Pool District to Interview Five Candidates for District Manager
The Board of Directors of the Greater Toledo Pool Recreation District have selected five candidates to be interviewed as the District’s first manager. The interviews will take place on December 14th.
The interview process includes a tour of the Toledo Pool, two interviews, and a community open house. All candidates will tour the pool at 9 am. The tour will be led by Jim Chambers, one of the lead petitioners that lead to the formation of the District by local voters in last May’s election.
The candidates will interview with the Board of Directors and with a separate community panel which has been selected by the Board to represent various organizations and interests throughout the community. The interview day will conclude for the candidates with the community open house at the Toledo Elementary School from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
Community members are encouraged to attend the open house which will be organized to allow individuals to meet, greet, and ask questions of the candidates. Each candidate will also have a few minutes to provide a short biography and to answer a question from the Board Chair.
The five candidates selected by the Board include the following:
Melinda Baxter – Ms. Baxter is a local attorney who was involved in the formation of the District and currently serves on the Board. She is not involved in the hiring process and will relinquish her Board position if hired as the District Manager.
She has a significant background in organizational management and working with youth including positions as the Teen Court Coordinator for Lincoln County; Mediator and Facilitator for Lincoln Community Dispute Resolution; and Youth Projects Coordinator for the Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She has a law degree from Willamette University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Lewis & Clark College.
Tad Nunez – Mr. Nunez is from Lebanon, New Hampshire and has 30 years of experience in park and recreation management with the City of Hartford, Vermont. He has a Master of Education in Community Parks and Recreation from Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts; and a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Facility Management from Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont.
Paul Steenkolk – Mr. Steenkolk currently resides in Eugene, Oregon where he is the Medical Imaging Director for Willamette Valley Imaging. Prior to his time with Willamette Valley Imaging, he served as Director of the Downtown Athletic Club in Eugene. He has a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and also in Health Promotion/Fitness Management from Southern Oregon University.
Rebecca Thomson – Ms. Thomson currently resides in Gates, Oregon where she is the Program Coordinator with Upward Bound Camps. Previously she has been a District Executive with the Boy Scouts of America, Program Specialist with Girl Scouts, and an Aquatics Supervisor with Mandan Park District in Mandan, North Dakota. She has a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Leadership and Management from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.
Todd Wheeler – Mr. Wheeler currently resides in East Helena, Montana where he is the Recreation and Aquatics Program Manager for the City of Helena. Mr. Wheeler has 27 years of experience in aquatics programming and management including positions with the City of Westminster, Colorado; Willamalane Park and Recreation District, Springfield, Oregon; City of Eugene, Oregon; and the River Road Park and Recreation District, Eugene, Oregon. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Oregon.
Board Chair, Roy Kinion stated, “We are very pleased with the pool of candidates we received and these five finalists all have distinctive qualities, strong credentials, and significant experience managing and working with others. We as a Board, are looking forward to the interview process, hiring our very first manager, and being ready to take over pool operations this spring.”