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Sep 01

Still facing pandemic’s effects, new manger is confident department is up to challenges

Posted on September 1, 2022 at 12:02 PM by Becky Burnside

By David Markham

After leading the Kansas City Corporate Challenge through some of the darkest days of the pandemic, Lacey Fisher was recently tapped as JCPRD’s new corporate and community wellness manager.

“It was clear through the interview process as well as through her body of work that Lacey would be the perfect person to take the reins of the Corporate and Community Wellness Department,” said Recreation Deputy Director Shannon Sonnier. “Her commitment to excellence and attention to detail will serve her well in her new role.  I can’t wait to see all of the great things her and her team will accomplish!”

Fisher has been with JCPRD since December 2015, when she was hired as Kansas City Corporate Challenge administrative director & special events coordinator, and was promoted in September 2019 to executive director of KCCC.  She steps into a position left vacant when Jill Leiker retired in late July after more than 23 years with JCPRD. 

Fisher holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kansas, and a master’s degree in leisure, youth & human services from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Prior to coming to JCPRD, she previously worked for about a year as marketing & events program manager for the World Leisure Organization in Cedar Falls, Iowa. 

Her favorite part of her previous role as KCCC executive director was the people and relationships.

“I had the opportunity to work closely with so many people from company coordinators, to participants, to board members, to volunteers, to ambassadors,” she said. “The relationships I have built will be forever unmatched and I look forward to remaining close to the organization.”

She added that she is especially proud of the culture that exists within KCCC. 

“The board of directors and staff members have built a really close-knit relationship and we genuinely enjoy working together,” she said. “This strong culture helped us to face some really tough times brought on by the pandemic, but we’ve weathered it and even found a way to come out on top.” 

Fisher said the diversity of programs within the CCW Department was a large part of why she was interested in the manager’s position.

 “This department provides meaningful opportunities for youth, adults, seniors, the corporate world, and everything in between,” she said. “There is never a dull moment in CCW and I couldn’t be more thrilled to support and cheer on the staff that makes it all happen. The CCW Department is filled with the hardest working people I’ve ever known. This team can do it all… and so they do! Subpar and mediocre are words that will never be in the vocabularies of the CCW staff.”

As for future challenges, Fisher said her department is still dealing with the lingering effects of the pandemic. 

“CCW used 2020 as an opportunity to evaluate current programming and find new ways to draw interest and reach a broader spectrum of participants,” she said. “Just two years after the entire world shut down, our programs are seeing some of their biggest numbers to date. I look forward to supporting this group as they continue down their path to success. Our shared vision of always seeking new opportunities and staying ahead of trends has served us well thus far. A goal I have for myself is to always be their very best cheerleader.”