|JCPRD's Jill Geller Named Chair-Elect of KRPA|
Geller was elected from among three candidates during KRPA’s annual state-wide membership election this fall and approved during the November KRPA Board of Directors meeting. She will be officially installed to her new position on Jan. 29 during the annual KRPA Conference in Hutchinson, Kan.
"It’s a great organization. I so enjoy being a part of it and have gotten to meet terrific professionals from throughout the state," Geller said. "It’s a great way to network and share ideas and I encourage all of our recreation staff and District staff to become members of KRPA and to get involved at some level."
As the successful nominee, she will serve as president elect in 2009, followed by a year as president in 2010, and past-president in 2011.
"It is a three year commitment," Geller said. "One of my responsibilities next year as the chair elect will be to lead the Planning Committee for the 2010 Annual conference. That, and assuming the duties of the chair in his/her absence, are probably the biggest responsibilities of the chair elect."
Geller will complete her twenty-sixth year of regular employment with the District in April 2009. She has been a member of the KRPA for a number of years and has become more active with the group during the past five years.
She was a member of the Planning Committee for the KRPA’s 2006 Annual Conference, served as Recreation Branch Chair in 2007, and in 2008 served as the KRPA Board’s Secretary Treasurer.
Geller has been the District’s Superintendent of Recreation since April of 2004. She first came to the District in August 1980 as a Recreation Coordinator whose duties included teaching aerobics, gymnastics, and officiating volleyball. In 1982, she was promoted to Recreation Specialist, where she oversaw the Fitness/Wellness Department. Another promotion came in 1984, this time to Recreation Manager, overseeing the Corporate and Community Wellness Department. Geller left the District from October 1986 until April 1989 in order to move to the Chicago area. She returned to the District as Corporate and Community Wellness Manager and also served as Executive Director of the Kansas City Corporate Challenge from 1994-2004.