Gift Shop Associate
I have always had a passion for wildlife –from the smallest insect to the majestic bald eagle. Having grown up coming to the Refuge and visiting all of the animals, when the opportunity to work at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge came up, I jumped at the chance to become a part of such an amazing facility. It is so great to be able to be a part of a facility that is truly devoted to saving the lives of wonderful animals that have been wrongfully placed due to the exotic pet trade. As a gift shop associate, I have the pleasure of getting to greet each visitor to the Refuge and introduce them to our facility before they embark on their adventure of learning about all of our furry friends.
I grew up in Farmington just outside of Fayetteville where I attended the University of Arkansas and received my BS in Education with a focus on Wildlife Interpretation. Working for the Arkansas State Parks as a Park Interpreter, I was able to help connect people to the flora and fauna of our wonderful state. After almost 5 years of working for the parks, I decided to return home and go to graduate school for Biology at the University of Arkansas. While I love all animals, bears really speak to me the most and every year I travel to the Arctic for polar bear research and education. When I am finished with school, I would really love to work with bears and do educational outreach to show just how amazing and important all bears are.