Metro Parks Tacoma

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Staff Leadership

SylviaExecutive Director
Shon Sylvia

(253) 305-1072
Appointed by the Board of Park Commissioners, Shon leads the park district's employees and guides the administration of programs and services.
Shon's Bio


undefinedDeputy Executive Director
Peter Mayer

(253) 305-1091
As assistant executive director, Peter Mayer oversees business operations for Metro Parks Tacoma.
Peter's Bio


BeckerParks & Recreation Director
Marina Becker

(253) 305-1024
Marina leads the department responsible for asset repair and maintenance, horticulture and landscape services, facility services and fleet management.
Marina's Bio


LewisParks & Recreation Deputy Director
Dave Lewis

(253) 305-1067
Dave leads the department responsible for providing programs in youth development,active older adults, specialized & adaptive recreation, sports, fitness, art and aquatics.
Dave's Bio


undefinedZoological & Environmental Education Director
Alan Varsik

(253) 404-3631
Alan leads Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
Alan's Bio


TerwillegerPlanning Director
Debbie Terwilleger

(253) 305-1086
Debbie leads the department responsible for long-range planning, capital development, and management of historic and cultural resources for the Metro Park's system.
Debbie's Bio


GeorgeChief Communications and Public Affairs Officer
Hunter George

(253) 305-1065
The Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer is responsible for internal and external messaging and communication strategy for the current visitor and customer, stakeholders, partners and community at-large.
Hunter's Bio

bradyChief Strategy Officer
Joe Brady

(253) 305-1014
The District’s Chief Strategy Officer oversees Information Technology, GIS and Data Analytics programs. 
Joe's Bio


sandra-eliasonChief Marketing & Development Officer
Sandra Eliason
(253) 305-1016
Sandra provides leadership and strategy for marketing and advertising, sales and corporate relations, major gifts and advancement, and research and grant management.
Sandra's Bio


undefinedChief Financial Officer
Erwin Vidallon
(253) 305-1042
Erwin provides oversight of all finance and accounting functions, budgeting, contract compliance, risk management and IT.
Erwin's Bio


undefinedChief Administrative Officer
Paul Weed
Paul provides oversight of all human resources, organizational development, GIS and data analytics.

Paul's Bio