Meet the Social Media Team
Coty (cs) has been at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial for the last ten years. He has worked as a Park Guard, Park Dispatcher, and as a Law Enforcement Officer here at the Arch and Old Courthouse. Having an affinity for all things social media, Coty felt compelled to be part of the social media team and as a member of the Law Enforcement Division; he felt his unique view of the park could help round out this very talented and diverse group.
Jen (jrc) is the park archivist. Eager to prove that archivists are about outreach and not lingering in dusty basements, she was thrilled to become part of the Social Media Team. She spent many a family vacation at NPS battlefields up and down the east coast, but never expected to end up working at a park herself! She enjoys working at an urban park and tries to get out and enjoy downtown St. Louis as much as possible. Jen came to the park out of library school and has been here for twelve years. The scope of the museum collections keep her intrigued with the park's history and themes, and she hopes through social media to bring interesting facts about the collections to the public. As well as Facebook updates, she contributes Way Back Wednesdays and half of the entries for the Artifact of the Month blog.
Julie (jn) is the park's Education Director. Her NPS career began at Fort Smith National Historic Site (Arkansas) in 2000 and she has been at the Arch and Old Courthouse since 2008. She came to the park service after spending time as first a classroom history teacher and then as an art museum director and educator. She remembers typing education handouts on mimeograph sheets before the days of PCs. Communication was largely done by phone and face-to-face meetings. To promote art events she drove all over town with printed flyers and scotch tape and asked businesses if she could post them in their windows. Obviously not a digital native, she is working to educate herself on current trends in both education technology and social media.
Melissa (mlrc) is a Park Guide, and it shows. With an outgoing and friendly personality interaction with visitors is fun and (hopefully) exciting. Being part of the social media team just seems like a natural extension of her Park Guide status as yet another way to connect with visitors. Melissa is new to St. Louis, originally from Colorado; she spends a lot of her free time trying to get familiar with the city and the different opportunities it offers. So far she has discovered: PI, Pappy's, Central West End, the Delmar Loop, Saint Louis Bread Co. (known to everyone else in the world as PANERA), Hardee's (which is Carl's JR to people from the West), and of Course the St. Louis Blues Hockey team!! (It's not baseball season yet, but surely she can be persuaded to be a Cardinals fan over a Rockies fan.)
Michelle (mm) has worked for the NPS-JNEM for 10 years. She began in the student STEP program while in college and is now the lead gardener and park arborist. Her passion for trees and the outdoors is often reflected in her photographs. Working in an urban oasis allows her to view its many blessings as well as adversities. She cares very deeply for the landscape and all the wildlife that visit and is 100% committed in the mission to preserve and protect for future generations.
Ross (rw) has fifteen years' experience in Jefferson National Expansion Memorial's Media Services Department, serving as a photographer, videographer and motion picture projectionist. Prior to his NPS position, he worked in television and radio in Florida and Illinois. If you haven't seen him at the Arch, chances are you've probably heard him - his is the voice instructing you to empty your pockets into the plastic containers when you first enter the facility. Ross hopes to offer some behind-the-scenes glimpses of life at the Arch, and is looking forward to working with Sue in producing some Ranger Minutes for social media. He enjoys reading, bicycling and traveling with his wife. He is also a passionate sports fan, pledging his undying support to the Blues, Rams...and the Cubs.
Sue (sf) has been at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial for all of her fifteen year National Park Service career. The first five years were as a Motion Picture Projectionist in the Media Services Department. Then in 2001 an Exhibit Specialist position opened and she has been there ever since. The job encompasses a little of everything from maintaining exhibits in the 40,000 sq. ft. Museum of Westward Expansion to updating the park website.
Having worked on the park website for the past ten years, it just seemed natural to be a part of the Social Media Team and posting on Facebook. Sue spends her free time enjoying reading, bicycling, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball and most of all photography. Right now she is teaching herself the technique of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography.