President's Message

Missy HillA warm welcome from PenMet Parks! 2019 was a year full of excitement, transition, and progress. We have had much to celebrate and even more to look forward to in 2020. We are so very thankful to our community for your support, engagement, and inspiration. You are the ones that make our District a truly remarkable place to live, work, and play. As we look forward to 2020, we are excited to bring a mission to enhance the quality of life by providing parks and recreation opportunities for our community. On behalf of PenMet Parks staff and Board of Commissioners, we welcome you to PenMet Parks

Maryellen (Missy) Hill
President

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Park Board of Commissioners

President

Maryellen (Missy) Hill
Terms ends 2021

Clerk

Amanda Babich
Term ends 2023

Commissioner

Kurt Grimmer
Term ends 2025

Commissioner

Steve Nixon
Term ends 2021

Commissioner

Laurel Kingsbury
Term ends 2025

About Board Members

President

Maryellen (Missy) Hill
Missy Hill

Education: Master’s in Public Administration, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Bachelors of Arts, University of Washington, Tacoma, WA

Professional Experience: Human Services professional specializing in creating and managing employment and training programs for special demographics; project management, nonprofit management, board development and staffing; program management, human resources, grant writing and partnership development.

Personal Information: My family and I relocated to Gig Harbor 27 years ago; we enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest especially the greater Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula region.

Clerk

Amanda Babich
Amanda Babich

Education: Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

Professional Experience: Over a decade of experience in Parks & Recreation, non-profit programming, youth advocacy, outdoor experiential education, and university intramural sports management

Personal Information: I am a mother of three and married to a lifelong Gig Harbor resident.  My husband and I own and operate several commercial fishing vessels based here in Gig Harbor and enjoy being active community members both in our businesses and our family.

Commissioner

Kurt Grimmer
Kurt Grimmer

Education: BA Finance & Accounting, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

Professional Experience: 30 years of experience in the financial services industry; Bank Auditor; Bank Controller; Real Estate Financing and Management; Financial Advisor.

Community Service: Peninsula Athletic Association Board Member and Recreation Supervisor; Harbor Soccer Club Coach; Gig Harbor Dragon Boat Team Founding Member; Gig Harbor Canoe / Kayak Racing Team Capital Campaign Committee; Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance Board; St. Anthony’s Patient Family Advisory Council; Tacoma Narrows Airport Advisory Commission

Personal Information: 35-year resident of Gig Harbor. With my wife, Diane, we raised three children through local schools and recreation programs. We engage in outdoor activities around the Peninsula and enjoy the many natural and cultural amenities offered in our community.

Commissioner

Steve Nixon
Steve Nixon

Education: Gig Harbor High School, Washington State University, Associate of Technical Arts, Bates Technical College

Professional Experience: Assistant Fire Chief – Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One

Personal Information: I grew up on Wollochet Bay, where I still live. Attended our Peninsula Schools from elementary through graduation from GHHS. I am married and have one adult son. I have enjoyed the opportunity to grow up, live and work in the Gig Harbor community. I enjoy many sports and activities, so you may see me out enjoying one of our parks near you.

Commissioner

Laurel Kingsbury

Education: Master of Education, Pacific Lutheran University

Occupation: Teaching – 8 years including public and private and with the Washington State Legislature’s Page School Program; Government Relations Coordinator with the U.S Olympic Committee; Staffer with U.S Congressman.

Personal Information: When my family moved back to Gig Harbor nearly eight years ago, I was overjoyed to find we lived near vast hiking trails that lead to a beautiful PenMet Park. It only took one rejuvenating hike before I knew I was in my element, my home, my community. Raising our kids here not only meant that they would be immersed and connected to nature but as a family, we would be the 5th generation rooted in the Gig Harbor community.

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