Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

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The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) is an advisory group to the City of Fairfax City Council. Responsibilities of the board include the study and recommendation to City Council of a well-rounded park and recreation program and ensuring 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.

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. The board is advisory in nature only and has no authority for operations.

Click here to view the City Code: ARTICLE II. - PARK AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD

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PRAB Members

 Zinta Rodgers-Rickert  
 Chair

Rodgers

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.
 Brian Knapp
 Vice-Chair; NOVA Parks Representative

Knapp

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.
 TBA
 
 Senior Center Council Representative
      
 Michael Anderson  

Mike Anderson

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
 
 Student Member

Elizabeth Breslin

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, PLA - 2017-

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
 
 Commission on the Arts Representative

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
 
 Community Appearance Committee (CAC) Representative

Kirk Holley Bio picture

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  

Evie

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.
 Sarah Ross  

Sarah Ross

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.
 Mitch Sutterfield
 
 School Board Representative

 

 Karen Wheeler, Esquire  
 

 

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