Member Spotlight: Nancy Winzer and Taylor Winzer

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Member Spotlight: Nancy Winzer and Taylor Winzer


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Nancy Winzer has always loved working with kids and playing sports. So, it seemed only natural that she would pursue a teaching career. However, a chance encounter with a friend would eventually steer her decision toward parks and recreation. Winzer joined the City of Port Huron Recreation Department as a coordinator in 1993, advancing to supervisor five years later. In 2010, she earned another promotion to recreation director of the park and recreation department, which includes oversight of 23 parks, two beaches and the McMorran Place Sports & Entertainment Center.

However, Winzer isn't the only person in her family to catch the parks and rec bug. Her daughter, Taylor, a student at Michigan Tech University, also joined the agency as a junior recreation coordinator. Parks & Recreation magazine recently spoke with the pair to find out what makes their work fulfilling, what it's like working with a family member and some things that the younger Winzer might not know about her mom.

Parks & Recreation: What makes your job the most fulfilling?

Nancy Winzer: The most fulfilling thing for me is just watching kids playing outside and having a good time. I also like going to a concert at McMorran Place and seeing everyone loving the show--that's the biggest thrill for me.

P&R: How do you feel about Taylor following in your footsteps?

NW: I think it's cool, and I feel that she has a knack for it. I believe she enjoys parks and rec because it's been in my blood, and I think it's in hers, too. It's just fun because I know what a great job it is. I truly love what I do, and I'm glad she's having new experiences.

P&R: When did you know you wanted to pursue a job in parks and recreation? …

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