Meet the Fargo Parks And Recreation Directors

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Joel Vettel, Executive Director of Fargo Park District 
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Joel received a Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University, Masters degree in Management from the University of Mary, a 2009 graduate of Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety “School of Police Staff and Command” and graduate of the 253rd class of the FBI National Academy. He served 19 years in law enforcement before taking on a new professional challenge serving as the Executive Director for the Fargo Park District.

Joel lives in Fargo with his wife and two daughters. He is active with area youth athletic programs and serves as a board member on various Fargo organization’s boards.


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Dave Leker, Deptuy Director
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Dave is currently the Deputy Director for the Fargo Park District. He has been with the Fargo Park District for seventeen years. Dave graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1989. From 1993 to 1999 Dave worked as Director of Parks and Recreation for the Beulah Park District. 

Dave has two boys, Brody and Jace.


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Carolyn Boutain, Enterprise Director
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As Enterprise Director, Carolyn oversees a department that includes the five Golf Pro Shops, concession stands throughout the District, Courts Plus Community Fitness, Lindenwood Campground, rentals of bikes and kayaks at Lindenwood, and bike rentals at Urban Plains Park. Marketing is also housed in the department and they work with all Park District departments to create communication pieces and promotions for the District.

Carolyn has a BA in Music Industry from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She began her career in 1988 with the Fargo Park District planning the summer events at Trollwood Park and coordinating Santa Village. She became Director of Cultural Activities in 1996 and became Enterprise Director in 2018. She and her husband live in Fargo with their three boys.


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Clay Whittlesey, Events Director
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Clay is proud to be a third generation Fargon and grew up utilizing Fargo’s Park system. He graduated from Fargo South High School, North Dakota State School of Science and received his bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation from North Dakota State University. He has been working at the Park District in many different areas since 1981. He currently serves as the Events Director for the District.  Clay lives in North Fargo with his wife Judy and their four dogs.


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Jim Larson, Finance Director
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Jim directs the overall financial plans and accounting practices for the Fargo Park District, including treasury, accounting, budget and investment activities. In this role, he also advises the Park Commissioners on financial matters. A graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Jim joined the Fargo Park District in 1993 as the controller which was redefined in 1996 to Finance Director.Before joining the Fargo Park District, Jim worked for various organizations in accounting, computer services, budgeting and financial reporting.

Jim and his wife Denise have two adult daughters and enjoy spending time with their grandkids. Hobbies include motorcycling, racquetball, hockey and working in his shop.


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Jenny Satter, Human Resources Director
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Jenny was hired as the first Human Resources Director with Fargo Parks in September of 2015. As Director of the HR department, she oversees recruiting, performance management, payroll and benefits and employee relations. Jenny has 20 years of experience in human resources and maintains her PHR and SHRM-CP certifications in the field. Jenny lives in south Fargo with her spouse Tony and their children Paige and Ty. She enjoys her book club, golfing and watching her children participate in their sports. 


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Dave Bietz, Operations Director
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Dave grew up in Fergus Falls, MN. He attended the University of Minnesota, NDSU and finally finished with his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Rasmussen College.

Dave has worked for the Park District since 1991. He started as a seasonal worker working at Edgewood Public Golf Course. Later, he moved to the Park Maintenance Division and has held various positions through out his career with the Park District in this department.

Dave lives in the community with his wife and two boys. He is an avid sportsman and enjoys camping and outdoor activities, as well as spending quality time with family and friends.  


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Kevin Boe, Programming & Facilities Director
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Kevin started working part time at the Fargo Park District in 1990 and after graduating from NDSU in 1991, Kevin was hired full time as the Tennis Director at Courts Plus Community Fitness. He was promoted to the Program Director in 1995 and then move up to the Director of Courts Plus in 1997. In 2018, Kevin was appointed the position of Programming & Facilites Director.

Kevin is married to Allyson; she is a 3rd grade teacher in the Moorhead Public Schools. Kevin and Allyson enjoy spending their free time watching sporting events, home projects and spending time with their 10 year old dog named Bert.


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Brian Arett, Valley Senior Services & Foundation Director
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Brian has worked for the Fargo Park District for 37 years and has been the Valley Senior Services Director since 1989. Under his direction, Valley Senior Services expanded services to rural Cass County and administers services provided to senior citizens in Richland, Traill, Steele, Ransom and Sargent Counties. Brian is a graduate of the National Leadership Institute on Aging, has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Moorhead State University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a life-long resident of Moorhead and served for eight years on the Moorhead City Council.