Introducing the 2018-19 CPRS State Board of Director Candidates!

CPRS seeks board members who internalize the mission, values, and promise of the profession and who have demonstrated a commitment to the profession of parks and recreation!

CPRS provides education, networking, and resources for our members, and is the public advocate for California park and recreation professionals.

Through our 11 member Board of Directors, 15 Districts, 7 Sections, and HQ staff, CPRS:

  • Unites members in their commitment to improving people’s lives
  • Provides members with skills, knowledge and resources they need to be successful in their career
  • Works to ensure policy makers vote with the premise that parks and recreation is an essential service


The following Candidates are eligible for election in 2018:

Click on any candidate name to be connected to their bio and candidate statements.

Vice President (3 year term; 2018 - 2021)
Automatic advancement to President-elect and President

Tara Gee, Park Planning & Development Superintendent, City of Roseville
Manuel Gonzalez, District Manager, City of San Diego
Tom Hellmann, Recreation Manager, Cosumnes Community Services District
Sheila Pautsch, Community Services Director, City of South Pasadena

Region Representatives (2 year term; 2018 – 2020)

Region 1 (Districts 1, 2, 3)
Cindy Bagley, Community Services Manager, City of Rohnert Park
Alexa Pritchard, Recreation Superintendent, City of Roseville

Region 3 (Districts 7, 8,15)
Sarah Daub, Recreation Supervisor, Conejo Recreation and Park District
Brandon Taylor, Assistant Professor, California State University, Fresno

Region 5 (Districts 9,10,12)
Frank Carson, Community Services Director, City of El Cajon
Meredith Petit, Director of Recreation and Parks, City of El Segundo
Marina Rabinovich, Recreation Supervisor, City of West Hollywood


Candidate Requirements:

  • Current voting member of CPRS
  • Employed at least 5 years in a full time capacity and currently work in a permanent position in the profession immediately prior to nomination
  • Vice President: minimum 3 years’ experience in an elected capacity at state, district, or section, or chair a statewide committee/task force
  • Region Representative: minimum 2 years’ experience in an elected capacity at state, district, or section, or chair a statewide committee/task force; must work or reside in the Region they seek to represent

Newly elected board members will take office the week of March 12, 2018, in Long Beach, CA.


Benefits of Serving on the CPRS State Board of Directors include:

  • Exposure to ideas, innovations, and strategies
  • Development of a strong personal network across disciplines and agency boundaries
  • Ongoing training that is transferable to your work environment and culture
  • Access to up to date information on issues affecting the profession
  • Have a voice in how CPRS addresses issues and challenges
  • Opportunity to develop and practice leadership outside of your work environment and culture

Expectations of Board Members:

  • Attend 4 in person board of directors meetings
    • Meetings are overnight, held at varying locations throughout the state
    • Overnight accommodations are provided if you live or work more than 50 miles from the meeting site; meal and travel expenses are paid by CPRS
  • Attend monthly conference call meetings
    • one hour calls held 4th Thursday of the month excluding in person meeting months
  • Represent CPRS at District, Section, and State meetings and events
  • Come prepared to Board meetings by reading the meeting materials and discussing issues with the appropriate bodies
  • Support CPRS’ governance model which engages the Board around CPRS’ future and strategic direction
  • Demonstrate commitment to CPRS, its mission, goals, and the profession’s promise
  • Place emphasis on an outward vision, encourage diversity of viewpoints and strategic leadership, participate in collective decision making, and facilitate open communication with the board, the members, and staff
  • Region and Council of Section Representatives conduct conference calls and attend in person meetings of their respective Districts and Sections

For more information regarding the election process, contact:

Lydie Gutfeld, CPRS Vice President