Interview With Connie Deegan, TWF Conservation Educator Of The Year, Johnson City Parks and Recreation

May 27, 2021

Nature study,  birdwatching, the study of ecology and related endeavors are in high demand as leisure activities in Tennessee and all across America.  And, local parks and recreation agencies are responding with appropriate programming.

Today Mark talks with Connie Deegan,  Park Naturalist for the  Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department.  Connie has recently been awarded the prestigious “Conservation Educator of the Year’ Award from the Tennessee Wildlife Federation.  We learn about her unique background and the leadership she is bringing toward providing these important programs.

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About Mark

Mark Thomas Fraley is a lawyer (now retired) in Nashville, Tennessee (USA). Prior to starting law practice in 1987, Mark was active in the field of Parks and Recreation. He was the first Parks and Recreation Director for the cities of Gatlinburg and Sevierville Tennessee. He was the founding program administrator for the Parks and Recreation Technical Advisory Service (PARTAS) and served as Assistant Commissioner of Conservation and Director or Parks and Recreation for the State of Tennessee.

University of Cincinnati, 1974, Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)
Nashville School of Law, 1983, Doctor of Jurisprudence

License to Practice Law, Tennessee Supreme Court (1983) BPR# 10448
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (1987)
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, (1994)

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