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New superintendent named for Kalaupapa

Kalaupapa is seen from the top of the switchback trail that serves as the only land access to the community. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

The Maui News

Nancy Holman, Rocky Mountain National Park’s chief of interpretation and education, has been named superintendent of Kalaupapa National Historical Park.

Holman will begin her new role in September, the National Park Service announced Thursday.

“Nancy excels in building relationships,” Acting NPS Regional Director Cindy Orlando said in a news release. “She has extensive experience as a transition leader and has worked in many remote environments in her career — these skills coupled with her positive energy will be assets to the park and community.”

Holman’s values were shaped by growing up in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. After receiving a degree in marine biology from Western Washington University and working for several not-for-profit organizations, she began her NPS career at North Cascades National Park, where she cultivated strong relationships with rural community members to enhance park operations and outreach, according to the news release. Holman spent six years working at Canyonlands and Arches national parks creating novel partnerships to expand visitor services, diversity outreach and employee development.

Nancy Holman has been named superintendent of Kalaupapa National Historical Park. NPS photo

“Working with the team at Kalaupapa National Historical Park, and the surrounding communities, is an opportunity of a lifetime for me,” Holman said. “It is a privilege to honor the past as well as serve the vibrant present of Kalaupapa, both the people and the landscape that has sustained them. I’m looking forward to what we might achieve together on behalf of this sacred space.”

During her time as visitor services manager at Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Holman received a Master of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Development. She also served as the program manager for interpretation and education at Denali National Park, including time as the acting deputy superintendent.

Holman is an avid naturalist who has hiked and explored across several continents, the news release said. At home, she is passionate about local food, distance running and cycling. She and her partner Michael, along with their dog and cat, are looking forward to exploring the island, meeting their new neighbors and growing their own food again.

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