Trainers and Staff

Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center



TJ Fisher (Interim Director)

TJ is currently serving as the interim director. He joined the Carhart Center in 2022 following a 34-year career in land management. He most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Director for National Conservation Lands and Community Partnerships at the Bureau of Land Management.


Bureau of Land Management Representative

James Sippel

James came to the Carhart Center in 2015 after serving as the New Mexico National Conservation Lands Program Lead. His 20 year wilderness career has included Wilderness Ranger work; various natural resource management positions in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington; and national-level wilderness policy development. He holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Prescott College, Arizona, and a Master of Arts - Interdisciplinary Studies in Forest Resources, Rangeland Resources, and Environmental Policy from Oregon State University.

Fish and Wildlife Representative

Michelle Reilly

Michelle came to the Carhart Center in 2018 from an Ecological Services Field Office where she served as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist and the Strategic Habitat Conservation coordinator. Michelle's background is in wildlife behavioral ecology, landscape ecology, and recreation ecology. Michelle earned a Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University where she worked with government and non-governmental agency to investigate the effects of non-motorized recreation of a suite of medium- and large-sized mammals

Forest Service Representative

Dan Abbe

Dan came to the Carhart Center in 2020 from the White Mountain National Forest. His more than 25 years of wilderness experience include work for multiple agencies in New Hampshire, Alaska, California, North Carolina, and Arkansas. He holds a BS in Business from the University of Maryland, MS in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont, and an MBA from Plymouth State University.

National Park Service Representative

Tim Devine

Tim came to the Carhart Center in 2004 from Rocky Mountain National Park where he was the Wilderness Program Specialist for 13 years. He has over 25 years of experience working in a variety of wilderness parks including Shenandoah, Everglades, Big Cypress, Buffalo River, Mount Rainier, and Olympic. He holds an A.A.S. degree in Recreation and Wildlife from Hocking Technical College and a B.S. degree in Wildlife Management from the Ohio State University.

Wilderness Interpretation & Outreach Specialist

Kimm Fox-Middleton

Kimm Fox-Middleton came to the Carhart Center in 2021 from community outreach and engagement work in Portland Public Schools and the Oregon Zoo. Her conservation education career includes interpretive and volunteerism work at Yellowstone, Sequoia and Everglades National Parks, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site/Vancouver National Historic Reserve and service in the US Peace Corps in Kenya. Kimm holds BA in Biology and MPA in Natural Resources.

Administrative Staff

Budget Administrator

Prior to joining the Carhart staff in 2001, Elaine worked as a Budget Analyst for the Rocky Mountain Research Station, in Fort Collins, CO; as Budget Program Assistant for Forest Service Region 1 Watershed, Wildlife, Fisheries and Rare Plants Staff, in Missoula, MT and in Personnel for Forest Service Region 1 Lewis and Clark National Forest, in Great Falls, MT. She holds a B.A. degree in Elementary Education from the University of Montana, has done graduate work in counseling and career guidance, and received training and certification in mediation.

Support Services Specialist

Holly came to the Carhart Center in 2013 as a Pathways Intern while working towards her AA in Applied Science.

Communications Director