Current Responsibilities: April supervises the Therapeutic Recreation Office in the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). She is responsible for oversight and management of programs for individuals with disabilities, along with inclusion support in general recreation programs. She started as a TR Programmer in 2010, and has been the Unit Manager since March 2015.
Education and previous experience: She graduated from Green Mountain College, VT with a BS in Therapeutic Recreation (TR). After 4 years in clinical TR at various rehab centers in Boston, she attended Southern Illinois University and graduated with an MS in TR Administration with a minor in Outdoor Education. She previously worked in Lakewood, CO as the manager for Recreation and Inclusion Services for Everyone (R.I.S.E.) program and prior to that as the Outdoor Adaptive Recreation Specialist at Cleveland Metroparks in OH. Before being promoted to the Unit Manager she worked as a Programmer II in the TR unit with an array of responsibilities including supervising adapted classes and social clubs, leading outdoor recreation programs, coordinating inclusion support, running social skills playgroups, offering ADA consultation and supervising and directing various summer camps.
Up close and personal: April and Ken, her husband, Anna, their daughter, and their three “furbabies”, Skye and Darwin, the cats and Bella, the dog currently reside in Annandale, VA. April’s favorite leisure activities are being outdoors in nature with her family, volunteering for anything to do with rescue animal organizations and a deep appreciation for the art of comedy, anything that makes her laugh and smile is a good thing.
Katie Salyers, CTRS – TR Programmer II
Current responsibilities: Katie supervises and coordinates our Therapeutic Recreation Adapted Classes and Special Events. She also works diligently to increase our online presence via social media and various marketing avenues. In the summer you’ll see her with Project F.I.V.E and iCan Bike, our summer camps for our school aged participants with disabilities.
Education and previous experience: Since a young age Katie has been involved in all aspects of summer camp and providing others self empowerment through recreation experiences! Those interests led her to pursue a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, from the University of Tennessee, where she received a BS in Education with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation (TR) in 2009. After graduating from UT she has worked in a variety of clinical settings as a Recreation Therapist, including both physical rehab and inpatient/outpatient mental health.
Up close and personal: Katie currently resides in Annapolis, MD with her son. When the weather is nice you’ll find her, camera in hand, pursuing her favorite leisure activities include anything that gets her outdoors and back to nature like hiking, rock climbing, camping,or spending time enjoying local festivals.
Current Responsibilities: Year-round, Cat supervises inclusion staff and coordinates inclusion support for DPR programs. In the summer she is one of the Inclusion Coordinators for camps, specifically focusing on elementary, contracted, and specialty camps.
Education and previous experience: Cat began her career in Therapeutic Recreation at the Rochester Rotary Sunshine Camp where she spent 13 amazing season providing campers of all ages and abilities summers filled with fun memories. After graduating from The State University of New York at Geneseo with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology and minor in Sociology she made her first move to Virginia working at a small college in Residence Education. While there she decided it was time to go back to school to pursue a Master’s degree and enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While attending UNCG she was the Coordinator of a peer companion program that helped people of varying abilities in the Greensboro area explore inclusive recreation. To finish up her Master’s in Recreation and Parks Management with a Concentration in Therapeutic Recreation she traveled to Colorado to intern with the EXPAND (EXciting Programs, Adventures, and New Dimensions) team with the City of Boulder. Following her internship with the City of Boulder she became an Instructional Assistant at The Joshua School, a private school for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities.
Up close and personal: Cat currently resides in Falls Church, VA and is excited to explore all of the hiking, biking, camping, and kayaking that the area has to offer!
Robyn Mitchell, CTRS – TR Programmer II
Current Responsibilities: Robyn is the newest member of our team and started in November 2015. She coordinates inclusion for DPR Aquatics programs, in addition to supporting the overall inclusion program. During the summer you will see Robyn sharing her knowledge and passion at some of our Therapeutic Recreation summer camps.
Education and previous experience: Her career in therapeutic recreation began when she started her first summer working part time in a therapeutic recreation summer camp. After completing that first summer of camp, she made the switch from a fine arts degree to the field of Therapeutic Recreation. In 2009, she completed her first internship with Arlington County Therapeutic Recreation Services and in 2010, completed a second internship with the Northern VA Training Center. In 2010, she graduated from Longwood University with a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation, with a minor in the fine arts. During the last five years of her professional career, she has been working in a community recreation setting, focusing on inclusive services, as well as managing various therapeutic recreation community programs.
Up close and personal: She was born and raised in Fairfax County and currently resides in Chantilly with her boyfriend. In her free time, she enjoys talking walks, visiting friends and family, and being in the beautiful, cool weather.
Current Responsibilities: She will be overseeing all the TR adapted classes and programs, volunteer club, family programs, TR special events and developing outdoor recreation offerings.
Education and Previous Experience: Kristin has worked for over 15 years in the recreational field in both therapeutic recreation and outdoor recreation. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2002 with a B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Services with an emphasis in Therapeutic and Outdoor Recreation and worked as a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Instructor and as an Activity Therapist soon after. Over the next eight years, she worked for the US Military at various installations including Pearl Harbor, HI, Fort Campbell, KY, Fort Lewis, WA, and Sicily, Italy. During her time working for the military, she ran outdoor recreation trips and programs for the military community as well as providing therapeutic recreation services for Wounded Warriors.
Up Close and Personal: Growing up as a military “brat” and living in five different states before she graduated from high school helped her to develop a passion for travel. The opportunity of living overseas in Sicily, Italy gave her a chance to fulfill a lifelong dream. So far she’s visited 20 different countries in the world on four continents but there’s always another adventure waiting and a new country to discover! When not working or traveling, Kristin is usually found at home with her husband, two cats, one horse, and one race car.
Current Responsibilities: Mary is the Program Support Coordinator for the Therapeutic Recreation Office. Mary’s primary responsibilities are customer service, program registration, and coordination support for inclusion management and social clubs.
Education and previous experience: After graduating high school, Mary attended the Washington Business School and completed their Medical Secretarial program, following which she took a job working for a Plastic Surgeon in Washington, DC, where she worked for 7 years, as a medical secretary. Mary’s interests then led to the insurance field, and she took a job working for the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, where she worked for over 7 years as administrative support for the Wash, DC Group Health & Pension Sales Manager in Arlington, VA. When this office relocated to North Carolina, Mary took a position with the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in Arlington, VA as a Marketing Services Coordinator, where she worked for 2 years. She was then contacted by the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York and was offered her position back in an office in Maryland. It was a deal that could not be refused and she accepted. She then worked another 8 years for the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York as an office manager and insurance agent for an affiliated financial planner. After 8 years of commuting to Maryland, Mary decided to look for job closer to home, so she accepted an administrative assistant position with Arlington County Parks and Recreation in their Registration Office, assisting with summer camp registration. One thing led to another and Mary moved from registration to working for Community Services and Therapeutic Recreation. Mary’s passion has always been working with Therapeutic Recreation and in 2016, Mary was transferred to a position with the Therapeutic Recreation Office as their Program Support Coordinator.
Up Close and Personal: Mary grew up in Arlington, VA, attended Yorktown High School, and has lived in Arlington most of her life. She has a husband of 41 years, two daughters and two granddaughters. Her hobbies are baking and crocheting. What she loves best is spending time with her family.