The Nevada Recreation and Park Society (NRPS) is a membership based 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization and gained affiliation with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in 1964. NRPS has been actively supporting the development of the recreation, parks, and leisure professions from that year forward. The Society filed articles of incorporation with the State of Nevada in March 1974. NRPS is divided into north and south districts, which operate independently. The NRPS President is elected by the Society’s membership. The office and the Society’s annual conference alternate between the north and south. The Society annually awards at least two academic scholarships, program and facility excellence awards, and recognizes in-state distinguished professionals with various awards.
Colleen loves the outdoors and being able to work outside was very appealing to her. She began as a seasonal Park Aide Ranger in 1995 and worked her way through the ranks of Park Ranger, District Ranger, and District Manager to my current position of Parks Operations Superintendent.
She has a BBA and MA. Colleen holds a Wildland Fire Chainsaw Class A certification and is a Certified Arborist. Being a recent graduate of the NRPS LEAD Institute from 2019, she highly recommends it to anyone interested in gaining leadership skills.
Colleen enjoys spending time with her family as well as hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding and cheering her kids on at their sporting events.
In 2018 she visited South Korea to attend the Paralympics and watch her nephew compete for the USA Sled Hockey Team. They took home the gold medal!
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Want to be involved?
NRPS is constantly seeking support from our members. There are a myriad of opportunities to help grow the Parks and Recreation profession and your resume. If you can’t afford to give much time, there are assignments that can match your availability. Many meetings are conducted where members can call in and be actively engaged.
There are volunteer opportunities on weekends; there are volunteer opportunities that can last an entire year; and there are special assignments that are short range and specific. From serving on the board, on a committee or helping at some of our special events there is a place for you!