Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee


The Parks & Recreation Committee was established by the City Council on November 2, 2015 by Resolution No. 1939.

Meeting Schedule

Meets the 4th Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Members

Committee Member Address Email Term Exp.
Councilmember Todd Winters 16735 Pratt St. ex-officio
Jim Dean 30170 W. 159th St. 12/2019
Jeff Cordray 650 S. Juniper 12/2018
John Bolyard 621 Stone Creek Dr. 12/2017
Laura Nofsinger 454 Birch St. 12/2017
Rex Cummings 206 N. Pear 12/2018
Molly Keehn 18316 S. Spruce St. 12/2018


Biographical Committee Member Information:

Jim Dean

Career: President: Gardner Area Market - Central Bank of the Midwest
Civic Involvement: Gardner Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Johnson County EDC, Gardner's Sesquicentennial Celebration and Festival on the Trails
Education: BSE Kansas State Teacher's College, Emporia, KS

Steve Hale

Career: Director of Marketing at TradeNet Publishing; Background in marketing, public relations and journalism
Civic Involvement: 2015-16 President of the Gardner Rotary Club. Past member of Gardner City Council, USD 231 Board of Education, Gardner Planning Commission, Shawnee KS Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, KSHSAA Board of Appeals, Overland Park and KCK Rotary Clubs.
Education: Kansas State University, BS in Journalism/Public Relations
Other Biographical Information: Gardner resident since 1981; Married with 2 children

John Bolyard

Career: PRA Health Sciences in the Project Management Office performing risk identification and escalation to senior management. Previous: Commission analyst and project/program manager for Sprint and church treasurer in Gardner
Civic Involvement: Gardner baseball umpire, as well as a flag football and basketball referee.
Education: BS in Finance from Northwestern Missouri State University
Other Biographical Information: Gardner resident since 2004; wife and two children ages 9 and 6

Laura Nofsinger

Career: Technical Switch Ops Tech at Centurylink; Part-time for Carpet Direct Kansas City
Civic Involvement: Voting member of Ducks Unlimited; Volunteer at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farmstead; Volunteer with Christmas in October; Meals on Wheels volunteer; Salvation Army Angel Tree Program
Education: BS with dual emphasis in Network Communications and Business Management at DeVry University
Other Biographical Information: Married with 2 children; attend New Life Community Church

Rex Cummings

Career: 40 years in retail; 21 years with Town & Country Supply; 7 years with Orscheln Farm & Home in Ottawa; 12 years with Trails West Ace
Civic: Served on USD 290 School Board in Ottawa for 12 years, 3 years as President; Served on Chamber of Commerce in both Ottawa & Gardner
Education: BA in Recreation from Ottawa University
Other Biographical Information: Member of Leadership Kansas 1988; Married with 2 children

Molly Keehn

Career: Blue Valley Recreation, Program Coordinator - 1997-current
Civic: Member of Kansas Recreation and Park Association, National Recreation and Park Association; Wheatridge Site Council - 2 years
Education: BS in Recreation from Emporia State University
Other Biographical Information: Married with five children; Member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church

Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Meeting TitleMeeting DateAgendaMinutes
Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee- CANCELED02/27/2017AgendaShowNot Available
Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee01/23/2017AgendaShowNot Available