Tom Ulrich has been the Deputy Superintendent at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore since 2003, and is now the Acting Superintendent following the November retirement of Superintendent Dusty Shultz. He has worked for the National Park Service for 29 years, at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, Homestead National Monument in Nebraska, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Montana, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Colorado, and Sleeping Bear Dunes. He worked in natural resource management, interpretation, and law enforcement before moving into park leadership. Tom grew up on a commune near Kalamazoo, Michigan, and completed a B.S. in natural resource management from Western Michigan University.