|Friday, Aug 12, 2005|
On Tuesday, August 2, 2005 Director Fran Mainella welcomed new Superintendent Karen Gustin of Big Cypress National Preserve to the southwest Florida community. A reception for local community leaders, elected officials and representatives of Tribal Nations, and members of local recreational and environmental organizations was held in Naples, Florida to allow interested parties an informal opportunity to meet with Karen and welcome her to her new assignment. At the reception Director Mainella said "Karen's proven ability to work with and reach out to the local communities make her the best person for the job".
Gustin entered on duty at Big Cypress National Preserve on April, 2005. She began her National Park Service career as supervisory park ranger at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, home of the famous Gateway Arch in St. Louis. She quickly advanced through interpretation, law enforcement, resource management and training posts at Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, Ga., Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, Alaska, and Albright Training Center at Grand Canyon National Park, in subsequent years.
Since 1994, Gustin has held park manager/superintendent posts at Effigy Mounds National Monument (Iowa), Katmai National Park and Preserve (Alaska), War in the Pacific National Historical Park (Guam) and American Memorial Park (Saipan) and Pictured Rocks. She is a graduate of Colorado State University in Fort Collins with a Bachelor of Science degree in outdoor recreation.
-- Photo Caption -- Over fifty members of the southwest Florida community turned out to welcome Karen Gustin as the new Superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve. Pictured - Fran Mainella, NPS Director; Karen Gustin, Superintendent Big Cypress National Preserve; Clyde Butcher, artist and President of Friends of Big Cypress National Preserve; and, Ralph Smith, Park Manager, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.