   

Michelle lives in Sevierville, Tennessee with her husband, Paul Bogart and their two children, three-year old Henry Clay and 15-month old Maggie Sue. Michelle grew up in Oneida, Tennessee, only 10 miles from Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, where she spent countless hours exploring the backcountry. Continuing with that tradition, she now spends much of her down time running, back-country camping with her best friend, and playing with her children. She is an active member of her church, Fellowship Baptist Church, and is also a member of the Paint Rock Quilting Club in Oneida, TN.

The annual event, sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Tourism and Development Council, will also observe National Tourism Week. In conjunction with this observance, a visiting family to the Smokies will be selected to participate as “Tourist Family of the Day.”  Jimbo Whaley, singer/songwriter and General Manager at Hearthside Rentals, will serve as the event emcee.

Co-hosts of the event include Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism, Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, Sevier County and Smoky Mountains Tourism Development Council.  Additional contributions provided by Blount County Partnership and Cocke County Partnership.