I have been with the Oregon State Marine Board since March 2006 in the Boating Safety Section. I’m the Boating Education Coordinator, but I have several hats including Jr. Boater Coordinator, the School Program Coordinator, the “Let’s Go Boating” Grant Program Coordinator and currently the project manager for the non-motorized program linked to our Strategic Plan.
I came to the Marine Board from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, where I worked as the Boating Education Coordinator for a year and a half and as the Boating Facilities Program Manager for three and a half years.
Before going to college, I attended the National Park Service Law Enforcement Training at Silva, North Carolina. I then went on to work as a seasonal Boat Patrol Law Enforcement Officer for the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, National Park Service; stationed out of Dangling Rope Marina, 40 miles from the nearest town, could only get there by boat or helicopter. I was also a certified Emergency Medical Technician and worked several boating accidents.
Graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology, with an emphasis in Fish and Wildlife Management. During and after college I was a Wildlife Technician for the AZGFD.
I grew up boating and learning how to water ski on Lake Powell, Arizona. I’ve been a water-rat for all of my life from boating, swimming in high school, taking water skiing classes in college, to now owning (then selling) a boat. Now that I don’t have the ski boat, I bought myself a kayak and enjoy paddling around Oregon, especially when the weather gets better.