Ken is a 3rd generation Coloradoan. He grew up in Littleton on the front range, earned under-grad degrees in Economics and Political Science and a graduate degree in Public Administration, all from the University of Colorado. His work experience spans the non-profit, private and public sectors. He ran a non-profit outdoor recreation program, worked as a parks and recreation consultant for a private company, and in the public sector, served as manager of one of Denver’s largest recreation centers, as well as in his current role as Director of MRD. Ken’s affinity for outdoor recreation as well as the opportunity to help lead the Montrose Rec. District brought him to Montrose. In his role, Ken strives to improve the quality and quantity of service provided by MRD, contributing to the quality of life and building of community in Montrose. Ken is happily married to Megan, who teaches Biology at Colorado Mesa University, and they have a young and energetic son, Benjamin. The Sherbenou family loves it here.
Recreation Programming & Operations Manager
Originally from New Jersey, Jeremy has been a parks and recreation administrator for over 10 years, having served 8 in Alaska, and 3 in Nevada prior to arriving on the Western Slope. He has dedicated his career to building community through the development of recreational programs, facilities, and events. He has studied Recreation Management at Springfield College and Psychology and Biology at Syracuse University (go Orange!). Beyond his formal education, Jeremy has earned trade certifications through the National Recreation and Park Association including becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, Certified Playground Safety Inspector and an Aquatic Facility Operator. Jeremy spends much of his free time on the trail or in the kitchen. He also enjoys traveling, photography, live music and arts, baseball, golf, and hockey. He is excited to join the MRD team, and to live, work, and play in the beautiful Montrose area. Come say hello anytime!
Youth Recreation Coordinator
Justin has lived in Montrose for the past 10 years. After growing up in and attending high school in Frederick, Colorado he attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. While at Cornell he double majored in Sports Management and Economics. He also played baseball and ran the school’s intramural department. He also met his wife Becky there. About a year after graduating he came on as MRD’s Youth Recreation Coordinator. Becky is now the Marketing and PR Administrator at DMEA. They welcomed their oldest son Holden, in to the world on October 3, 2012, and his younger brother Cy was born May 14, 2014. Justin and Becky love the countless opportunities that Montrose has to offer while maintaining the small town feel. When Justin doesn't spend his evening and weekends on MRD fields and courts he loves hanging out with his family, hiking, playing softball and officiating high school and college basketball.
Adult Recreation Coordinator
Wade started in September of 2007, after graduating from Emporia State University with a Bachelor in Recreation Management. As the Recreation & Marketing Leader he manages the website and helps program & supervise most Adult & Youth sports programs. He was born and raised in Oberlin, KS until moving to Emporia, KS for college. He was very actively involved in intramurals, Sigma Phi Epsilon and the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. After college he moved to Montrose to pursue a career in recreation. While here he met his wife, Emily, who teaches Kindergarten at Johnson Elementary. He also has a 2 year old son, Boston, who you might see hanging around him at the fields. Wade & Emily are expecting another child in March 2015. They plan on building there family in this wonderful community.
Aquatic Activities Coordinator
Liz’s family roots go back to the original pioneer settlers in the North Park Colorado area. She grew up in Austin, Texas, and received her BS degree from Texas A&M in Recreation and Parks Administration. Liz has also completed Master level studies in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Missouri. Her work experience has been primarily in the non-profit and public sectors, as well as owning her own Senior Assistance business in Montrose. Early in her career, Liz worked with both at-risk youth and senior populations, holding supervisory positions at the State, County and City levels. She has specialized in Aquatics for 12 years, 7.5 years have been with the Montrose Recreation District. Her certifications include, Aquatic Facility Operator, Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor, Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program Instructor, and Aquatic Professional with Distinction. Liz has lived in Montrose for 17 years. Her three children all graduated from Montrose High School with honors, and have gone on to seek College degrees at Boston University, Colorado School of Mines, and the University of Northern Colorado. With some free time on her hands now, Liz plans on spending more time hiking, camping, and taking photos in the Great outdoor areas that surround Montrose.
Melissa was born in Downey, California and grew up all over the southern California area enjoying the beach and going to the pool. Melissa and her husband Bill moved to Colorado in 1992 and have enjoyed raising their kids here in Montrose. Rebeka and Rachel are now attending the University of Northern Colorado, Rose is in High School and Ryan is at Columbine middle School. They all enjoy an active lifestyle in all kinds of recreation.
Pursuing a career in aquatics has been a good fit given her passion to help people enjoy their time around water. She has been in the aquatics field for 17 years now, and has served as the Aquatic Leader since 2009. She works closely with Liz Gracesun, the Aquatic Coordinator, to manage and operate the Aquatic Center. She is centrally involved in the large swim lesson program MRD offers and leading the legion of lifeguards. The Montrose Community is fortunate to benefit from Melissa's hard work and professionalism in running the current facility, an asset that will continue as the CRC opens next year! Come say hello to Melissa next time you are at the pool!
Cindy is a Colorado native who grew up in Hotchkiss. She attended Mesa College and Colorado State University. She graduated from CSU with a Bachelor’s degree in human nutrition. She worked in the Denver area for 3 years at a private wellness company and then worked for the largest health department in Colorado for over 16 years. Her favorite job at the health department was developing and implementing an employee worksite wellness program for over 250 employees. Cindy feels privileged to work as the Montrose Recreation District’s 50+/Activity Coordinator and says that this is the most enjoyable job she’s held. Cindy loves western Colorado and made the decision to return in 2009. Her parents still live in Hotchkiss – she is happy to be back home. She enjoys the outdoors with hiking, 4-wheeling and pickleball being her favorite activities. Cindy enjoys camping with her husband, Mike and their treasured dogs, Penny and Sammy.
Internal Services Specialist
Lorie was born and raised in Montrose, having ventured around a bit but eventually came home to stay. Lorie has been involved with MRD from a very young age beginning with swim lessons at the original pool on 12th street to playing youth softball. Lorie started working as a scorekeeper, facility supervisor, and helping out with the "new" in-line hockey program, and was hired full-time with MRD in 1999 as the front desk CSR. At present, along with other duties, Lorie’s main job as an administration team member is making sure all of the MRD employees and business vendors are taken care of through payroll and accounts payable, in which she takes great pride in. Lorie feels truly blessed every day to be a part of such a wonderful place.
Customer Service Specialist
I was born number 5 in a family of 6 children, we were raised on a farm near a small rural community of Stromsburg, the Swedish Capital of Nebraska, which is my nationality. Being raised on a large farm, we had plenty of work with pigs, chickens and 700+ of irrigated row crops, we spent our summers moving gated pipe for irrigating every morning and our days on the tractor. After graduation I moved to West Point, was married and gave birth to one son, Dustin and 2 daughters, Heather and Brittany. They are all now married and settled in Nebraska and Iowa and so far have blessed me with 2 Grandsons and 2 Granddaughters. In 2006 I moved to Montrose, beginning part time at Montrose Recreation District, moved into full time and truly love working for MRD. I enjoy hiking, landscaping, sewing, painting and this area that allows for wonderful opportunities -like a vacation in your back yard.
John WagnerJohn grew up in Colorado Springs playing competitive soccer and enjoying the outdoor adventures that Colorado offers. These opportunities fostered a love for recreation and fitness and helped John decide to pursue a degree in Outdoor Recreation and Instruction and a minor in Sports and Exercise Science from Western State College in Gunnison, CO. After college, John's love of adventure and exploration took him from the mountains of Colorado to the depths of the Atlantic as he attended graduate school at East Carolina University and worked as a professional Underwater Archaeologist. Ultimately, the beauty and openness of Colorado and John's love for fitness and recreation won out and he decided to return and settle in Montrose where he can "Play Anywhere". He moved to Montrose at an optimal time and was able to join the MRD crew just before the CRC grand opening. John is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Functional Training Specialist as well as a MovNat Level 1 Certified Instructor and PADI Divemaster.
Miguel was born in Chicago, Illinois. His family moved to Montrose when he was 3 years old. Miguel
worked for the MRD in concessions at the age of 14 and kept working other various positions until he
graduated from the Montrose High School. He has been working in the maintenance department full-
time going on 10 years in April, 2019. Miguel is happily married to his wife Ashley Lopez, and has two
wonderful children, his daughter Kenzley and his son Brinxton. Miguel loves to be on the lake fishing and soaking up the sun, loves to travel, and hang out with family. He is very thankful to be involved with the MRD family, and enjoys living in such a wonderful community.
Maintenance LeaderMike has worked 25+ years in the parks and building maintenance field. He moved here in 2015 to work here at the MRD as a Maintenance Leader. Since working here Mike has earned an Aquatics Facility Operation Certification. In his time off he enjoys golfing, camping, and working on his old trucks.
I was born and raised in Montrose. I have been married to my wife Cindy for over thirty years. We have a son and daughter and have four grandchildren, three girls and one boy ages from 5 years to 5 months. I enjoy spending time with my family, hunting, fishing, camping, and shooting guns also our two dogs.
CRC Facility Leader
I am a Colorado native who is making the move over to the Western Slope and Montrose. I grew up in Golden and graduated from Golden High School. I went to the University of Northern Colorado and received a degree in Communication Studies. In 2014, I went back to school at Metro State to get another degree in Recreation Management. I love everything that Colorado has to offer and am excited to experience life here in Montrose. I am a big Rockies and Avalanche fan. I love to read, be outside, and go to concerts. I cannot wait to get to know everyone here in Montrose and see all of the great things that are happening.
Field House Facility Leader
Scooter is originally from Ohio, and is well traveled. He attended Bowling Green State University where he studied Sports Management & Communications. In college, he had the opportunity to work in Operations for the Toledo Mud Hens and Tampa Bay Lightning. After college, he moved to Chicago and gained valuable experience in technology sales. The allure of Colorado brought him to the front range in 2016, and eventually made his way to Montrose in 2018, and began working at the Field House. Scooter loves football, and is a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan. He is excited and eager to get to know the people of Montrose, and is looking forward to exploring the countryside.
Jessica grew up in Olathe, CO and moved to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University where she received her bachelor's degree in English. Upon meeting her husband David she decided to return to the western slope to live on her family's farm and enjoy the great sense of community we have here. She has been working in the custodial field for eight years and has been with the MRD since February 2017.
Julie grew up on a family farm in rural Northwest Iowa. She is a graduate of Iowa State University with a teaching degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. After teaching Health and Home Economics in the traditional classroom her moves to Wisconsin, Wyoming and Colorado provided her opportunities to use her teaching degree as a team challenge ropes course facilitator, YMCA camp program director, camp registrar and administrator, assistant to the Dean of Religious Life, YMCA membership coordinator, and currently Lead CSR at the MRD.
What's the old saying, "strangers are only people we have not yet met"? Julie enjoys meeting new people and is rarely found without a smile on her face. Her laughter is contagious and from the heart. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, cross country skiing, reading, singing, and community theatre...perhaps you've seen her in costume at the front desk?
Julie and her husband Keith are empty nesters and proud grandparents. They thoroughly enjoy living in the Montrose area and exploring all that it has to offer.