Maybe the most important thing to know about me is that I invest in people. In my personal life or on the job, being able to connect with people on a personal level and letting folks know you have an interest in them has always served me well. As for my background, I obtained a B.S. from Penn State University in Wildlife and Fisheries Management. After taking a year away from college working for the Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Auburn University I returned to college life to pursue my M.S. in Fisheries Management from Texas Tech University. After a short stint with the Illinois Natural History Survey I began my career with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission where I spent 22 years serving the anglers of Pennsylvania and the aquatic resources of the Commonwealth. In November of 2014, I started a new career with the USFWS as the Division Chief of the Division of Fish and Aquatic Conservation where I hope to make a positive impact in the field of conservation on a National scale.
I developed my passion for the natural world fishing with my dad and continue to try and instill the importance of clean air and clean water to my two children (Logan and MacKenzie) between texts and tweets and the all too infrequent trips afield. Boyfriends and college seem to reduce the time available for such “frivolous pursuits”. I have so much teaching left with those two.
I am a 2009 alumnus of NCLI (Cohort 4) and most recently served as a Peer Coach for Cohorts 7, 8, and 9. I cannot understate the value that the NCLI experience has had on me personally; however, the impact that NCLI is having on conservation across the country is truly inspiring.