Makenna Nation is the newest member of the LARPD team. She's joining us as a Recreation Coordinator in the Sports Division.
She grew up in San Diego before moving to the bay area to play Water Polo and study Recreation and Hospitality at Cal State East Bay. After college, she began her career in recreation working for the Town of Danville and the City of Newark before taking a break to travel the world.
"I went all over Europe and then I moved to Australia before COVID brought me back,"
Makenna and a friend backpacked through Europe visiting 13 different countries. At the end of the trip, she boarded a plane from London to Sydney, Australia where she lived, worked, and continued her travels.
"Once I left Australia and came back to San Diego during COVID, my friends and I rented a camper van to do a big road trip up through Washington and all over the country finally ending up in Bozeman, Montana."
Makenna and a friend moved to Bozeman after the road trip where she worked at a nonprofit called the Station Foundation.
"I got to do recreation therapy working with special operations military where we took service members and their families on retreats and taught them mindfulness and yoga, and I got really into the nature aspect of it."
Makenna made the move back to California with her boyfriend where she is getting back to her roots in recreation joining LARPD while getting a master's degree in recreational therapy at Temple University online.
"I'm super excited about learning the sports part of recreation. I love sports and working with kids, putting on community events, and I love summer camp. It is my favorite thing in the world."
"I'm excited about being here and getting to know everyone. The community seems close-knit, which I enjoy."
Join us in welcoming Makenna. Be sure to say hello if you see her around the Robert Livermore Recreation Center.