Ken is a 3rd generation Coloradoan. He grew up in Littleton on the front range, earned under-grad degrees in Economics and Political Science and a graduate degree in Public Administration, all from the University of Colorado. His work experience spans the non-profit, private and public sectors. He ran a non-profit outdoor recreation program, worked as a parks and recreation consultant for a private company, and in the public sector, served as manager of one of Denver’s largest recreation centers, as well as in his current role as Director of MRD. Ken’s affinity for outdoor recreation as well as the opportunity to help lead the Montrose Rec. District brought him to Montrose. In his role, Ken strives to improve the quality and quantity of service provided by MRD, contributing to the quality of life and building of community in Montrose. Ken is happily married to Megan, who teaches Biology at Western State Colorado University, and they have a young and energetic son, Benjamin. The Sherbenou family loves it here.
Recreation Programming & Operations Manager
Coz is a Western Slope native. He grew up on a ranch in the little town of Hotchkiss, in the North Fork Valley, later moving to Olathe, and graduating from Olathe High School. He attended the University of Colorado, in Boulder, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education. While attending CU Boulder, he worked for the Recreation Department on campus for most of his student career, providing outdoor recreational opportunities and intramural sports programs. Coz considers himself very fortunate, having been employed by the Montrose Recreation District, for most of his adult life, and allowed the opportunity to serve the people of the Montrose community, for 38 plus years. You might say that Coz has been in parks and recreation, his entire life! He has an undying passion to serve the people of our community, by providing quality recreational programs, activities and services, for all to enjoy! He is an avid fly fisherman and he also enjoys playing golf. Coz is happily married to Vivian, a lifelong resident of Montrose, and together they have two children, Nick and Sara, who have families of their own. Coz, above all, enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren, Tyra, Grace and Toryn!
Youth Recreation Coordinator
Justin has lived in Montrose for the past 10 years. After growing up in and attending high school in Frederick, Colorado he attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. While at Cornell he double majored in Sports Management and Economics. He also played baseball and ran the school’s intramural department. He also met his wife Becky there. About a year after graduating he came on as MRD’s Youth Recreation Coordinator. Becky is now the Marketing and PR Administrator at DMEA. They welcomed their oldest son Holden, in to the world on October 3, 2012, and his younger brother Cy was born May 14, 2014. Justin and Becky love the countless opportunities that Montrose has to offer while maintaining the small town feel. When Justin doesn't spend his evening and weekends on MRD fields and courts he loves hanging out with his family, hiking, playing softball and officiating high school and college basketball.
Adult Recreation Coordinator
Wade started in September of 2007, after graduating from Emporia State University with a Bachelor in Recreation Management. As the Recreation & Marketing Leader he manages the website and helps program & supervise most Adult & Youth sports programs. He was born and raised in Oberlin, KS until moving to Emporia, KS for college. He was very actively involved in intramurals, Sigma Phi Epsilon and the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. After college he moved to Montrose to pursue a career in recreation. While here he met his wife, Emily, who teaches Kindergarten at Johnson Elementary. He also has a 2 year old son, Boston, who you might see hanging around him at the fields. Wade & Emily are expecting another child in March 2015. They plan on building there family in this wonderful community.
Matt is a long time Rec coach who started working for the Rec district in 2017. He graduated from Vanguard University with a BS in Physical Education/Teaching and taught Physical Educaion in grade K-12 for 24 years before coming to the MRD. He has 3 children who all have participated in the many Rec sports programs through the years and also play school and travel sports. In his spare time he enjoys supporting his kids in all of their activities, being a soccer official, renovating his home and spending time with his new bride, Tessa.
Aquatic Activities Coordinator
Liz’s family roots go back to the original pioneer settlers in the North Park Colorado area. She grew up in Austin, Texas, and received her BS degree from Texas A&M in Recreation and Parks Administration. Liz has also completed Master level studies in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Missouri. Her work experience has been primarily in the non-profit and public sectors, as well as owning her own Senior Assistance business in Montrose. Early in her career, Liz worked with both at-risk youth and senior populations, holding supervisory positions at the State, County and City levels. She has specialized in Aquatics for 12 years, 7.5 years have been with the Montrose Recreation District. Her certifications include, Aquatic Facility Operator, Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor, Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program Instructor, and Aquatic Professional with Distinction. Liz has lived in Montrose for 17 years. Her three children all graduated from Montrose High School with honors, and have gone on to seek College degrees at Boston University, Colorado School of Mines, and the University of Northern Colorado. With some free time on her hands now, Liz plans on spending more time hiking, camping, and taking photos in the Great outdoor areas that surround Montrose.
Melissa was born in Downey, California and grew up all over the southern California area enjoying the beach and going to the pool. Melissa and her husband Bill moved to Colorado in 1992 and have enjoyed raising their kids here in Montrose. Rebeka and Rachel are now attending the University of Northern Colorado, Rose is in High School and Ryan is at Columbine middle School. They all enjoy an active lifestyle in all kinds of recreation.
Pursuing a career in aquatics has been a good fit given her passion to help people enjoy their time around water. She has been in the aquatics field for 17 years now, and has served as the Aquatic Leader since 2009. She works closely with Liz Gracesun, the Aquatic Coordinator, to manage and operate the Aquatic Center. She is centrally involved in the large swim lesson program MRD offers and leading the legion of lifeguards. The Montrose Community is fortunate to benefit from Melissa's hard work and professionalism in running the current facility, an asset that will continue as the CRC opens next year! Come say hello to Melissa next time you are at the pool!
Cindy is a Colorado native who grew up in Hotchkiss. She attended Mesa College and Colorado State University. She graduated from CSU with a Bachelor’s degree in human nutrition. She worked in the Denver area for 3 years at a private wellness company and then worked for the largest health department in Colorado for over 16 years. Her favorite job at the health department was developing and implementing an employee worksite wellness program for over 250 employees. Cindy feels privileged to work as the Montrose Recreation District’s 50+/Activity Coordinator and says that this is the most enjoyable job she’s held. Cindy loves western Colorado and made the decision to return in 2009. Her parents still live in Hotchkiss – she is happy to be back home. She enjoys the outdoors with hiking, 4-wheeling and pickleball being her favorite activities. Cindy enjoys camping with her husband, Mike and their treasured dogs, Penny and Sammy.
Internal Services Specialist
Lorie was born and raised in Montrose, having ventured around a bit but eventually came home to stay. Lorie has been involved with MRD from a very young age beginning with swim lessons at the original pool on 12th street to playing youth softball. Lorie started working as a scorekeeper, facility supervisor, and helping out with the "new" in-line hockey program, and was hired full-time with MRD in 1999 as the front desk CSR. At present, along with other duties, Lorie’s main job as an administration team member is making sure all of the MRD employees and business vendors are taken care of through payroll and accounts payable, in which she takes great pride in. Lorie feels truly blessed every day to be a part of such a wonderful place.
Customer Service Specialist
I was born number 5 in a family of 6 children, we were raised on a farm near a small rural community of Stromsburg, the Swedish Capital of Nebraska, which is my nationality. Being raised on a large farm, we had plenty of work with pigs, chickens and 700+ of irrigated row crops, we spent our summers moving gated pipe for irrigating every morning and our days on the tractor. After graduation I moved to West Point, was married and gave birth to one son, Dustin and 2 daughters, Heather and Brittany. They are all now married and settled in Nebraska and Iowa and so far have blessed me with 2 Grandsons and 2 Granddaughters. In 2006 I moved to Montrose, beginning part time at Montrose Recreation District, moved into full time and truly love working for MRD. I enjoy hiking, landscaping, sewing, painting and this area that allows for wonderful opportunities -like a vacation in your back yard.