Tamberly serves as the Partnerships, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, for the U.S. Forest Service Conservation Education Program in Washington, D.C. Her work focuses upon creating both traditional and non-traditional partnerships in conservation education and community outreach to better serve multicultural audiences with conservation messages, programs and stewardship opportunities. Tamberly believes the power of youth leadership, partnerships and creating avenues for diverse audience to engage in conversation and action around natural resource conservation, are key factors to success in better serving diverse audiences nationwide.
Tamberly received her B.S. in Agriculture and a major in Wildlife Management, from McNeese State University, in Louisiana. She attended Stephen F. Austin State University, in Texas, where she received a M.S. in Forestry with a major in Forest Recreation Management and a Ph.D. in Forestry, majoring in Human Dimensions in Natural Resources, with thesis and dissertation foci upon improving activities, facilities and services for Latino communities in recreation settings and improving community outreach and conservation education programs and methods to improve reach and increase relevancy among Latino communities.
At 21 years of age, Tamberly had the opportunity to sail to Central America. Knowing very little Spanish and not much about the Latino culture, she jumped ship in Guatemala to embark upon a journey of cultural and linguistic discovery, which laid the groundwork for her passionate focus for working with, and for, Latino communities in connection with natural resource conservation and stewardship.