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NRPA Board Appointments
Three New Ones Selected

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Jack Kardys, NRPA's new board chairman, was formerly director of the Miami-Dade Parks, Rec. & Open Spaces Dept. He is president of J Kardys Strategies, and president of the Florida Recreation and Park Association.


The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced its 2018-2019 board of directors on May 23, 2018. Long-time board member Jack Kardys will serve as chairman.

Three new board members were also announced and will serve 3-year terms:
• Carol Coletta, senior fellow, Kresge Foundation's American Cities Practice
• Joshua Medeiros, director of recreation, Cheshire, Conn.; adjunct professor, Southern Connecticut State University
• Greg Weitzel, director, dept. of parks and recreation, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Two board members, already serving one-year terms, were elected to serve three-year terms:
• Kong Chang, community recreation specialist, Saint Paul Parks and Rec.
• Nonet Sykes, chief equity and inclusion officer, Atlanta BeltLine

The other professionals currently serving on the board are:
• Michael Abbat?, FASLA, former director, Portland Parks & Rec.
• Jes?s Aguirre, COO, Tower Steel Services
• Leon Andrews Jr., director, Race, Equity And Leadership, National League of Cities
• Neelay Bhatt, VP, PROS Consulting
• Hayden Brooks, chair, American Realty Corp.
• Kevin Coyle, VP of education, National Wildlife Federation
• Richard Gulley, board member, Balboa Park Conservancy
• Roslyn Johnson, deputy director of facility operations, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince Georges County, Md.
• Michael Kelly, general superintendent/CEO, Chicago Park District
• Karen Bates Kress, park advocate
• Carolyn McKnight, superintendent, Recreation and Park Commission, East Baton Rouge Parish
• Herman Parker, director, San Diego Park and Rec. Dept.
• Ian Proud, market research and inclusive play manager, PlayPower
• Molly Stevens, CEO/executive director, Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
• Xavier Urrutia, director, San Antonio Parks and Rec Dept.
• Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Note: The 2018 NRPA Annual Conference is Sept. 25-27 in Indianapolis.







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