Alan was born and raised just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the town of White Oak. He graduated from McKeesport High School and attended two years of college at Penn State University. Alan followed his heart’s desire and moved out west where he graduated with a B.A. degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango with a double major in English/Communications and Art. Alan is an avid user of public lands and enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, downhill and cross-country skiing. Having so many acres of public lands in our backyard gives Alan a real sense of appreciation for outdoor recreation and education. Alan is proud to play a vital role in demonstrating a land ethic through his work at SJMA.
Alan came to work at SJMA over 22 years ago. He started out as a Visitor Information Specialist and added the duties of the SJMA Bookstore Manager in 1998 upon the completion of the new Public Lands Center in Durango. He now blends his experience and knowledge as the Director of Bookstore Operations & Visitor Services. Alan supervises and manages the SJMA Visitor Services staff throughout the San Juan National Forest & Tres Rios Bureau of Land Management. He is also responsible for ordering and maintaining the interpretive products sold at all 14 outlets. Additionally Alan provides support in the management of 6 interpretive bookstore outlets east of Wolf Creek Pass, and one in Montrose. When Alan isn’t working you can generally find him enjoying the outdoors with his Springer Spaniels: Annie who is 13 ½ years old, Oakley, who is now 8 years old, and Wyatt who is less than a year old.
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