Roaring River hires assistant park manager

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Former interpretive specialist receives promotion


Roaring River State Park recently promoted one of its employees to assistant park manager.

Cheyne Matzenbacher, 32, previously worked as an interpretive specialist at the park before he was hired to the new position.

"I am excited about the new opportunity, and I feel like I am getting a chance to make a difference for the park and the community," he said. "The position will bring some new challenges, but that is expected with any new job."

Matzenbacher said he thinks Roaring River is already a fantastic park, but he wants to see it become even better.

"I have always felt like Roaring River State Park is the crown jewel of Barry County," he said. "People come from all over just to visit this amazing place. The park allows people in the area to enjoy the great outdoors with their families."

Matzenbacher was one of nine candidates who applied for the assistant park manager opening, said Kerry Hays, park manager. His new salary is $37,848, and his previous salary was $34,596.

"Cheyne has a passion for Roaring River State Park and the services that we provide to our guests," said Hays, who has worked with Matzenbacher for more than five years. "His varied experience in maintenance and interpretation will help us continue to work toward providing the best possible experience for our guests who enjoy fishing, camping and hiking here at the park."

Matzenbacher grew up right on the Arkansas-Missouri state line, north of Berryville, Ark. He graduated from Berryville High School.

He worked in maintenance and grounds keeping early in his career, then went to Arkansas Tech University to receive his degree in fisheries and wildlife biology. After college, he worked as a wildlife manager at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park for several years before making his way to Missouri State Parks as an interpreter.

He loves spending time with his wife, Amber, and visiting his family in Arkansas, Matzenbacher said. He loves to hunt, fish, canoe and hike, and he also play drums for a Chi Alpha campus ministries worship team on Tuesday nights.

Matzenbacher said he is blessed to assume this new role at one of his favorite places in the world. He has had some big family reunions at Roaring River State Park. His grandma would always tell him stories of her dad bringing her and her siblings to Roaring River as children.

"To quote one of my favorite authors, Aldo Leopold, 'Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land,'" Matzenbacher said. "We have to do our part to preserve the resources at Roaring River State Park. If we don't, then we could lose it.

"I want to do my part so that future generations will be able to enjoy this place as much as I have."

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