On November 29, 1959 the Missouri Recreation Association and the Missouri Recreation and Park Society merged forming the Missouri Park and Recreation Association (MPRA). MPRA serves as the voice for parks and recreation in Missouri on the local, state and national level.

The nonprofit association, whose members work to provide opportunities for all the state’s citizens to enjoy quality leisure activities, is dedicated to promoting public support for parks and recreation and public awareness of the contribution of recreation to a balanced life.

The association works to ensure the growth and improve the quality and accessibility of urban and rural parks, open spaces and recreational lands, facilities and programs for all Missourians. It promotes research and information dissemination on park, conservation, recreation and leisure issues.​

MPRA strives to maintain high standards of professional ethics and practices by promoting continuing education for its membership. The association encourages the support of college and university curricula to enhance research and assure a well-trained stream of future professionals.

MPRA cooperates with public, private and voluntary agencies to assure provision of quality park, recreation, and conservation programs.

MPRA is governed by a board of directors elected by the general membership. The association maintains a headquarters office with a full-time staff in Jefferson City. MPRA is an affiliate member of the National Recreation and Park Association.


Our Mission... To advocate the quality of life through effective use of parks and recreation opportunities, education, and resources.





Gary Gates

Gary Gates, CPRP

Executive Director


Sarah Veile, CPRP

Assistant Executive Director

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Heather Rice

Membership & Marketing Specialist

Our Address
Office Hours

2018 William Street

Jefferson City, MO 65109

Monday – Friday  8:00AM – 4:30PM

info@mopark.org \\ Tel: 573.636.3828 

Board Leadership

Executive Committee:

President: Brian Schaffer, Des Peres Parks & Rec

Incoming President: Miki McKee Koelsch, Webster Groves Parks & Rec

President Elect: Roosevelt Lyons, Kansas City Parks & Rec

Past President: Chad Shoemaker, Mexico Parks & Rec

Secretary/Treasurer: Mike Snyder, Columbia Parks & Rec

Directors at Large:

     Steve Clark, (18-20) Webster Groves Parks & Rec

     Gabe Huffington, (18-20) Columbia Parks & Rec 

     Jody Siemer, (18-20) Kansas City Parks & Rec

     Dave Musgrave, (19-21) Ferguson Parks & Rec 

     Eilien Ramirez, (19-21) Crestwood Parks & Rec

Incoming (20-22):

     Amy Boyd, Des Peres Parks & Rec

     Dennis Dovel, Blue Springs Parks & Rec

     Kim Hedgpeth, Florissant Parks & Rec


Northwest Region (1)

Director: Nate Williams, Excelsior Springs Parks & Rec 

Director Elect (20-21): Nathan Musteen, Raymore Parks & Rec

Director Elect Elect (21-22): Justin Merkey, Gladstone Parks & Rec

Past Director: Jende Smith, St. Joseph Parks & Recreation

Northeast Region (2)

Director: Janet Godon, Columbia Parks & Rec

Director Elect (20-21): Angie Toebben, Jefferson City Parks & Rec

Director Elect Elect (21-22): Joey Wilmes, Columbia Parks & Rec

Past Director: Cassie Brandt, Columbia Parks & Recreation

Southwest Region (3)
Southeast Region (4)

Director: Jennafer Mayfield , Republic Parks & Recreation

Director Elect (20-21): Jon Carney, Springfield-Greene County PB

Director Elect Elect (21-22): Heidi Johnson, Lamar Parks & Rec

Past Director: Jason Knight, Willard Parks & Recreation

Director: James Boyd, Ballwin Parks & Rec

Director Elect (20-22): Chris Cholley, Bridgeton Parks & Rec

Director Elect Elect (21-22): Mike Lueck, Wentzville Parks & Rec

Past Director: vacant


Aquatics Section

President: Karen Herbig, Clayton Parks & Rec

President Elect (20-21): Jende Smith, St. Joseph Parks & Rec

President Elect Elect (21-22): Sarah Coulter, Springfield-Greene County Park Board

Leisure Educators Section

President: Hugh Gibson, Missouri State University

Park Resources Section

President: Jeff Atkins, St. Joseph Parks & Rec

President Elect (20-21): Peter VanLinn, St. Charles Parks & Rec

President Elect Elect (21-22): Susan Jankowski, Great Rivers Greenway

Sports Section:

President: Chad Unterreiner, Marshall Parks & Rec

President Elect (20-21): Brittany Johnston, Liberty Parks & Rec

President Elect Elect (21-22): Kendra Beaver, Excelsior Springs Parks & Rec

Student Section President:

President: Jason Young, University of Missouri

Young Professionals Section

President: Jody Siemer, Kansas City Parks & Rec

President Elect (20-21): Cassie Brandt, Columbia Parks & Rec

President Elect Elect (21-22): Paul Kettenbach, St. Louis County Parks & Rec

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