Mariposa & Yosemite

Yosemite names new chief of education

Yosemite National Park has a new chief of interpretation and education. Tom Medema, who has been in the position in an acting capacity for more than a year, will officially begin his duties next month, the National Park Service said.

"Tom has over 19 years of interpretive experience, which will serve him well in this complex position. He has proven to be an excellent interpretive manager, and his skills are a valuable asset to the Management Team here in Yosemite", said Yosemite superintendent Dave Uberuaga in a press release.

Medema will manage the division of interpretation, which manages the park's curatorial and museum management program, the public involvement and outreach program, public affairs and the education branch.

Medema has previously worked as the branch chief of field operations and the supervisor of valley interpretive operations. His National Park Service career also included time at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Rocky Mountain National Park. He holds a master of science degree in natural resource communication from Michigan State University and a bachelor of arts degree in recreation-environmental education from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was born in Muskegon, Mich.

Medema also serves as head coach of the Yosemite Ski Team, vice president of the Yosemite Winter Club and coach and referee for AYSO soccer. He lives in Yosemite with his wife, Cindy, and their two children.