Julie Galonska, a 23-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been selected as the new superintendent of St. Croix National Scenic Riverway headquartered in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Galonska is currently the chief of interpretation, education and cultural resource management at the Riverway and has been serving as the acting Superintendent since February 2016.
“We are pleased to welcome Julie as the superintendent of St. Croix,” said Midwest Regional Director, Cam Sholly in a written statement. “Julie has done a great job as the acting superintendent since 2016, both within the NPS operation at St. Croix, and externally with our many outstanding partners in the community. She has the right approach and blend of experience to continue moving the park forward in a positive direction.”
Beginning her NPS career as the historian at Fort Smith National Historic Site in Arkansas, Galonska has also worked at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio and Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, DC. Galonska received a master of arts degree in public history from Oklahoma State University and has a bachelor of science degree in history and written communications from Eastern Michigan University.
“I am honored to have been selected as the Superintendent of St. Croix National Scenic Riverway,” she said in a written statement. “I look forward to continuing to work with the staff, partners and communities along the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers, especially as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. Croix’s designation as one of America’s first Wild and Scenic Rivers in 2018.”
The St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers flow for over 200 miles through Minnesota and Wisconsin. Galonska has spent many hours paddling the river with her husband James Nalen and their children. The family also enjoys hiking, soccer, and travel.