West Glacier, MT. – Lauren Alley became Glacier National Park’s Management Assistant/Public Affairs Specialist in October, and Rita Causby has recently joined the park as the Safety Officer.
For the past year, Alley has worked for the park as a writer in the planning department. Prior to that, she was the Director of Communications for the Glacier National Park Conservancy, the Concessions Management Specialist at Death Valley National Park, and Public Affairs Specialist for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Her first job out of college was as an elementary school teacher on the Navajo Reservation. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.
Alley and her family are thrilled to live in Glacier Country. “Moving to Glacier was a dream come true,” said Alley. “The park has been an important place for my family for generations, and the opportunity to call it home is a tremendous privilege.” When not working, Alley is an avid runner and likes participating in local races. She enjoys spending time with her family, raising chickens for the first time, and volunteering with education groups in the community.
As Management Assistant/Public Affairs Specialist, Alley will manage the lands program portfolio, and serve as the park liaison for media inquiries and other community partners.
Since 2010, Rita Causby has served as the Zone 8 Safety Manager for ten parks in northern New Mexico (Pecos National Historical Park, Fort Union National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Manhattan Project, Petroglyph National Monument, El Morro & El Malpais National Monuments, Salinas Pueblo Missions, and the Old Santa Fe Building). Causby now fills a similar role at Glacier National Park, overseeing the park’s safety program.
Causby began her National Park Service career in 2002 at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. She then worked at Glacier National Park from 2004-05 as an Administrative Clerk, and 2006-10 as the park’s Safety Specialist.
Causby moved back to Glacier from Santa Fe, NM earlier this year. When not working, she enjoys watching college football, spending time with friends, and volunteering her time to help veterans. “My ultimate goal was always to return to Glacier National Park and dedicate myself to making the park’s safety program the best across the National Park Service.” Causby believes there is no place on earth as great as Glacier and she is happy to return after six years away.