Meet the Interpreters: Discover Power of Parks 2018

Kate Seader - My name is Kate Seader. I was born and raised in Bloomington Indiana. I graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg FL with a Bachelors of Science in Biology in the spring of 2017. I’m interested in Search and Rescue, wetland ecology, and permaculture. I joined the SCA NH Corps because the program seemed like the perfect opportunity to gain experience in environmental interpretation and education while continuing to give back to the community.

Claire Adams - Hi! My name is Claire Adams and I am a 23 year-old from Rochester, NY. I will be the 2018 Interpretive Ranger for Greenfield and Monadnock State Parks with the SCA NH Americorps. I received my Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Biology from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK in December of 2015. Last year, I had a great experience while serving with the SCA and the US Forest Service at the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, inspiring me to join this program for another opportunity to serve with this organization. I have greatly appreciated the opportunities for growth presented to me during education season, WFR training, and field trips and look forward to the rewards and challenges of interpreting this park season.

Haley Lesmerises - My name is Haley and I am super excited to be one of the Interpretive Rangers at Franconia Notch State Park this summer! I'm a local from Milford, NH, and I went to school at UNH where I got my bachelor's degree in Wildlife & Conservation Biology. I can't wait to get out into the park and have the opportunity to talk to park goers about the constellations, native wildlife, invasive species and more! Come see me at the Hiker cabin for information on the park or come to one of my programs to learn about all of the wild things Franconia State park has to offer.

Brianne Bishop - My name is Brianne Bishop and this summer I will be the Interpretive Ranger at Umbagog Lake State Park. I am originally from New Jersey where I earned my degree in Environmental Studies from Ramapo College of New Jersey. I found this position while searching for job opportunities and instantly fell in love. It has been a childhood dream of mine to work as an Interpretive Ranger in the National Park Service and I am excited to further explore this career path here in NH.

Rachel Shoemaker - I'm Rachel and I’m the Interpretive Ranger at White Lake State Park this year! I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC and went on to study marine biology at UNC-Wilmington. Since I consider both the mountains and ocean my home, NH is a perfect fit for me. It has always been a dream of mine to work in the great outdoors and help others realize or develop their own love for nature. Teaching and leading field trips for 3rd - 5th graders from the Manchester/Concord area was a wonderful start to the season and I’m even more excited to migrate up north for the summer to lead programs at White Lake – you’ll also see me some at Ellacoya as well. Hope to see you there!

Bethany Bryant - Hello Bear Brook and Seacoast! My name is Bethany Bryant and I’ll be one of your interpreters this season. I’m from Kentucky were I attended Western Kentucky University. I studied cultural anthropology, cultural resource management and folklore. I have a passion for stories and I hope to share many with you around a camp fire. SCA New Hampshire Americorps is a perfect fit for me because I love traveling and exploring beautiful new places, learning with others about our wonderful world and hearing the stories that make these spaces home to so many. Hope to see you soon!

Tom Fischer - My name is Tom Fischer and I'm from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Boston University with a degree in International Relations focusing on International Security. I'm going to be the interpretive ranger at Monadnock State Park, and I'm excited to help enrich the experience of all those who come visit.


Kelly Graner - Hey, I’m Kelly Graner, the Interpretive Ranger at Crawford Notch for the state of New Hampshire! I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and currently studying Marketing online through Penn State University. I came to New Hampshire because of the Student Conservation Association where I did a six month SCA program with Pittsburgh Parks. I loved it so much I decided to do another, longer position. In the future, I plan to keep doing programs with the SCA because I get to do meaningful work that involves my passion, which is the great outdoors.

Rand - I am Rand and I recently graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science in Forestry with a Bachelor's in Environmental Education. I have been interested in learning about and conserving the natural environment since before high school. I hope to put the experience of Americorps and SCA service to use in many further interpretive positions. My favorite topic to about is plants and how people can utilize them. Please stop by Pawtuckaway this summer where I will be the Interpretive Ranger teaching a diversity of programs for your enjoyment.

Kim Snyder - My name is Kim Snyder and I am joining the SCA from Westchester, NY. Previously, I served an 11-month term with AmeriCorps NCCC in the midwest. My degree in Environmental Science is from Cornell University and since 2015 I have been pursuing jobs that will help me bring people closer to the natural world. SCA NH Corps is an ideal way to learn more about the ecology of New England and connect people with their local natural resources. Look for me at Pillsbury SP, Kingston SP, or at the Seacoast (South Hampton, Odiorne Point, and Wallis Sands) this season.