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Leiker, Roder Promoted Within JCPRD's Recreation Division
POSTED: 05/07/2004
 
As part of a reorganization of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Recreation Division, two longtime employees have been promoted to new positions within the division.

Jill Leiker has been promoted from Athletic Training Center/Kansas City Corporate Challenge (KCCC) Specialist to the new Corporate and Community Wellness Manager, while Katie Roder has been promoted from Dome Specialist to KCCC Executive Director.

Both promotions were effective April 26 and follow the selection of former Corporate and Community Wellness Manager Jill Geller as the District's new Superintendent of Recreation, which took effect April 24.

In her new position, Leiker will continue to oversee operations at the District's Athletic Training Center in addition to Contractual Programs, Gymnastics, Group and Corporate Picnic Programs, and Special Events. An area of focus will be exploring opportunities for growth in the Corporate and Community Wellness Department.

Leiker has been with the District for five years and has worked in the recreation field for more than 20 years. During her tenure with the District, she has served as a Recreation Specialist, and previously a Recreation Coordinator. Her responsibilities have included the initial remodeling and setup of the District's Athletic Training Center, overseeing the facility's operations, and serving as Race Director for the Shawnee Mission Medical Center Triathlon, as well as a Games Director for the KCCC. Prior to coming to the District, Leiker worked for the Hays (Kan.) Recreation Commission from 1986 to 1993, including as Sports Director, Assistant Superintendent and as Interim Superintendent. She also owned and operated an athletic club in Hays from 1983 to 1999. Leiker studied human resource management at Friends University, Wichita, and leadership studies at Fort Hays State University.

In her new position, the majority of Roder’s time will be devoted to the KCCC, but she will also assist the District's Special Events staff.

Roder began employment with the District in 1996 and has served in a variety of sometimes overlapping positions since that time. She has served as a KCCC Games Director, a Recreation Specialist overseeing the Roeland Park and Tomahawk Sports Domes, and a School-Age Director for the District's Afterschool Program. Prior to coming to the District, she worked for approximately one year for Kansas City, Mo., Park and Recreation as the Recreation Director at the Hillcrest Community Center. Roder is a graduate of Benedictine College, where she received a bachelor's degree in sports management.

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