WilliamsonBusiness.Net 100 Leading Women 2018: Laurie Kamunen

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Laurie Kamunen is a 26-year employee with the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department, serving as the Program Administrator since 2008. A native of South Florida, she moved to Williamson County in 1991 to work with the department and feels blessed to call this beautiful and historic community, home. She feels that in the last 26 years, the department has made huge strides to ensure that the excellence of leisure services provided to our community has become an essential component for quality of life here. Accessibility and affordability for public programs and recreation facilities, reaching all corners of the county, have helped to make Parks and Recreation a necessity, not a desire and one of the top 5 reasons why people choose to live in Williamson County.

In her tenure with WCPR, she has been responsible for creating and overseeing the operation of hundreds of Community Events, the award-winning Star Bright Players Children’s Theatre program and the Williamson County Community Band. Her programming team is responsible for the General Recreation, as well as, the Cultural and Performing Arts classes and programs at 6 major recreation facilities and surrounding areas throughout Williamson County. The team also creates and produces over 40 Community Events per year in all corners of the county, in addition to overseeing 150+ Specialty and Day Camp programs in the summer months. Her team of Dance Coordinators has grown the Rhythm & Spirit Dance, Tumbling and Cheer program from less than 80 dancers at 1 studio to over 500 dancers at 5 studio locations in the last 5 years.
Laurie has written and been awarded several state grants to benefit program operations for WCPR and has also written over 20 program and facility award nominations through the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association and the Greater Nashville Regional Council, winning numerous awards. She has also served as a speaker for TRPA’s annual state conference on several occasions instructing other programmers on the development, implementation and marketing of new programs and events.

Most recently Laurie has been busy establishing and overseeing the operations of the new Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park as a direct report for the administrative team there. She is extremely proud of this facility, which has been a dream turned to reality, and she is excited at the possibilities and opportunities its operation provides to enhance the quality of performing arts accessible to the residents of Williamson County.
In her 26 years with WCPR, Laurie is most proud of her staff and their dedication to serve the residents along with their hard work to provide outstanding quality in a variety of programs and events. Her biggest reward has been watching the Star Bright Players Children’s Theatre program encourage and instruct thousands of children and teens these past 20 years and being excited at all the ways the program can expand and be enhanced through the development of the Community Enrichment Center and Performing Arts Center at Academy Park. “I love creating programs which make a difference in the lives of the community in which I live. There is such reward in that.”

Laurie currently resides in Spring Hill with her husband, Dan, and their two children. Her son, John Tanner, is a sophomore at Summit High School and is a member of the SHS Marching Band. Her daughter, Danielle, is a 5th grade student at Allendale Elementary. Outside of her work at WCPR, Laurie serves as the Fundraising Chair for the SHS Band Club Board, as Room Mom for her daughter’s class, serves as a volunteer with several local programs and organizations, as well as teaching Sunday School for high school girls. In her spare time she enjoys travel, photography and Sunday afternoon naps!

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