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!).
Tom Banks has worked as a ranger for more than 32 summers, providing interpretation, environmental education, wilderness management, trails maintenance, emergency medical services and law enforcement seasonally with the National Park Service at nine national parks (Rocky Mountain, Glacier, Redwood, Olympic, Denali, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, Kings Canyon and Sequoia), at a Colorado state park, and as a permanent with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in New Hampshire, California and Alaska. He served previously as the ANPR board member for seasonal perspectives in 2009-10. Since 2011, Tom has volunteered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, leading the development of Leave No Trace outreach materials and backcountry management policy in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service and the NPS.
Katlyn Grubb began her National Park Service career working in interpretation at Yosemite and Crater Lake. She began volunteering for EMS and SAR operations at Crater Lake and decided to switch to law enforcement. As an LE ranger she worked at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Yellowstone before moving to Golden Gate NRA.
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.
Cadence Chinle Cook has been an interpretation intern and volunteer at Canyonlands National Park, where she worked on the application that earned the park International Dark Sky status. She has worked at the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve as a photo and media intern, as well as an interpretive and backcountry ranger. Most recently, Cadence worked at Zion National Park as a visual information assistant.
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.
Scott Warner has worked in seven different parks — Ocmulgee, Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smokies, Great Basin, Big Bend, Jean Lafitte and Acadia — as a general ranger, interpretive ranger and a fire prevention specialist. He also served as a crew boss, strike team leader, burn boss, public information officer and division supervisor in wildland fire. He now is retired but serves as a volunteer-in-parks during the summers in Acadia.
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.