Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Board of Directors Update

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Board of Directors Update

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Each year, NRPA packs its Board of Directors with the foremost leaders, thinkers and practitioners in the field of parks and recreation. As we bid a fond farewell with our sincerest thanks to Past Chair Steven Thompson, CPRP; Janice M. Prochaska, Ph.D.; Pamela Sloan, CPRP; and Lewis Ledford, we welcome with enthusiasm a trio of outstanding new members. Jack Kardys, Michael Kelly and Molly Stevens each bring a wealth of experience and talent to their roles on NRPA's Board of Directors, joining more than a dozen previous members who will continue their invaluable contributions to the operation and direction of NRPA. Some of these board veterans have shifted roles within our organization--Chair Detrick Stanford, CPRP, has taken the leadership baton from past chair Robert Ashcraft, Ph.D., while Neelay Bhatt assumes the role of treasurer, Stephen Eckelberry that of secretary, and Susan Trautman, CPRP, chair-elect.

Jack Kardys, director of the nationally accredited and Gold Medal Award-winning Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (MDPROS), oversees one of the largest and most diverse park systems in the country with 260 parks on 12,800 acres of land in South Florida. Under Kardys' leadership, Miami-Dade County established a forward-thinking master plan designed to improve the quality of life of area residents and transform the community into a more livable, sustainable space. Currently, MDPROS serves 2.5 million residents and 10 million visitors annually--certainly a heavy lift, but one for which Kardys is more than up to the task. He has dedicated his entire career to public service, serving MDPROS for more than 34 years and securing a number of accolades including the Florida Governor's Sterling and FRPA Agency Excellence Awards. Kardys also serves as an executive board member on the Miami-Dade Sports Commission, Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and Zoo Miami Oversight Boards of Directors. …

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