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Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services

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(775) 334-2260 

Julee’s work touches everyone in the Reno community in one way or another, whether they visit a local park, enjoy a concert at Wingfield Park or take a stroll on an open space area trail, participate in a recreational program or view public art. The programs Julee leads contribute to the overall quality of life for Reno residents.

Julee began as Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services in 2008 with more than 25 years of experience in Nevada, California and Oregon. She leads a team that oversees parks and park maintenance, pools, community centers, recreation programs, after-school latch-key programs, school vacation break activities, urban forestry, a municipal golf course, public art, cultural sponsorships, and special events.

Julee believes the City’s parks and recreation programs have a tremendous impact on youth by encouraging them to participate in supervised, fun activities instead of choosing more destructive behavior like drugs and alcohol. Her department also employees youth in about seasonal 400 part-time jobs annually totaling about $2.8 million dollars, which contributes to employment dollars supporting Reno’s economic vitality.

She focuses on securing resources for senior adult activities as well that contribute to their health and fitness through recreation opportunities. They are engaged and less dependent on health care. Seniors also donate time back to the City through about $500,000 worth of volunteer hours a year. Parks, Recreation and Community Services also contributes to the economic vitality of the business community by promoting and securing special events, sports tournaments and operating the Rink on the River. There is also a focus on the protection of natural resources through the stewardship of open space and the City’s urban forest.

During Julee’s career, she worked in the private landscape nursery field, landscape contracting, park planning and in the public arena performing recreation programming. After earning her Masters of Business Administration degree, she left the parks and recreation field for a time to be a commercial lender with Union Bank’s Commercial Loan Department, working in Southern and Central California. This experience honed her financial, accounting and marketing skills in the corporate environment. These skills were invaluable when she returned to a public professional park and recreation career. She served as Park and Recreation Director in both Gresham and Corvallis, Oregon, for about 20 years. She also worked for Washoe County, Nevada.

In Reno, Julee believes one of her most important accomplishments has been meeting City Council Priorities through the depths of the recession. She worked with a team of outstanding staff to realign the Department’s goals during the past three years. The Department is developing and implementing a plan to refocus the City’s resources in the new economic environment. The Department would not be where it is today, and where it plans to go in the future, without this amazing team.

Julee received a Bachelor of Science degree in Park Administration from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California and a Masters of Business Administration with a minor in Finance degree from the California State University in Fresno, California.

Among her awards and honors, Julee has been a Certified Park & Recreation Professional for 16 years by National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA). She received the NRPA Professional Award from the Pacific Northwest Regional Council in 2008; the Dave Clark Professional Honor Award in 2007; the President’s Award from the Corvallis Tourism Board in 2003; and the Oregon Recreation and Park Association Special Citation Award for Benefits of P&R Programs in 2006.

Julee is really passionate about her family, values/ethics, friends, and leaving a legacy of a better planet for future generations.

Julee and her husband David enjoy outdoor sports and hobbies, including snow skiing, kayaking, golfing, hiking and camping in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, as well as visiting art galleries and international travel. Julee is also a watercolor artist, and enjoys knitting, and reading. Her purebred Black Labrador named “Murphy” accompanies Julee and her husband on their adventures.

Among her volunteer activities, Julee serves on Reno’s Sierra Arts Council Foundation Board. She is a Past Chair of NRPA Southwest Pacific Regional Network.

 

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