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Introduce yourself Challenge!

  • 1.  Introduce yourself Challenge!

    Posted 06-12-2024 09:52 AM

    Hello D8!

    My name is Jeri Cooper. I am the current Secretary for District 8. I have also been a past president/secretary for District 8 back between 2007 - 2014. I am the current Parks Manager for the County of Ventura and have been with the agency for 3 year. Fun Fact: I love to travel and I have a travel thread on IG and Facebook called WhereIsJeriNow.

    Jeri Cooper
    Parks Manager
    Ventura County Parks Department
    Ventura CA
    (805) 654-3684

  • 2.  RE: Introduce yourself Challenge!

    Posted 06-12-2024 10:18 AM

    Thanks for starting this Jeri. I just followed you on IG :)

    My name is Wyatt Lund, current President for District 8. I'm the Recreation Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Paso Robles, where I've been for about 8 years. I've been involved with CPRS for about 5. Fun fact for me: I moonlight as a professional drummer, playing in several bands around California and teaching drum lessons a couple nights per week. Bring on the drummer jokes, I love them.

    Wyatt Lund
    Recreation Volunteer Coordinator
    City of El Paso Robles Community Services Department
    Paso Robles CA
    (805) 237-3988

  • 3.  RE: Introduce yourself Challenge!

    Posted 06-12-2024 10:41 AM

    Hi D8,

    My name is Tim Smith. This is now my 3rd year with CPRS and I am the current President Elect for D8. I am the Recreation Coordinator for the Thousand Oaks Community Center for Conejo Recreation and Park District, and I have been in this position for 5 years. Since we are doing fun facts- I love watching and playing basketball, and I am an avid board gamer (I even created a game with my dad once, though we were the only two people to ever play it 😅)

    Timothy Smith
    Recreation Coordinator
    Conejo Recreation & Park District
    Thousand Oaks CA
    (805) 381-2793

  • 4.  RE: Introduce yourself Challenge!

    Posted 06-12-2024 11:34 AM

    Hi D8!

    Way to get us started Jeri, Wyatt, and Tim! I'm Mel Johnson and I'm the Rec Supervisor for Templeton CSD, a tiny little community in SLO County. I've been CPRS member since 2005 and finally got involved with D8 in 2015. I've held a ton of positions in D8 from Legislative/A-Team rep to Secretary to President and am super excited to be the Region 3 Rep for CPRS now! 

    In keeping with sharing fun facts, I have a passion for recreation and it's the best gig I've ever had, but I actually have a degree in Music, in Tuba Performance. I still play with local wind ensembles in my spare time and love the unique creative outlet it gives me.  

    Mel Johnson
    Recreation Supervisor
    Templeton Community Services District
    Templeton CA
    (805) 434-4909

  • 5.  RE: Introduce yourself Challenge!

    Posted 06-12-2024 12:24 PM

    What's going on D8!

    My name is John Doss and I am the Recreation Coordinator for the Templeton Community Service District, a tiny but mighty community in Northern San Luis Obispo County. I've been CPRS member since 2021 and got involved with D8 in 2021, thanks to my mentors Mel, Ken and Reese. I love the camaraderie and willingness to help from everyone in this district! That had been sorely lacking in previous positions I have held outside of recreation. 

    Sticking with the fun fact theme, I have a passion for sports, all sports, except pickleball. (Tim, we need to talk basketball at our next event!) I also enjoy playing poker when and where ever I can. Lastly, sarcasm is my friend! Come on D8! Let's keep this thread going and get 1st place in this month's challenge! 

    John Doss
    Recreation Coordinator
    Templeton Community Services District
    Atascadero CA
    (805) 434-4909

  • 6.  RE: Introduce yourself Challenge!

    Posted 06-12-2024 12:44 PM

    Hello to my D8 colleagues, 

    It seems I'll be double dipping on this Intro and Fun Fact theme between the Admin Section and my favorite District!  I am Greg Avakian and am the Director for City of SLO Parks & Recreation Department for just under 5 years now.  Previously I was the campus recreation director for 6 years at Cal Poly (as well as a variety of other roles within the campus rec department for total of 20 years).  Prior to being at Cal Poly, I got my start with CPRS while in the Aquatics Coordinator role with the City of San Ramon and served on District 3 Board in a few different roles, as well as being part of the founding team of the CPRS Aquatic Section (President 1999-2000).  

    My Fun Fact is that I've spent time on all 6 visitable Hawaiin Islands (the other 2 are off limits) for scuba, swim, and surf experiences. 

    BTW, there may be a need to organize a D8 Band with Wyatt, Mel, and Larry Kim, and ???? 

    Greg Avakian
    City of San Luis Obispo Parks & Recreation Dept.
    San Luis Obispo CA
    (805) 781-7120

  • 7.  RE: Introduce yourself Challenge!

    Posted 06-12-2024 01:33 PM

    HI all!


    I am Angela Oslund, and am the Interim Director of the Recreation and Parks Department here at the City of Santa Maria. I have been in Recreation for exactly one year next Wednesday! Previously, I worked in the City of Santa Barbara as the Facilities and Fleet Division Manager, as a consultant in the mid-west, and worked for the US Forest Service in Oregon and Washington where I started my career in Engineering. On the side, I am headed back to school for a degree in leadership studies.


    Fun Fact: I love camping and traveling, and have visited all 21 California Mission museums.

  • 8.  RE: Introduce yourself Challenge!

    Posted 06-12-2024 01:59 PM

    Hey D8 Fam!!!

    I hope this email finds everyone well. My name is Evelyn Marroquin, and I am a Program Specialist with the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, where I have been proudly serving for nearly three years. I primarily work with Senior Programs and help time to time with our Special Event team.  I am passionate about creating enriching experiences for our senior community!

    Recently, I attended the 2024 CPRS Conference in Palm Springs, which inspired me to bring new and exciting events to our Senior Center. I was thrilled to have hosted a dance performance and an art gallery, where these ideas were sparked from meeting wonderful people from the conference. These events aimed to foster creativity, community engagement, and joy among our seniors and all are asking for the next performance and more art programs!

    A fun fact about me: I am deeply passionate being creative with my daughter in nature. Whether we are painting rocks by the creek or exploring fields of flowers, we always find joy in our outdoor adventures.

    Warm regards and hope everyone well!

    Evelyn Marroquin

    Program Specialist

    Senior Programs


    City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department

    (805) 925-0951 ext. 1635



  • 9.  RE: Introduce yourself Challenge!

    Posted 06-13-2024 09:50 AM
    Good Morning D8!

    My name is Mike McAdam I am a Recreation Coordinator for Conejo Recreation & Park District.  I have been in CPRS for 30 years, I have been on the D8 Board twice, I just finished the presidential series on the Aging section board.  I have done everything from Outdoor Education, Day Camps, Community Centers, and now Seniors.  You could say . . . I just can't get enough of this recreation gig.

    When I am not doing all this . . . You can find me deep sea fishing, camping, hiking or golfing.  Or just haning' out with my family.  

    Make it a Great Day!


    Mike McAdam
    Recreation Coordinator

    Goebel Adult Community Center

    Conejo Recreation & Park District

    1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

    Phone: 805-381-2744  |  Fax 805-495-6471 


  • 10.  RE: Introduce yourself Challenge!

    Posted 06-13-2024 12:06 PM

    Hey D8!

    My name is Robbie Hoag. I'm an Administrative Assistant for the City of Paso Robles, where I've been for just over 2 years now. I've been working in recreation since 2011 and worked for the Cities of Huntington Beach, El Segundo, Santa Monica, and Manhattan Beach all in Recreation. 

    I truly enjoy karaoke, trail and road running, and playing games with friends. Cant wait for the next social!

    Robert Hoag
    Administrative Assistant
    City of El Paso Robles Community Services Department
    Paso Robles CA
    (805) 237-3988

  • 11.  RE: Introduce yourself Challenge!

    Posted 06-17-2024 01:00 PM

    Shout-out to my awesome D8 colleagues!! 🤛


    I've been a member of CPRS for over a decade. I recently relocated back to my hometown of Ventura and joined the CRPD team as the Recreation Supervisor of Sports and Reservations. I work with an incredible team of Parks and Recreation professionals who are dynamic, dedicated and all around REALLY GOOD PEOPLE. 


    I love to travel, spend time with my family, camp, cook...and of course I love all things SPORTS.


    Happy Summer!


    Kara Newman-Ferdolage
    Recreation Supervisor Sports & Reservations

    Conejo Recreation & Park District

    403 W Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

    Phone: 805-495-4674  |  Fax 805-381-2726


  • 12.  RE: Introduce yourself Challenge!

    Posted 06-17-2024 01:51 PM

    I have been a member of CPRS for more than one year. In March 2023, I commenced employment at the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department in the capacity of a Recreation Supervisor. I am fortunate to have an exceptional team that delivers services to youth, families, and the elderly population. They additionally organize a variety of community events such as concerts, movies in the park, and cultural festivities. I also hold the position of Vice Chair within the Lompoc Recreation and Parks Department, an experience that has facilitated my personal development as a valued member of the community and an employee of the City of Santa Maria.


    I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my three rescued canines, indulging in the art of Japanese animation, and preparing delicious tri tip barbecue for my loved ones.


    Stephanie Saucedo

    Recreation Supervisor

    City of Santa Maria, Recreation and Parks

    (805) 925-0951 ext. 2412

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  • 13.  RE: Introduce yourself Challenge!

    Posted 06-14-2024 04:59 PM
    District 8 - AKA The Best of the Best! �� 

    I'm Danielle June, Recreation Supervisor for Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, a special district in Simi Valley. Like many of the current board members, I have served in several board positions throughout the years, including the Presidential Series and am now your District 8 Historian. In my free time I love traveling with my family! I am also the Scoutmaster for my daughter's Troop through (new name) Scouting America. 

    Danielle June

    Recreation Supervisor

    Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District


    4201 Guardian Street

    Simi Valley, CA 93063

    805-584-4432 Direct

    805-584-4400 Main Office