Rozanna Pfeiffer, Chief of Interpretation at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, retired on April 30 after 22 years with the federal government, 18 of which were with the National Park Service (NPS).
Pfeiffer began her NPS career as a volunteer at Congaree Swamp in South Carolina. She then was a seasonal employee at Mesa Verde and Death Valley before becoming a permanent employee at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in Washington DC, Maryland, and West Virginia. She continued her career at the National Mall, the Old Post Office, and Shenandoah before begin accepted into the Mid-level Intake Program and moving to the Statue of LIberty and Ellis Island.
After graduating from the intake program, Pfeiffer accepted a position as Chief of Interpretation at Lake Meredith and Alibates, her final parks before retirement.
During her eight-and-a-half years at Lake Meredith and Alibates, Pfeiffer oversaw the construction of a new visitor center for Alibates, production of an award-winning Alibates film, and development of a native plant garden. She created a new annual event, â??Alibates Rocks! FlintFest,â?? now in its fifth year.
She was instrumental in forming a partnership with Window on a Wider World (WOWW) to provide educational programming to underserved students of the Texas Panhandle; and provided multiple opportunities for community involvement and outreach through events such as National Junior Ranger Day, the Amarillo 4th of July celebration, Fritchâ??s Howdy Neighbor Day, Frank Phillips Collegeâ??s Baby Animal Day, the Perryton Stone Age Fair, and San Antonio Missionsâ?? â??Get Outdoors, Itâ??s Yours!â?? Prior to her retirement, Pfeiffer was working with Harpers Ferry on development of new exhibits for the Alibates visitor center and creation of a new Unigrid brochure for both parks.
Pfeiffer received her BA degree in English and Religion from Columbia College, her MA degree in Near Eastern Archaeology from Drew University, and a second MA degree in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona. Prior to her career with the National Park Service, Pfeiffer spent over 15 years as an archaeologist in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, England, and the United States.
While she has enjoyed working for the National Park Service, Rozanna is looking forward to returning home to South Carolina and spending more time with family and friends. She plans to continue working on her favorite hobby, genealogy, and wants to return to the Middle East for more archaeological digs, and hopes to take up watercolor painting and the contertina.