Carmel, Ind. (April 18, 2019) – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) has named Jennifer Brown as the organization’s Extended School Enrichment (ESE) and Summer Camp Series (SCS) director. Brown has worked with the organization for 12 years and most recently served as the ESE and SCS assistant director.
“Jennifer is a perfect fit for this leadership role,” said Michael Klitzing, director for CCPR. “Her extensive experience with our ESE and summer camps programs, and her passion for her team and the kids is incomparable. I know she will continue to do amazing work and move this programming forward.”
As ESE and SCS director, Brown is responsible for logistics and operations of ESE and SCS. She oversees a team of more than 100 full and part-time staff. Her staff is responsible for overseeing more than 2,400 students at Carmel’s 11 elementary schools during the school year, and more than 7,000 campers during the summer in the Summer Camp Series.
Brown has extensive leadership experience. Under her management ESE and SCS enrollment grew year over year, the budget for ESE and SCS operated at 100 percent cost recovery, and she encouraged innovative and engaging site plans for each school.
“I’m very excited for this next step with Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation,” Brown said. “It’s been an honor to work with this team and these kids for the last decade, and I know I’ll enjoy working with them for years to come. It’s great coming to work every day and knowing I’m making a difference in our community.”
Brown has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ball State University. Brown has presented at several conferences during her tenure with CCPR including Out-of-School Summit and the National Afterschool Association Annual Convention.
Two other staff members were also hired or promoted within the ESE and SCS division. Tiffany Buckingham was promoted to ESE and SCS assistant director. She previously served as site supervisor at Cherry Tree elementary. Jackie Lazdins was hired as the ESE and SCS administrative assistant.