Meet the Interpretive Rangers
Xandri Clifton - I can’t wait to be the Greenfield/Monadnock Interpretive Ranger! I originate in North Carolina, but before coming to New Hampshire, I graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Animal Behavior and Biology. While living in Indiana, I worked at Pokagon State Park as an assistant to Interpretive Naturalists, so I’m no stranger to park programming! I also worked at an animal wildlife rehabilitation center, so I have a huge passion for wildlife, and can’t wait to tell you about it! My other hobbies include hiking, biking, rock climbing, water sports…basically anything outdoors.
Thomas Cummings - I'm 24 years old and I'm from Millbrook, NY. This summer I will be the Interpretative Ranger at Umbagog Lake State Park. I graduated from the State University of New York at Potsdam back in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Geology. Last year I served as the Geology Educator at John Boyd Thacher State Park outside of Albany, NY with the SCA Hudson Valley Corps. I'm excited to meet people both at my programs and in passing. So if you're canoeing, taking a dip in the lake, or just at camp, be sure to look for me in my signature SCA baseball cap and say hello!
Nell Davis - I grew up in rural Vermont and graduated from Williams College, where I studied Geology and Art History. I also have a Masters degree in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. My Masters program was a wonderful combination of taking graduate level courses and teaching outdoor science to sixth grade students from across Idaho. After finishing my Masters, I coordinated programs and led backcountry trips at an outdoor education center and summer camp in Colorado. I love being outdoors (especially when hiking), sharing my knowledge of natural history, and learning from the people around me. I am excited to be back on the East Coast, and I am very much looking forward to being the Monadnock State Park interpretive ranger this year.
Eilís Donohue - Hi! My name is Eilís and I’m from Maryland. I graduated from Vassar College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies (with a focus on Earth Science and Geography) and German. The New Hampshire Corps has been my first SCA position and I’m enjoying it immensely so far. I am pleased to say that I’ll be one of two Interpretive Rangers at Franconia Notch State Park this summer. I can’t wait to explore this beautiful park and hopefully present some programs about local geology, seasonal changes in flora, and maybe even nocturnal wildlife. See you in the summer!
Kyle Krupa - Hello State Park visitors! I’m beyond excited to be hosting interpretive programs out of Pawtuckaway State Park this summer. Most of my outdoor and naturalist experience comes from my background in the Boy Scouts of America. I earned the rank of Eagle Scout back in 2012, after planning out and overseeing a charity concert in my hometown of Reading, Massachusetts. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in English in 2016 and immediately went back to working outdoors. Some of my favorite things to do outside are looking for edible plants, backpacking, bird watching, and meditation so expect programs based around many of these!
Simone Maule - Hello there! I’m Simone and I was born and raised in Poulsbo, Washington. I graduated from Scripps College in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, and Society. I’ve spent the past couple years working in conservation and exploring the western United States. SCA NH Corps has been such a wonderful program and has given me the opportunity to spend some time in a new environment and further develop my teaching and interpretive resume. I love boating, hiking, and traveling and I’m really excited to spend this summer hanging out at Crawford Notch and Ellacoya as the Northern Rover.
Matthew Pyster - I was born in Northern Virginia, and used the woods around my house as a magical world of make believe with my friends. Years later I attended West Virginia University, and got a B.S. in Biology. I spent a lot of free-time wandering in nature for fun, and working with conservation groups during this period of my life. After graduating I worked for a year and a half as an activity assistant at an assisted living facility (similar to a nursing home), developing people skills and learning what I wanted to do. I decided I liked working with people, and wanted to focus on my own personal interests as well. I joined the Student Conservation Association, where I am hoping to find a balance between personal interest in nature and a social component I can thrive in. In June, I will be the interpretive ranger at White Lake State Park. I am excited to bring my knowledge about nature to other people, and I hope to share my curiosity about the living world around us.
Molly Ryan - Hi all! My name is Molly Ryan and this summer I will be working at Bear Brook State Park, as well as at Odiorne Point and Wallis Sands. Originally, I am from Pennsylvania, where I received my degree in history and secondary education at Shippensburg University. I have also lived in West Virginia and Ohio while working as an interpretative park ranger with the National Park Service. I love meeting new people and talking with them about America’s special places. I cannot wait to get to know the wonderful people of New Hampshire as they visit this state’s special and beautiful parks.
Sarah Sherwood - Hey there! I'm Sarah, your new Franconia Notch State Park Interpretive Ranger! I am a 22-year-old who was raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and grew up hiking the White Mountains. In 2018 I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with degrees in Mathematical Sciences and Psychology and a minor in Statistics. My prior service with the SCA as the Visitor Center and Education Intern at Sullys Hill National Game Preserve in St. Michaels, North Dakota confirmed for me that I want a career as an Interpretive Ranger with the National Park Service. My goal is to gain the necessary skills and experience for such a position while helping create educational and memorable experiences for visitors at the beautiful Franconia park! Feel free to come visit me at the hikers' cabin or attend my campground programs this summer 2019.