Emily Park, specialist

Network specialist Emily Park with a dogemilyp@bestfriends.org

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina

Location: Orlando, Florida, since forever

Roles: Southeast regional specialist, 2017-present, Network partner events administrative assistant, 2015-2017

Past Life: Guidance counselor for graduate students at a large entertainment university, coffee shop manager, and barista extraordinaire 

Likes: fee-waived adoptions, safety net programs, short-term fostering opportunities, creative marketing, community cat initiatives, collaboration, transparency, trying new things

Dislikes: barriers to adoption, breed-specific legislation, puppy mills, U2

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida with a focus on the human-animal bond, graduate certificate in Animals and Human Health from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work, graduate certificate in Animal Shelter Management from the University of the Pacific

Skills: Unrelenting optimism, cat enrichment, public speaking, making new friends, napping

Weaknesses: Any and all cats, delicious coffee, Goldfish crackers, Justin Timberlake

Hobbies: Surfing, hiking, kayaking, camping, gardening, cooking, road trips, trying new things, taking the scenic route, volleyball, picking up heavy things and putting them down

Pets: Mabel (dog), Baker (cat), and Flapjack (cat)

Human: Min (husband)