Two more employees are now Certified Park and Recreation Professionals (CPRP). Achieving CPRP is no easy feat and recipients must recertify every two years. Ashley McKay and Marny Tackett met the stringent certification criteria and passed a comprehensive exam covering topics such as: Recreation Programming, Park Maintenance, Athletics, Therapeutic Recreation, Finance, Operations and Human Resources and more. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) established this standardized training course in the ‘50s, and today is still one of the most recognized industry honors. A person’s CPRP must be current before trying to earn the NRPA’s Certified Park and Recreation Executive certificate.
Ashley Nicole McKay – born in Columbus, Ohio
Job title/hired: Recreation Supervisor, Aquatics. Hired as part-time swim instructor October 2002; full-timer August 2007
College: Texas Woman’s University
What a recreation supervisor does? As an aquatic recreation supervisor, I manage the pool, staff and entire facility; making sure the patrons are happy and well served.
What drew you to this career field? I was on the swim team in high school but decided to take a swim class in college. My instructor told me about a water safety instructor job with the City and I was hooked. I enjoy seeing when someone learns to swim or when people are having fun playing in the water.
What do you enjoy most about your job? It’s fun getting to know the patrons and seeing how they benefit from a service we provide.
Name a benefit of the CPRP certification: Obtaining this certification helped me learn about other aspects of Parks and Recreation; things I’m not exposed to on a daily basis.
A favorite quote: Because I was a military child and we moved around a lot, some of my oldest and best friends are around the world. "True friends are always together in spirit." – L.M. Montgomery (“Anne of Green Gables”)
Marny Tackett – born in San Mateo, CA
Job title/hired: Recreation Complex Supervisor; started as a Recreation Aide March 2000
College: University of Texas (Go Longhorns!), Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Learning and Development
University of North Texas, Master’s Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies
What does a recreation supervisor do? Oversees the day-to-day operations of the recreation center, manages staff, listens to and resolves customer concerns. It is a lot of customer service, both internal and external.
What drew you to this career field? Fun and flexibility!
What do you enjoy most about your job? Variety. Something new and different can happen every day.
Name a benefit of the CPRP certification: More opportunities to further my education, network and expand my knowledge of this field.
A favorite quote: I have too many! “Everything happens for a reason.” “Sometimes it is all about changing your perspective.” “Attitudes are the forerunners of conditions.” What can I say…I am a work in progress.