I have been fortunate to spend my entire full-time career (27 years and counting) for a special district in the "Middle Kingdom" of California. As is the case with most small agencies, I started as a Recreation Supervisor in charge of youth activities, special events, contract classes, a skating rink, fitness center and eventually preschool and aquatics. (Everything BUT sports.) I moved up to the position of Recreation Superintendent in 2017. My most recent venture as of February 2023? Running a 3-screen movie theater! (Yes, that is being operated by our agency.)
I've been married since July 2019 to Mike and have a stepson, Jakob. We live in Bakersfield with our four 4-legged kids Kyle (silver lab) and Joe (complete fluffy mutt). I enjoy reading, movies, baseball, concerts, board & card games, travel and spending time with my friends and family.
How do I love CPRS? Let me count the ways...
Being from a small agency in a small town with not many connections outside of small District 15, I decided to get involved in CPRS on the Section level after 5 or so years on the District level. Once I started to network and involve myself more, my connections grew and I was hooked! CPRS has helped me grow as a professional, which in turn, has been a benefit for my agency, co-workers and community. The people I have met through CPRS are not just professional connections, but friends for life. I have served on CPRS boards of all levels (District, Section, State and back to District and Section again).
Current CPRS Involvement (2023/2024):
CPRS District 15, President
CPRS Awards Program, Co-Chair