Better Together - Inclusion in Parks and Recreation - Kate DeAngelis & Laurel Rossiter
Everyone deserves to feel welcomed in recreation programming and like they have a place where they belong in their community. Discuss the administrative process of inclusion as well as tips, tricks and tools to help you create a more inclusive Parks and Recreation department.
Kate DeAngelis has a B.S. in Recreation Management and Policy: Therapeutic Recreation from the University of New Hampshire. Kate began her career in Parks and Recreation in 2018 while completing her formal internship at Burlington Parks and Recreation. Currently, Kate is the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for Lexington Recreation and Community Programs and sits on the Executive Board for Massachusetts Park and Recreation Association.. Kate is passionate about creating inclusive recreation programs and community engagement opportunities for individuals of all abilities and ages.
Laurel Rossiter has a B.S. in Recreation Management and Policy: Therapeutic Recreation from the University of New Hampshire and she is actively working towards her MBA with a concentration in Public Administration. Laurel is currently the Assistant Director of Recreation for the Town of Billerica, and her previous roles include Assistant Director of Summer Camp and Auxiliary Programs at Lawrence Academy, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department and ABA Therapist at Nashoba Learning Group, an outplacement school for children with moderate to severe Autism Spectrum Disorders. Laurel believes that everyone deserves access to the outdoors as well as appropriate opportunities for recreation and social connection in their communities and that with some out of the box thinking, there is always a way for everyone to play!