Mac was born and raised locally in Traverse City, Michigan. Growing up with a past Drain Commissioner (Maureen Templeton; mother) meant plenty of outdoor adventures across the Boardman River and throughout Northern Michigan. Camping, hiking, and even some off road recreation have been recurring events for all seasons in Mac’s life. After living in Northern Michigan his whole life, Mac pursued a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Michigan Technological University.
During his studies, Mac worked on researching synthetic miRNA (micro-RNA) introduction to tomato plants and the effectiveness of those miRNA on inserting a selected gene to the tomato plants genome. This experience with Environmental Biochemistry peaked his interest in aromatherapy with essential oils. After a few years of experience working with the oils, Mac obtained an Internship with Young Living Essential Oils in their Research and Development department. His duties were primarily to research essential oils and to collect any and all research or accredited claims to be used by corporate during oil promotions. Mac soon after graduated from Michigan Technological University and is now serving as an AmeriCorps member at Grand Traverse Conservation District.
Mac will be involved with Boardman River projects, parkland stewardship, invasive species control, volunteer engagement and outreach, and assisting with education programs at the Boardman River Nature Center. His goals are to help improve the state of the local environment and to educate the community about GTCD parklands, programs, and projects to bring awareness to natural resource conservation, management, and restoration. Mac is very excited to be serving at the Conservation District and is looking forward to a great year full of learning, hard labor, and great stories.