What personal attributes, skills, or knowledge would you bring to the State Board of Directors if elected?
With more than 25 years of experience in the recreation field, most of which have been with District 11 agencies, I had the opportunity to experience firsthand the need to be creative with budgeting, revenue, and many other areas to enhance continue to serve our communities. Over that time, our profession has grown and the need to connect with other professionals has been ever greater. One of my unique attributes is passion. Without a passion for what you are doing and your "why" - it is not possible to ideally perform your job of serving the communities and the membership. I have a strong desire to help others through improving education, connections and resources, which I hope to continue if chosen to serve on the State Board of Directors.
What is the greatest challenge our profession faces and how will you lead to address that challenge?
Over the years, our profession has faced many challenges. Between multiple budget cuts and recessions to the most recent worldwide pandemic. Members have been challenged. Challenged to enter a new wave of recreation. To leave the mindset of cookie-cutter programming and reimagine new, unique programs. Showing that our profession is an essential service, not only for the physical health of individuals by taking a walk down the local park trail, but the mental and emotional well being of the individuals we serve. Members are dedicated to strengthening the community and it is my goal to continue to provide the members unique tools to help position themselves as a vital community service. Whether through advocacy, education, resources, or just connections, I am dedicated to continuing the mission of CPRS for the members we serve.