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National Park Service News Release

For Immediate Release:
February 11, 2014
Contact(s):   Mike Litterst, 202-513-0354

National Park Service Announces Four Senior Leadership Appointments

Washington – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced four new appointments to his senior leadership team. The appointments are:

  • Mike Caldwell as Northeast Regional Director, based in Philadelphia
  • Dr. Herbert C. Frost as Alaska Regional Director, based in Anchorage
  • Mike Reynolds as Associate Director for Workforce, Relevancy and Inclusion, in the Washington headquarters of the National Park Service
  • April Slayton as Chief of Public Affairs & Chief Spokesperson, in the Washington headquarters

“As we prepare for a second century of service to the American public, I am very excited about the addition of these four people to the senior leadership team of the National Park Service,” said Jarvis.  “Mike Caldwell, Bert Frost, Mike Reynolds and April Slayton bring a broad range of expertise, and our parks, programs, partners and visitors will benefit from their deep commitment to the preservation of our nation’s natural, cultural and recreational resources.” 

Mike Caldwell, Northeast Regional Director

Mike Caldwell, a 22-year career veteran of the NPS will serve as the Regional Director for the National Park Service’s Northeast Region, where he will oversee 80 national parks across 13 states from Maine to Virginia. With half of the country’s national historic landmarks and 21 of 49 National Heritage Areas, the Northeast Region welcomes over 50 million visitors annually, with an economic impact of over $1.5 billion.  Caldwell previously served as Deputy Regional Director/Chief of Staff for the Northeast Region.

Dr. Herbert C. Frost, Alaska Regional Director

As the regional director for the National Park Service’s Alaska Region, Herbert (Bert) Frost will be responsible for the largest national park and preserve acreage in the United States – 54.7 million acres in 23 National Park System areas – and an annual operating budget of more than $100 million.  Frost goes to Alaska from Washington, where he was the Associate Director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science and the Chief Scientist for the National Park Service. 

Mike Reynolds, Associate Director for Workforce, Relevancy and Inclusion

Mike Reynolds, a 28-year National Park Service veteran, comes to Washington from the National Park Service’s Midwest Region, where he has served as its regional director since April 2011, managing 60 national parks that span13 states and welcome more than 20 million visitors each year. As Associate Director for Workforce, Relevancy and Inclusion, Reynolds will oversee the Human Resources; Learning and Development; Equal Opportunity; Youth; and Relevancy, Diversity & Inclusion programs affecting all employees of the National Park Service.

April Slayton, Chief of Public Affairs & Chief Spokesperson

April Slayton joins the National Park Service from the United States Embassy in Australia, where she was chief of staff for the U.S. ambassador.  Her previous work includes communications director and press secretary for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, and public affairs specialist with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.  As Chief of Public Affairs and Chief Spokesperson, she will be responsible for the development, implementation and management of national communications strategies for the National Park Service while providing guidance to public affairs officers at the National Park Service’s 401 parks and community assistance programs across the country.  

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