A Global Connection As a youth I grew up in Zambia, Africa. Growing up in Southern Africa I first hand experienced, even after five years of independence, what life under a system of apartheid was …
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A Global Connection
As a youth I grew up in Zambia, Africa. Growing up in Southern Africa I first hand experienced, even after five years of independence, what life under a system of apartheid was like. We were always taught to stand up against it and to this day whenever I see injustice I speak up, even at my own peril.
As an adult I spent many years in Iowa, going to school and having my first professional job there. I had worked in Colorado prior and a job opening brought me back in 2019. My wife’s side of the family populates the Front Range, from Casper to Salida.
Abroad and at home
Travelling is in my blood having been in over 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. My favorite is Zambia—the weather, the people, the beauty of the landscape, and the music.
Locally, I love Eastlake Nature Preserve off 128th Avenue. The mountains and the diversity of the community from cultural aspects to the economy and the ability to be outdoors year round. I and the family travel quite a bit and we will have to rethink all of that in the new reality. We have visited 36 states and 107 of the national parks and monuments, thus far.
Nationally, the Grand Canyon is a place I have been nine times. Internationally, it is Zambia.
My Love for Parks and Recreation
I am the Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Programs in the City of Thornton overseeing the Divisions of Arts and Culture, Neighborhood Services, Older Adult Programs, Community Engagement, Parks, Recreation, and Projects and Planning. I got into parks and recreation having worked in it paying my way through university. When the opportunity came after graduation to run an ice arena, I began my full time career in parks and recreation and enjoyed it ever since.
As an essential city service, it is always heartening to see the impact we have in the community from better health and wellness, increased property values, greater economic activity, creation of social equity, and overall seeing the smile on the faces of our patrons when they have been through one of our facilities, programs, or amenities.
Recently, we cut down a damaged tree at Woodglen Brookshire Park. Instead of chipping it I worked with staff to place it in the park facing Madison Street, upside down as a piece of art and a natural playground.
Thornton is a great place to live, work, play, and retire and is made so, among others, by the daily efforts of the park and recreation professionals.
Thornton is lucky to have great connectivity to the green spaces, with over 93% of the population having access to a park or green space within a ten-minute walk of their residence.
I like to go on long walks, bike, play golf, soccer and tennis but do not belong to any clubs. I still hold the 100-meter dash record in high school after forty years.
(I am very proud of) the three wonderful kids my wife and I have and the way they have turned out to be worldly, inquisitive, and overall with big hearts.
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