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Vashon Park District Names New Director

Vashon Park District Commissioners announced August 26that they have hired Jan Milligan to fill the position of Executive Director to be vacated by retiring Wendy Braicks at year-end. Milligan will start working with Braicks at the Park District October 17. Braicks will leave the post in November.

Milligan, 57, directed Camp Sealth on Vashon Island from 1993 to 2008, when she resigned to supervise construction of her new home on Vashon. She holds a forestry and wildland recreation management degree from Washington State University and directed two different camps in California, as well as the Washington Trails Association and Volunteers for Outdoor Washington.

In accepting her appointment, Milligan said, "I greatly look forward to building upon the incredible growth and development that the District has undergone in its 25 years to make our parks and programs world-class. I promise to work collaboratively with the community to solve problems large and small and to enhance the programming and opportunities that the District offers.

I am honored to be following Wendy Braicks who has led the District’s successful development from nearly the beginning. She will be a valued coach in my first few weeks, as will the Commissioners, staff, volunteers and partners to help me get my arms around the many facets of our parks and programs.

My door will always be open and I will listen carefully to your input. Please contact me after October 17 when I begin my role."