Branch Chief, Branch of Creative Libraries
Sarah has long been passionate about safeguarding wildlife and wild places. Her work has focused on conservation from various angles, including working with landowners to protect private land, growing state-based coalitions for the National Wildlife Federation, and managing FWS grants aimed at protecting biodiversity in Latin America. Collectively, these experiences have reinforced Sarah’s strong appreciation for a partnership based approach to conservation.
More recently, Sarah has focused on storytelling and the art of communicating science. In 2014, Sarah joined the FWS Conservation Library team at NCTC. Together, the team strives to meet the ever-evolving science needs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – supporting conservation in action through literature and imagery.
Sarah holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University and a B.Sc. in Biology from Georgetown College.
Some fun facts about Sarah:
• She began her career climbing pine trees to monitor red-cockaded woodpecker nests
• She is fluent in Spanish and loves Latin culture
• She is passionate about autism awareness and acceptance, and welcomes the chance to connect with others on the issue
Technical Information Specialist
Deb Martin is a native of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, but has spent a significant part of her life in West Virginia. Her background is in criminal law and much of her career was spent with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, working with incident command teams and as a research field assistant. A favorite project was collecting cereal leaf beetle larvae to use as a biological control against agricultural pests. Since coming to work at NCTC, Deb has worn many hats in the KREATE Division. Starting as its secretary and a management assistant, she recently joined the staff of the Branch of Creative Libraries, where she enjoys image and video research, and working with the photographers in building the National Digital Library (NDL).
Some fun facts about Deb:
• She is a hardcore biker and a regular at the Sturgis Bike Rally. She rode her Marauder “rice burner” to and from the annual event in South Dakota once, but has attended it on seven occasions.
• She looks forward to time spent with her three-year-old grandson, who she says is “the light of my life.”
Technical Information Specialist
Eileen began her federal career at the Internal Revenue Service’s Computer Library, also working for the U.S. Army in a communications facility for the Pentagon, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She transferred to the National Conservation Training Center in 2001 in the Division of Knowledge Resources and Technologies. She currently manages the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Image Collection, National Digital Library, in the Branch of Creative Libraries.
Eileen’s primary emphasis is on building and archiving collections of scientific imagery, video, and library resources. She is a skilled planner and researcher, and usually can find that missing needle in the haystack.
Some fun facts about Eileen:
• When Eileen is not working in the library, you can find her with camera in hand, visiting a National Park, a National Wildlife Refuge, a stock car race, a drag strip, or a classic car show
• She loves road trips and planning for the next adventure
Literature Collections/Wildlife Research Specialist
Tiana is a wildlife conservation enthusiast and has a passion for natural resource management and environmental sustainability. She studied at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and received her degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in marine biology. Her passion, for conservation of the environment, developed at a young age while spending time with her family collecting rocks, fossils and seashells along the Atlantic coast. She loves the idea of going for walks with her cat Podrick her most loyal squire.
Some fun facts about Tiana:
• She is an aspiring gardener who enjoys learning growing techniques and has recently joined the Garden Club of American
• She is a certified Protected Species Observer that enjoys snorkeling and whale watching
• She appreciates hiking various trails and has spent much time exploring the Dolly Sods Wilderness. She welcomes the opportunity to connect with other avid hikers
John began his career with the government in 1992 and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is the only federal agency he’s ever worked for. He started in Arlington, VA, working in Research for five years under Region 8. His unit transferred to NCTC in 1997, when the campus opened, and he is one of its founding employees. John has overseen the FWS Publications Unit most of his career, providing on-demand brochures and posters to Service offices, educators, and requestors from the general public.
Now part of the Branch of Creative Libraries, John has added the responsibility of providing all interlibrary loans for agency employees who need books, journal articles, and other published materials. He enjoys this part of this job and one of the most memorable items he tracked down was also the most difficult—a dissertation from Alaska that the Service needed for a legal case.
John has earned multiple degrees: an associate of arts degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and a Master of Arts in Political Science. He is considering, someday, going back and pursuing a doctorate degree.
Some fun facts about John:
• He enjoys reading a good book, listening to music, researching family history, and watching old TV series and classic movies.
• He has many favorite actors, including Clint Eastwood and Charlton Heston. He especially enjoys Heston as “Taylor” in the Planet of the Apes, and all of Clint Eastwood’s spaghetti westerns.