The Officers

of the

Association of National Park Rangers

ANPR 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.

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 is 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.

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.

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 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.

Jonathan was a 2016 Supernaugh Scholar.

Public Information Officers

Madison Carter grew up exploring the sandstone cliffs and limestone caves Kentucky has to offer. After graduating with a degree in Political Science, he went to work with the NPS in the summers in between grad school for Public Administration. After three seasons of interpretation at Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial and Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and backcountry patrols in Olympic National Park, Madison now works with the U.S. Census Bureau, but still holds strong to his connection with the National Park Service. Madison is looking forward to contributing to the ANPR and supporting his fellow rangers however he can.

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

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.