Hello NWSA Community!

First I’d like to say how honored and happy I am to be following the impressive tenure of Randy Welsh as I join NWSA and this stewardship community as NWSAs next Executive Director. I look forward to connecting with all of you in the coming months as we work together to steward our Wilderness resource and engage new partners in our community. Our Chair, Randy Rasmussen, did a great job of outlining my qualifications in his announcement, so I won’t repeat too many more of those details, but I would like to share some of the things that drive me to do this work.

Professionally, I have worn a variety of hats in the land conservation sphere with Wilderness being central to many of my roles. Having had the privilege to work for or directly with all of the Federal land management agencies in addition to many NGOs, private partners, and others I feel we all have an important niche to occupy when it comes to Wilderness. The work we each do ties directly to the work we all do, whether in stewardship, advocacy, management, or education. I hope to carry this perspective through all of my work with NWSA.

Personally, wilderness (both big and little “w”) is where I recharge, find adventure and challenge, and tap into the things I find most important in life. The wild feeds my soul and drives me to strive for a present and, more importantly, a future where the wild and wild things endure. Sharing this passion with others energizes me and stewardship is integral to facilitating these connections. With new and old challenges on the horizon for Wilderness, NWSAs work is more important than ever to keep wilderness wild, accessible, and relevant amidst an ever-changing population. Continuing in the well laid footsteps of Randy Welsh, I am excited to work with all of you in building a positive future for the Wild.

Please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] to say hello – I’d love to hear from you! If you’d like more specific information about me and my background, visit our website to check out my bio HERE.

For all things Wild,