WRPA 2019 Annual Conference and Tradeshow



Career Advancement: So You Want to Be the Boss? 

Wednesday, April 10 | 2:45pm - 4:00pm 

Session Description:

This panel style discussion will give student and young professional conference attendees the opportunity to hear from seasoned recreation and parks professionals about their recreation and parks careers. A panel of director and middle-management-level professionals from around the state will share their experiences in the field and highlight what it takes to obtain a supervisory/ managerial and executive role in the field. Equally important, panel members will be asked to share their funniest stories: Laughter guaranteed! Participants will have the opportunity to engage the professional panel through Q & A.

  • Participants will leave knowing what additional education, skills and professional experience are needed to advance in the field.
  • Participants will better understand the challenges that many management and director level professionals face in our state and around the country and will be able to weigh whether such a role is something they wish to pursue.
  • Participants will leave having a network of high-level professionals they can reach out to for advice and recommendations in the future


Kimberly Shelton, Assistant Director, City of Everett
Grant Polhemus, Recreation Specialist, City of Mercer Island

Carrie Hitte, Director, City of Edmonds
Cheryl Frasier, Regional Parks and Strategic Director, Seattle Parks & Recreation
John Hutton,  Parks and Recreation Director, City of Federal Way
Paul Simmons, Parks, Recreation and Arts Director, City of Olympia
Karen Sargeant, Parks and Recreation Director, City of Chelan
Jessie Bon, Parks and Rec Director, City of Mercer Island
Katie Jones, Sports Program Administrator, City of Redmond
Marty Boggs, Senior Programs Administrator, City of Redmond

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