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FPR Core Team Biographies


As the Forest Planner, Jennifer is leading the Forest Plan Revision effort for the Santa Fe National Forest.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Ph.D. in Plant Biology.  She enjoys hiking and camping with her family as well as traveling and going to museums.   Jennifer has been working on the Santa Fe National Forest since 2007.



Erin joined the Santa Fe National Forest in September 2018 as the Socioeconomic Lead and Planning Specialist on the Forest Plan Revision Team. She works with socioeconomic forest resources, including grazing, recreation infrastructure, traditional and cultural uses, environmental justice, oil and gas, realty, and special use authorization. She also has general expertise in socioecological processes and sustainable management. She has BS in Sustainability from Arizona State University and was awarded an MS degree in Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability in August 2018. During her time at UM, she interned with the Boulder, Colorado chapter of The Nature Conservancy, working on their Sustainable Grazing program. As a TNC Sustainable Grazing intern, she interviewed Colorado ranchers about their methods to understand how different ranching styles impact socioecological outcomes on working ranches. The internship was facilitated through her participation in the Wyss Scholars for the American West program. Both at UM and during her undergraduate career Erin worked as a science writer. In this capacity, she interviewed scientists, professors, and students about their research and wrote up articles for university research websites. Still recovering from grad school, Erin is in the process of rediscovering interests and hobbies outside of her thesis and avoiding her thesis. This being said, once upon a time she enjoyed reading, amateur art, creative writing, long walks, and trying to learn new languages. She has ambitions to enjoy these things once again and also take up outdoor recreation activities.



Sherele Brooks joined the Santa Fe Forest Plan Revision Team in June of 2018 as a Pathways Intern. She provides support to the team in a multitude of ways by using her adaptability and collaboration skills. Sherele is currently attending UNM and is going for her bachelors in environmental science. She hopes to continue her education through graduate school. In her free time she is a local advocate and volunteer. She also enjoys cycling, yoga, hiking, off-roading, and spending time with friends and family especially with her beloved pets, Paco and Spirit.



Devin became a member of the Santa Fe National Forest’s Plan Revision team in April 2018. In this position, she will revise and enhance the vegetation, timber, and fire sections of the Forest Plan’s Environmental Impact Statement. These contributions will help guide management decisions on the Santa Fe National Forest to promote diverse, healthy, and resilient ecosystems for the future. Devin’s passion for sustainable forestry and land use practices stem from years spent exploring the beautiful expanses of forests in her home state, Kentucky.  Devin’s early career began with a degree in Forestry at the University of Kentucky, leading her to work for many years as an inventory forester, collecting forest and land use data as a part of the national Forest Inventory and Analysis program. Collecting FIA data and noticing changes on the landscape over time sparked an interest in conducting her own research, bringing her back to the Forestry and Natural Resources Department at the University of Kentucky to work with Dr. Mary Arthur. Devin focused her Master’s research on projects involving forest ecology (oak-woodland restoration) and fire ecology (vegetative recovery following wildfire), within the Daniel Boone National Forest.  This collaborative research ultimately inspired her to pursue employment with the USDA Forest Service, leading her west to sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico. In her free time, Devin enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, playing musical instruments, and attending art and music festivals. She looks forward to the day when she can once again read books for pure enjoyment.  



Daryl Ratajczak joined the Forest Plan Revision Team in December of 2015 and will provide wildlife guidance throughout the planning process paying particular attention to Species of Conservation Concern. Daryl hails from Buffalo, NY and received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Environmental and Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. In 1997, is career took him to East Tennessee where he began working with black bears in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As manager of the Appalachian Bear Center, Daryl focused his efforts on research and education which soon landed him a position with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. After a short stint managing a Hunter Education and Range facility in Memphis, TN, Daryl moved to Nashville to become the Agency’s Big Game Program Coordinator overseeing Tennessee’s deer, elk, black bear and wild hog programs. In 2001, Daryl was appointed as the Chief of Wildlife and Forestry for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Pursuing his lifelong dream of “working in the Rockies,” Daryl decided to make the jump to the U.S. Forest Service and move his family across country to begin his work in Santa Fe National Forest. His wife, two boys, and two awesome dogs  will have their hands full exploring the beautiful outdoors and the rich cultural diversity Northern New Mexico has to offer. An avid hunter, Daryl has hunted most everything except the western big game species and is looking forward to the challenges they have to offer.



Charles joined the Santa Fe National Forest in 2015 as the Collaboration Specialist for the Forest Plan Revision Process.  He is coordinating and implementing public engagement strategies for those with a stake in Forest management, such as members of the public, government agencies, and tribes.  Charles aspires to a romantic life, and this position on the Santa Fe National Forest is an ideal opportunity to continue striving toward a life full of adventure, moral courage, and public service.  Earlier in life, Charles studied military history as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois and then fulfilled a lifelong dream by hiking 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail.  After that, Charles and his wife served in the Peace Corps together in Tanzania, where he led local students on wilderness expeditions.  He then completed a dual MBA and MPP (Master of Public Policy) at the University of Michigan before leading and coordinating all Willamette National Forest activities celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in 2014.  Charles loves playing sports, running marathons, hiking, and reading favorite books such as The Lord of the Rings and TR:  The Last Romantic.





Jonathan joined the Santa Fe National Forest in 2016, where he coordinates development of the Forest Plan's socioeconomic resource components, including recreation, grazing, infrastructure, traditional & cultural uses, environmental justice, oil & gas, realty, and special use authorizations, among others. His career in public service includes a stint as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the aftermath of the BP oil spill, development of the administrative record for the BLM’s National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy, and serving as a law clerk for the City of Boulder while pursuing a joint degree in environmental law and land use planning from the University of Colorado. His most memorable extracurricular experience, however, was spending a summer writing development regulations for environmentally sensitive areas in the City of Aspen—all while eschewing a fixed address in favor of camping in the White River National Forest and riding some of Colorado’s best singletrack to work each day (luckily for his coworkers, Aspen’s City Hall had showers). In his free time, Jonathan can most often be found on two wheels, paddling his duckie, or crafting wood-cut topographic cribbage boards.



Abie Carabajal headed the Forest’s ecological resources through Forest Plan Revision in assessing terrestrial, aquatic, and atmospheric systems from 2015-17.  This included assessing ecological sustainability and diversity of plant and animal communities.  Abie has a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology from the University of New Mexico, as well as a Master of Forestry degree from Northern Arizona University.  He has over 12 years of experience with the Forest Service in the Southwestern Region, including work in fire and fuels on the Cibola, Coconino, and Lincoln National Forests, and the Southwestern Regional Office.  He has also spent a little time in the Pacific Northwest on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, working in timber.  Abie enjoys hiking, camping, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, and just about any other outdoor recreational activity. 



Dave Park joined the Santa Fe National Forest as the Soil and Watershed Program Manager in May of 2014.  He has worked for the Forest Service as a Hydrologist since 1995.  Prior to joining the Forest Service, he worked for 11 years with two engineering companies in environmental and water resources consulting, and he also worked for one year with the Colorado Water Conservation Board on their in-stream flow program.  Dave will be providing support for soils, water resources, water rights, and other related areas to the Forest Plan Revision effort.  Since his arrival on the Santa Fe National Forest, he has been involved in the Diego Fire Burned Area Emergency Response effort, the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse Project, and the New Mexico Gas Company Pipeline Project (Los Alamos to Cuba), in addition to the many forest planning assignments and meetings.  He enjoys hiking, archery, fishing, backcountry skiing, cycling, canoeing, and music.



Jessica Dunn joined the Santa Fe National Forest as the Recreation, Scenery and Designated Areas Specialist for the Forest Plan Revision Team in September of 2015. She is a landscape architect, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts, a Masters of Fine Arts degree, and a Masters of Landscape Architecture degree.  She has worked for the Southwestern Region of the Forest Service since 2009, providing landscape architecture, recreation, and designated areas support to a variety of forests in New Mexico and Arizona.  As the Recreation, Scenery and Designated Areas specialist for Forest Plan Revision, she will be leading planning efforts for wilderness inventory and evaluation, wild and scenic river eligibility, designated areas, scenery management resources, and sustainable recreation. Jessica is working in this position on both the Santa Fe and Cibola plan revision teams. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, drawing, and exploring with her family.



Megan joined the Santa Fe National Forest in April of 2016 to assist with social/economic-based resources on the Forest through Forest Plan Revision. In this role she will assist with public meetings and outreach, and revision of the Assessment Report for socioeconomic resources. Before joining the team, she worked for multiple non-profits throughout the Intermountain West where she collaborated with communities and landowners to help protect their land and water resources, conserve agricultural heritage, and plan recreation that reflected community needs. Megan has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Jose State University and a Master of Community and Regional Planning with a concentration on Environmental Planning and Natural Resources. In her free time she loves drawing and water color painting, cooking, and exploring New Mexico’s amazing landscapes.



Joining the Forest Plan Revision Team in April of 2016 for a brief three-month stint, Melanie hails from Flagstaff, AZ where she works as the Administrative Management Specialist on the Coconino National Forest. Since finishing her Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy at Northern Arizona University in 2010, and beginning her career with the Forest Service, she has aspired to work in the field of community-based collaboration and partnerships. She is very grateful to have this opportunity to learn about, and be a part of, the process to engage the public in crafting their vision of the Santa Fe National Forest’s future.

Although born in the South (Alabama), she has lived in Arizona for over 40 years, and the Southwest is where she finds her querencia (love of place, or soul’s home). She loves exploring, hiking, and birding – from deserts to mountaintops. Until her 29-year old horse got too old to compete, she enjoyed endurance riding, completing rides up to 65 miles in length. The other animals that share her life at the moment are three cats (to keep her company), and two goats (to keep the horse company). She loves to read about natural history; especially pertaining to Native American and Ancient Puebloan cultures in the Southwest.



Shannon Kelardy is leading the social/economic-based resources on the Forest through Forest Plan Revision – i.e., Recreation, Lands, Minerals, Engineering, and Heritage.  In this position she guides a team of Social and Economic Resource Specialists through the assessment and revision process, provides interpretation of national and regional level direction to the team, advises specialists on their resource reports, writes a social/economic specific report, and leads the Wilderness identification and inventory effort.  Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Social and Economic Justice, as well as a Law Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.  She enjoys camping, wildlife watching, reading, and learning the different trees that can be found in the Forest.  Shannon has been working for the Forest Service since 2010 and the Santa Fe National Forest since 2013.


MARY ORR, WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST (Sep. 2013 to Feb. 2015)

Mary Orr was the Wildlife Biologist for the assessment phase of Forest Plan Revision on the Santa Fe National Forest.  In this role, she organized species information in a large database.  Based on criteria in the 2012 Rule, she extracted the Species of Conservation Concern to be carried forward in the revised plan.  She also prepared the assessment report.  Her job required communication and collaboration with members of the public, government agencies, tribes, and others who have a stake in Forest management.  Mary retired after 34 years of experience with the Forest Service in wildlife, timber, and range management.



Lindsay was heavily involved in initial outreach efforts as the Santa Fe National Forest kicked off its Forest Plan Revision effort. You may have seen her at one of the public meetings in the spring of 2014.



Jessica did a tremendous amount of outreach at fairs and other events during the summer and fall of 2014, including the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.  She spoke with over a thousand members of the public, telling them about Forest Plan Revision and encouraging them to get involved.