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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.

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 the Department of Justice then moved to BLM. From there she's worked at C&O Canal, Joshua Tree, Carlsbad Caverns, Crater Lake, and was the Chief Ranger at Pinnacles, America's newest National Park. She has one dog and she loves to run and travel. She's been involved with ANPR for several years and enjoyed many Ranger Rendezvous.

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 starting in 1986, has attended numerous Ranger Rendezvous since 2002. He served previously as Board Member for Seasonal Perspectives (2009-2010) and Treasurer (2015-2017). Tom has worked as an NPS Ranger for 27 seasons since 1978 in a variety of disciplines: interpretation, backcountry, law enforcement/EMS/SAR. He conducted his master’s thesis research on the ecology 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, who impersonates John Muir in living history presentations, has also worked as a park ranger with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a lead wilderness ranger and trail crew leader for the U.S. Forest Service, and a school teacher. He provides reviews of resumes and cover letters of ANPR members. He is currently an adjunct professor at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington teaching backpacking, winter sports, and survival.

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 intern at Grand Teton National Park in the interpretive division. There she enjoyed 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, 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 administration for the Southeast Utah Group, Visitor & Resource Protection division. 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.

Reghan Tank grew up in the Kansas City area and received her Bachelor’s Degree at Kansas State University. Upon graduation she ventured west to Colorado to begin her NPS career as a volunteer program intern at Rocky Mountain National Park, and has returned every summer since. She has worked in volunteer coordination, interpretation and environmental education capacities. Reghan became connected with ANPR as a Supernaugh Memorial Scholarship recipient in 2018, and is looking forward to giving back to the organization as a 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.

Public Information Officer

Zach Whitlow has worked for the National Park Service since 2014 when he started as a Pathways employee at Fort Washington Park. In 2015 he started a seasonal position at the National Mall and Memorial Parks and got a permanent position there in 2016. Zach was then part of the first team of rangers at the newly-established Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument that same year. In 2019 he became a Supervisory Park Ranger and is part of the team responsible for daily operations at the Washington Monument.

Zach has a Bachelor’s degree in History from California State University, Long Beach and a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the George Washington University. He has been an ANPR member since 2016 and was a Supernaugh Scholar that same year. In 2019 he became a Life Member of ANPR.

Staff

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.