Meet the Social Media Team

Have you ever wondered who's behind the initials in parenthesis after each and every post we share? Meet our social media team and the people who bring Montezuma Castle National Monument to you where ever you are, around the world.

 
A woman sits with knees up against a large tree.

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Laura has been involved with environmental and natural history education since 2008. She began her career on Catalina Island working for a camp that taught students to conserve and respect their natural resources. After graduating from the Park Ranger Training Program at Northern Arizona University, Laura started her National Park Service career in May of 2013 here at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments.

Laura loves insects. If you find a cool insect on the trail, Laura wants to know about it (please just take a picture, Laura doesn't like to disturb them in their natural habitat). She also has a degree in agriculture, so if you want to talk about how farming is one of the most important developments in human history, she'd be up for that too. At home, Laura likes to cook, exercise, garden, hike, and take photographs of insects (did we mention she likes insects?).

 
Ranger Sharlot in the T-Shaped doorway of an archaeological site

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Sharlot didn't camp out until after her 18th birthday. Since then she's been hooked on all things outdoors! She has worked for MOCA (Montezuma Castle) and TUZI (Tuzigoot) since 2009, when she returned to her beloved home state of Arizona. Before that she explored the nature and cultures of Madagascar and Oregon. Now she loves to hike with her two dogs and husband, when she's not on the trail or leading the summer Junior Ranger camps at Montezuma Well. She also recently went back to school, deciding that she should get a master's degree to further focus her NPS career in archives and archeology.

Most of all, Sharlot likes finding out new things! So if something amazes you about our parks, let her know by posting it! If you still have an unanswered question after leaving, ask it on Facebook! She wants to stay connected with you.

 
(km) Ranger Krystina

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Krystina has been working at Montezuma Castle since 2011. She began as a Student Conservation Association intern and became an employee through the Pathways Program for students in 2012. Krystina recently earned her MA in archaeology from Northern Arizona University. Her thesis, “Same Story, Different Pueblo?” focuses on the interpretation of archaeological sites within the National Park Service in the American Southwest. When she isn't working as a park ranger, she enjoys fiber arts and spending time with her bearded dragon Arnold.

Krystina previously interned with the Flagstaff Area National Monuments (Wupatki, Sunset Crater, and Walnut Canyon) and is an avid supporter of the Passport to your National Parks and Junior Ranger program. She has earned badges from at least 34 parks, so far...

 
A woman hikes while holding a camera.

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Jodi's love affair with the national parks began in childhood when summer vacations took the family cross-country for weeks at a time, packing in visits to as many national parks as possible. These early adventures only served to fuel her wanderlust and love of sharing her adventures through writing and photography. She pursued both subjects at the university level before saying goodbye to family and friends for five years to travel more than 200,000 miles each year across the backroads of the US as an over-the-road truck driver. Her love of her native state drew her back to Arizona where she worked as a tour guide before becoming a full-time travel writer and photographer. You might have seen her articles and photos in publications such as Creede Magazine or websites that include USA Today, US News and World Report, AZ Central, Livestrong and others. She also creates web content for travel sites that include Choice Hotels, Travelocity, Hipmunk and other industry sites as well as her own blog, Traveling With Large Dogs, which documents the trials and triumphs of seeing the country with oversize canines.

 
A man and a boy stand next to a lake.

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Rob is a Midwest native, he grew up in Illinois, but moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2001. He has lived in our state enjoying the heat for most of that time. Rob loves being outdoors even in the summer heat, although cooler weather during the Fall & Winter seasons allow him to explore more often, he still ventures out into the desert when it's hot. When he isn't in front of a social media app, or behind a camera, you'll find him off-road, camping, or enjoying some treasure hunting far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Exploring nature.

Rob's background of social media comes from the experience he gained with his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, and a Masters of Business Administration. He chose to combine his love of the outdoors, his education and work experience with the National Park Service social media team and he plans to explore more parks and share it with you.

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