Park Projects Director
Dick Ring is NPT's Park Projects Director. In this position, he works with NPT partners, supporters, and park agency representatives to identify and accomplish park protection and mitigation projects across the country.
Dick comes to NPT after a 35 year career with the National Park Service. He has served in numerous positions including; 19 years as park superintendent at Gates of the Arctic National Park, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks. Dick also served four years in Washington as an Associate Director of NPS. Since his retirement from NPS, Dick has worked with the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy at the University of Miami, served on the Board of the Florida National Parks Association and has done consulting work in management and ecosystem policy. He is also a member of IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management and its World Council on Protected Areas.
Mimi Magyar has been practicing family law for over 20 years. She was frequently appointed by the court to handle highly contested custody cases on behalf of parents and children. It was in this role that Mimi became dedicated to bettering the lives of children. The consensus building, advocacy, relationship management and problem solving skills that Mimi learned in that time translate effectively to the non-profit realm. She has made a conscious decision to leave the practice of law and follow her dream of making her charitable efforts her new profession.
Mimi has extensive experience organizing volunteers and raising funds for various charities in which she has been involved, including: Habitat for Humanity; Susan G. Komen 3 Day; Dress for Success; Choose Respect Team Dating Violence Summit; Story Book Project; Shepherd’s Table, Manna; Special Olympics, and National Park Service. Mimi enjoys networking and is dedicated to the mission of NPT, as she was never exposed to National Parks as a child. With oral and written communications honed in a crucible for 20 years, she will be a natural in the area of development. Mimi has enrolled in the Case Institute Summer Series, an intensive 5 day seminar in July on fundraising in the non-profit setting. Mimi is looking forward to the challenge of assisting NPT to achieve its mission.
Billy Schrack is NPT's education director and he brings a range of experience as a former educator in the NYC public school system where he learned about the challenges and rewards of working in underserved communities. Billy is working with our Buddy Bison schools and coordinating National Kids to Parks Day. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with a concentration in middle school science from the University of Delaware and a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Long Island, where he studied earth science. He lives in Rockville, MD with his new wife Christina. An avid fisherman, Billy enjoys exploring our nation’s waterways. He also coaches youth lacrosse.
Youth Programs Coordinator
Collin joined the NPT staff as the full-time Youth Programs Coordinator, after a successful stint in our internship program. He graduated from Colorado College in May, 2013 with a bachelor's degree in biology. During college, Collin studied at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory and the University of Massachusetts--Boston, where he researched and completed a senior honors thesis on the denitrification potential of a permeable reactive barrier on Cape Cod, MA. How do you top that (let alone spell it)?
To complement his studies, Collin became a huge enthusiast of the spectacular Colorado outdoors and led several backpacking trips throughout the southwest. Collin ran one of Colorado College's largest volunteer groups, mentoring at-risk middle school boys in Colorado Springs. Collin brings a dynamic array of skills to NPT and looks forward to strengthening the youth programs with Billy Schrack and the rest of the team.
Communications & Development Coordinator
Cynthia joined the NPT team in August. She will be assisting in all aspects of our development work and also supporting our communications/marketing strategies as well. Cynthia served through AmeriCorps at the George B. Thomas Learning Academy as an outreach coordinator for two years working particularly with the Latino community -- and then became a full time employee taking on additional responsibilities working closely with their development office. She managed their social media accounts and donor database, coordinated logistical aspects of fundraising events, mail appeals and also helped to coordinate volunteers.
Cynthia discovered that she enjoys development work and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and expertise in this area -- perfect for NPT! Her dedication to working in the non-profit world and with children makes her the perfect fit for this position.