GREENVILLE — The Greenville Area Community Center has a familiar face for its new leader.
Kristina Berry, director of the Greenville Parks & Recreation Department, also took on the role of director of the Greenville Area Community Center on July 1.
“My role (as Parks & Recreation director) hasn’t changed,” Berry said. “I am just taking on a new role.”
Berry started as the recreation director 11 years ago. She was brought in as director of the community center to help balance the city’s budget.
“She has done very well in difficult times,” said City Manager George Bosanic of Berry keeping a balanced budget in the recreation department.
Berry’s predecessor, Paul Temerowski, still works at the center, securing funds for the center.
“We have two professional staff members on board now,” she said.
One of Berry’s goals as the new director is trying to increase the amount of programs for youth and adults, while staying within budget. This goal challenges Berry to be creative.
One of the challenges as the community center director is finding a way to continue offering diverse programs at an affordable rate,” she said.
Although it’s a challenge, it’s the creativeness she loves about her job. Most of all, it’s the people Berry enjoys the most.
“It’s working with people and providing programs to the community to enhance and help improve the quality of live,” Berry said.
One unique thing about Berry’s job, along with others at the community center and recreation department, is employees are their own information technology (IT) department.
Berry explained because of cuts, they do not have an IT person and most are self-taught to do computer related things. Because of this, Berry created the city’s website and does upkeep to help make sure everything is up-to-date.
Berry said the staff and community have shown her support that has helped her out along the way.
“I couldn’t have done it without the support,” Berry said.
Bosanic has high hopes for Berry in her new position.
“She is in it to win it,” he said. “There is no reason I can think of for her not to succeed.”