I grew up in rural New England exploring the woods, creeks, and streams around my home. Family vacations spent camping strengthened a love of the outdoors that continued to grow over the years. After earning a BS with a double major in Outdoor Education and Park Management (Lock Haven University, PA) I forged a 30-year career as a ranger in the National Park Service. My spirit for adventure led to stints at six different park units from coast to coast, the last 16 years at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I’m an avid hiker who loves to share my joy of the outdoor environment with people I meet.