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Novi Parks Foundation Announces Additional Board Members

Jennifer Degen

Jennifer Degen is a full time - full service real estate professional in the Novi area. She is known for her energy, constant communication and knowledge of the Novi real estate market. She believes that real estate is a personal service business -“it's about people and the dream they have about a place called home.” Jennifer and her husband have 2 children and have called Novi home for over 5 years. From the first time you meet Jennifer, you will feel at ease with her professional and personable working style and confident in her ability to represent the best interest in the Novi community.

“It is my mission as a board member to aid in the efforts to provide the Novi community quality leisure service programs and open park space reflective of the changing community in a clean, courteous, efficient and safe environment.” We welcome Jennifer as a Board member to the Novi Parks Foundation!

Karen Taracks

Karen was born and raised in Michigan and has lived at Fox Run in Novi since 2011.  Her BA was from U of M and her MBA was from EMU.   Her professional background is finance, both as a college instructor, and as a financial analyst.  Most of her career was in auditing and she has Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Information Systems Auditor designations.  She has been a board member for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Ypsilanti Thrift Shop.  Karen retired in 2002 and she currently teaches tai chi and line dancing at Fox Run. 

We welcome Karen to the Novi Parks Foundation in the position of Treasurer. Welcome Karen!

Novi Parks Foundation Names David Landry as President

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The Novi Parks Foundation (NPF) is pleased to announce that David Landry has been named president.  As president, Landry will lead the board of directors in gaining funding, recommending projects, and overseeing the executive director to enhance the recreational and cultural programs and facilities in the City of Novi.  

Landry will replace Linda Blair as president. During Blair’s tenure, the Novi Parks Foundation contributed to many projects including ITC Corridor Pathway planning, the inclusive design playground installation at Power Park, the development of Pavilion Shore Park with the installation of the Fate of Empires sculpture, numerous soccer field improvements, and the inaugural Pour on the Shore fundraising event.
 
David Landry served as Novi’s mayor from 2005 to 2011. Prior to be elected mayor, Landry was a City Council member.  He also served as a member of the Planning Commission.  Landry is a graduate of the University of Detroit Law School and a partner in the Landry, Mazzeo & Dembinski PC law firm.  In addition to his involvement with the Novi Parks Foundation, he is a member of the Novi Police and Fire Benevolent Association.  

“It is an honor to serve the people of Novi in this manner and to work with volunteers on the Board and businesses in the Novi community to make Novi an even better place for all,” said Landry.  We all owe a debt of gratitude to outgoing President Linda Blair for her tireless volunteer efforts and her leadership of the Parks Foundation.”

The Novi Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a board of directors comprised of business leaders and community members with a volunteer spirit.    
Current members include Linda Blair, Randy Balconi, Kim Capello, and Charley Stabb.  Hideki “Harry” Torimoto and Gerald Jewel serve as liaisons to the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Commission.

Novi Parks Foundation Welcomes Brian Adams

The Novi Parks Foundation is pleased to announce Brian Adams will be joining the Foundation Board.  Brian has lived in Novi for the past eleven years with his wife and young family.  Brian owns and operates Adams Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy in Novi.  Brian brings to the Novi Parks Foundation communication and interpersonal skills along with a strong love of the outdoors.

Mr. Adams states: "As an active member in the Novi Community with a family that loves the outdoors, the future and vitality of the Novi Parks system is a keen interest of mine. It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve our community as a board member of the Novi Parks Foundation."

The Novi Parks Foundation is looking forward to working with Brian and believe he will make an excellent addition to the Board.

Linda Blair Steps Down

Linda Blair, past Novi Parks Foundation President, stepped down from her position In January 2016.  During Blair’s tenure with the Novi Parks Foundation she assisted with contributions to many projects including ITC Corridor Pathway planning, the inclusive design playground installation at Power Park, the development of Pavilion Shore Park with the installation of the Fate of Empires sculpture, numerous soccer field improvements, and the inaugural Pour on the Shore fundraising event.  The Foundation wishes Linda well and certainly an enormous “thank you” for a job well done.