Sean Fletcher, CPRP
Director of Parks and Recreation

Sean Fletcher joined the Parks & Recreation team in December 2012 after working for Canton Leisure Services in Canton Township, Michigan for 15 years. Fletcher was part of a gold medal winning, accredited agency in Canton and brings energy and enthusiasm to work daily. While not working, Sean enjoys time with his four-year old daughter and golf.

 

Patrick McVerry, CPRP, AFO
Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation

Patrick joined the Parks and Recreation team in January of 2015 after working for the PGA TOUR for 14 years.  He is a graduate of the University of Mount Union.  In his spare time enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and hunting.

 

Ashton Anthony, CPRP, AFO
Recreation Manager

Ashton joined the Parks and Recreation team in September 2014, and is a graduate of Western Michigan University. When he isn’t overseeing the Recreation Division, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, working around his house and watching his Lions on Sunday.

 

Pete Aerts
Program Coordinator

Pete joined the Parks and Recreation team in April 2003, and is a graduate of Albion College. He has 2 boys; a Freshman at WMU and 8th grader in the Portage school system. He enjoys participating in a number of recreational activities including hockey, basketball, and being outdoors.

 

Chad Wendt

Youth Development Coordinator

Chad joined the Parks and Recreation team in April 2017 after working for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago for 4 years. He is an honors graduate from Baker College of Muskegon. Chad enjoys sports, movies, and spending time with his family.

 

Danielle Baucom
Business Specialist

Danielle Baucom joined the Parks and Recreation Team in August 2015, after spending 20 plus years working for a local nonprofit organization. She graduated from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, with honors. In her free time she enjoys completing home improvement projects with her husband and spending time with her two daughters.

 

Katie Broekema

Special Events Coordinator

Katie joined the Parks and Recreation team in April 2016 after two years as the event coordinator for Gazelle Sports Kalamazoo. She is a proud Albion College Alum, and in her spare time she enjoys running, paddle boarding, playing with her puppy, and knitting.

 

Cory Walters

Parks Coordinator

Cory Walters joined the Parks and Recreation Department in June of 2013. He graduated from frigid Northern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management. While thawing out on summer break he worked at Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department. During his tenure at Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Cory worked on several projects such as, trail blazing new park trails and waging war on invasive weeds throughout the county park system.  Soon after graduating from Northern he took a position with the City of Kalamazoo Parks, performing several improvement projects and park maintenance duties throughout the beautiful city of Kalamazoo. He also helps support multiple volunteer groups that graciously donate their passion and time to the parks. When he’s not busy in the parks, he spends the majority of his free time mentoring and coaching a local Kalamazoo FIRST robotics team.

 

Jim Green

Sports Facilities Coordinator

Jim Green joined the Parks and Recreation Department in May of 2002.  If anyone knows and loves Kalamazoo, its Jim!  He was born and raised here and spent all, but four years of his life here.  The four years he was not in Kalamazoo Jim traveled the world performing one of the highest duties one can perform and served his country.  He’s been to the United Kingdom, Paris France, Spain, Amsterdam and sunny California!  Jim is a sports fanatic which is fitting as he serves at the departments Sports Facilities Coordinator.  He claims to love all sports with the exception of cricket and lawn bowling (which he claims is a result of his time spent in England).  Jim is all about hard work and he doesn’t mess around when it needs to get done…especially when the occasional fish is found in the flooded outfield of Homer Stryker Field!  When he’s not managing and maintaining the athletic fields at Mayor’s Riverfront Park and Versluis Dickinson Softball Complex he enjoys watching healthy grass grow, occasionally being right, and striking out in the tenth frame for the win!

 

Steve Czitterberg, CPO

Parks Supervisor

 

Jim Stiver

Building and Grounds Technician

 

Elizabeth Mullins

Landscape Coordinator

Elizabeth joined the City of Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation team in July of 2013. She received her undergraduate degree in Natural Resources Management from Grand Valley State University. Daily duties include creating planting designs, managing invasive species, trash removal, event preparation, weeding, installation of plants and park inspections. Her favorite part of the job is working alongside volunteers, coworkers, and groups, such as Kalamazoo In Bloom, Rotary Club and Eaton corporation to help beautify the community. When she’s not busy with her hands in the dirt, Elizabeth enjoys long walks on the beach and hiking with her dog Ralph.

 

Rahsaan Leake

Parks Coordinator

Rahsaan  is one of the newest additions to The Kalamazoo City Parks and Recreation department. Although new to the Parks Coordinator position, he is no City newbie.  The Kalamazoo Water Department, Streets Crew, and Maintenance have all benefited from Rahsaan’s hard work, team effort, and exuberant personality over the past 10+ years. Rahsaan is a native son of Kalamazoo, graduating from Loy Norrix High School.  He, along with his wife, has chosen, to raise their 4 children in the city of “Promise”.  Rahsaan is excited, and eagerly looks forward to all the new challenges and rewards that the City has instore!

 

Artearl Norman

Parks Coordinator

 

Ricky Jung

Parks Coordinator

 

Contact Us :  cokparksandrecreation@kalamazoocity.org