Dr. John Crossley has assumed the position of coordinator of the Recreation Administration & Leisure Studies Program at California State University at Fresno. As coordinator, Dr. Crossley will lead the nationally accredited Leisure Service Management and Therapeutic Recreation programs at Fresno State. He will also be responsible for the administration of the Fresno State Gerontology Program. Professor Crossley comes to Fresno State after teaching 16 years at the University of Utah. He has also taught at North Texas State University, and has many years experience in community recreation leadership in Florida, Delaware, and Virginia. Dr. Crossley possesses a bachelor’s degree in recreation from Florida State University, a master’s degree in recreation administration from University of Georgia, and his doctorate in commercial recreation and tourism from the University of Utah.
Shelley Emig, a family child care provider at the United States Air Force Academy, is the first person in Colorado’s El Paso County to receive accreditation from the National Association for Family Child Care. “Considering all the military installations and all the child care providers who are in this county, that’s really quite an achievement,” said Donna Head, Family Programs flight chief. “Shelley is also just the 10th child care provider in the whole Air Force to receive national accreditation.” Because of the stringent requirements and high level of expectations, licensed providers seeking accreditation face a difficult journey, one that often takes up to one year to complete. Emig, who has been a Family Child Care provider for eight years, will see little, if any, additional profit from becoming accredited, but that’s not her motivation. “This is my job. I want to be the best that I can be,” Emig said. “Becoming accredited makes me feel more professional about myself and my business, plus the parents of the children I care for know that I’m dedicated to my profession. Although it makes me feel really good to be the first, that’s not the most important thing to me.”
After serving more than 18 years at the helm of the Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department, Thomas L. Tapp has changed his tune from “leader of the pack” to “gone fishin’.” “The city will surely miss Tom. His work has positively impacted all of our major facilities including the beach, Riverwalk, Joseph C. Carter and Holiday parks,” said Assistant City Manager Greg Kisela. “In addition, Tom has always found ways to improve and enhance the neighborhood parks and programming for our children, making Fort Lauderdale a great place to live. His contributions have been immense and it will be difficult to replace him.”
As parks and recreation director, Tapp was responsible for overseeing more than 940 acres of parks, recreational programming, and maintenance. Since his tenure, the department has received the National Recreation and Park Association’s Gold Medal Award for excellence in parks and recreation management. Prior to becoming Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation director, Tapp served as director of the Flint, (Mich.) Parks and Recreation Department. He is a member of NRPA and the Florida Recreation and Parks Association, past president and current member of the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale, Leadership Broward, Parker Theater Board of Directors, and Florida Directors Seminar.
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