Barbara Nelson, Board Member
I admit I’m a BRAT (Bold, Responsible, Adaptable, and Tolerant). My father was WWII veteran and career Air force, which means wherever I am, it’s home. After spending 28 years in the National Park Service at Grand Canyon as the Telecommunications Specialist, also serving Walnut Canyon/Sunset Crater, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments, I retired. Technology wasn’t my only position. I began as a Park Ranger (Interpreter, giving programs to the visiting public); Assistant to the Chief of Administration with my duty station on the North Rim.
I also had the privilege of working in wildfire for 20 years as a Communications Technician and becoming the Communication Unit Leader for both Type I & II Wildfire and Incident Management Teams. This covered not only in the Southwest, but throughout the country during wildfire and hurricane seasons.
Other exciting adventures were the opportunity to raise a Florida Panther for the breeding program to increase the numbers of cats in Florida. She became the Public Affairs representative for the program. I worked with Asian Otters, Variegated Lemurs; dolphins and a Capuchin Monkey. Part time activities include but not limited to: sewing, kayaking, river rafting, hunting and travel.
It’s a shame that we are quickly losing our heritage in this country. The Western Heritage Center (WHC) is keeping Yavapai County’s history alive for all those who come through the doors. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Grand Canyon National Park educating the visitors on the history, flora, fauna and geology of the canyon. It’s an honor and privilege to be part of WHC and to pass along how this town and county came to be.