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Leadership Team Welcomes Two New Division Chiefs at Badlands

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Date: March 23, 2011
Contact: Eric Brunnemann, Superintendent

Superintendent Brunnemann welcomed Casey Osback, Chief of Visitor Protection and Jennie Kish Albrinck, Chief of Interpretation and Education as they joined the management team at Badlands this winter.  The long awaited replacements replaced two capable acting division chiefs who stepped up from within the park to take on extra duties on a temporary basis.

Casey transferred from Jewel Cave National Monument and started work in January as the new Chief of Visitor Protection.  He is responsible for managing Law Enforcement and emergency services.  Osback, a native of Southeast Wyoming (Torrington), started in the National Park Service in May of 1989 as a 14 year old park volunteer at Fort Laramie National Historic Site.  He also served as a ranger interpreter on the National Mall in Washington DC, at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument (New Mexico), Agate Fossil Beds National Monument (Nebraska), Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Lake Mead National Recreation Area.  Since childhood, Osback has had a passion for the history of the American West, including the Lakota people.

Jennie transferred from Grand Canyon National Park and started work in February as the Chief of Interpretation and Education.  She is responsible for managing the Ben Reifel Visitor Center and the Education and Interpretive programs offered to visitors and schools. Jennie began her career with the National Park Service at the Cambria Steel Mill, a National Historic Landmark in Johnstown PA. She also worked at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site and Johnstown Flood National Memorial.  Since 1993 Jennie has worked at Grand Canyon National Park doing a number of jobs in the interpretive/education field including Public Affairs, Fire Information, Concessions and Fee Management.  She also served as the Branch Chief of Interpretation at the North Rim Unit and as the park’s indoor and outdoor exhibit specialist.

The park is excited to have both Casey and Jennie join a team dedicated to preserving, protecting and providing for the public enjoyment of Badlands National Park.


Did You Know?

Ben Reifel speaking at the Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater - 1971

The Ben Reifel Visitor Center was named after Ben Reifel, the first congressman from the Sioux Nation, who served 5 terms. Afterwards, he served as consultant and Special Assistant for Indian Programs to the Director of the National Park Service. Badlands was his favorite national park.