December 8, 2017

Acting superintendent named for Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area 


BUSHKILL - Kirsten Talken-Spaulding has been named Acting Superintendent of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.  She will take the helm later this month and will be working out of the superintendent’s office at Park Headquarters beginning in early January.  She will be in the park until early spring unless a new permanent superintendent is named before then.   A nation-wide search to fill the position permanently will be conducted by the National Park Service. 

“I am really looking forward to learning more about Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and helping with the transition to a new superintendent,” said Talken-Spaulding.  “There are a lot of exciting projects going on in the park right now and I want to maintain that positive momentum moving forward.”  

Talken-Spaulding comes to the park with a wealth of experience and leadership skills.  She is currently the superintendent at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in Virginia.  Prior to that, she served as the first superintendent of Fort Monroe National Historic Site, also in Virginia, where she led startup operations for a brand new national park unit.  She began her NPS career in 1988 at Shenandoah National Park and held positions at Mojave National Preserve in California, NPS Headquarters and the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D. C., Haleakala National Park in Hawaii, and several parks in the National Capital Region including Prince William Forest Park and National Capital Parks-East.  

As a Bevinetto Congressional Fellow in Washington, D.C. from 2010-2011, Talken-Spaulding served as a staff member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and as special assistant to the NPS director.  She also worked with the NPS Legislative and Congressional Affairs office.  The Bevinetto Congressional Fellowship is a highly competitive and intensive 2-year training and development program for NPS employees.  

John Donahue recently retired from the position of Superintendent after 14 years in the park. 


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