MEET US MONDAY -- William Bass joins our team as Training Coordinator. This high school coachs favorite food is homemade macaroni and cheese. We asked him that and more below. Welcome, Willy! Q: Tell us about yourself and your family. A: Hizakisana, hinikarigiwina. Masja Mani ga higairena. Greetings everyone. My name is William Bass. My Hocak (Ho-Chunk) ceremonial name is Masja Mani, which means Walks Hard or Walks with Purpose. I am a member of the Bear Clan of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. My parents are Greg and Janet Bass. I have three brothers and two sisters. Im happily married to Antonio Bass for three years and we have six rambunctious dogs and a smelly cat. I have lived here for 26 years and I have lots and lots of family, relatives and friends who live here. Winnebago is my home. The people are my people. Q: What makes you excited about your new position? A: As Training Coordinator with the Human Resources department, I have an opportunity to have a positive impact on Ho-Chunk, Inc.s newly-hired employees and their learning experiences. I am also excited about working with the people around me. So far everyone has been welcoming, supportive and resourceful. It has been a great experience already and Im looking forward to working with more people in the future. My job includes performing training needs assessments, designing and delivering curriculum and learning materials, and managing all phases of training interventions. My job will also include work with Ho-Chunk, Inc.s Community Impact and Engagement department, where I will be working closely with Ann Marie Downes and Felicia Torres with projects involving teaching and learning within the community, as well as within various Ho-Chunk, Inc. entities. Q: What did you do before joining Ho-Chunk, Inc.? A: Before joining Ho-Chunk, Inc. I was a teacher at the Winnebago Public Schools. I taught third and fourth grade math, reading, writing, social studies, culture and language arts. Working with the children in the education system has taught me so much and has allowed me to grow as a professional and as a person. It has also caused me to develop an even deeper passion for teaching, learning and helping others be the best they can be in life. This is what I will be able to do with my new job with Ho-Chunk, Inc. Q: Whats something about you that might surprise people? A: People might be surprised by the fact that I coach high school girls volleyball and I dislike bacon. Q: Whats your favorite food? A: My favorite food is homemade macaroni and cheese. In fact, I wish I had a hot, steamy bowl of some right in front of me right now!