Kelsey Johnson, Program Director/Founder: As the founder and director of In My Backyard, Kelsey brings her experience as a current youth and volunteer coordinator with the National Park Service and passion for sharing the outdoors to supporting and strengthening the program. She is an 14-year veteran of the NPS, with experience in interpretation, education, and cultural and natural resource management. Kelsey has worked in seven different national parks, including the National Park of American Samoa, Olympic National Park, San Juan Island National Historical Park and Oregon Caves National Monument. She is passionate about youth engagement with public lands and making change within the NPS to be a more inclusive and equitable place to work and experience. Kelsey has a Master of Science degree in Resource Management from Central Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/International Studies from Western Washington University. She loves her rescue dog and kittens and can found most weekends exploring the outdoors and playing with the pets. Learn more about Kelsey and how she became a park ranger!
Megan Young, Program Assistant: Megan began at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park as a volunteer intern with the In My Backyard Program in the spring of 2017. Her cohort began developing curriculum for high school students with the guidance of Klondike’s HBCUI Intern, Chanara to create a sense of belonging in national parks. Since then, Megan has worked on various projects from social media, field trips, partnerships, community events and has continually been involved with In My Backyard. Currently, Megan serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator, connecting communities in the Puget Sound to resources and national parks. Developing and sustaining partnerships through meaningful and authentic relationships is an aspect of her job that Megan really enjoys. In My Backyard also means a lot to her; it’s where her journey began with the National Park Service. Here, you can read more about how Megan took the leap to apply to the In My Backyard Program. Megan graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree with a minor in Urban Design and Planning in June 2018. Collaborating with a team, graphic design, dogs, and General Porpoise are a few of her favorite things. You may find Megan on a soccer field, taking photographs, or watching her go-to show: Parks and Recreation.
Carole Holmson, Community Volunteer Ambassador: Carole has been with In My Backyard since February, 2019. She is involved with recruiting and supporting IMBY mentors and interns, developing program agendas, representing IMBY and the National Park Service at community events, and creating content for the program’s social media platforms. Prior to joining the IMBY team, she worked as a park ranger on the Oregon Coast, with her favorite duties including whale-watching with visitors of all ages and guiding tours inside Oregon’s tallest lighthouse. Carole is passionate about connecting people to public lands and is excited for the opportunity to do so in Washington’s largest city. She graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources. In her free time, you can usually find her in hiking or running shoes, exploring Seattle’s city parks and nearby forests!