A woman with 30 years of experience working for the National Park Service in locations across the United States will take over in mid-February as the new superintendent of Colorado National Monument.
Lisa Eckert has been appointed to succeed Joan Anzelmo, who retired last year. Eckert twice worked at the Colorado National Monument during her career as a seasonal and later permanent ranger. “I feel like I am coming home to the familiarity of red rock canyons and intend to renew as well as create new partnerships,” she said.
John Wessels, intermountain regional director of the National Park Service, announced the appointment. “Lisa brings exceptional skills to this position and her knowledge about partnership-building will continue to serve the park and the Grand Valley community.”
Eckert currently serves as superintendent of the Horace Albright Training Center on the south rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. She previously served as superintendent at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in North Dakota, Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming and Gateway National Recreation Area Jamaica Bay Unit in New York City.
Eckert also has worked at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Shenandoah National Park and George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia and Denali National Park in Alaska. In addition, she worked under an international program that taught interpretive skills to Croation war refugees.
A native of Wisconsin, Eckert holds a bachelor’s degree in biological aspects of conservation from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.