Jan Lemons grew up in North Haven, Connecticut. She went to college at Colorado State University which was known as the ranger factory. She worked summers in concessions in Rocky Mountain National Park and got her first seasonal job in fees at Great Sand Dunes. She's also worked seasonally at Grand Tetons in Law Enforcement and permits in Santa Monica Mountains. The rest of her career has been in Law Enforcement. She got status with Immigration then moved to BLM. From there she's worked at C&O Canal, Joshua Tree, Carlsbad Caverns, Crater Lake, and now is the Chief Ranger at Pinnacles, Americas Newest National Park. She has two dogs and she loves to run and travel. She's been involved with ANPR for several years and enjoyed many Ranger Rendezvous. She's excited to continue with the good work that Erika Jostad, ANPR's president, is forging ahead with in this Centennial year.
Marin Karraker grew up as a 'park brat' living in 6 places before the age of 18. Both parents were NPS superintendents at one time! She obtained degrees at University of Alaska Fairbanks before starting her own NPS career. She worked seasonally at Alaska Public Lands Information Center (Fairbanks) and at Grand Canyon. She has since held permanent positions in Fees, Interpretation, Permits, and Administration over almost 20 years in 7 locations. She is presently the Administrative Officer at one of our newest NPS sites, Valles Caldera National Preserve. She has 2 cats at home and 1 kid in college (Fight On, USC Trojans!).
I am a life member of ANPR and have attended every RR except six, starting with RR#2. During the early years of ANPR, I served in several BOD positions, including regional representative and vice-president. For several years I coordinated and managed the RR conferences. I have also attended several World Ranger Congresses and represented ANPR at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Durban, South Africa in 2003. Since my retirement in 1997, I have had several international assignments, including Abu Dhabi and the Kingdom of Jordan, and have developed and presented numerous leadership training courses for NPS areas. I am also a founder of, and a past Council member of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks.
I attended my first Ranger Rendezvous before the age of 2 and started NPS costumed interpretation at age 8. After studying Wildlife Sciences and Park and Recreation Management at Penn State, I got my first NPS job at Delaware Water Gap in 2014. Subsequently, I’ve held protection ranger positions at French Creek and Codorus State Parks (PA), as well as Independence and Big Cypress. I am currently an officer with the US Park Police in Washington, D.C.
My experience with the training programs of the NPS, PA State Parks, FLETC, and USPP provided me with insights to potential improvements and unnecessary redundancies that, if addressed, could result in greater efficiency, cost savings, and better results for NPS training programs. My goal is to work towards establishing ANPR as a helpful, supportive partner with the NPS training program and strive to focus ANPR’s internal training offerings towards achieving career competencies for all members.
Nicholas Mann is a resident of the Volunteer State, Tennessee, and strives daily to conduct himself with the state’s nickname in mind. He has worked closely with staff in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park serving two seasons as a contract environmental technician and four seasons as a volunteer. Recently Nicholas completed a season with the Tennessee State Park system at Seven Islands State Birding Park as an Interpreter/Naturalist. Nick commits twelve hours per week to community service as a volunteer Rescue Technician with the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad. Including the Rescue Squad he has worked with three non-profit organizations, which also include Laurel High School and United Mountain Defense. Nick seeks to contribute and serve the Association of National Park Rangers membership by utilizing his experience with non-profits, as well as, fostering relationships with association members, park service enthusiasts, and stakeholders of natural and culturally significant sites. Nick is excited to contribute to a community sharing a common passion for naturalism and history.
Elsa Hansen started her NPS journey as an intern at Grand Teton National Park in the interpretive division. There she worked (played?) for three seasons before moving on to Canyonlands National Park. Since then, she has worked in Reno, NV and Kodiak, AK (both for the USFWS), and then back to the NPS at St. Croix NSR, Yosemite, and Devils Postpile. Elsa holds a Masters of Environmental Education and contributed to peer-reviewed literature with her masters thesis regarding interpretive accommodations for NPS visitors who are deaf/hard of hearing. Thanks to the LMWFA (Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act), Elsa was hired on as a permanent Administrative Assistant at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in 2016. She was introduced to ANPR through the Supernaugh Memorial Scholarship in 2017, and looks forward to sharing her passion for parks and wild spaces as an ANPR board member.
Kate Sargeant was inspired to become a park ranger in 2011 when, as an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, she met two rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park who suggested, "After you finish your hike, you should do what we do." It was excellent advice. From 2012 to 2014 Kate was a seasonal law enforcement ranger at Acadia National Park and Delaware Water Gap NRA, and a general ranger at North Cascades National Park. She became a United States Park Police officer in 2015 and thoroughly enjoys her work at USPP's San Francisco Field Office. Kate became associated with ANPR as a Supernaugh scholarship recipient in 2012 and is pleased to continue participating in ANPR as a board member.
Jamie Richards is a Colorado native who grew up playing in the Rockies. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Japanese from Coe College, and a Master's Degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Denver. Jamie's love of history and public speaking led her to an SCA internship in Interpretation at Fort Sumter National Monument and in Washington, DC. She worked as a seasonal in fee collection at Joshua Tree and Rocky Mountain National Parks. After completing the Pathways program in 2014, she had the opportunity to convert into a Permanent position at Joshua Tree. Jamie currently works at Yosemite as a Public Affairs Specialist. She loves to travel and explore new places, along with photography, canoeing, and skiing. Jamie has been involved with ANPR since 2012. She has helped plan two Ranger Rendezvous and served on the World Ranger Congress Organizing Group. Jamie is proud to serve as the new ANPR Board Member for Professional Issues.
Will Mundhenke currently works as an interpretive park guide at Capulin Volcano National Monument in northeast New Mexico. He began his career with the National Park Service as a Pathways student seasonal at Capulin Volcano in 2015. After two seasons and one Master’s degree later, he transitioned to a permanent park ranger. While in graduate school, Will volunteered at Ninety Six National Historic Site and Congaree National Park in South Carolina. He studies the environmental history of public land management. He was introduced to ANPR through the Supernaugh Memorial Scholarship in 2015, and he is eager to represent seasonal and student rangers within the Park Service.
Ben Walsh has been an avid supporter of the National Park Service since childhood and is a life member of ANPR. He served as a volunteer interpretive park ranger at the National Mall and Memorial Parks from 2009-2016. He is now a government contractor working for NPS Commercial Service focusing on environmental audits of concessioner operations. Ben became involved with ANPR as a Supernaugh scholarship recipient in 2012. He served previously as Board Member for Education and Training from 2013-2014 and as Rendezvous Coordinator in 2015.
Jonathan Shafer has worked as an SCA in Shenandoah, a seasonal at Wright Brothers National Memorial, Isle Royale, Death Valley, and Denali National Parks, and as a Presidential Management Fellow in Yellowstone's Office of Strategic Communications. Jonathan spends his free time working to complete a doctorate in history focused on wilderness. He returned to NPS from a job in the Environmental Protection Agency to work in the National Capital Region's Office of Communications in 2018 and serves there as the public affairs specialist for transportation issues.
As the member of the board for strategic planning, Jonathan is working to encourage ANPR's engagement in conversations on the policies that impact NPS employee's work lives and the parks they protect. Contact Jonathan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have concerns or ideas regarding career progression, National Park Service work culture, ANPR's relevance in the agency's second century, or any other issue that you think our organization might contribute to.
Jonathan was a 2016 Supernaugh Scholar.
Chris Reinhardt has worked for the National Park Service since 2010, starting in the Youth Conservation Corps program at Crater Lake National Park for 2 summers before beginning his first NPS seasonal position in the Crater Lake Fee Program as a Visitor Use Assistant. He would come to make his biannual migration, moving from the summer time snows of high altitude Oregon before heading back for the winters in the frozen tundra of central New York while attending college in Ithaca to receive a bachelors in Economics from Cornell University. Since that time, he has also worked a seasonal position at Pinnacles National Park in California, all while taking every and any opportunity to visit as many national parks as possible both inside and outside the United States.