Jake Koch, Director
Director Jake Koch is originally from Sandusky, Ohio. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a Minor in Public History from Capital University and earned his Master’s Degree in History from East Tennessee State University. He began his interpretive career as a Living History Intern at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in the summer of 2005. While in graduate school he worked at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site in Johnson City, Tennessee, and as a seasonal at Vicksburg National Military Park. Jake joined the permanent staff at Vicksburg in 2010, and stayed there until accepting the position of Lead Park Ranger at Andersonville National Historic Site in 2016. He moved again in October of 2018 to begin a new position at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site.
Jake now lives in Las Animas, Colorado, with his wife, son, and two dogs. He is a fanatical Ohio State Football fan. He has also been involved in the hobby of living history in the periods of the Civil War and the First World War, and is currently diving into the world of the 1830s and 1840s. Jake has been an NAI Member since 2010. Has been a Certified Interpretive Guide, and attended the Certified Interpretive Trainer Course.
Tom Rose, Deputy Director
Tom Rose grew up along the Hudson River in New York before moving to Iowa and receiving a B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology from Cornell College. After bouncing between the East Coast and the Midwest for several years he’s now at home in Asheville, NC where he has worked as a Historic Interpreter at Biltmore Estate since April 2017. Tom’s involvement with NAI began in November 2017 when he became a Certified Interpretive Guide, and later attended the 2018 Sunny Southeast Regional Workshop before being a participant in CHI’s first Living History Immersion Training event at Bent’s Old Fort in June 2018. In addition to his interpretive work Tom has two years of experience as an Archival Assistant at the Rockefeller Archive Center and is currently volunteering as a collections manager at the Smith-McDowell House Museum. Tom is excited to blend his interest in archives and collections management with the guest-facing aspects of interpretation in service of CHI.
Kendra Moore, Treasurer/Secretary
A native Nebraskan, I left the Great Plains in 2005 to begin doctoral work in the field of History. After graduating with a PhD in US/Mexico Borderlands, Race and Ethnic, and Women’s History, I spent seven years teaching at the university level in Arizona and New Jersey. An interest in public history and interpretation, combined with a passion for nature, influenced my decision to shift careers in 2015, accepting the Community Outreach Interpreter position at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site. While here, I have actively worked with community stakeholders, staff members, and affiliated Native-American tribes to develop dynamic interpretive programming, exhibits, and materials meant to inspire the preservation of our unique natural and cultural resources. For me, interpretation not only plays a crucial role in educating visitors about their past, but also encouraging them to preserve their future.