NAI Registered Coach Directory

Janie Besharse

Milwaukee, WI 414-305-1268

Janie Besharse is an independent Certified Interpretive Trainer of NAI Certified Guides (CIG) and Hosts (CIH). She has worked with personnel from environmental centers and museums in Wisconsin and Illinois and has extensive personal experiences with National and local parks, zoos and museums. Janie established “Introduction to Science Interpretation” at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Through this course, now being taught by Wehr Nature Center in Franklin WI, science majors may elect to become certified interpretive guides. Janie is also interested in climate issues and taught “Cool Power, Slowing Global Warming” and “Green Science in Urban Spaces at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.  She currently teaches Energy Education graduate courses through the Wisconsin K-12 Environmental Education located at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

Michael Brown

Pomona, CA

Scott Enter

Ladson, SC 803-331-9535

Scott Enter currently serves as director of interpretation and training for a seventeen county National Heritage Area in South Carolina. In this position, he helps individuals and organizations develop strong interpretive skills and products. Scott has coached interpreters and support staff ranging from local historical societies to National Park Service interpreters.

Elizabeth Evans

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Karin Hostetter

Aurora, CO 

Bonnie Jakubos

Salmon, ID 

Seventh Principle Interpretation creatively connects people to place through interpretation, art, and education. Providing market research, interpretive planning, auditing and evaluation of existing programs, interpretive writing, illustration, and design; Certified Interpretive Trainer for CIG and CIH; Eppley Institute Interpretive Talk coach; development of environmental education programs. Visit

Sue Kenney

Fort Collins, CO 

Sue Kenney is the Outreach and Education Coordinator for the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Program. Sue earned a BS in Wildlife Biology and a MS in Zoology from Colorado State University. She is certified as a Training Specialist (CSU), Interpretive Trainer and Interpretive Guide (NAI), and as a Coach for Interpretive Talk (Eppley/NPS). She is currently working on becoming a certified copyeditor. One of her greatest joys is enabling others to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of our natural and cultural resources.

Fran McReynolds

Rhinelander, WI 

Fran McReynolds is the coordinator for the UW-Stevens Point's Graduate Fellowship in Residential Environmental Education. Fran earned a BA in Biology and an MS in Natural Resources (Environmental Education/Interpretation). She has over 20 years of experience as an interpretive naturalist and living history interpreter, trainer, and coach. Fran is a Certified Interpretive Trainer and a Certified Interpretive Manager (NAI) and is certified as a Coach for Interpretive Talk (Eppley/NPS). She teaches both online and face to face courses in EE/Interpretation.

Maria Elena Muriel

Cabo Sn. Lucas, Mexico

Hello it will be exciting to participate in coaching we will work shoulder to shoulder to create interpretive opportunities for visitors to make their connections of your site and help to protect the natural and cultural resources of your site. I've being a front line interpreter since 1985 and Certified Interpretive trainer since 2000 by NAI providing and certifying Interpretive guides and front line interpreters 2-3 times per year, in many states of Mexico, Panama ,Dominican Republic in addition I'm certified interpretive planer. and registered coach for interpretive talks. I'm fluent in English as well as Spanish and sensitive of cultural differences and preferences. My expertise is in tourism and tourism in protected areas, it will be a pleasure to collaborate with you. The areas of my interest are: tourism, tourism in protected areas, public land administration, cultural and natural heritage.

Mary Rice

Schaumburg, IL

Mary is the Environmental Education Coordinator/Naturalist at Schaumburg Park District's Spring Valley Nature Center and an adjunct at National-Louis University. She has a MS Ed in Outdoor Teacher Education and a BA in Education. Her interests are learning styles, program development, and teaching. She is currently qualified to coach the Interpretive Talk course.

Roger Riolo

Bend, OR 

Roger Riolo is an independent Certified Interpretive Trainer, Guide, Host and Heritage Interpreter. He has over 20 years experience as a trainer, coach and mentor in several areas. He is former Interpretive Program Manager of Newberry Volcanic National Monument and currently teaches Interpretation at Central Oregon Community College.

Bob Stevenson

Escalante, UT 

Angela Yau

Bel Air, MD 

Angela Yau is an interpretive consultant specializing in Interpretive Planning and Training with 14 years of experience in all aspects of interpretation. She is a Certified Interpretive Planner (CIP), Trainer (CIT), and Guide (CIG) with NAI and now a Registered Coach with NPS/Eppley. Angela loves to offer training and coaching to share interpretation with fellow interpreters to enhance the vibrancy of the profession. Angela develops interpretive plans and customized training programs for staff at interpretive sites anywhere in the world. Angela has expertise in developing online curricula and using technology for outreach and training and teaches online ecology and biology courses at the college level.

NAI Registered Coaches

NAI Registered Coaches are eligible to act as individual coaches for people who choose the Advanced Certificate option in Eppley Institute's on-line interpretation curriculum (

An Advanced Certificate may substitute for some requirements in the NAI Certification program. For a complete list of approved substitutions, please see the Certification Handbook and Study Guide. The Eppley on-line courses are NOT the same as the NAI Professional Certification Program or Certified Interpretive Guide or Host training, but are recommended as additional opportunities for professional development.

If you are interested in securing the services of an NAI Registered Coach, you must contact the coach of your choice to determine availability and make a financial arrangement and agreement with that individual (coaching fee is usually $100, but may be subject to change under certain conditions). You must also register and pay for the Eppley Institute on-line course at

If you are interested in becoming an NAI Registered Coach, you must fulfill the requirements to become a Certified Interpretive Guide instructor and additional coursework required by Eppley Institute and the National Park Service. Please see the descriptions for upcoming Coaches classes for details on the Certification Calendar.