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Shawn Gillette
Craig Moore
Karen Wilde
Marcia Will-Clifton
Keegan Donovan
John Launius
Teri Jobe
Karl Zimmermann
Durwood Miller
Eboni Nash
Dr. Alexa Roberts

National Parks Services

Shawn Gillette Chief of InterpretationShawn Gillette

Chief of Interpretation.

NPS Photo

The  Chief of Interpretation, Shawn Gillette, began service with Sand Creek Massacre NHS in September 2012.

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 activities.

 

Janet Frederick  Janet Frederick

Administrative Technician

Karen Wilde Karen Wilde

Tribal Liaison

Ms. 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.

 “I 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).

 

Craig Moore Craig Moore

Education Technician NPS Photo

Craig Moore:

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 Corps)    Sam (Student, Pueblo,CO)

Past National Park Service work: 17 years at Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, La Junta, CO;             

2 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

Marcia Will-Clifton Marcia Will-Clifton

 Admin Support Asst NPS Photo

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

 

Keegan Donovan Interpretive Park Guide Keegan Donovan

Interpretive Park Guide NPS Photo

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.

 Keegan’s 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

 

John Launius Interpretive Park Guide John Launius 

Interpretive Park Guide NPS Photo

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 Park Service.

 

Teri Jobe

Interpretive Park Guide NPS Photo

Teri 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.

Teri 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.

Teri 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. 

For 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 Historic Site
Durwood Miller - Maintenance-Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Eboni Nash Bioscience Technician Eboni Nash

 Seasonal Biological Science Aid NPS Photo

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 ministry.

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 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!

 

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