I’m a professional facilitator and planner, helping people in government and nonprofit organizations make decisions through dialogue and strategic thinking. I also host vacation travelers to Acadia National Park and Boston.
Prior, I was a manager with the National Park Service, and with several nonprofits. As Superintendent of Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, I worked to connect coastal islands with an urban population. I was Chief of Planning & Land Resources at Acadia National Park in Maine, and an NPS Park Planner in the Northeast. I have worked in the non-government sector with The Nature Conservancy, Maine Audubon Society, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
I studied wildland recreation at the University of Montana School of Forestry, earning a BS in natural resource conservation. I hold a masters degree in human resource education from Boston University School of Education (EdM).
I’m convinced of the value of partnerships rooted in shared goals. Collaborative program development and management with eight nonprofits, the National Park Service, and my own firm offers an unusual—and hopefully useful—perspective. In 2016, I launched Park.Partners, a resource for public and nonprofit partners managing natural or cultural heritage sites.
A sense of place is central to my work and personal life. I’m keenly interested in place-making. My hobby is creating environments where I feel at “home;” always near the ocean. I’m fortunate to split my time between homes on Maine’s Mount Desert Island and Boston’s Beacon Hill. Historic architecture is one interest; see links to others in the footer.