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New Deputy Superintendent Selected for Grand Canyon National Park

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Diane Chalfant will be the new Deputy Superintendent at Grand Canyon National Park.
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News Release Date: February 7, 2013
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga recently announced that Diane Chalfant has been selected as the park's new Deputy Superintendent. Chalfant, a 32-year National Park Service (NPS) career professional, is expected to move to the Grand Canyon in early March. 

Chalfant is currently assigned as the NPS Deputy Associate Director, Interpretation and Education in the agency's Washington Headquarters where she works on policy development, education partnership development and program evaluation.  She also recently completed a temporary assignment as the Commissioner, National Parks of New York Harbor, providing oversight for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Governors Island, the seven park units that comprise the Manhattan Sites and Gateway National Recreation Area. While there, she served as the Agency Administrator for three Hurricane Sandy Incident Management Teams which brought more than 1,000 NPS employees to the News York area to provide assistance in the months following the hurricane.  

"We are very excited that Diane will be joining the Grand Canyon team," said Superintendent Uberuaga. "She brings a tremendous amount of national experience and leadership to the table, particularly in the areas of communicating with and educating the public about the parks. She is clearly dedicated to the National Park Service mission and is a proven leader in the National Park Service." 

A native of suburban Cleveland, Ohio, Chalfant has previously worked in six national park units, including Yellowstone and Cuyahoga Valley National Parks, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Independence National Historical Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial.  

"I have been a lifelong visitor to the Grand Canyon, said Chalfant. "Like so many others, I have been humbled and inspired by its beauty, culture, and grandeur. It will be an honor and a privilege to work with the park staff, neighboring tribes and partners to protect and help the public enjoy this very special place that means so much to so many people."  

Chalfant's husband, Paul, is a Concessions Management Specialist in the NPS Washington Headquarters. He will continue his work with the Washington office, but will move to the Grand Canyon with Diane. Their daughter, Danielle, and son-in-law, Greg, work in Yellowstone National Park; and their son, Marc, is in graduate school at Colorado State University. 

"My husband Paul and I are excited about our upcoming move and are thrilled to be joining the Grand Canyon community." 

-NPS-

Did You Know?

SPRINGS PROVIDE OASES FOR FLORA AND FAUNA

Within the Grand Canyon, the type and abundance of organisms is directly related to the presence or absence of water. The Colorado River and its tributaries, as well as springs, seeps, stock tanks and ephemeral pools provide oases to flora and fauna in this semi-arid southwest desert area.