David worked for close to thirty years with the National Park Service (NPS) in both permanent and seasonal positions. He earned a B.S. in Biology from Southeast Missouri State in 1978, near where he grew up.
During his tenure with the NPS, David served in a number of positions in ten different park units throughout the country including; interpretation, firefighter, resource management, public affairs, and for the last seventeen years, he was a Fire Communication/Education Specialist for the Intermountain Region.
David has over 20 years of experience as a qualified Type 1 PIO. He has been the lead PIO on a Type 1 National Incident Management Team (IMT) for the past 12 years helping to disseminate information, provide media interviews, and conduct public meetings on some of the largest and most destructive wildfires in our country. He was selected to be part of a national IMT that was sent to Australia in 2010 to assist with wildfires in that country and went to Puerto Rico to assist with the recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria.
He has been an educator for most of his life, helping to teach others about natural history, wildfire, public affairs and incident information both on a local and national level. David has conducted hundreds of media interviews in newsprint, radio, television, and social media. He has also coordinated and conducted numerous public meetings and press briefings throughout the country on wildfire and other all hazard incidents.
Currently, David resides in Springdale UT, right outside of Zion National Park, with his wife, daughter, and assorted animals. He stays active as a PIO responding to incidents all across the country.
David is an exceptional communicator and does an outstanding job as a PIO on the most taxing assignments.
No matter what is happening around us, David is always the most calm person in the room. His presence makes everyone else better.