WPRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President-Elect (President in 2022, Past President in 2023)

  Shelly Strasser, Director of Recreation and Community Services
  West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation & Community Services Department, Region IV

 

Please describe why you are interested in serving as WPRA President. 
I joined the Executive Board last January and have learned so much in such a short time but feel that there is still a lot of work to be done on my part. The past Executive Committee and Boards have done an excellent job positioning our association and creating a strategic plan that aligns with the vision, mission, and beliefs of the association while still serving our membership in a valuable and meaningful way.

I would like to be your President Elect so that I can continue to serve our membership by bringing continuity in leadership in a manner that is thoughtful, balanced, and respectful of the history of the board. This needs to be done while furthering our efforts to advocate for our profession and the hard working and talented professionals that comprise this association.

During the COVID-19 pandemic our Board and its members rose to the challenge and continued to work hard for the communities they represent. Our association also became a leader across the state and the country in modeling and demonstrating the leadership, collaboration, and support it takes to persevere. I believe more hard work is yet to come but I am ready and accepting of the challenge and welcome the opportunity to continue to work with an amazing board and serve an association membership like no other.

Provide a brief professional biography or overview of your career in Parks & Recreation.
Bachelor of Science – Recreation
UW LaCrosse
Master – Education 
UW LaCrosse
CPRP – National Recreation and Park Association
Director of Recreation and Community Services, West Allis-West Milwaukee 11 years
Over 25 years experience in the profession

What goals do you have for WPRA, and what do you hope to accomplish as President?
As President Elect my goal will be to learn more about our membership’s needs and dive deeper into how that aligns with our strategic plan.  Working through the pandemic as an organization, fiscal awareness and responsiveness will be a key component. Additionally, as a leading association in the industry, we need to expand and strengthen the diversity of our organization using an equity lens and implementing strategies that are balanced and thoughtful. This includes creating spaces for crucial conversations that create change and impact our daily work in the communities we serve. As I learn and grow through the President Elect role I will seek to meet more members and have meaningful conversations so that I can establish goals as the President that can best serve our association, membership, and continue our forward momentum. 

Please describe your previous service to WPRA and any notable accomplishments resulting from your involvement.
I have been an active member of WPRA for several years but have never accepted a leadership role until recently, serving as the Executive Committee’s Secretary/Treasurer.  One of the reasons for that is I believe you must be fully vested and ready for a commitment such as this.  The honor of serving in a leadership role for our association is not just a title to me, it is servant leadership at its core.  I am at a point in my career that I believe I can make that commitment and truly have something to offer of benefit to our association and its members.

Please list any other information that you would like to provide.
I currently serve on the National Recreation and Park Association’s Health and Wellness Advisory Panel and have been a presenter at the WPRA, NRPA and IRPA annual conferences.

region I representative (board of directors 2021-2022)

  Angela George, Recreation Supervisor
  Chippewa Falls Park, Recreation & Forestry, Region I

 

How would you describe your style of leadership?
My leadership style combines primarily Democratic & Transformational styles. Group input is crucial to accomplish goals and make change and working with a team is much more enjoyable for me. I strive to find common ground and solutions that everyone can support and have satisfaction in. Leading everyone to bring their ideas to the table makes me feel inspired and motivated to accomplish tasks and look to the future. In addition, I find that I look at every opportunity as there is always room for improvement and that each individual can always better themselves to achieve things they may not have thought possible. By setting the tone that each individual has a role and purpose, I find that goals and tasks become a group responsibility that can only be accomplished if they can trust in me as a leader and the rest of their peers.

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
As a young professional to the parks and recreation field and WPRA, I will bring an open mind to each opportunity to learn about all aspects of parks and recreation while providing my own perspectives and ideas. Prior to earning my master’s in recreation management, my professional background focused on health & wellness and I will continue to keep the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve, individuals we work with, or ourselves as professionals a priority. Taking a step back to see if our actions as an organization support healthy lifestyles for ourselves and the communities we serve is something I will keep in mind when serving WPRA.

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
I hope to see WPRA grow as a community of professionals to increase the awareness of our organization throughout the state, at universities, and in our communities. I look forward to seeing more resources offered for young professionals and an increased presence in parks and recreation related educational programs. As the next generation of our organization and field, students and young professionals are eager to learn and WPRA has a huge opportunity to demonstrate its value and role, especially in academic settings. As we have all faced adversity this year, we as professionals and members of WPRA, have quickly adapted and overcome challenges to continue to provide clean, safe parks and leisure services in a time in which they are more important than ever. I am eager to see how WPRA and its members can continue to impact the lives of those in our communities and state overall.

region III Representative (board of directors 2021-2022)

Curt Erickson, Recreation Director/Deputy Treasurer
Maple Bluff, Region III

How would you describe your style of leadership?
The most common leadership style practiced within my department is a participative leadership model. I've often felt it is important to listen to team members and properly vet concerns and decisions before making change. While this process tends to slow decisions down, it also has provided significant advantages in being one-step ahead for possible failures that could arise.

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
Dedication to the WPRA. I've been involved in a number of roles within WPRA from Conference Committees, past WPRA Board and the Rec Section. It's been rewarding to fulfill the needs of the organization and feel it is important to continue to serve. 

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
The future of the WPRA will depend on continue growth within the state through a variety of levels: municipal and state agency engagement, as well as, private entities. There is a large portion of Parks, Recreation, Aquatic and Therapeutic Rec professionals that are not members, how do we recruit and retain? A big challenge that WPRA will face in the coming year and beyond, is the response to budget shortfalls with COVID-19. Memberships, training opportunities and conferences will be among the hardest hit areas in local budgets, how will WPRA bridge that gap to allow for continued networking opportunities?


AQUATICS SECTION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair-Elect – 2021 (Chair in 2022, Past Chair in 2023)

  Deb Bossingham, Aquatics Director
  Oregon Pool, Region III

 

How would you describe your style of leadership?
My background is in education. Depending on the situation, my leadership style tends to change. I have more of a Coach-Style leadership with my pool supervisors, trying to encourage them to grow and use their strengths in their job. I have more of a democratic style leadership with the rest of my staff, I ask my staff for feedback and discuss possible solutions to try to find the best outcome to the problem. 

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
I feel that my 30 years in the aquatics field gives me some history to share with the group and also my successes and my failures to hopefully help the next generation of aquatics professionals succeed and go to the next level of aquatics in Wisconsin. I also belong to other aquatic organizations that can bring in some of their expertise to the WPRA - Aquatic Section. By bringing different groups together, we can make aquatics in Wisconsin even better.

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
I believe that WPRA is going to continue to grow and get even more creative in teaching others the importance of park and recreation in Wisconsin. More and more people are starting to realize that we all need to be ACTIVE and our community parks and recreation departments are how we can all access these activities and places. WPRA will be there to help all of Wisconsin see how important Parks and Recreation are to pursuing a happy life.

Region I Representative (2021-2022)

  Leah Burns, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator
  La Crosse Parks & Recreation Department, Region I

 

How would you describe your style of leadership?
The best way for me to describe my leadership style is to tell you a little bit about myself and my experience. I have seasonally worked in the aquatic sector since 2009 when I started my career as a bathhouse attendant/cashier, then lifeguard, then manager of our busiest aquatic facility in the city. After completing my Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, I took on the role of coordinator over all three city pools and two beaches, I am currently the manager of the five facilities (along with many other areas of responsibility within our Parks and Recreation Department for the City of La Crosse). Over the course of my career I have been fortunate to work with supervisors whose leadership styles ranged from very hands off to extremely hands on. Through this I have learned and am still developing “my style”. My style cannot be classified with a couple key words because I customize my style to the level of experience of my team members and what is desired by the staff. To be the best leader, I feel the first and most important step is to understand your staff and learn what they need to be successful; my goal is to always set them each up to succeed. This approach could sound exhausting and tedious to some, but I have found it creates a solid foundation to a strong and successful relationship that builds trust, confidence and great leaders and successors. Through this process I: 

    • Maintain an open door 
    • Hold weekly or biweekly one-on-one meetings to ensure everyone is meeting their goals and assist them to work through any challenges that have come up 
    • Set clear expectations and deadlines with projects ranked by highest priority 

I have found success with this model and enjoy mentoring my team to high standards and levels of success. 

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
My experience as a Red Cross Instructor with responsibilities to three seasonal aquatic facilities and two beaches has allowed me to understand the challenges associated with training, staffing and recruiting, budgeting and community relations from a stakeholder’s perspective. I can and am prepared to be a resource and advocate for my fellow aquatic managers. Through my most recent involvement and interactions with aquatic managers, it is clear that no one needs to be alone in this and while I don’t have all the answers, I can connect managers to resources and bring attention to their concerns with my fellow representatives. 

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
I’m new here and my involvement has been short so to speak to the future of the association is something I cannot speak confidently to. Generally, I feel that we will see a lot of changes in recreation especially with the most recent pandemic. Our fellow recreational professionals are challenged and struggling to maintain facilities and programming that is safe for participants. The recreation field will be forever changed by the decisions made today. WPRA has an opportunity to provide guidelines and critical support and to recreational professionals as they navigate recreation into the future. 

Region iii representative (2021-2022)

Josh McWilliams, Parks & Forestry Maintenance Worker
City of Sun Prairie, Region III

How would you describe your style of leadership?
I would describe my leadership style as hands-on. I love to show new people the field of aquatics and all the fun that comes along with the maintenance aspect of keeping a pool moving. I know I don't know much about the programming and front end stuff, but would love to be hands-on and learn this portion of the aquatic field if elected into the Region III Rep.

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
The one thing I would bring to the table if elected would be the maintenance portion of aquatics, as this is the portion I know and find passion in. I would love to learn the other aspects in aquatics as well. I have been taught very well on how to maintain our facility and would love to share tips and tricks I've learned along the way.

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
The future of WPRA is going to be strong in reading and watching the webinars during the pandemic. I see more and more creative things coming down the line for any member in WPRA. I feel as a team, our chapter has some innovative ways of thinking which could be a great lead in any park and recreation system.

Representative At-Large (2021-2022)

  Alicyn Nicholson, Aquatic Manager
  City of Madison, Region III

 

How would you describe your style of leadership?
My leadership style is that of inclusion and by example. As many can attest in parks and rec, one has to wear many hats and every day is different. I like lifting my team and helping them grow. 

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
I find the wealth of knowledge present in the aquatics section to be an amazing resource and I'd like to advocate it to students. As a member who started off as a student, I felt that the aquatics section was often 'left out' in favour of other sections at WPRA.

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
The future is one of constant change and challenges. With the current state of the health of the public, we as park and recreation professionals need to be ready to take on new things as nothing is set in stone for long. We need to be ready to support our patrons and teammates.

  Gregg Trudell, Facility Supervisor II
  Stevens Point Parks, Recreation & Forestry, Region I

 

How would you describe your style of leadership?
I would consider my leadership style a mix of being vocal as well as leading by example. Communication is crucial in a leadership position, so being vocal, but in a constructive and positive manner, are necessary. Leading by example such as doing the work to show employees how to do it right, is also expected from a leader. However, once the task is learned by the employees, it’s important to let them grow on their own even if it means to struggle at times.  Overall, not being afraid to step into a messy situation shows others how much you care about your employees and your job and I would consider myself that type of leader.

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
I want to bring a mix of pool administrative knowledge as well as the maintenance aspect of the aquatics world. In my current role, I work in both areas as mentioned previously at our municipal pool and I firmly believe I have an all-around knowledge that not all might have. That being said, I feel I know what it takes to run a successful pool complex.

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
I feel the WPRA is an ever growing field that needs to connect with the up and coming leaders of our region, district, and state. I feel there has been a turnover from long standing leaders to young, ambitious professional looking to make their facilities better and what better way than a team such as the WPRA to bring everyone together to share thoughts and ideas.


park section board of directors 
CHAIR-ELECT – 2021 (CHAIR IN 2022, PAST CHAIR IN 2023)

  Sean Brusegar, Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry
  Cottage Grove, Region III

 

How would you describe your style of leadership?
I feel that my leadership style is a participative leadership style. My goal is to involve my team members in the decision-making process.

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
There are so many INCREDIBLE parks in Wisconsin. Our colleagues do a tremendous job with usually, very limited budgets. I want to keep the emphasis on our outdoor spaces. Parks have never been more important than they are today.  COVID-19 has taught us all to be creative in our outdoor recreation. Whether it’s a walk or a bike ride on a trail, taking the kids to the playground or just simply sitting on a blanket under the beautiful Wisconsin sun, our parks and open spaces truly provide joy to our users. We need to continue to grow our trail systems and outdoor recreation opportunities.

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
I feel COVID-19 has tested us all. It’s hard to predict what the “new normal” will look like. But I believe WPRA will continue to thrive. We need to generate revenue in ways other than just ticket sales. Our leadership and our elected officials are now more involved than ever before. WE are making decisions for our organization. Good, thoughtful decisions. Together, we will make decisions for the membership that securely move us into the future.

region I representative (2021-2022)

  Linda Cadotte, Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry
  City of Superior, Region I

 

How would you describe your style of leadership?
My style of leadership is agile and takes in pieces from a variety of styles. I am a confident decision maker and have no problem making decisions to map the way for the team. However, it’s important to me to get input from others whose responsibilities are affected by decisions and that they receive information readily. I set expectations while engaging the folks who support the work and it is important for me to develop trust so that people feel comfortable expressing their concerns, feedback, and ideas. I do like to explain my thought process and prefer to allow people to weigh in. I find that this helps support the overall successes and ability to achieve common goals. I like to drive results and make things happen, but also recognize that even though this may be my pace, it is not the pace of everyone. I like to find people’s strengths and focus on development. I am a believer of making sure work is a good fit to people’s skills sets and interest. It’s important to recognize when goals are achieved and celebrate those successes and allow people time to work at their pace so as to not burn the team out. Team is a critical investment.  

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
If I were fortunate enough to be elected, what I would want to bring would to my elected role on the board would be discussion on how to increase membership engagement. Meaningful participation and feedback from the membership of any association is a critical contributor to the overall success. I’d be curious to hear from the membership their thoughts and ideas on how to better serve their needs and want they want to see out of the WPRA. During this COVID-19 crisis with working remotely and social distancing, I feel it is more important than ever to keep professionals engaged and provide each other with meaningful support and feedback. 

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
As we have seen over this past year, parks are getting more use and recreational needs have increased. This has contributed to an overall increase in recognition and appreciation for our outdoor spaces and programming. Providing people with safe, fun, activities is essential to the overall mental health and wellbeing of our country, state, and community. I think the support from the WPRA could help advance over all recreational tourism and continuity across the state. Leadership development is an important piece when looking to the future. I think that the WPRA has a great leadership program. I could see this program evolving as well as the offering of additional on-line resources and trainings through the association.

region II Representative (2021-2022)

Vicky Redlin, Program Manager
Winnebago County Parks, Region II

How would you describe your style of leadership?
My style is one of team work and empowerment. There’s nothing I would ask my team to do that I wouldn’t do myself. If a team member has an idea that could provide a beneficial result for the department or the public I’m all about giving the go ahead to explore options. Each team member should have a sense of ownership in the functioning of the department, from seasonal laborers to assistant directors and all those in between. Leading by example show the team that we’re all in this together and together we will provide the best experience possible to the public with an eye on tax dollars and continuous improvement.

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
I don’t know how it happened, but now that I’m one of the ‘seniors’ on the docket, I can bring experience, insight and a load of knowledge to the board position.

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
With the COVID 19 crisis parks have come to the forefront nationally as an essential function of government. I see that role expanding in the future and becoming a vital part of community health in the future. There is a global movement to promote natural climate change abatement and the many benefits of outdoor exercise as well as the development of community around local parks. Recreation programs are essential to these efforts to mitigate social and economic injustices and provide equal opportunities to all citizens.

region IV representative (2021-2022)

  Rebecca Mattano, Park Systems Manager
  Waukesha County Park System, Region IV

 

How would you describe your style of leadership?
Working with a dynamic team of high performers has helped the development and evolution of my leadership style which now focuses on being an energizer, producer and harmonizer. The energy of our team generates synergy which I harness to build enthusiasm and inspire continuous improvement in individuals and operations. As a producer, the team can expect a consistent and strong work ethic that emphasizes efficiency, teamwork and collaboration. Lastly, as a harmonizer my goal is to be consistent, reliable, supportive and accountable.

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
Being newer to the field, I believe I will offer unique perspectives regarding balancing the business needs and strategic priorities of the organization while fulfilling the mission of serving its members and our communities. I am excited to network and collaborate with professionals throughout the state and specifically seek input from the Region IV members to effectively represent those voices on the board.

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
While parks and recreation have always been an important outlet for mental and physical health, this year has emphasized how critical these facilities and programs are to a community’s quality of life. The increased use and new customers provided many positive outcomes however, it also magnified the challenges facing our facilities, budgets and teams.  Through reflection on the adaptations and evolution of our organizations, there is newfound opportunity to better prepare and share solutions to meet these and future challenges. In addition, let’s foster the rekindled love of parks and recreation within our communities as we continue to showcase the diversity and resilience of the industry along with its dedicated professionals.

 

representative at-large (2021-2022)

  Kevin Wiesmann, Superintendent
  Jefferson County Parks, Region III

 

How would you describe your style of leadership?
My style of leadership has always been to lead by example through both my words and my actions. I think one of the most important aspects of leadership for me is creating a culture in our department that facilitates a sense of dedication and responsibility for the implementation of our mission, vision, and values. I also think having an emphasis on Esprite de Corp and teamwork that centers around our shared values and pride in our work is the capstone of it all. So leading by example, creating an open and enjoyable work environment that staff want to come to, and having a sense of not only dedication but pride in what we do is what I strive to create in my position as a leader.

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
I think I would bring some unique perspectives from the last 20 years of my career working for Federal, State, and County Land Management Agencies. From a recreation standpoint, my experiences are more centered on the quite recreation and natural resources side of WPRA and may lend themselves well to bringing those types of resources to the table in upcoming years. 

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
I think there is a bright future for the WPRA, and that future will be tempered with the bumps in the road created currently by the COVID-19 pandemic. I can't help but see the coming budget restraints as a setback for recreation programs state wide. On the other side of that coin, I know we've seen the highest number of park users ever in our area of the state. We regularly saw full parking lots in our parks with more and more people feeling the need to get our and stretch their legs and get into the parks to hike, fish, paddle, bird watch, exercise dogs--anything they could to get out of their houses. This wasn't unnoticed by our elected officials or even the people using the facilities. Recreational assets are a capstone of community health and just as important as many of the other services provided by local governments. Now, more than ever we'll need to use this as leverage against budget cuts and service reductions. Hopefully, WPRA will be able to help bolster our standing in State and local government in this mission to keep our services and communities healthy and strong.


recreation section board of directors  
CHAIR-ELECT – 2021 (CHAIR IN 2022, PAST CHAIR IN 2023)
  Karl Sorvick, Recreation Director
  City of Elkhorn, Region IV

 


How would you describe your style of leadership?
Knowledgeable, having served four municipalities in my career, along with representing region three on Rec Section (2018-2019) demonstrates my leadership style.
Attentive, “The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.” -Woodrow Wilson
Reliable, I’m the one that waits for the “host to join” prior to zoom meetings.
Level-headed, I always strive to be consistent, see others perspectives, seek solutions and recognize my own weaknesses. These qualities help me delegate tasks that are outside my own strengths for the betterment of the organization.

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
“A glass is half full attitude” Our sense of normal has been rocked the last several months and through that I have seen park/recreation departments preserver, adapt and create meaningful & effective program despite the obstacles. My goal would be to harness those traits and carry them forward.  

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
I feel our future is taking the number #1 spot on google for WPRA search results, move away Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. That aside, given everything that has transpired recently, WPRA will be stronger than ever. Since the stay at home order ended, the need/want for parks, recreation and aquatics has gone up. The demand for creative program and maintained parks is greater than ever. I feel that WPRA can help us reach those demands in the future. 

Secretary/Treasurer/Board Position (2021-2022)

  Megan James, Recreation Assistant 
  Village of Mount Horeb, Region III

 

How would you describe your style of leadership?
I am the type of leader that likes to work to create success altogether. I enjoy bringing my creativity and outgoing personality, but I also like to see how everyone else works best. 

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
Being a part of the continued success of the association through creative thinking, determination and positive energy are all things I would like to bring to my elected role. 

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
With this ever-changing world, our careers are constantly changing too! The needs and wants of our communities that we serve are continuously changing, which means we, too, are changing as professionals. WPRA has many members who are forward thinking, and willing to make sure the association stands strong throughout the constant change. The changing world is going to make us stronger together.

region ii representative (2021-2022)

  Adrienne Lacy, Assistant Director
  City of Marinette Recreation Dept., Region II

 

How would you describe your style of leadership?
I have always been a lead by example type leader. I never want to ask someone to do something I wouldn’t do myself. While I know I am ultimately in the position to make the decision when I am in a leadership role, I want to have buy in of the group which means talking out the decision making process with the group. I have spent the last two years learning about Wisconsin and WPRA and I feel I can make a positive impact on the organization through my leadership.

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
I want to continue to represent NEWPRO and make sure the needs of the area are represented on the state level. I have a passion for recreation that I feel helps me represent the section well.

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
I have been so impressed with WPRA and the quality of the association as a whole in my two years working with WPRA. I think WPRA is going to continue to be a leader in the field and on the national stage. I feel that WPRA will continue to facilitate learning quality learning opportunities for parks and recreation professionals across the state.

region iv representative (2021-2022)

  Maggie Anderson, Recreation Superintendent
  City of Cedarburg, Region IV 

 

How would you describe your style of leadership?
I'd say that it is mostly a Democratic Leadership style, but also has a mix of Laissez-Faire. I really like to work as a team and get the input of everyone prior to making decisions, but I am also a believer in trusting your employees in the work that they do and not hovering over them. 

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
I'd like to see that our section is bringing in new and up-to-date information for the WPRA to showcase at upcoming conferences and trainings, especially with all of the new changes we are currently experiencing with COVID-19. I think it is important for our section to show members what innovative programs/events/trainings, etc. there are out there that maybe our state isn't utilizing yet. 

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
I feel that WPRA has been doing a great job with boosting the Young Professional Network. Current students and young professionals are the future of WPRA and we need to make sure we are mentoring and communicating with them. If we keep doing that, I feel the future for WPRA is strong and we can be an association that other associations look to for advice and ideas. 

community based education & leisure service (2021-2022)

  Dan Zeroth, Recreation Supervisor
  Menomonee Falls CE & Rec., Region IV

 

How would you describe your style of leadership?
I've been a coach all my adult life. I look for potential in people and groups and look for ways I can guide them to reaching their next levels. 

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
Continue to develop recognition and membership value for non-traditional recreation and leisure agencies as it relates to section meetings, conference sessions, and other WPRA resources.

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
My crystal ball broke a long time ago!  I feel that as long as the membership continues to take an active role in the direction and leadership of WPRA, the future is bright.


young professional section board of directors
CHAIR – 2021 (PAST CHAIR IN 2022)
  Ryan Pawlisch, Recreation Superintendent
  Sparta Parks & Recreation, Region I 

 

How would you describe your style of leadership?
I try to have a lead by example kind of leadership style. I work hard WITH my staff instead of being a finger pointer. I think leading by example helps gain respect of your employees and leads to a better working relationship with your staff.

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
I want to bring growth to this section with my role. I think I am in a role that will allow me to make an impact with young professionals and with college students around the state.

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
I think that WPRA has already done a fantastic job recently with how involved they are with each and every section. I have seen WPRA grow so much in the last 3-5 years, and I would expect that to keep happening in the future.

representative at-large (2021-2022)

  Sami Weaver, Recreation Specialist
  Sparta Parks & Recreation, Region I 

 

How would you describe your style of leadership?
My leadership style is more of a coaching style: energetic, good communication, and organized. I am patient, have high expectations of all and am empathetic. I lead by example and will not ask someone to do something that I am not willing to do myself.

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
I will bring new energy and an anything is possible mindset to the Young Professional At-Large Rep role.

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
The future is bright for the WPRA, especially after the spring and summer everyone has had. There is great opportunity for growth and change given the uncertainties we all have overcome in the last 6 months.

  Amanda Schwictenberg, Program Manager
  West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation & Community Services

 

How would you describe your style of leadership?
My leadership style would be best described as a servant/coaching style. I believe the success in our programs/department relies on the people we have place and investing in our team will lead to great success. We need to take care of our team in order to better serve our community, a happy and empowered team member will achieve great success. 

What is one thing you want to bring to your elected role?
If elected, I would like to continue to build on the YPN.  Further solidifying connections within the colleges to promote the field, continuing to find educational opportunities that will help further us as professionals and to expand our networking for idea sharing to help one another.

What do you feel the future has in store for WPRA?
During COVID-19, it was pretty evident that our field was needed during this time of uncertainty. Recreation professionals jumping in and leading the way to help our communities. WPRA was instrumental in helping connecting us together to share our ideas, frustrations, ideas and legislation. If anything, COVID-19 has shown how vital WPRA is and how many professionals value it.