December Premier: Change Your Safety Committee’s Flavor to Peaches and Cream
Safety coordinators are aware that many agencies face the common challenge of keeping their safety committees productive, effective and engaging. This session will apply to all members of a safety committee. Elevate your safety committee’s effectiveness to the ‘Peaches and Cream’ experience, allowing for a safer and smoother workplace for all.
- Identify ways to turn your committee into a proactive, effective team for your agency
- Learn how to engage committee members to gain active participation during meetings
- Understand how to empower committee members to take action between committee meetings
Superintendent of Parks
Buffalo Grove Park District
Dani is the Superintendent of Parks for the Buffalo Grove Park District. She was a parks and rec kid, growing up in programming and working as a lifeguard and swim instructor starting at age 14. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. She then taught middle school math and science for three years before joining the Buffalo Grove Park District full-time in April of 2014 as the Aquatics Supervisor. She supervised a staff of 50-100 employees seasonally and managed four aquatic facilities, including one outdoor pool, two indoor pools, and a splash pad. After 4 years in aquatics, Dani was promoted to the Risk Manager for the Buffalo Grove Park District, where she supported both parks and recreation staff in their safety, training, and programming needs. Dani also chaired her agency’s Safety Committee, played a big role in safety policy development and decision making, and led her agency’s COVID response. In June of 2023, Dani was promoted to Superintendent of Parks. In this new position, she now oversees the Grounds Maintenance staff, consisting of four crews and the mechanic for a total of 12 full-time staff and 13 seasonal staff. Dani’s professional mission is to create a safe, positive, and supportive work environment for her staff that creates job satisfaction and agency efficiency. Dani loves her diverse experience in parks and rec, is a lifelong learner, and can’t wait to see what comes next. She also created and chairs the Risk Management Special Interest Group within the Administration & Finance Section of the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association, created and chaired the Safety Committee Workshop held in December 2022, and is on the Board of Regents for the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association ProConnect Mentor Program. Dani holds her CPRP, CPSI, and CPO certifications.
Safety & Wellness Coordinator
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