CANDIDATES FOR VICE PRESIDENT


Nancy Maddox
Director of Leisure Services, City of New Smyrna Beach

Nancy Maddox has always been an advocate for her community, especially since 2001 when she began her 15-year career with the County of Volusia as the Cultural, Historical, Recreation and ECHO Manager for the County’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division. She established diverse partnerships county and state-wide with nonprofit, corporate and governmental agencies.  In late 2015, Nancy became the Leisure Services Director for the City of New Smyrna Beach, her hometown. She is responsible for the development and administration of City recreational programs, grants, trails, and special events for the local community, the management of the Brannon Civic Center, Alonzo “Babe” James Community Center, Live Oak Cultural Center, New Smyrna Beach City Gym, Coronado Civic Center and the New Smyrna Woman’s Club. Nancy attended Daytona State College, then received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from University of Central Florida. Additionally, she has served in a volunteer leadership capacity on the Florida Historical Commission, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts, WORC and Take Stock in Children.  She currently serves on AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach Foundation, the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Indian River Lagoon Council and the Volusia County Cultural Council. Nancy shares an awesome support team in her husband Bobby, mother Misao and has the best work family. Her personal commitment, as both an advocate and connector, has enhanced the lives of Volusia County residents and also state-wide in the realms of environmental, cultural, historical, and recreational programs and facilities.

Why do you want to serve FRPA as Vice President?

Those that know me know that I am a strong believer in giving back to my community and to those who have helped me become the person I am today.  FRPA has been a big part of my success in my duties as the leisure services director for the city that I love and am very passionate about.  It would be an honor and a privilege to serve as Vice President of FRPA and help the organization find ways to achieve our “why” statement which is “To inspire the heart of the professionals so that we empower leaders to reach higher and achieve more for our communities.”

What tools/resources do you utilize to stay on the cutting edge in the Parks, Recreation and Leisure profession, and where would you look to gain insight into what lies ahead as far as challenges and changes in the next five years?

Florida Trend, Forbes, FRPA, NRPA and other periodicals.  Also listening and talking with my peers.

One of the greatest challenges facing FRPA is the delivery of innovative and applicable professional development opportunities.  What approach would you employ towards identifying potential training opportunities and how would you determine their overall effectiveness in meeting the needs of the membership?  What strategy would you utilize for the development and implementation of these development opportunities? 

One of the most rewarding things I have ever done was being a mentor to a High School student who was the first one in his family to go to college.  During the three years that I met with him I was able to help guide him and get information on college opportunities to help him succeed.  I am happy to say that he is at New College on a full ride and will owe $0 once he has completed his undergrad degree. 

I believe it would be great to create a mentor program with our emerging leaders and or Abel’s academy graduates to help them through the ins and outs of our profession.  We have many directors and senior managers that can help the next generation with their career paths.


Krista Pincince, CPRP
Assistant Director of Recreation, Parks and Arts, City of Largo

My name is Krista Pincince and I have been in the field of Parks & Recreation for 20 years. I have been with the City of Largo, Recreation, Parks & Arts Department for my entire career. I started with the department as a temporary worker planning the weekly Friday Night Program 1998, I quickly realized that this was the field I was passionate about. I have also held positions with the department that include a Recreation Program Coordinator for our neighborhood outreach program, Special Events Coordinator for citywide events ranging in size from a few hundred to 25,000, and Recreation Program Manager for the Highland Recreation Center where I played an active role in the design, construction and grand opening of our state of the art facility in 2013. I am currently the Assistant Director for the department. Our three recreation centers, two pools, childcare programs, golf course and athletic division fall under my leadership.

I graduated from the Unversity of South Florida with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. I am a Certified Parks & Recreation Professional. I also have a current Childcare Directors Certification and School Age Credential. I am also a graduate of the first Abrahams Academy class.

I have been married to my husband, Marc for 20 years. We have three beautiful children. Ashlynn is 19 and a Junior at Florida State University. Zachary is 14 and a freshman in high school and our youngest, Nicholas is in second grade. I am believer in the importance and difference that recreational activities make in children as they grow up. Most of our free time as parents is spent supporting, Ashlynn at a dance competition or rooting on the boys while they are playing baseball.

Why do you want to serve FRPA as Vice President?

I have been a member of FRPA for over 15 years. During this time I have served the association on several local committees and by presenting at both the local and statewide level. I am ready to serve the association at the next level as Vice President. I look forward to working with the board of officers in accomplishing goals that are in line with the strategic plan of the association.

What tools/resources do you utilize to stay on the cutting edge in the Parks, Recreation and Leisure profession, and where would you look to gain insight into what lies ahead as far as challenges and changes in the next five years?

Regular research of current trends is important for the field of Parks and Recreation. The information that is found helps us as professionals to offer popular programs and facilities as well as to prepare and allocate resources for challenges in the future.  In preparation for upcoming weeks, I try to set aside a period of time to research current trends. The resources that I use include magazine publications, internet searches of specific topics and visits to websites with similar programs. Another resource is the networking with other recreation professionals about programs they are offering and amenities being added to their facilities.

One of the greatest challenges facing FRPA is the delivery of innovative and applicable professional development opportunities.  What approach would you employ towards identifying potential training opportunities and how would you determine their overall effectiveness in meeting the needs of the membership?  What strategy would you utilize for the development and implementation of these development opportunities? 

I believe the best way to identify the professional development needs for the association is to talk with the members to determine the needs of both them and their staff members. It is also important to look at other trainings that agencies are sending their team members. There is the possibility for FRPA to bring the topics being covered in these other trainings to the annual training schedule.

In order to assure the success of new trainings, it is important that all members help spread the word of scheduled workshops and trainings. This makes it the responsibility of the board to assure that the membership base is kept informed of training opportunities.

The effectiveness of a training can be measured by the participation in the session and by receiving feedback from those that attend either through surveys or by speaking with them directly.


Chip Potts
Director of Leisure Services, City of Oldsmar

My experiences in the field began in 1986 as a part-time recreation leader at the age of sixteen facilitating recreation programs in a gym, and on a ballfield for the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.  Enjoying this part-time work, I decided to pursue a degree in Sports Management, graduating from Towson University in 1993 and later, in 2005, graduating from the University of South Florida with a master’s degree in Public Administration.  Following my graduation from Towson, I was lucky enough to begin my professional career in Florida with the City of Temple Terrace, and then continued to advance with the cities of Dunedin, Clearwater, Largo, and finally Oldsmar where I am the current Director of Leisure Services.  During the early years of my career, I became involved with FRPA as a District Section Chair in 1998, serving in that capacity for six years.  During that time, I also began to serve at the state level as a member of the State Conference Committee in 2001 and 2003, and later as the Conference Co-chair in 2008 and Chair in 2014.  Additionally, in 2008 I was elected as the Vice President of Professional Development, and in 2010 elected as Vice President of Finance.  In other continued efforts to remain active within the association, I was a member of the first graduating class of the Joe Abrahams Academy in 2009, assisted the organization as a Verification Officer at numerous conferences, taught a session for the Emerging Leaders program in 2013, and participated in the beta testing for the new impact calculator in 2019.

Why do you want to serve FRPA as Vice President?

I wish to serve FRPA as Vice President again because I’ve always enjoyed the opportunity to engage with other park and recreation professionals from around the state, serving our membership through the development of educational opportunities and the promotion of our profession as a relevant and important component of our communities. 

What tools/resources do you utilize to stay on the cutting edge in the Parks, Recreation and Leisure profession, and where would you look to gain insight into what lies ahead as far as challenges and changes in the next five years?

To stay on the cutting edge of the Parks, Recreation and Leisure profession, I utilize the digital resources available online to see what other agencies are having success with around the country, especially those who have been gold medal award winners. Additionally, having had the opportunity to review applications for the FRPA Conference annual awards in 2019 I have provided those to staff to review and determine if, and how, they might fit into our community as presented, or with unique modifications. Also, I try to stay current with societal trends identified through various media outlets and bring those to the staff as an opportunity to brainstorm on how to address potential opportunities through targeted programming. Finally, to stay on the cutting edge I attend the annual FRPA conference for the educational sessions, as well as the networking opportunities with my peers. To gain insight on the challenges that may lie ahead in the next five years I again try to stay current in the what is being reported through the media, industry journals and other outlets. In addition, I try to stay current on demographic information that would indicate shifts or trends that may affect the focus of our operations.

One of the greatest challenges facing FRPA is the delivery of innovative and applicable professional development opportunities.  What approach would you employ towards identifying potential training opportunities and how would you determine their overall effectiveness in meeting the needs of the membership?  What strategy would you utilize for the development and implementation of these development opportunities? 

To identify potential training opportunities, I would look at the issues that are taking place not only in government, but those in the private sector, and our environment as well. I would work with other board members, as well as peers within the field, to discuss how these trends might affect those working in the park and recreation profession and then determine the best vehicle to deliver the training necessary to address it. To determine the overall effectiveness of meeting the needs of the membership, quantitative measures such as class registration size, the number of successful sessions offered, and the number of repeat sessions can be tabulated. From a qualitative perspective, participants in the trainings could be surveyed to receive feedback on their experiences and how well they felt the training addressed their needs. My strategy to develop and implement these opportunities would be to determine whether the training demand was on a localized, regional or statewide basis. From there I would work with the FRPA state office to identify the areas best suited for the trainings based on demand and potential success and develop a plan based on the information at hand.