Advisor: Rae Crandall
Several years after completing my undergraduate degree in Public Relations from the UF School of Journalism and Communications (’85), I decided I wanted to pursue a career in Public Relations for Forestry. I completed my Master of Forest Resources and Conservation from UF-SFRC (’04) where I focused my graduate work on Wildland Urban Interface Issues. I was fortunate to have Dr. Alan Long as my advisor and under his direction, I co-authored ‘Wildfire Risk Assessment Guide for Homeowners in the Southern United States’. That helped to prepare me for my new career as a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist/Public Information Officer with the Florida Forest Service where I’ve been for 17 years. I was able to ‘marry’ my public relations degree and my forestry degree to achieve my career goals.
I’m very passionate about my work. I am afforded the opportunity to educate the public about the benefits of prescribed burning, information on active wildfires, wildfire prevention, and how to prepare for wildfires. Now I’m pursuing a doctorate degree in the hopes of continuing that communication and teaching future generations of natural resource professionals about the importance of community outreach and engagement.