Thursday April 23, 2015
The City of South Burlington welcomes Maggie Leugers as the new South Burlington Recreation and Parks Director this month.
Deputy City Manager, and former long-time Director of Recreation and Parks Tom Hubbard said, “Maggie is a true collaborator whose passion and commitment is top-notch, she brings great value to both the position and the department. Maggie is a consummate professional and the director we need to move the department forward and we’re certainly enthusiastic to have her on board!”
Leugers steps into the role formerly held by Todd Goodwin, who vacated the position in December 2014 to direct the recreation program in the town of Williston. Betsy Terry served in the interim, and as of March 31, 2015, Leugers takes the reins of the department.
Leugers comes to the department from the City of Burlington where she was the Recreation Superintendent overseeing (with her team) community programming for all age segments and internal events. Leugers is excited to be on board in South Burlington as community growth and City Center initiatives continue to develop. She hopes to enhance special events, sponsorships, and private/public partnerships.
Leugers’ passion for recreation began as a child. Growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she would spend her summers at a local recreation playground program from opening until closing. She says, “I knew at that young age I wanted to have a career in recreation and parks and pursued a BS degree in Community Urban Recreation from the University of Cincinnati. During my college years I worked for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission (700 full time staff!) working in playgrounds, community centers, aquatics, therapeutic and administrative offices.” Leugers also served as a national Vista volunteer in the state of Arkansas working with disenfranchised families in recreation and health.
Leugers cites making a difference in communities in which she has lived as one of her greatest career accomplishments thus far. “Educating a community about the essential importance of recreation and parks by providing a positive ‘quality of life’ in the areas of conservation, health and wellness, and social equality,” she says are high priorities for her.
Chair of the Recreation & Leisure Arts Committee, Glenn Sproul said, “I’m thrilled and relieved that we have found someone who will carry on the wonderful and proud tradition of an exceptional Recreation Department here in our community! Maggie certainly represents the quality and leadership we’d hoped for.”
Leugers lives in Richmond and when she is not promoting an active lifestyle at work, she is recreating through running, gardening, and spending time with her husband, Michael, their children, John and Kate, and the family Corgi, Reece.
City Manager, Kevin Dorn added, “We’re excited to have Maggie join our management team, and she has hit the ground running with great enthusiasm and professionalism. Maggie brings a wonderful and varied skill set to the position and we’re thrilled to have her join the ranks with our group of outstanding department heads.”
Welcome Maggie Leugers!
SOURCE: Corey Burdick, Correspondent