- PRAB Meeting Minutes
- PRAB Annual Work Plan FY 2017
- The Economic Impact of Local Parks
- Strategic Master Plan
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) is an advisory group to City of Fairfax City Council. As such, PRAB is responsible for the study and recommendation to City Council of a well-rounded park and recreation program.
PRAB ensures adequate coordination of all matters affecting policy of joint community use of schools with the school board in accordance with agreements between the city council and the school board. The board is advisory in nature only and has no authority for operations.
In rendering advice or making recommendations to city council as to program, acquisition or development, the board gives consideration to implementation and financing in coordination with the Parks and Recreation Department.
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Zinta Rodgers-Rickert is the current Chair of PRAB, and began her term in June 2016. She has been a City of Fairfax resident since 1993. She was appointed to PRAB in 2003. She has been a realtor since 1989 and recently was appointed to the Policy Board of Virginia Assoc. of Realtors. She has 3 daughters who attend Daniels Run and is actively involved with the PTA. She is a volunteer volleyball coach for FPYC & BRYC, and is the President of Little River Hills Civic Association.
As an "Army Brat" Jane Albro lived a very nomadic life, spending the bulk of her school years living in Germany and San Francisco, where she graduated from high school. Her father was then transferred to Walter Reed, so the D.C. area became home. After college she married and moved to Northern Virginia. But, as her husband was military, again the nomadic travels began. They eventually bought a home in McLean, and that became home base as they spent time in both Korea and Saudi Arabia. In the midst of the foreign assignments and raising 6 children, she was able to complete an Interior Design degree at NOVA. Her husband retired from the Army in 1984 and they moved to New Orleans, where she worked for an Interior Design firm. In 1997 she returned to the area and bought her home in the City of Fairfax. After working in retail for 9 years she retired and began her association with the Senior center here in Fairfax.
Michael Anderson is a lifelong City resident, born and raised in the Mosby Woods neighborhood. This is the same neighborhood that he lives in today along with his wife Carrie and their 4 kids. He attended Fairfax High School and graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in Political Science and History. He is very active in the community and enjoys taking an active part in FPYC (Fairfax Police Youth Club) as a travel soccer coach. He has been a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board since 2014.
Elizabeth Breslin is the teen member on PRAB. She attends Fairfax High School where she is involved in various clubs such as the National Honor Society, is a member of the Class of 2019's Class Council, and is an athlete for the field hockey, swim and soccer teams. She has been a resident of the City her whole life with her parents and three brothers.
Brian Cipriano, PLA
Brian Cipriano graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Landscape Architecture in 2000. He moved to Boston and had the unique opportunity to work at a design firm that specialized in parks and recreation design. In 2003, he moved to the City of Fairfax after being offered a job with a firm here in Northern Virginia, bringing this specialized design service to the local area. Now a Professional Landscape Architect with over 100 projects and counting, Brian's sports and recreation related expertise includes the design of entire park facilities, ball fields, playgrounds, trails, sport courts and many of the complimentary amenities people enjoy. Additionally, he has been involved with the planning and design of many of the upgrades to the City's parks in recent years, such as Providence's Baseball Field #3 and a whole new park at Stafford Drive. With a broad range of knowledge in recreation and a passion for the outdoors, Brian has joined PRAB to help make the City's parks world class.
Pat Gallagher was designated as the City's Commission on the Arts representative on PRAB in early 2017. She joined the Commission on the Arts in 2015 with a professional background in law and accounting. In terms of the arts, Pat has a special interest in arts management, including grants compliance; diverse programming; and fundraising. In terms of parks and recreation, she spent summers in high school and college working for a suburban park department, so has had a longstanding interest in supporting and advancing the use and enjoyment of city parks and recreational activities.
Kirk Holley is the current chairman of the Community Appearance Committee and their representative to PRAB. Retired from the Fairfax County Park Authority, he formerly was a Landscape Architect and Urban Planner, having acquired, planned, designed and/or managed construction of more than $100 million in park lands and facilities for the citizens of Fairfax County, spanning more than 30 years. He has recently served on task forces for the City of Fairfax, working with the Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan, Zoning Ordinance Revisions, and Downtown Landscape and Appearance. His desires for the City include enhancement of downtown to further appeal to residents and visitors, a greenbelt around the historic district, and replacement of the Massey Building with open space.
Kirk, his wife who is a school teacher, son in college, and dog, Penny, are long time City of Fairfax residents. He enjoys parks, hiking, camping, kayaking, golf, and good beer.
Evie Ifantides was born in Istanbul, Turkey and at the age of four her family moved to Athens, Greece. At twelve, her family immigrated to the state of Maine. She came to the Washington Area to complete her Master’s Degree in Soviet Studies in 1989. She has been a resident of the City of Fairfax since 1993 and has been working for Fairfax County Public Schools since 1991. She enjoys biking to work, an avid tennis player, and recently started playing pickleball.
Janet Jaworski is the City of Fairfax Planning Commission's representative to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. A native of Northern California, Janet has been a City resident since 2000. She and her husband, Pete, have one son. Currently, she substitute teaches at Daniels Run Elementary School. Long active in the Old Lee Hills Civic Association, she has served as President from 2014 to 2016. She has a B.A. in International Relations from UC Davis and a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America. Her professional experiences include working as an Associate in the Tysons Corner office of McGuireWoods LLP and directing the Berlitz Language Center in Tysons Corner. An avid gardener, she also plays competitive volleyball and enjoys walking in Daniels Run Park and around the Ashby Pond Conservatory Site.
Brian Knapp and his wife, Mary, moved to the City of Fairfax in the late 1997. He joined the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in 1999 and has served as its chairman twice; he is currently the board's vice-chairman. Brian also represents the City of Fairfax on the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. He is the Vice President at The Cohen Group, a global business firm specializing in strategic consulting. Brian has a son in elementary school.
Joseph Lawler moved to the City of Fairfax in October, 2015. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Ford’s Theatre, the Advisory Board of the C and O Canal Trust, and the Board of Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Guest Services, Inc. for four years, then served as Chairman for two years. Joseph retired in 2008 after a 33 year career with the National Park Service, last serving as the Regional Director of the National Capital Region for four years. Previous assignments included Manager, Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, General Manager, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Director, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. As lead Park Ranger at the President’s Park, he developed the first public Ticket System for the White House in 1975. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service position of Regional Director in 2005 after serving as Deputy Regional Director for eight years. He and his wife, Libby, are the parents of two adult sons and a wonderful granddaughter, and they are enjoying all that Fairfax City has to offer.
Eric Mittnight has been a City of Fairfax resident since 1997. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children: Clara, Benjamin and Piper. He received his BA in Political Science from Syracuse University in 1990 and his Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the Maxwell School (Syracuse University) in 1992. He is currently a Senior Managing Consultant with IBM. Prior to IBM, he served as a senior policy analyst with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). He was appointed to PRAB in 2015. This is his first appointment to a City board and he looks forward to his role on PRAB.
Robert M. Reinsel
Robert Reinsel grew up in the City of Fairfax. His family moved to the Warren Woods neighborhood in 1969, and then to Mosby Woods in 1975, where he lived until 1993. He is a graduate of Fairfax High School and Radford University. He returned to the City of Fairfax in 2006. Bob is a vice president of the Mosby Woods Community Association and a leader in Cub Scout Pack 187, which is sponsored by Fairfax United Methodist Church. He worked closely with the Parks and Recreation Department staff on two repair/refurbishment projects at Dale Lestina Park and has been serving as the School Board representative for PRAB. Bob is also a member of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee and has been actively involved in the civic engagement portion of the process.
Sarah Ross grew up in Mosby Woods and moved back to the City in 2013, where she and her family now reside in Lord Fairfax Estates. She and her family love spending time at Van Dyck Park and taking walks on the City tails. Sarah is a transportation and land use planning consultant, and looks forward to serving the community through the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.