Tara Pettit is a 16-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS) and Project Manager with the Denver Service Center in Lakewood Colorado. During her NPS career, she has held positions with the Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science Directorate in Washington DC, with Petersburg National Battlefield in Petersburg VA, and with Fire Island National Seashore in Long Island New York. She holds an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in history with a concentration in archaeology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. After college, she worked as an archaeologist leading crews in field excavations. In 1995, Tara joined the U.S. Coast Guard serving on both active and reserve duty and attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. She is an avid hiker and dog lover who enjoys hiking in the Rocky Mountains, swimming and surfing. She lives in Denver Colorado with her husband and black lab.