Brendan has been working in municipal recreation for the past 26 years. He grew up in Wallingford, CT working for his local recreation department before attending Franklin Pierce University where he earned a B.S. in Recreation Management. Brendan previously served as the Recreation Supervisor for the Burlington Recreation Department from 1999 – 2009 before taking a job as the Superintendent of Recreation and Parks in Marblehead, MA. Brendan is a current Executive Board member and Past President of the Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association and is also a member of the National Recreation and Park Association. He lives in Beverly with his wife, Amy and two children Carter and Claire.
Kelly Lehman, Program Coordinator
Kelly has worked in the recreation field for over 20 years. She received a degree in 2006 from the University of New Hampshire in Recreation Management and Policy with a concentration in Program Administration. Prior to arriving in Burlington, Kelly served as Assistant Recreation Director for the Town of Raymond, NH. Kelly is a professional member of the Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association as well as the National Recreation and Park Association.
Jessie Hampson, Assistant Program Coordinator
Jessie has worked in the recreation field for over 10 years. She grew up in Littleton, NH where she began working as a summer employee for the local recreation department while attending the University of Rhode Island. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from URI in 2011. After graduating she returned to the Littleton Recreation Department to work as an Aquatics Director and Recreation Leader, before coming to Burlington. Jessie is a member of the Massachusetts Recreation and Parks Association as well as the National Recreation and Parks Association.
Laurel Rossiter, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
Laurel received her Bachelors of Science in Recreation Management & Policy: Therapeutic Recreation option from the University of New Hampshire. She completed her internship at the Brokerage Outdoor Education Center in Colorado, and then passed the National Board exam, obtaining her NCR certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (ACTORS). Laurel spent a few years as an educator for children with autism at the Nashua Learning Group in Bedford, and is eager to bring her background and experience together to create enjoyable and effective therapeutic based programs for people of all ages and abilities.
Mary Nelson, Program Administrator
Mary Nelson grew up in the town of Burlington and has been working for the Burlington Recreation for 30 years. Mary graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Salem State College in Education and a Masters degree in Education from Boston College. Mary and her husband David Nelson have two children, Shane and Christine. Mary was a full time teacher for 12 ½ years. Mary has worked in more than 25 programs for the Recreation Department. Mary coordinates all of our fitness programs, as well as various other offerings.