Island Rec Welcomes New Staff

Posted October 28, 2021 at 10:46 am by

L-R: Carlos Garcia, Jen Henry and Brian Krembs – Contributed photos

Island Rec is pleased to wel­come Car­los Gar­cia as their new Recre­ation Spe­cial­ist for Pro­grams, Jen Hen­ry as their new Recre­ation Spe­cial­ist for Com­mu­ni­ty Events, and Bri­an Krem­bs as their new After School Pro­gram Man­ag­er (STAR)

Car­los will pri­mar­i­ly be orga­niz­ing youth, teen, and fam­i­ly pro­grams. Car­los spent the last 5 years as high school math teacher and wrestling coach in Clo­vis, Cal­i­for­nia. Car­los grad­u­at­ed from Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­si­ty, Chico, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Math­e­mat­ics and a master’s degree in Education.

He is excit­ed to have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with the peo­ple of San Juan Island to pro­mote exer­cise and recre­ation. Car­los has always had an inter­est in liv­ing the pacif­ic north­west, admir­ing the beau­ty found at every turn and is excit­ed to make that dream come true. This sum­mer he got mar­ried on the island at Cat­tle Point, prompt­ing the final step of becom­ing a full-time res­i­dent. He believes that work­ing for Island Rec will be a fan­tas­tic adven­ture and looks for­ward to pro­vid­ing a grow­ing list of recre­ation­al oppor­tu­ni­ties for the res­i­dents of San Juan Island.

Jen will pri­mar­i­ly be orga­niz­ing com­mu­ni­ty and teen events. Jen is a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Neva­da, Reno where she stud­ied Eng­lish Writ­ing and Stu­dio Art. Jen spent many years work­ing on and run­ning small organ­ic farms in Wash­ing­ton and Ore­gon focus­ing on sus­tain­abil­i­ty and regen­er­a­tive prac­tices. After her son was born, she shift­ed careers and worked for sev­er­al years in arts orga­ni­za­tions where she worked to bring pub­lic pro­gram­ming, STEAM and arts edu­ca­tion to the local com­mu­ni­ty. In her free time Jen enjoys cre­at­ing pot­tery in her art stu­dio, adven­tur­ing with her young son and pup­py, gar­den­ing and explor­ing the islands.  She is excit­ed to work for Island Rec and its enthu­si­as­tic staff and is look­ing for­ward to serv­ing the island community. 

Bri­an will pri­mar­i­ly be work­ing with ele­men­tary school stu­dents but will also be orga­niz­ing School’s Out Camps and var­i­ous oth­er pro­grams in the sum­mer.  For the past fif­teen years, Bri­an has worked over­seas as a cer­ti­fied Ele­men­tary School Coun­selor in Indone­sia and South Korea.  He has a Mas­ters in Coun­sel­ing from Adams State Uni­ver­si­ty in Col­orado and a Mas­ters in Edu­ca­tion from Seat­tle Uni­ver­si­ty.  His BA is from Gon­za­ga Uni­ver­si­ty and he also spent two years at WWU.  Bri­an likes school!  A fun fact about Bri­an is that he pro­posed to his wife in 2004 in Fri­day Har­bor!  She said yes!  Along with their two boys, they have been part-time Islanders since 2013 and are now elat­ed to final­ly be full time. 

Check out all of Island Rec’s upcom­ing events at www.islandrec.org, stop by Island Rec at 580 Guard Street, or call 360–378-4953. 

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One comment...

  1. I see the new Pro­gram Direc­tor woll worj on youth and fam­i­ly pro­grams. Again, no one at Islad Rec is inter­est­ed in serv­ing seniors, even though we are 1/3 the pop­u­la­tion. We have a Zoom yoga and and no in per­son class­es. Do we count at all in your world? Will there ever be anoth­er exer­cise class for us?
    I won­der if any­one there real­izes or under­stands that you now only serve youth and family.…why are we ignored?

    Comment by Rita Weisbrod on October 29, 2021 at 4:35 pm

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