By Michele Siegel
This past year has been a challenge, to say the least. And although we all face adversity every now and then, for Great Neck Park District Superintendent, Jason R. Marra, the pandemic added an extra obstacle which he didn’t let get in his way. Instead, he found a system to navigate around the roadblocks and used it as an opportunity to give back to his profession, as well as encouraging and educating others to do the same.
Not many people know that Marra has been involved in the New York State Recreation and Park Society throughout his career. The New York State Recreation and Park Society, founded in 1940, is the principal organization for promoting quality recreation and park opportunities for all citizens of NYS through education, training, technical assistance and other support to local, county, state and federal recreation and park providers. Marra currently serves on the Executive Board of NYSRPS as Vice President of Professional Development (two year term thru ’22). Previously, Marra served as a Region 1 Representative for Hudson Valley, Long Island, Metro and Westchester. His commitment doesn’t end there as he is also involved as a member of the Communication and Public Awareness Committee and this year, he spearheaded the Conference Committee for the first virtual State Conference in 2021, which was a complete success. Working alongside Jason during the conference were Great Neck Park District staff including Assistant Superintendent Anthony DiDomenico, IT Director Mitchell Cohen and Recreation Aide Robert Campbell.
During the virtual conference, Marra was awarded the Robert A. Miner Award 2021. The criteria for the award includes being a member of any section of NYSRPS; an individual who is actively involved in the Society and in activities related to the field of leisure services; an individual who has unselfishly contributed time, expertise, and effort to further the principles and goals of the field of leisure services. He was nominated by his peers and the awards committee determined the winner.
“Jason is a quintessential “Good Guy” for the State Society, stepping up to serve in a multitude of ways,” Lisa I. Morahan, New York State Recreation and Park Society Executive Director said. “He not only extends himself as VP of Professional Development on our Executive Board, but he is actively engaged with our committees, as well. He was a key point person for the NYSRPS 2021 Annual Conference. Thanks to Jason and his team at the Great Neck Park District we were able to offer an incredible virtual experience to participants across New York State and beyond. Jason is appreciated by his peers and respected by his staff always giving 100 percent to all he does, meeting needs and exceeding expectations. We are truly honored to have such a dedicated “Good Guy” as a member of NYSRPS.”
Kudos to Great Neck Park District Superintendent, Jason R. Marra and congratulations for receiving this well-deserved award. A big thank you from the Great Neck Park District Board and staff to Superintendent Marra for his dedication and hard work. We are lucky to have him on our team.
Michele Siegel is a publicist with the Great Neck Park District