SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources has hired Nicole Rissler as the new deputy director of operations for Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources.
Rissler, who accepted the conditional offer and is expected to start in early May, will serve in a leadership role assisting the PRNR Director Carolyn Brown in planning, implementing, directing and managing all operational functions and resources of the department.
She’ll oversee five divisions to include sports development and athletics; recreation and special events; natural area parks, preserves and trails; beaches and water access; and neighborhood parks and maintenance services. In addition, the PRNR quality assurance team reports directly to the deputy director of operations.
Rissler is currently the chief operating officer for Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center, Inc. (SANCA), which manages Nathan Benderson Park.
“Nicole already has a great working relationship with the county and is very knowledgeable about how we operate from her experience with SANCA and Visit Sarasota County,” said Sarasota County Administrator Tom Harmer. “We look forward to her joining the county’s team and serving the community in this role.”
In addition to working at Visit Sarasota County, Rissler also served in leadership positions within Sarasota Family YMCA and the American Red Cross. She has also served as the chair for the county’s Parks Advisory and Recreation Council.
“She is well known throughout the community and has a passion for Parks. We welcome the opportunity to work with a professional who is bringing with her so many years of experience that have been invested into this community,” said Brown.
Rissler earned a bachelor’s degree in sports and exercise science from Gettysburg College and then earned her master’s in business administration from Lynn University, where she later coached collegiate-level volleyball.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources team and excited that I will be able to continue to have an active role in the success of Nathan Benderson Park along with all of the county’s great parks, beaches and preserves,” Rissler said.
For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net.