“We’re very excited to welcome Kelly and her family to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and the Naches Ranger District,” Balboni said. “She has a strong and committed background in partnerships, collaboration building and tribal liaison work which will greatly work to her advantage on the Naches District”.
Kelly started her Forest Service career as a Social Science Technician with the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Seattle where she assisted the researchers on studies in collaboration, recreation use patterns, adaptive management, partnerships, ecosystem services, and human population dynamics. She later moved to the Coconino National Forest’s Red Rock Ranger District in Sedona, Arizona, where she served as the Partnership and Volunteer Coordinator. Her most recent position was on the Fremont-Winema NF where she was an Assistant Environmental Coordinator in Klamath Falls, Oregon while also performing Acting District Ranger duties on the Chiloquin and Chemult Ranger Districts.
Kelly graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.Sc. in Resource Recreation and Tourism (now known as Conservation Social Science) in 1998. She then served over three years as an Environmental Education Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan.
Kelly and her husband, Hoda, are parents to two daughters, Alma 4½ and Hanna 3. “We enjoy camping, cooking, gardening, and are trying to get back into hiking as a family (short legs can’t hike very far!). I love textiles from all over the world, making pottery, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and just simply playing outdoors”.
Kelly is looking forward to moving to the greater Yakima and Naches area and sustaining and building new relationships and collaborative efforts to build upon soon. Her arrival date will be October 20th.