General Manager’s Message
Welcome to 2020. I would like to give a “Thanks” to staff and everyone out there who helped and enjoyed our various celebrations during 2019 to celebrate our 75th anniversary serving Vallejo. 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. Other priorities are filling full time jobs, and we are always hiring for various part time jobs in Parks and Recreation. In 2020 we will be working on a ten year master plan, so please look for surveys that will be coming out asking for your opinions on recreation programs and upgrades to our parks. Thanks again for your continued support, and using our parks, facilities, and classes.
Good Luck in 2020
Mensaje del Director General
Bienvenidos a 2020. Me gustaría dar las “gracias” al personal y a todos los que ayudaron y disfrutaron de nuestras diversas celebraciones durante el 2019 para celebrar nuestro 75°aniversario sirviendo a Vallejo. El invierno es un momento interesante porque por lo general 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 preparándonos para la primavera y el verano. Nuestra mayor prioridad en este momento es arreglar Cunningham Pool. Otras prioridades son llenar puestos de trabajos de tiempo completo, y siempre estamos contratando para varios trabajos de medio tiempo en Parques y Recreación. En el 2020 estaremos trabajando en un plan maestro de diez años, así que por favor busque las encuestas que saldrán pidiendo sus opiniones sobre programas de recreación y mejoras a nuestros parques. Gracias de nuevo por su continuo apoyo, y el uso de nuestros parques, instalaciones y clases.
Buena suerte en 2020
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.