What personal attributes, skills, or knowledge would you bring to the State Board of Directors if elected?
As a Region Representative, I would bring the communication skills necessary to serve and represent Regions 11, 13,14 as well as the time and experience having worked with them through our Mini-Conferences (2017-2019). I am an analytical thinker who is always looking to support and champion the teams vision in whatever way I can. I believe through established and continual relationships, I can be an asset to CPRS through my representation of Region 4.
What is the greatest challenge our profession faces and how will you lead to address that challenge?
I believe that one of the greatest challenges that our profession faces is the recognition of how valuable recreation is to the communities we serve. Recreation professionals are the front line regarding child programing & development and overall family activities. Be it little league baseball, Ballet, after school programs, etc. The majority of those programs take place in some sort of recreation facility which is powered by seasoned experienced professionals who not only work the programs, but many themselves (I being one) being products of recreation and parks. Covid-19 sparked a phenomenon, an explosion of interest in parks and recreation and brought to the forefront of peoples minds of how vital it was to go to the park and simply walk, throw a frisbee, get children involved in sports that help further their interpersonal skills with their peers. I would like to see a greater emphasis on communicating to our constituents and public agencies, the benefits of recreation, not as an added bonus, but as a need for a healthy society.