Brian currently lives in Los Alamos, New Mexico where he serves as the Community Service Director of Los Alamos County. Brian is involved in the development and operations of many departments and services Los Alamos County, including parks, the entire Library system, Cultural Services, several community boards, and more.
Brian was born and raised north of Seattle and got his bachelor's degree in Recreation Administration from Washington State University. He has worked progressively in the parks and recreation profession for over twenty years as a Community Service Director, Recreation Supervisor, and Recreation Coordinator. His jobs have taken him throughout the west in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Throughout his career in Parks and Recreation Brian has received various awards, such as Best Public Sector Water Parks 2006; Best Facility Design Award 2006; Most Outstanding Facility 2014; Governor’s Award for Environmental Education and Outreach 2016; Outstanding Attraction Winner 2018.
Brian has two teenage sons; one is in college and the other is in high school. In his spare time, he enjoys fly fishing and traveling.
As Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Bloomington, Minnesota, Susan is involved in planning and evaluating a comprehensive program of parks and recreation services, with particular responsibility for leading and overseeing management of the Department’s major recreation facilities, including the Arts Center, Community Center, Golf Courses and the Ice Arena. The City of Bloomington serves 86,000 residents and oversees 94 parks covering more than 3,000 acres of parkland.
Susan spent seven years with the City of Edina starting as the General Manager at Edinborough Park and the Aquatics Center and within 10 months was promoted to Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation. As Assistant Director, directly supervised and developed 8 FT general managers and $13 million in budgets. Susan was the Interim Director for five months overseeing the administrative, enterprise, programming and park maintenance divisions. Major projects include Park System Master Plan, renovation of Pamela Park, the addition of a driving range and new par-3 course and a renovated 18-hole championship course, the creation of Braemar Ice Arena’s Backyard Rink, an outdoor refrigerated skating rink, and the addition of Braemar Field’s sports dome.
Susan spent 12 years working for the YMCA starting in Lexington, Kentucky and then the YMCA of the Twin Cities.
Susan has a BS in Corporate and Community Fitness from North Dakota State University and a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from the University of Kentucky. She is a member of the 1991 Women’s Basketball National Championship team, an All-American in Track and Field at North Dakota State University and was inducted into the Bison Hall of Fame in 2013.
Dan currently lives in Fort Bragg, CA, with his wife of 34 years, where he serves as the Chief Administrator for the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District. Dan is involved in all aspects of the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District from budget management to facility maintenance, public relations, grant writing, and more. Dan co-authorized and submitted a successful State of CA OHV Restoration and Planning Grant in the amount of $4,200,000. This grant helps restore 586 acres of undeveloped District parkland and plan for future development.
Before becoming the District Administrator for Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District, Dan’s previous roles in the Park and Recreation field were Aquatics/Recreation Manager in Lake Havasu City, Arizona; Aquatics Coordinator in Pinedale, Wyoming; Assistant Parks and Recreation Director in Idaho Falls, Idaho; Recreation and Library Services Manager in Palmer, Alaska; Parks and Recreation Director in Whitefish, Montana.
Dan and his wife have two grown sons that reside in Montana. In 1988, Dan earned his degree from Coe College, in his hometown of Cedar Rapids, IA. Dan has dedicated his life and career to public recreation services and has held a number of executive-level positions over his 30-year career. His passion for recreation goes well beyond the office, as he is also an avid outdoorsman. Having spent many years in the Fargo area, Dan looks forward to participating in the selection process and the possibility of returning to the area.
Dave Leker is the Interim Executive Director for the Fargo Park District. He has been with the Fargo Park District since 1999, starting out as the Parks Director until becoming the Deputy Director in 2017.
Dave grew up in Grand Forks, ND. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology. From 1993 to 1999 Dave worked as Director of Parks and Recreation for the Beulah Park District.
Dave lives in West Fargo with his wife Lindsey and two boys, Brody age 10 and Jace age 5. He likes to spend time hunting, fishing, and all outdoor recreational and sporting activities. He enjoys coaching his two boys in their youth activities and spending time with family and friends.
Jeremy was born and raised in Wichita, KS. He graduated from Sterling College in Sterling, KS. At Sterling he lettered 4 years in baseball. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health/Physical Education. After Sterling Jeremy went on to Wichita State and received a Master’s of Education in Sports Administration.
Before going into municipal parks and recreation he worked in a non-profit setting (Boys and Girls Clubs of Omaha), professional sports (Wichita Thunder Hockey, Wichita Wranglers Baseball, and Missouri Mavericks Hockey), high school and collegiate athletics (Goddard HS Baseball and Friends University Baseball respectively), and corporate wellness (Cessna Employees Club Fitness Center).
During college, Jeremy worked for the Lyons, KS Recreation Commission as a part-time programmer. Following his passion for the industry, he accepted a position as a Recreation Supervisor with the City of Wichita. While with the City of Wichita he increased programming, increased facility usage through rentals and special events, oversaw fundraising and construction of a skate park.
Wanting to advance his career he accepted a position with the City of Independence, MO as a Recreation Supervisor of Sports and Aquatics. Through budget cuts and staff elimination, he was moved into the Assistant Director position. Over his 9 years in Independence, he built relationships with numerous community and civic groups, increased revenue, worked to create a master plan for the department, managed numerous fundraising and construction projects and so much more.
In Jeremy's current role, as Parks and Recreation Director for the Unified Government of Wyandotte/KCK, he oversees a park system of 2,800 acres. Underneath my umbrella is 55 parks, 7 community centers, 3 lakes with 10 miles of shoreline, a concert amphitheater, 2 golf courses, and several rental facilities. He has a staff of 89 full-time employees and several part-time and seasonal employees.
Jeremy has 2 boys, Easton age 13 and Camden age 9. He enjoys coaching their sports and being involved in their activities. In his free time, he spends time with his family, exercising, and hunting and fishing.