Recreation professionals from Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire earn special certification

Recreation professionals from Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire earn special certification


Twenty-five recreation professionals from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont recently completed a special one-day Academy for Youth Sports Administrators to earn the professional Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential.

The Academy was held during the Northern New England Recreation and Park Conference (NNERPC) in Bartlett.

After completing the onsite sessions, these professionals were provided access to the Online Academy to complete the certification process. Along with having the opportunity to experience both the onsite and online benefits of the program, they were able to network with their peers throughout the region during the training and now join more than 4,000 recreation professionals from across the country, and on U.S. military bases worldwide, who have earned the CYSA credential.

The Academy for Youth Sports Administrators – available onsite and online – is a comprehensive certification program provided by the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) that offers cutting-edge information on critical topics for youth sports administrators today.

The Academy’s primary goal is to provide attendees with a foundation, tools and resources needed to positively impact the youth sports experience for all children in their communities. Some of the topics covered at the Academy are youth sports philosophy, professional development, volunteer management, child abuse and bullying prevention, parent management, conflict resolution, insurance and risk management, program evaluation and marketing.

The professional youth sports administrator is charged with ensuring that every child has a quality youth sports experience. It is essential that every community have at least one CYSA who understands the core  and foundations of positive youth sports so that regardless of locale, youth sports are guided by a similar, positive philosophy.

The following professionals completed the Academy during the Northern New England Recreation and Park Conference:


Tim Baude – Bangor Parks and Recreation

Peter Ceprano – Auburn Recreation Department

Whitney Dorsett – South Portland Parks, Recreation and Waterfront

Matthew Duplison – Biddeford Recreation

Mike Fecteau – Biddeford Recreation

Anthony Johnson – South Portland Parks and Recreation

Andy Kaherl – Bath Parks and Recreation Department

Benjamin Marshall – Gorham Parks and Recreation

Esther Palmieri – South Portland Parks and Recreation

Tyler Stewart – Old Orchard Beach Recreation

Cory Surprenant – Wells Parks and Recreation

Marilyn Wallace – Wells Recreation


Amy Gigandet – Newmarket Recreation

Kristen Kappler – Lafayette Recreation Department

Greg Bisson – Exeter Parks and Recreation

Patrick Collins – Seabrook Recreation Department

Dan Lamoureux – Lincoln-Woodstock Recreation Department

Dan MacLean – Tapply-Thompson Community Center

Justin Martin – Claremont Parks and Recreation

Renee Sangermano – Jaffrey Parks and Recreation

Jessica Tennis – Barrington Parks and Recreation Department

Denise Wood – Colonel Town Recreation

Edward Wood – Colonel Town Recreation


Joe Fox – St. Johnsbury Recreation Department

Jay McDonough – Hartford Parks and Recreation Department

The Academy is one of many programs provided by the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), America's leading advocate for positive and safe sports for children. NAYS offers programs and services for everyone involved in youth sports experiences, including professional administrators, volunteer administrators, volunteer coaches, officials, parents and young athletes.

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