Tammy Urness is the administrative specialist for development operations at the Delta Waterfowl headquarters in Bismarck. Her primary responsibilities include front desk activities and support of the development team.

Originally from Booneville, Mississippi, Urness moved to North Dakota about 10 years ago to be closer to her grandchildren whose parents were stationed at the Air Force base in Minot. As it happened – she met a ND boy, married and worked with Marathon Oil for a number of years.

“I was concerned about the uncertainty of the gas and oil industry when I saw the posting for the job with Delta,” she said. “Somehow, I just knew this would be a wonderful opportunity, and was I ever right. From the moment I walked in for the interview there was a feeling of ‘being at home with family.’ I was so happy when they called and offered me the job.”

Personally and professionally, Urness enjoys helping people however she can. For 20 years previous to moving north, she was a nurse. Her nickname at her refinery job was ‘Momma Bear.’ “That’s because I took care of everyone’s needs,” she said. “I am very organized and willing to jump in and help wherever I can.”

In her free time, she enjoys fishing, but says as a southern girl at heart, you’re not likely to catch her out on the ice staring down a hole! She has 4 Labrador retrievers (Barley, Honey, Maggie and Socks) that take up a good bit of her time. She also enjoys grilling out and entertaining friends.

Urness says she hasn’t hunted waterfowl, but concludes that thought with an all caps, italicized, “… YET!”

She can be reached at turness@deltawaterfowl.org.