certification for youth sports administrators

CYSA Leadership Team


The 2017 CYSA Leadership Team is comprised of Certified Youth Sports Administrators who have agreed to take a leadership role to promote professionalism, education and certification of those overseeing youth sports programs. The CYSA Leadership Team will also help guide policy and standards in youth sports programming and administration.

The CYSA Leadership Team is the “voice” of all professional youth sports administrators by providing support and direction for community youth sports programs. The Team will strive to:

  • Make the CYSA credential the certification standard for ALL Youth Sports Professionals.
  • Raise the credibility/value/recognition for those who have this designation and encourage the desire for others to attain.
  • Set standards and take stances on topics that affect positive policy reform in youth sports.
  • Serve as a point of contact for CYSAs in specific regions.

The 2017 CYSA Leadership Team includes members from municipal park and recreation agencies and U.S. military youth sports programs including:


Miste Adams

Job: Recreation Superintendent, National Trail Parks and Recreation District, Ohio

Region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio



Lacy Bienkowski

Job: Recreation Programmer, City of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities, Arizona

Region: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico



Rich Dixon

Job: Assistant Athletics Manager, Greenville County Parks, Recreation & Tourism, South Carolina

Region: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont



Manuel Escobar

Job: East Regional Operations Manager, County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, California

Region: California



Rance Gaede

Job: Athletics Supervisor, City of Tamarac, Florida

Region: Alabama,Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texa



Eduardo Martinez

Job: Park, Recreation and, Open Spaces Manager III, Miami-Dade County, Florida

Region: Florida



Pat Sebring

Job: Youth Sports Program Supervisor, Athens Clarke County, Georgia

Region: Georgia



Georgeanne Soberay

Job: Park Manager, City of Phoenix, Arizona

Region: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming