June Premier: Investing in Diverse Community Services

Join us in the pursuit of creating a welcoming and diverse park and recreation system that reflects the ideals of the communities it serves. Our approach involves a targeted investment in each community and laying the foundation for transformative change, heightened engagement and the cultivation of mutual respect. This endeavor is dedicated to identifying and meeting the specific needs of all constituents, ensuring that our services are inclusive and comprehensive. Attendees will have the invaluable opportunity to be guided by a panel of three professionals, which presents a wealth of diversity in education, cultural backgrounds and professional experiences. Together, we will explore innovative strategies for professionals and their organizations to invest in services that truly cater to the diverse tapestry of people within their communities, fostering a more connected and inclusive society. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn how to effectively use your provided services to reinvest in your diverse constituents, employees, community partners and policymakers.

2. Gain new ideas and strategies to avoid categorizing services, instead developing and investing in a range of diverse community services to meet the needs of all residents.

3. Identify tools that will help you develop an organizational philosophy to guide your services, basing it on the idea that all people need opportunities that inspire and improve their quality of life.

This talk is available for 1 year from release date!

John Stutzman (he/him)

Recreation and Leisure Service Director

City of St. Peter

John Stutzman is a Parks & Recreation practitioner with over 16 years experiences, at various levels of leadership, for both large and small Minnesota communities. He takes great pride in sharing his passion and enthusiasm for recreation, leadership development, and the outdoors and with others, especially the future work force. He is a professional who sees the importance of creating innovative and inclusive ways to meet the needs of a community. John holds a BS in Recreational Sports Programming, a Masters in Recreation Management–Professional Development, and is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional.

Maria Cepeda (she/her/hers)

Downtown Events and Facility Coordinator

Huntersville Park and Recreation

Young professional working as a Special Events Coordinator for Town of Huntersville Park and Rec Recreation in North Carolina. Previously worked for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation as Senior Recreation Specialist, creating programs and events for the community of Charlotte. After undergrad, she did her internship with the Woodlands Township in Texas. Board member of Hispanic Professionals in Park and Recreation advocating for Hispanic/Latino professionals in the field.

Hillary Roemersberger (she/her/hers)

Director, Recreation Services

Apex Park and Recreation

Hillary Roemersberger has worked in Parks and Recreation for 16 years. She currently works as the Director of Recreation Services with Apex Park and Recreation District located in Arvada, CO. In her role she is responsible for the oversight of Fitness and Wellness, Licensed programs, and Aquatics as well as multiple recreation centers. Hillary holds a BS in Health and Exercise Science, a Masters in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, and is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional.

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June Premier: Investing in Diverse Community Services
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