Kristina Root-Carranza has been selected as the park superintendent for Mississippi River State Park according to State Parks Director Greg Butts. As superintendent, Kristina Root-Carranza, who has served as assistant superintendent for Daisy State Park at Kirby since 2010, will be responsible for all operations at the park. Superintendent Root-Carranza replaces John Morrow who was promoted to superintendent of the Ozark Folk Center State Park in June . She assumed her responsibilities at Mississippi River State Park August 19.
Butts noted that “Superintendent Root-Carranza's training and state park related experience and skills will benefit her in her new responsibilities. Kristina has completed 22 park management related training courses and is ready to assume the role of park superintendent.”
Root-Carranza said “I am delighted that my career is taking my family to discover the beauty of the Delta and Crowley's Ridge in the St. Francis National Forest. We are excited and enthusiastic about this new journey at Mississippi River State Park. I look forward to working with the park staff, U.S. Forest Service, and community to create a park atmosphere that fosters Arkansas State Park's mission and community involvement. It will be an honor serving as the park's superintendent.”
A native of Alma, Arkansas, Superintendent Root-Carranza received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Central Arkansas at Conway in 2006. She graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in 2009 and is a certified and commissioned law enforcement officer, and a Red Cross Emergency Responder instructor. Butts noted Kristina also is a certified interpretive trainer, boaters education instructor, hunters education instructor, and a Project Wet and Project Wild certified educator.