What personal attributes, skills, or knowledge would you bring to the State Board of Directors if elected?
Having served on both CPRS District and Section Boards and committees in a variety of positions over the past 10 years, has truly assisted me to understand the CPRS structure and function, including how Districts and Sections relate to each other, headquarters and membership.
Being in the field of parks and recreation for over 20 years, I would take great responsibility in serving and representing our membership. Those that have worked with me, whether through work or volunteering, know I am very organized with great attention to detail and highly dependable and dedicated. Currently serving as the Aquatics Section President, a year of challenges, demonstrates that I will rise to any occasion endorsing my adaptability and perseverance in times of change.
Ultimately, I take leadership and service to heart, will strive to contribute in any capacity and encourage those within our profession to get involved.
What is the greatest challenge our profession faces and how will you lead to address that challenge?
Though there are several great challenges our profession faces as we move forward, such as inclusion and sustainability, it is the of recognition of the value of services for communities we serve as Parks and Recreation, I believe to be our greatest. When funding is cut, frequently our industry is overlooked as essential; when open space/parks, community centers and programs are so important to the well-being of so many overlooked community members we serve.
I would work with other CPRS leadership, State board, District, Sections, subcommittees and other volunteers, to put forth resources, such as education and create a tool, for membership to be fully equipped to advocate for their agencies.