• Rafting through the Obed Wild & Scenic River gorge


    Wild & Scenic River Tennessee

Our Staff & Offices

Although small, the staff of Obed Wild and Scenic River performs a diverse range of duties. Administrative staff members fulfill essential support functions such as budgeting, payroll and property management. Resource management staff are the individuals directly responsible for using science- based techniques to monitor and protect the park's natural and cultural resources. Maintenance personnel work to improve or prolong the life of the park's assets and conduct routine activities that are essential to visitor enjoyment of the park. The park's interpretive staff manage the day to day operations of the park's visitor center and participate in a wide array of programs, educational outreach activities and special events that are designed to increase public understanding and appreciation for the park. In addition to performing traditional law enforcement duties to protect park visitors and park resources, protection rangers are actively involved in areas such as emergency medical services and search and rescue. The efforts of the full time staff listed below are supplemented by the assistance of part time and seasonal personnel.

Superintendent: Niki Stephanie Nicholas
Administrative Officer: Dru James Administrative Assistant: Barbara Olmstead
Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator: Moria Painter Chief of Resource Management: Tom Blount
Resource Management Specialist: Rebecca Schapansky
Biological Technician: Justin Coffey
Maintenance Chief: Johanna Wheeler Maintenance Worker: Dave Swanson Chief Ranger: Matt Hudson
Chief of Interpretation: Dave Carney Park Ranger (Interpretation): Joe Zagorski
Park Ranger (Protection): Brett Painter
Park Ranger (Protection): Thomas Hall Seasonal Park Guides: Chance Hall, Joel Warwick Teacher-Ranger-Teacher: Jeff Kidd

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