Parks & Recreation

Posted on: March 10, 2017

Two PARD Staff Graduate Leadership Academy


Two Allen Parks and Recreation staff members were recognized by the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) for graduating from a leadership development program.

Billy Diaz, Youth Programs Supervisor at The Edge Skate Park and Visitor Center, and Heidi Miller, Center Supervisor at Joe Farmer Recreation Center, both graduated from the TRAPS Academy of Leadership Development. The Academy builds a community of professionals committed to effective leadership while engaging in a culture of life-long learning, creative thinking and achieving the highest level of respect and recognition in the parks and recreation profession. Academy and educational events were held over the course of a year, including a monthly commitment, which culminated with graduation at the 2017 TRAPS Institute, an annual conference for industry professionals in Texas. 

Miller was also selected as one of two young professionals for the TEX-tern program. The program provides an opportunity to observe and be mentored by TRAPS leadership during a state institute, including the ability to attend executive level meetings, to gain a better understanding of TRAPS and the parks and recreation field.

TRAPS is a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to advancing the profession of parks, recreation and leisure services in Texas through educational and professional efforts.

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