Growing up in the rural town of Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, I was exposed to outdoor recreation at an early age. As I became older, my enjoying the outdoors matured into an interest in environmental issues. In 2012, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. During my undergraduate career, I completed an independent research project on the formation of Ohiopyle State Park and the conflict with the surface coal mining industry that occurred here. This provided me with an opportunity to combine my interest in outdoor recreation and environmental issues with my passion for History.
Upon finding the job posting for this position, I immediately had an interest. Because Ohiopyle is one of the towns the Trail Town Outreach Corps works in, I had some background knowledge of the region, and what the trail was. This background, coupled with my interest to gain experience in both the environmental and nonprofit fields, made this position especially desirable. And, I must admit, the idea of riding my bike as part of work was appealing as well.