General Manager’s Message
Welcome to 2019. Winter time is an interesting time because we usually do not think about summer camps, swim lessons, and having a picnic with family and friends. Here at GVRD we are busy during the winter to prepare for spring and summer. Our biggest priority right now is fixing Cunningham Pool. The pool itself needs new plaster, plumbing, and pool deck. The building itself is being evaluated for other improvements. We are working with the School District, and City of Vallejo to assist us with fixing the only Public Pool in Vallejo. Other items is filling full time jobs, and we are always hiring for various jobs in Parks and Recreation. The registration upgrades are slow, but coming. Thanks again for your continued support, and using our parks, facilities, and classes.
Good Luck in 2019
Mensaje del Director General
Bienvenido a 2019. El tiempo de invierno es un momento interesante porque normalmente no pensamos en campamentos de verano, clases de natación, y tener un picnic con la familia y amigos. Aquí en GVRD estamos ocupados durante el invierno para prepararse para la primavera y el verano. Nuestra mayor prioridad ahora mismo es arreglar la piscina de Cunningham. La piscina en sí necesita nuevo yeso, fontanería y cubierta de la piscina. El edificio en sí está siendo evaluado para otras mejoras. Estamos trabajando con el Distrito Escolar, y la Ciudad de Vallejo para ayudarnos con la fijación de la única piscina pública en Vallejo. Otros artículos están llenando trabajos a tiempo completo, y estamos contratando siempre para los varios trabajos en parques y la reconstrucción. Los upgrades de registro son lentos, pero vienen. Gracias de nuevo por su apoyo continuo, y el uso de nuestros parques, instalaciones y clases.
Buena suerte en 2019
General Manager’s Message
Your GVRD General Manager
I was born and raised in the Bay Area one block away from a park and recreation center. As a child, I would attend many recreation classes and events. I played on old metal playgrounds, and survived. I grew up working in the family gardening business by starting off planting flowers, watering plants, raking leaves, and pulling weeds. So as a young child I made a connection to parks and recreation.
I took over the family business in 1989, and went to night school to get an A.S. degree in Horticulture. I then went to Santa Clara University to obtain my B.A. degree in Communication, still working full time.
I worked for the City of San Mateo in their Parks Department, Yountville Golf Course as the Assistant Superintendent, City of Petaluma where I rose from Park Maintenance Worker II to Lead Worker. While there I received my Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
Here at GVRD I started off as the Park Supervisor back in 2011, then Maintenance Superintendent. I have been the General Manager here acting then full time since March 10, 2017.
I am happy to help this community get improved programs and parks. We do have limited resources, but make do with a very dedicated staff. We have many items on our checklist, but I value the community and the Board of Director’s input on directions we need to go. I have worked over 20 years in public service, and hope to make the lives of the community better through Parks and Recreation.