National Parks Services
Chief of Interpretation.
The Chief of Interpretation,
Shawn Gillette, began service with Sand Creek Massacre NHS in September
Shawn graduated in 1991 with a BA
Degree from the University of West Florida, where he majored in English
Education with a minor in Wildlife Biology.
He served 11 years in the United
States Army and U.S. Army Reserve as a Combat Medic before receiving an
honorable discharge in 1999 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He was recently acknowledged with a
25 Years of Service to the Federal Government certificate. His time with
the Government has been divided between serving the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, where he spent 10 Years as a Federal Law Enforcement
Officer and Chief of Visitor Services and the National Park Service,
where he currently works at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic
Site. When not at work, Shawn enjoys traveling, writing, and all outdoor
Karen Wilde began work as the Cultural Liaison/Interpreter for the Sand
Creek Massacre National Historic Site on February 14, 2011. She will be
duty-stationed in Eads, Colorado.
Karen’s primary responsibility will be to assist the Park management team to
engage in consultation and information sharing between the park and the Tribes
of the Cheyenne and Arapaho.
am excited to help facilitate this continuing relationship between the park and
the Cheyenne and Arapaho people. Sand Creek is a sacred place that holds deep
meaning to American Indian people. It is rewarding to assist in consultations
that will carry on stronger understandings here.”
Karen comes to NPS as a new employee and brings with her vast experience in
partnering with state, federal and tribal governments. She has served as Tribal
Partnership Specialist for the Denver Regional Census Center and previously as
Project Coordinator for the Indian Health Service Coordinating Center at
University of Colorado at Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus. In these two pivotal
positions, she collaborated with urban American Indians, rural and reservation
tribes on education and planning, including across Alaska. Her experience with
consultation and government-to-government relationships evolved during the nine
years she spent at the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs in the Office of
the Lieutenant Governor in the executive branch of the State of Colorado.
Karen is proud of her Muscogee (Creek) and Pawnee Nation heritage, is a first
generation college degreed individual with a B.S. in Business Administration and
holds a paralegal certificate. She has presented at the national, state and
local levels at various conferences, workshops and seminars, and she volunteers
on an assortment of Boards and commissions such as the Fort Lewis College Board
of Directors, Aurora Historic Preservation Commission, Denver Indian Family
Resource Center, and the Native American Cancer Research Association.
Ranger Wilde’s awards include Women’s Leadership Day in the City & County of
Denver, Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award, Stephen B. Hart Award-Colorado
Historical Society, and American Indian Educator Award-Native American Resource
Group (Denver Museum of Nature & Science).
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Occupation: Park Ranger,
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Residence: Rocky Ford, CO
Family: Wife, Linda Moore, originally from Borger, TX. Currently a RN.
Children, David (Corporal, U.S. Marine
Past National Park Service work: 17 years at Bent's Old Fort National Historic
Site, La Junta, CO;
years Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Cheyenne, OK.
Favorite hobby: New Mexico horse racing
Favorite place: Ruidoso, NM
Least favorite place: I'll never tell!
Besides my family, most influential person I have known: Henry (Holy Bird/Horse
Road) Mann, Southern Cheyenne from Clinton, OK.
What I like best about my current job: History
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Marcia Will-Clifton started her employment in June 2013 as the
new Administrative Support Assistant. From 1997 until 2008, she enjoyed a
previous career as a commercial real estate broker in the northern Colorado
Front Range region.
Marcia and her husband, Alan, who is pursuing a teaching
career, relocated to southeastern Colorado in 2008. She began an internship with
the National Park Service at Bent’s Old Fort in March of 2012 while completing a
Certificate in Historic Preservation at Lamar Community College.
While researching the connections of the heritage sites in
Southeastern Colorado from Bent’s Old Fort and Boggsville last summer, she
continues her important partnership work and her part-time Ranger opportunities
at Sand Creek Massacre NHS
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Keegan Donovan joined the staff
at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (NHS) on August 15, 2016, as
an Interpretive Park Guide. Keegan brings to the park his love of history and
story-telling and a passion for theatrical performance.
Keegan graduated from Emory &
Henry College in Virginia in 2009 with a double major in Public History and
Theater. He first began working with the National Park Service in 2003, as a
seasonal interpretive ranger at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park (NHP) in
West Virginia. From Harpers Ferry NHP, he transferred to Booker T. Washington
National Monument in Hardy, Virginia, and later to Jewel Cave National Monument
in Custer, South Dakota. In 2011, Keegan transferred to Death Valley National
Park, where he collected fees, assisted with search and rescue operations, and
presented guided tours at Scotty’s Castle.
On October 18, 2015, heavy
rainfall at Death Valley created a major flood resulting in $20 million in
damages to park infrastructure. The damages resulted in the closing of Scotty’s
Castle, so Keegan accepted a temporary position as a National Park Service
Centennial Projects Coordinator at Capulin Volcano National Monument in New
Mexico. This past August he joined the team at Sand Creek Massacre NHS.
career has taken him on an odyssey of park sites that commemorate the worst and
celebrate the best of America’s past - from the institution of slavery to the
discovery of one of the most fascinating cave systems in the country. In
addition to working at Sand Creek Massacre NHS, Keegan is currently working on a
long-distance Master’s Degree in Public Administration through Norwich
University. Join us in welcoming Keegan as he settles into his newly adopted
community of Eads, Colorado
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John Launius joined the staff at Sand Creek
Massacre National Historic Site (NHS) as an interpretive park guide in March
2016. John brings with him a passion for researching and discussing American
history, two traits that will serve him well as he embarks upon a new career
with the National Park Service.
John was born in Newport News, Virginia, in
1991, but was raised in Arkansas. Shortly after his ninth birthday, his family
moved to Wisconsin. John graduated from Waukesha South High School (WI) in 2009,
and afterward enlisted with the Wisconsin National Guard. After completing Basic
Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he entered the University of Wisconsin,
Platteville. John initially majored in mechanical engineering; however, he
realized quickly that he lacked both the passion and interest to pursue this
degree program, so he switched majors to his real passion, history.
In 2014, John’s college studies were
abruptly interrupted, when his National Guard Unit was deployed to Afghanistan.
John’s unit spent nine months providing artillery support for US and Coalition
forces. After completing his combat tour in Afghanistan, John returned home and
began an intern at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in
Virginia. Over the next three months, John fell in love with the mission of the
National Park Service and historical interpretation. Once his internship at
Fredericksburg ended, he returned to Wisconsin for his final semester of
college. John graduated in December 2015, with a Bachelor’s Degree in History.
Shortly afterward, he was hired at the Sand Creek Massacre NHS, moved to Eads,
and began what he hopes to be a long and purposeful career with the National
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Jobe joined the staff at Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (NHS) on
January 23, 2017, as an Interpretive Park Guide. Teri brings a growing passion
for history and an expectation to further develop her skills as an effective
employee of the National Park Service.
was born in Coudersport, Pennsylvania (PA), a small town in the foothills of the
Allegheny Mountains. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Park and Resource
Management from Slippery Rock University in December 2011. While attending
Slippery Rock, Teri met and later married her husband, Tim Jobe.
spent two summers working with the US Army Corps of Engineers at Shenango River
Lake in northwestern PA. That experience enabled her to apply for a summer
seasonal position with the National Park Service at Allegheny Portage Railroad
National Historic Site and Johnstown Flood National Memorial. It was during her
time at both of these parks that Teri was exposed to interpreting cultural
history to visitors for the first time.
the next five summers, Teri worked as a seasonal Interpretive Park Guide at
Boston National Historic Park in Massachusetts, honing her interpretive and
communication skills. In December, she was selected as permanent Interpretive
Park Guide at Sand Creek Massacre NHS and now begins a new chapter in both her
career and life. Join us in welcoming Teri as she settles into her newly adopted
community of Lamar, Colorado.
Karl Zimmermann - Chief of Operations -Sand Creek Massacre National
Durwood Miller - Maintenance-Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Seasonal Biological Science
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Eboni Nash, a 2015 graduate of Eads High
School, is in her first summer as a Bioscience Technician at Sand Creek Massacre
National Historic Site.
She currently attends Hastings College in
Hastings, Nebraska with majors in psychology, criminology, and Christian
Eboni’s key duties for this job involve
learning about the site’s natural resources including; Monitoring pollinators,
reptiles, exotic plants, and hydrology levels. These experiences have
introduced Eboni to the scientific community that supports the National Park
Service. Working with Karl Zimmerman, Park Operations Manager and Durwood
Miller, Maintenance Supervisor, Eboni is also learning about chemical
applications and trail maintenance.
Eboni’s colleagues at Sand Creek Massacre NHS are delighted that she has joined
the team! Be sure to congratulate Eboni when you see her in the “green and grey”
of the National Park Service.
Dr. Alexa Roberts - Superintendent of the Southeast Colorado Group
Biographical Sketch: Alexa Roberts
Superintendent of the Southeast Colorado Group
Jeanne asked me to write a short “bio” about myself for the website, but when I
asked her what she wanted, she wanted my whole life story and all my current
statistics! I said ok, but not my weight... She told me I did have to say that
I am 47 years old…
I am originally from Albuquerque, where my mom still lives. My dad passed away
two years ago, but had spent nearly 40 years working for the USDA as a
veterinarian developing pesticides for external parasites on sheep and cattle.
My mom taught remedial reading to kids with learning disabilities. My sister is
currently going to school in Chicago.
During high school I had all kinds of jobs – from cleaning houses, to telephone
soliciting, and working in a cheese store. I didn’t know what I wanted to do
after graduation, but thought about veterinary work or range science. So I went
to the University of New Mexico and there discovered the field of archaeology.
From 1979 through about 1986 I worked every summer on archaeology projects in
New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and on an island near Georgia. One of those
projects was at a national monument in northern Arizona and included doing oral
history work with Navajo people. That project led to working for the Navajo
Nation’s archaeology department in Window Rock, Arizona.
Then in 1986 the Navajo Nation opened the first tribal historic preservation
department in the country. I quit archaeology and became the Navajo Nation’s
Deputy Historic Preservation Officer for eight wonderful years. Mostly my job
involved working for the Navajo tribal government in the effort to preserve
places of special significance in the history and culture of the Navajo people.
During that time I finished my doctoral program but in my spare time my former
husband and I collected and found homes for stray dogs, usually our home! We had
more dogs than I’ll admit to, but now I only have three.
In 1994 I left the Navajo Nation and joined the National Park Service as an
anthropologist in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I stayed there for eight years, during
which time the Sand Creek Massacre Site Location Project began. I was asked to
document oral histories from the Cheyenne and Arapaho descendents of the
Massacre. After legislation was passed authorizing the establishment of the new
National Historic Site, I was asked to oversee the effort to make the
establishment happen. I moved to Colorado in 2001.
Before leaving Santa Fe, I met Jeff Campbell, a Senior Special Agent with the
New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, and a writer. Jeff retired from law
enforcement and moved to Eads last year, where he is writing and active with the
Artists of the Plains Gallery. We are also involved with the new Kiowa County
Historic Preservation Commission. We are very happy to be here and become part
of this wonderful community. We have made such good new friends in the short
time we have been here. I love my job and this part of the country, and don’t
plan on going anywhere else for the foreseeable future. So if I haven’t met you
already, I look forward to meeting you soon!