Essex Junction Recreation and Parks
Alyssa Callan, CPRP
School-Age Childcare Director
Alyssa has worked for Essex Junction Recreation & Parks in many capacities since 2010 when she began as an afterschool counselor while studying at St. Michael's college. Since then she has also worked at our summer camps and the preschool, making her way into her current position.
She loves the community we represent and the families that we serve. She finds it rewarding to see ideas come to life and provide the community with a variety of recreational experiences.
Alyssa enjoys reading, playing outdoor sports (especially softball and golf in the summer), and spending time with family and friends.
Caitlin Fay, CPRP
Caitlin and her family spent many hours at community parks when her children were young. She loved the feeling of being near her home, enjoying the open space and playground equipment with her neighbors. When a customer service role became available at Essex Junction Recreation & Parks, she knew it was the right fit for her!
She loves being involved in all of the fun that recreation and parks offer Essex! She loves that every season brings something new and exciting.
Caitlin enjoys skiing, hiking, and boating with her husband and children.
School Age Childcare Assistant Director
Rosy comes to the Assistant Director position by way of part-time positions as a summer camp counselor and then as an afterschool Site Coordinator after college.
Her favorite things about working at Essex Junction Recreation & Parks are the community, relationships, opportunities, and support!
Rosy enjoys traveling, being outside, hiking, biking, and running.
Maureen Gillard, CPRP
School Age Childcare Director
Maureen loves all things kids and summer camp! She brings many years of experience as a day camp Counselor and day camp Assistant Director with Colchester Parks and Recreation, as well as 8 years of camp experience at the Colorado Mountain Ranch (13 miles up the canyon into the foothills outside of Boulder). Here she wore many hats such as Challenge Course Facilitator, bus driver, CIT Program Counselor, and Staff Management Administrator. Additionally, she was a paraeducator in Special Ed. at Colchester High School before making her way to EJRP.
Her favorite part about working for Essex Junction Recreation & Parks is the deep commitment to serving the community, the desire to seek opportunities within the obstacles, the constant and consistent expectation of, and opportunities for growth. Not to mention the incredible staff, kids, and families, and the fact that she has more FUN at her job than anyone else she knows!
Program Coordinator- Youth Enrichment
Betsy joined Essex Parks & Recreation in 2017 after 5 years as a stay-at-home mom. When she re-entered the workforce, she decided to choose a new career path that allowed her to enjoy her favorite activities while providing opportunities for children in the community. Betsy loves introducing kids to activities and encouraging them to step outside their comfort zone and try something new.
She joined the Essex Junction Recreation & Parks team in December 2019 to coordinate the Afterschool Enrichment Program.
She loves coaching and playing soccer, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and seeking out new adventures and challenges.
Betsy is both an employee of Essex Parks & Recreation and Essex Junction Recreation & Parks.
Patrick Ivory, CPRP
Program Director-Sports & Fitness
Pat grew up playing basketball, lacrosse, football, and any other sports offered through his local Rec Department outside of Philadelphia, PA. He started coaching lacrosse at Saint Michael's College immediately following graduating from college and has been involved with coaching ever since.
Being in a position where he can have such a powerful impact creating community and supporting our youth and adult athletes through leagues, races, clinics, and camps is the most rewarding and exciting part of his job.
Customer Service Specialist
Wendy joins Essex Recreation after many years of service with both the Brownell and Essex Free libraries. She is a long-time advocate and lover of community and Parks & Recreation, formerly serving on the Vermont Recreation & Parks Association (VRPA) Board, EJRP Rec Advisory Council, and as a coach for Girls on the Run. She was a recipient of VRPA’s 2011 Theresa S. Brungardt Award for Friend of Recreation.
She enjoys hanging out with family and friends and her favorite activities are hiking, paddling, games and just being outside.
Wendy is both an employee of Essex Parks & Recreation and Essex Junction Recreation & Parks.
Brad Luck, CPRE
Brad's first job ever was at Essex Junction Recreation & Parks when he was 15. He worked in the "Fun Loving Fives" program at Park Street School and he was a lifeguard. Brad never really envisioned that he would be in rec as a career. He took the role of Interim Director in 2007 and hasn't left since.
He enjoys the diversity of experience each day, working for the community, the people he works with, and all of the part-time and seasonal workers that are a part of who we are.
Brad enjoys running and playing basketball. He coaches basketball at ADL. Brad's wife, Jen, teaches Spanish at EHS. They have three children- Graham, Harper, and Lucy, and their dog Maple.
Christina grew up in the Village of Essex Junction, and EJRP was a huge part of her childhood. She practically lived at Maple Street Pool for most of her middle school years. Her first job was at the Park Street School working as a counselor for the "Fun Loving Fives" program. Now, 25 years later, she is grateful to be here working with a new generation of kiddos in the same building. Early education is her passion, and EJRP has always encouraged and challenged her to become a better teacher and continually grow an inclusive, creative, engaging, and ever-evolving program for young children.
She loves that EJRP is one of the most innovative and creative organizations that she's ever been a part of: "It is never a question of "IF" we can do something for our community, but rather "HOW" can we do this?" The team of people that work here are thoughtful in their design of programs, consistently approach others with kind hearts and open minds, and are both intentional and passionate about their work in the community. It truly takes a village and Essex Rec understands this at its core."
Kirsten Santor, CPRE
Program Director-Community Recreation
Kirsten's passion for recreation started with lots of outdoor activities growing up. She then pursued both a bachelor's and master's in Recreation and previously worked as a Recreation Coordinator at a college. Recreation has always been part of her life and she loves being able to share that with others!
She loves the people and the creativity at Essex Junction Recreation & Parks. "The staff is amazing and we wouldn't be able to do what we do without the Essex community." Kirsten also loves that creative ideas are always flowing, making for fun things to do and try.
Kirsten loves all things outdoor- canoeing, biking, swimming, hiking, running, skiing (both downhill & nordic), snowshoeing, camping, and more!
Grounds & Facilities Director
Harlan first became involved with recreation through his children's sports leagues and the use of local parks. When the opportunity to work within the Parks system became available in his hometown he applied and hasn't looked back since!
He enjoys how working at Essex Junction Recreation & Parks connects him with the community the most. Harlan finds it unbelievably rewarding and fun to be part of an organization whose sole role is to make the community better to live in and help improve lives.
Harlan moved to Essex in the early '90s, raised four children, and utilized most of the recreation programs. Two of his children are starting families in Essex, while his other two call Essex home, and he expects that they and their families may live here again in their lifetime.
When he is not working he spends time on his land, grooming orchards and walking trails, as well as fishing, hunting, and relaxing. He also enjoys being involved with family and friends, racing at the local Barre race track, snowmobiling, and motorcycle riding.
Grounds Facility Technician
Matthew's first job was a seasonal position in the Parks at age 15 which then led to a full-time position.
His favorite part about his job is that it is something different every day! One day it's working on playgrounds or mowing fields, the next it's remolding offices or setting up for an event!