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NRPA Update
Board of Directors Update
By Samantha Bartram

E

ach year, NRPA packs its Board of Directors with the foremost leaders,
thinkers and practitioners in the field of parks and recreation. As we bid
a fond farewell with our sincerest thanks to Past Chair Steven Thompson, CPRP; Janice M. Prochaska, Ph.D.; Pamela Sloan, CPRP; and Lewis
Ledford, we welcome with enthusiasm a trio of outstanding new members.
Jack Kardys, Michael Kelly and Molly Stevens each bring a wealth of experience and talent to their roles on NRPA's Board of Directors, joining more than
a dozen previous members who will continue their invaluable contributions
to the operation and direction of NRPA. Some of these board veterans have
shifted roles within our organization - Chair Detrick Stanford, CPRP, has taken the leadership baton from past chair Robert Ashcraft, Ph.D., while Neelay
Bhatt assumes the role of treasurer, Stephen Eckelberry that of secretary, and
Susan Trautman, CPRP, chair-elect.
Jack Kardys
Jack
Kardys,
director of the
nationally
accredited
and
Gold
Medal
Award-winning
Miami-Dade
Parks,
Recreation and Open Spaces Department
(MDPROS), oversees one of the
largest and most diverse park systems in the country with 260 parks
on 12,800 acres of land in South
Florida. Under Kardys' leadership,
Miami-Dade County established a
forward-thinking master plan designed to improve the quality of life
of area residents and transform the
community into a more livable, sustainable space. Currently, MDPROS
serves 2.5 million residents and 10
million visitors annually - certainly
a heavy lift, but one for which Kardys is more than up to the task. He
has dedicated his entire career to
public service, serving MDPROS for
more than 34 years and securing a

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number of accolades including the
Florida Governor's Sterling and
FRPA Agency Excellence Awards.
Kardys also serves as an executive
board member on the Miami-Dade
Sports Commission, Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and Zoo Miami
Oversight Boards of Directors.
Michael Kelly
Following
a
2011
appointment by Chicago Mayor Rahm
Emanuel,
Michael Kelly has
served as general
superintendent
and CEO of the Chicago Park District (CPD) for the past three years.
He assumed the role with a wealth of
experience in tow, having worked as
CPD's COO since 2007, during which
time he provided executive management in park operations, capital construction, repairs and maintenance,
landscape services, security and other
contract services. During his tenure

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as COO, Kelly led the development
of the district's long-term capital investment program, prioritizing $350
million in park design and construction projects. Those efforts included
the completion of LEED-certified
field houses, ADA-compliant playgrounds, new beach houses and the
extensive restoration of Chicago's
Buckingham Fountain.
Molly Stevens
A tireless advocate for the natural environment,
Molly
Stevens
is the executive
director of Westcave
Outdoor
Discovery Center and co-founder of the Children
in Nature Collaborative of Austin
(CiNCA). Stevens' efforts to protect
natural resources and support outdoor
recreation span more than 20 years -
she spent 13 years with the Environmental Defense Fund's Texas regional
office as director of development and
then regional managing director. Prior
to that position, Stevens served as the
state development director for the Nature Conservancy of Texas.
NRPA extends its thanks to our
four departing board members for
their years of service and welcomes
its three newest members. If you
would like to be considered for the
Class of 2018 Board of Directors,
see page 49. 
Samantha Bartram is the Associate Editor
of Parks & Recreation Magazine (sbartram@
nrpa.org).



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