Director of Parks and Recreation
Liberty Parks & Recreation

Early in her tenure in Liberty, Janet Bartnik displayed her talent for developing innovative partnerships by engaging four community partners in a project to study and strategically plan to address childhood obesity through a Healthy Communities Research Group project. She has worked with the Liberty Park Board to develop a new vision, mission, and capital project plan for the Department and has worked with the Liberty Parks and Recreation Charitable Fund to receive public charity status.
For a decade prior to joining Liberty's team, Bartnik was the Director in Raymore, MO, a fast-growing community of 15,000 south of Kansas City. Janet has been aggressive in seeking alternative strategies for funding, land acquisition, and had developed a recreation program for Raymore which had previously only had parks.

Janet’s commitment to the field of Parks and Recreation is evident in her involvement with a wide range of professional associations. She has served the profession in the following capacities:
• MPRA – President 2011-12, Board Member, Study and Research Chair, Long Range Planning Committee, Leadership Development Institute Charter Regent
• NRPA – Administrators Network Chair 2015-16, Annual Conference Program Committee 2016-present
• American Academy for Parks and Recreation Administration member
• Board of Regents, Rocky Mountain Revenue and Management School for 5 years, Chair in 2012
• Lyle B Beaver Leadership Development Institute Board of Regents
• Member of the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and campus visitor
Bartnik holds a B.S. in Exercise Science and an M.S. in Sport Management from Virginia Tech University.

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