Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District (CVPRD) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Rummel as the new Executive Director. Rummel brings more than 15 years of experience in organizational leadership and proven success in parks and recreation.
“Over the last couple of years, our District has paused for some deep reflection and community engagement. This has propelled us to think about our future, our strengths, areas of improvement, and what kind of leader we need to accomplish the community’s goals for recreation in the Carbon Valley,” said CVPRD Board President Tracie Crites.
“Dean represents seasoned leadership in the parks and recreation community, and a bright new chapter in the story of CVPRD. His entrepreneurial spirit, along with his expertise in strategic planning and community engagement, will continue to propel our organizations momentum and growth. His consistent and thoughtful communication and great sense of humor will amplify our staff and district in moments today and tomorrow,” Crites shared.
“Most important, Dean’s passion and love for all things recreation will anchor his leadership with our extraordinary staff to provide positive and historic opportunities for all of Carbon Valley to enjoy. We deeply appreciate the support of our communities, and we thank you for your encouragement and investment in welcoming Dean to our team.”
Rummel joins the District from the City of Boulder where he has worked in the Parks and Recreation Department for the past 12 years, most recently as a Recreation Manager. Prior to joining the City of Boulder, Dean spent five years working at YMCAs in Iowa and Missouri.
His expertise pertaining to joint use agreements, program partnership creations, community engagement, staff development, capital project management, department leadership, and service alignments to community values attribute to Rummel’s wealth of knowledge and reputation as a leader in the industry. His ability to adapt and work cohesively within numerous Parks and Recreation departments and with various people make him a natural partner of innovation and collaboration.
With a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management from the University of Northern Iowa, Rummel also earned a Leading, Educating, and Developing certification from the University of Virginia. As a content expert, he has presented at both state and national conferences.
He and his wife Katie have two daughters, Zoe and Harper. As a family, much of their time is spent enjoying all that Colorado has to offer, including many parks and recreation programs.
“I am excited for the opportunity to join the Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District. Throughout my career, I have maintained high-performance standards within a diverse range of parks and recreation service functions and look forward to bringing my past experiences, leadership, and passion to the district. Throughout the hiring process I have felt connected with the community, services, stakeholders, and staff leading to my belief of great success together. I look forward to starting our journey together and collaborating with the many amazing people within the district in identifying and growing the district’s culture, goals, and vision,” said Rummel.