- Michigan Teacher Excellence Program (MITEP)
- Roles: Supporting Partner
BIOAs Division Chief, I currently manage the interpretive, education, museum, library, fee collection, cooperating association, and volunteer program operations in one of the jewels of the Midwest! This 71,000+ acre park preserves and protects dunes, beaches, forests, glacial formations, inland lakes, rivers, and scenic vistas as fundamental natural resources. Cultural resources are rich and include three U.S. Life-Saving Stations, one lighthouse, the Historic Village of Glen Haven (with a maritime museum, boat museum, blacksmith shop and restored general store), and the Port Oneida Rural Historic District (3,500 acres of early twentieth century community farmsteads). Visitation exceeds 1.2 million annually. Fee revenues are over $1,000,000.
I have worked for the National Park Service (NPS) for 21 years, starting as a seasonal naturalist in Yosemite (YOSE) and Joshua Tree National Parks, then as a permanent interpreter at YOSE and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a stint in the International Affairs Office of the NPS in DC on a parks project in Panama, and then, as a District Interpreter at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks before moving to Michigan in 2004.