Board of Directors

Carol Aten, Vice President
Carol Carol Atenspent 13 years with the National Park Service, as Chief of the Office of Policy and in senior positions in both the natural resources and cultural resources programs. Subsequently, she was Executive Vice President of the National Parks Conservation Association and Associate Director of Administrative Policy and Services for the U.S. Geological Survey. She has served on the board of the Natural Resources Council of America and chaired the boards of both Partners in Parks and the Parks and History Association, organizations that provided volunteer and educational support to the national parks. She is currently Treasurer of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City (a 90 year old DC planning, preservation, zoning, design and livability advocacy organization). Carol holds a JD degree.

Karen Baker, Treasurer
KarenKarenBaker worked for the Department of the Interior for 32 years, including her last 8 years as the Associate Director for Administration with the U.S. Geological Survey. Prior to that she was the Finance Officer with the former Minerals Management Service. Karen is currently a board member of the Department of Interior Federal Credit Union and Treasurer of her Episcopal Church Parish.

Abigail Miller

Abby ended her 18 years in the National Park Service as Deputy Associate Director, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science. In NPS, she helped design the Inventory and Monitoring Program and increase funding for natural resource programs. Prior to her NPS tenure, she worked in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Outer Continental Shelf leasing program in environmental compliance and program administration positions, the Bureau of Land Management’s Office of Policy, and the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation regional office in Philadelphia. She is a past president of the George Wright Society. Abby has a degree in Environmental Studies.

Jerry Mitchell, Secretary
JerryJerry Mitchell retired as Chief of the National Park Service’s Biological Resource Management Division in Ft. Collins, Colorado after 36 years in the Service. Before his term in Ft. Collins, he worked in Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks, as well as in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the George Wright Society, a professional organization for protected area management. He remains engaged with the NPS, developing training for natural resource professionals. He has a M.S. degree in Wildlife Biology and recently published his first novel.


Chris Shaver, President
ChrisChris Shaver spent 20 years with the National Park Service, retiring as Chief of its Air Resources Division, where she oversaw a nationwide air quality monitoring network, research programs, and collaboration with regulatory agencies and stakeholders. In addition, she supervised the Natural Sounds Program after it was moved to the Air Resources Division. Prior to joining the National Park Service, she worked for the Environmental Protection agency in Washington, DC and Denver, and spent 5 years with the Rocky Mountain office of the Environmental Defense Fund. Chris holds a JD degree.

Sheridan Steele

s_steele-e1450985085439Sheridan Steele retired in 2015 where his 12 years as superintendent of Acadia National Park capped a 37-year career in the National Park Service that included serving as superintendent of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area in Colorado, assistant superintendent of Rocky Mountain National Park, and positions in Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area and Fort Scott National Historic Site. During his tenure at Acadia, Steele guided the establishment of the Schoodic Institute, which serves as an education and research center.

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[National Park Service’s first director] Stephen Mather knew that building public support for a fledgling National Park System was crucial for its future. Resourcefulness and philanthropy helped grow our parks. Fast forward to the last quarter century. Partnerships have become a way to get things done both within and beyond park boundaries.

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