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Trainers and Staff at the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center

Laura Rotegard, Acting Director

Laura Rotegard is Acting Director of the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center. She has spent more than 30 years with the National Park Service and is a four-time superintendent including leadership of the Albright Training Center at the Grand Canyon. She comes from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, a park that received wilderness designation in 2009. She is a Landscape Architect by training, a community planner by practice. Contact Laura:, 406-243-4645.

James Sippel, Bureau of Land Management Representative

James Sippel James came to the Carhart Center in 2015 after serving as the New Mexico National Conservation Lands Program Lead. His 20 year wilderness career has included Wilderness Ranger work; various natural resource management positions in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington; and national-level wilderness policy development. He holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Prescott College, Arizona, and a Master of Arts - Interdisciplinary Studies in Forest Resources, Rangeland Resources, and Environmental Policy from Oregon State University. Contact James:, 406-243-4625.

Ken Straley, Forest Service Representative

Ken Straley Ken came to the Carhart Center in 2011. Throughout his 22-year career, Ken has been involved in the management of 11 wilderness areas on five National Forests and a Bureau of Land Management Field Office in Utah, Arizona, and Colorado and has served several details to the Forest Service Washington Office. Ken serves on the Chief's Wilderness Advisory Group and Wilderness Information Steering Committee, among a host of other working groups. Ken holds B.S. degrees in Marketing and Natural Resources Recreation Planning and Management from the University of Utah. Contact Ken:, 406-243-4630.

Tim Devine, National Park Service Representative

Tim Devine Tim came to the Carhart Center in 2004 from Rocky Mountain National Park where he was the Wilderness Program Specialist for 13 years. He has over 25 years of experience working in a variety of wilderness parks including Shenandoah, Everglades, Big Cypress, Buffalo River, Mount Rainier, and Olympic. He holds an A.A.S. degree in Recreation and Wildlife from Hocking Technical College and a B.S. degree in Wildlife Management from the Ohio State University. Contact Tim:, 406-243-4612.

Sue McDonald, Wilderness Interpretation & Outreach Specialist

Sue McDonald Sue joined the Carhart Center in 2017 from the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. Her educational career with the Fish and Wildlife Service spans 20 years in which she has worked in visitor services at a variety of National Wildlife Refuges. Sue has a bachelor's degree in Recreation Resource Management from the University of Minnesota, has worked as a park ranger for both the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service, and has worked as a member of national planning teams promoting visitor services, partnerships, and interpretation programs. Contact Sue:, 406-243-4653.

Elaine Poser, Budget Administrator

Prior to joining the Carhart staff in 2001, Elaine worked as a Budget Analyst for the Rocky Mountain Research Station, in Fort Collins, CO; as Budget Program Assistant for Forest Service Region 1 Watershed, Wildlife, Fisheries and Rare Plants Staff, in Missoula, MT and in Personnel for Forest Service Region 1 Lewis and Clark National Forest, in Great Falls, MT. She holds a B.A. degree in Elementary Education from the University of Montana, has done graduate work in counseling and career guidance, and received training and certification in mediation. Contact Elaine:, 406-243-4644.

Holly Metzger, Support Services Specialist

Holly came to the Carhart Center in 2013 as a Pathways Intern while working towards her AA in Applied Science. Contact Holly:, 406-243-4682.

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