What personal attributes, skills, or knowledge would you bring to the State Board of Directors if elected?
I believe that I am grounded, hard-working, motivated, creative, driven, empathetic, thoughtful, fun, positive and dedicated. I love to make people smile and feel supported by give everyone a sense of belonging. I have been in the recreation field for over 15 years with experience in youth, teen and senior programming, special events, adult and youth sports and have worked for a few very different cities in Southern California. I love technology and bring some form of that into every team that I work for. COVID has given us all a chance to find new skills and we have all grown from finding out who we really are as individuals and professionals. My experience leading the team that put on the first virtual conference (School of Rec) for CPRS is a great example of some of my new skills being put into action. I have been able to share the knowledge gained from that experience with several groups and will continue to do so. I have had the honor of presenting at several conferences and workshops throughout my career and have learned to curate great learning opportunities. My work in the DEI subject area would also be a great benefit to the Board. I love being a part of a team, and I think I would be a great fit for this one.
What is the greatest challenge our profession faces and how will you lead to address that challenge?
COVID has caused many problems and one of the greatest challenges that our profession faces beyond a pandemic, is uncertainty. We have been able to adapt and overcome during all of the levels of Jumanji in 2020, however, we are still unsure of what the future holds. Our budgets have taken big hits, our teams are much smaller and institutional knowledge is departing a rapid pace. Recreation professionals are looking for resources and support to navigate these uncharted territories that have been caused by a global pandemic and nationwide civil unrest. We are all looking for answers and I want to work with the districts and sections to continue to find creative ways support the leaders in our field. Have you ever needed a place to vent? I'd love to start a Supervisors Support group, where leaders can jump on a Zoom call, vent, hear similar stories, and walk away with tools and ideas to face their challenges at work, whether it be difficult staff or an unreasonable patron. When we're allowed to gather in bigger groups again, I'd love to have Taco Tuesday networking events in every region. It's so important to have mentors and a strong network and I want to help make those opportunities possible. I also want to continue having conversations about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The world is evolving, and we have work to do.