Parks in Focus
Who We Are - Staff & Volunteers
Parks in Focus® relies on a small team of dedicated staff and volunteers
to carry out its mission. For more information about internships, seasonal positions,
and volunteer opportunities with Parks in Focus®, please contact
Bret Muter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 901-8569.
2014 Parks in Focus Team
Bret Muter, Program Manager
Bret has more than 10 years of experience in leading outdoor and environmental education
programming, and has helped coordinate Parks in Focus® programs around the country
since 2006. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from Ferris State
University and a master’s degree in fisheries and wildlife from Michigan State University.
He is a 2005 Udall Scholar.
Courtney Bennett, Montana Trip Leader
Courtney is an avid nature and wildlife photographer who has spent several summers
living and working in Glacier National Park. Courtney is currently studying wildlife
biology at the University of Montana. This is Courtney’s second year working with
Parks in Focus®.
Chad Burton, Michigan Trip Leader
Chad has lived in Michigan his whole life and grew up in a family that spent its
time traveling, camping, hiking, and fishing. Chad has a bachelor’s degree in fisheries
and wildlife from Michigan State University. This is Chad’s fourth year working
with Parks in Focus®.
Joel Garcia, Arizona Trip Leader
Joel has more than five years of experience in coordinating recreation programming
and more than two years of experience in leading outdoor trips and challenge course
activities for the University of Arizona’s Student Recreation Center. Joel has a
bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in educational leadership from
the University of Arizona.
Mackenzie Harrington, Grand Canyon in Focus Trip Leader
Mackenzie has extensive teaching experience working with Boys & Girls Clubs and
the DREAM program in Vermont. She has also worked in Acadia National Park and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller
National Historical Park. Mackenzie has a bachelor’s degree in plant biology from
the University of Vermont.
Shah Hussein, California Trip Leader
Shah spent her childhood in California and developed an interest in environmental
education while leading summer camp programs in Maine. Shah studied environmental
policy, chemistry, and gender studies at the University of South Florida. She is
a 2012 Udall Scholar.
Collin Whitsett, Oklahoma City Coordinator
Collin is an avid nature and wildlife photographer who is passionate about the roles
photography and creative expression can play in conservation and environmental education.
Having graduated from the Oklahoma City area with a bachelor’s degree in environmental
studies, Collin is familiar with the state and all the great natural areas it has
Dawn Reinhold, Michigan
Dawn is an assistant professor of biosystems engineering at Michigan State University.
Dawn has volunteered with our Michigan program since 2009 and has logged more than
1,000 hours. She is a 2000-2001 Udall Scholar.
Jefferson Stensrud, Arizona
Jeff taught history and government at Canyon del Oro High School in Tucson, Arizona,
for 28 years. He also worked for the National Park Service in Glacier National Park
for seven summers as a seasonal naturalist/ranger. His current interests include
hiking, wildlife observation, and music appreciation.
Rebecca Guiao, Montana
Rebecca is an environmental and natural resources attorney in Portland, Oregon, with
interests in access to public lands and diversifying the outdoor recreational community.
She has volunteered with Parks in Focus® in Washington and Montana since 2010. She
is a 2008 Udall Scholar.
Claire Campbell, California
Claire interned with our Arizona program in 2013 and volunteered her time to help
with our Yosemite program in 2014. Claire is currently pursuing a master's degree
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a 2012 Udall Scholar.
“PIF is an amazing, off the beaten path educational program that really lives up
to its name and connects youth to nature through photography. What I love most about
PIF is watching the kids come out of their shells, giggle as they go through technology
withdrawal, and eventually thrive in the outdoors.”
~ Claire Campbell, PIF Volunteer