Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Member Spotlight: Stephanie Gailes

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Member Spotlight: Stephanie Gailes

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For 20 years, Stephanie Gailes sat behind a desk at FedEx examining and preparing financial records as one of the company's in-house accountants. Although Gailes knew she served a very important role at the time, she chose to leave to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector. Her path eventually led to grant writing and research. In July 2013, Gailes landed a job with the city of Memphis as grants administration specialist for its Parks and Neighborhoods division. What's more, in February 2016, her efforts garnered Memphis the Active Living Every Day (ALED) grant from NRPA.

Parks & Recreation magazine recently spoke with Gailes, who discussed the impact that the ALED grant has had on the city of Memphis and what makes her job the most gratifying.

Parks & Recreation magazine: Did you think grants administration was a good fit from the beginning?

Stephanie Gailes: The Division allowed me time to slowly ease into the position. I'm surrounded by personnel that love what they do. It was a little bit intimidating because it was a lot bigger than I thought--the division itself and the needs of the community and realizing the potential for supplementing our existing budget. I thought, 'OK, I need to get my arms around the needs. This is very impactful and it can change lives,'--whereas before, I was just a preparer of financial records.

P&R: What did receiving the Active Living Every Day grant mean to the city of Memphis?

Gailes: The city of Memphis and the Division cannot thank NRPA enough for the advocacy that it does on behalf of municipalities and parks and recreation. …

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