Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Officer Position Descriptions
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Paul is a National Park Service retiree who served 18 years as a law enforcement Park Ranger, Subdistrict and District Ranger in Rocky Mountain, Big Bend, Grand Canyon, Shenandoah, Yosemite and Delaware Water Gap. He also served as Assistant Superintendent of Shenandoah National Park, as Deputy Regional Director for the Alaska Region, and as the Superintendent of Denali National Park. During his tenure, he focused his efforts on strategic planning, leadership and development, and Search and Rescue. He served as President of the National Association for Search and Rescue for 4 years, leading the development of the SARTECH training and certification program. He has coauthored four textbooks on Search and Rescue Management, and continues to teach search management courses to NPS staff and others in Alaska, Arizona and Washington State. Paul has been a member of the Association of National Park Rangers since 1978, and is currently a life member.

Rick has been a member of ANPR since 1981 and is currently a Life member. Rick is an NPS retiree who served 36+ years. His career started as a seasonal protection Ranger at Buffalo National River Arkansas and then a seasonal interpreter at Petrified Forest NP. He became permanent as an interpreter at Ford’s Theatre NHS, then went on to Protection Ranger jobs at Bandelier NM, Grand Canyon NP, Wrangell-St. Elias and Glacier Bay NP’s Alaska, Yellowstone National Park and Chief Ranger at Wind Cave National Park. He served as acting Superintendent for various times at Wind Cave and Fort Laramie NHS. He served as Operations Chief and Incident Commander for the central Incident Management Team on numerous incidents including the 2002 Winter Olympics, President Obamas Inauguration and the Gulf Oil Spill. Over the years he served on numerous details in Washington, DC and other Park areas. After retirement in 2012 he became the Director of the NPS certified Park Ranger LE Academy at Colorado NW Community College. Currently he serves in the same position at Skagit Valley Community College, Mount Vernon, Washington (State). In his off time he still climbs mountains around the world, Fly fish’s, scuba dives and enjoys world and domestic travel. Rick has attended four World Ranger Conferences.

I am a life member of ANPR and have previously served on the Board in the Seasonal Perspectives position. I have attended six Ranger Rendezvous conferences since 2012 and the last two World Ranger Congresses. I am currently a permanent Park Ranger - LE at Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado. I have previously worked at eleven other NPS units in various capacities and seasons since joining the NPS team in 2011. I grew up in Austin, Texas.

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.

Tom Banks, an ANPR member since 1986, served previously as Board Member for Seasonal Perspectives (2009-2010) and Treasurer (2015-2017). He worked as an NPS seasonal ranger for 27 summer seasons (and a few winters) starting in 1978, doing interpretation, backcountry/trails maintenance, and protection (law enforcement/EMS/SAR). Tom conducted his master’s thesis research on the biology of subalpine lakes at Olympic National Park. In 2016 and 2018, a biographical article was published about him in a TIME book, “America’s National Parks: 100 Years of Preserving Our Land and Heritage.” Tom leads one-hour dramatic programs impersonating John Muir. He has worked as a permanent park ranger with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, permanent lead wilderness ranger and trail crew leader for the U.S. Forest Service, K-12 school teacher, and adjunct professor. He currently provides reviews of resumes and cover letters of ANPR members, and teaches classes in environmental science (applied ecology) and outdoor recreation (backpacking, skiing, and mountaineering) at two colleges.

A member of ANPR since 2008, Jeanette always wanted to work in the outdoors. In high school, she worked on the Youth Conservation Corps at Jean Lafitte NHP in her hometown of Thibodaux, LA. During college, she worked two internships with the Student Conservation Corps: SCA’s Fire Education Corps in Elko, NV and interpretive ranger at Shenandoah NP. After finishing college and teaching elementary school for three years, she got her first ranger position at Mt. Rushmore in 2008. She’s also worked at Boston NHP, Katmai NP&P, Death Valley NP, Denali NP&P, and Lava Beds NM. Currently, she is the administrative support assistant at William Howard Taft NHS in Cincinnati. Although she’s not working outdoors now, she loves working behind the scenes to support the NPS mission. She is looking forward to working behind the scenes of ANPR as a board member to make it a robust organization.

Elsa Hansen started her NPS journey as an interpretive ranger, leading to many adventures in Grand Teton National Park, Canyonlands, Reno, Nev., and Kodiak, Alaska (both for the USFWS), and then back to the NPS at St. Croix NSR, Yosemite, Devils Postpile and Valles Caldera. 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 achieved permanent status in the NPS and currently works in the field of Administration. 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.

Tim Moore grew up in Brunswick, GA (for you LE folks, yeah, 18 years at Glynco). In Fourth Grade he participated in an archaeology education program at Fort Frederica National Monument and the seed was set. While pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public History at American University he joined the STEP and then SCEP program putting on the uniform at the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Tim joined ANPR at the 2009 Ranger Rendezvous in Gettysburg and has been an active member since.

Lauren studied Geology at Hamilton College in Upstate New York. In the summer of 2016, she ventured to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area for her first seasonal position. Since then, she has worked in the summers (and volunteered in the winters) as an interpretive ranger in Utah, California, and North Carolina. Lauren is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Management through Clemson University and working in a Pathways position at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in St. Paul, Minnesota. She first attended Ranger Rendezvous as a Supernaugh Scholar in 2019 and is honored to advocate the perspective of seasonal employees to the board.

Rebecca began her 38 year career in the National Park Service as a volunteer intern at Cape Lookout National Seashore where she quickly rose to a GS-2 Park Aid Seasonal. There was no looking back after that! As a “generalist” ranger, Rebecca served in resources management, interpretation, visitor/resources protection, firefighting and emergency services at CALO (twice), KLGR, KLSE, GWCA, and FRHI/FONE. She eventually landed as the park superintendent of Booker T. Washington NM then retired in 2016 as the superintendent of Harpers Ferry NHP. While participating in the USDA Executive Leadership Program, she detailed to the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs and the Chesapeake Bay Program Office. She also served as acting deputy superintendent at Independence NHP. Employee development has always been a passion of hers so she served on the curriculum development team for the NPS Fundamentals Program.

As a Life Member of ANPR since 1980s, she has been on the ANPR Board as the Training/Education Chair and served on the planning committee for two Ranger Rendezvous. In 2016, she served on the World Ranger Congress Planning Committee hosted by ANPR in Estes Park, CO. During the past year she has been the ANPR IRF Representative attending the 9th WRC in Nepal. She is currently on the Council for the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks. Rebecca looks forward to her new role as ANPR Board Member for Government Affairs continuing to advocate for the ranger profession and national park system.

Jonathan Shafer has worked as a seasonal in several national parks and is currently employed by the National Park Service in Washington, DC.

As the member of the board for strategic planning, Jonathan assists the president with board members' annual work plans and leads initiatives related policies that impact NPS employee's work and the parks they protect.

Jonathan was a 2016 Supernaugh Scholar.


Melissa DeVaughn is a freelance writer, editor and designer focusing on the outdoors and adventure travel. She grew up in Virginia, graduated from Virginia Tech, and thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1993. She moved to Alaska in 1995 and has lived there ever since. She worked at the Roanoke (Va.) Times, Peninsula Clarion (Alaska), The Associated Press in Alaska, and the Anchorage Daily News before pursuing a fulltime freelance career in 2008. She is married to Andy Hall and has two college-age children in Colorado. She lives in Eagle River.