Born in San Diego, California and raised in Modesto, CA: I have been in the Recreation and Parks business since high school. I started out as a summer recreation leader for Modesto City Parks until I went away to Fresno State University. While at Fresno State playing water polo, I was approached by the Chief Ranger of nearby Millerton Lake State Recreation Area to be a seasonal lifeguard. While working there and before I could finish college, I was offered a position as a permanent lifeguard with the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation. State Park Lifeguards are also trained as Peace Officers and that becomes their primary role. While in the academy and awaiting my future assignment, my wife Alix and I married. We moved to our new assignment at Huntington and Bolsa Chica State Beaches in Huntington Beach. After 3 years there we took an assignment on the Sonoma Coast protecting all the visitors to Sonoma Coast State Beaches. The second year into that assignment our daughter Emma was born and our lives were forever enriched. I continued to accept more challenging positions of authority with State Parks and we moved 12 times in ten years before we landed in Carmel in 2005. In between, we were in Fresno, Riverside, and San Diego Counties working in various positions with some of the most amazing parks in the state. In Carmel, I was the District Superintendent for the Monterey District which ranged geographically from Big Sur to the south all the way up into the central valley. I took a few assignments to round out my career in Sacramento with the last assignment as Deputy Director of the California Department of Parks and Recreation appointed by Governor Brown. My wife and I moved to Modesto in 2016 to be near family. I retired to take the General Manager job here at Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District. Fun Fact: I taught myself to juggle at the age of 16 by reading a Ken Follett fictional novel in order to bridge my love of reading with my fear of public presentation. I also taught my daughter to juggle at a very early age as a way to break the ice with people.
I look forward to serving the public and employees of this great district.
Assistant General Manager
Patricia Lord earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University. She worked for Parks and Recreation Departments in the cities of San Jose, Campbell, Menlo Park, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara. While in Sunnyvale, she gained experience in the Office of the City Manager as Community Resources Manager, then as Senior Management Analyst for several departments including Community Development, Human Resources and Public Works. Patricia served two terms on the Board of Directors for San Jose Arena Authority with oversight responsibilities for the HP Pavilion (now SAP Center at San Jose). She joined LARPD in November 2015 as Recreation Department Manager.
Parks & Facilities Manager
Bruce Aizawa graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, earning a degree in Human Performance (Physical Education). He is a Licensed Pest Control Advisor and a Qualified Applicator, a Certified Arborist, holds a Landscape Contractor’s License for the State of California, and has served as a Facilities Superintendent for Grounds Services at Stanford University. As Parks and Facilities Manager, Bruce oversees the Parks Division, Facilities Division, Open Space Division and Capital Improvement Division for LARPD.
Department Manager - Recreation
Alexandra Ikeda joined LARPD in January 2017 as the Marketing and Operations Supervisor, and was promoted to the Department Manager – Recreation in February 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Management from California State University, East Bay. With over twelve years of experience within the Parks and Recreation Industry, she has managed and supervised multiple recreation divisions including aquatics, sports and fitness, facility and operations, event management and rentals, special events and fundraisers, recreation classes and camps, customer business services and registration management, marketing and advertising, nonprofit organizations, and contract and project management. On her free time, Allie enjoys running through the Livermore parks and spending time with her family.
Department Manager - Youth & Senior Services & Volunteers
Jill Kirk joined the Livermore Area Recreation & Park District in December 2007. She holds a degree in Liberal Studies with a focus on Elementary Education from San Diego State University. Jill previously worked with the Marin YMCA as a Program Director, and the Branch Manager for the Presidio Community YMCA and Information Technology Director for the YMCA of San Francisco. She has been a Livermore resident since 1999.
Administrative Services Manager
Jeffrey Schneider joined LARPD in January 2017, after having spent his entire career in the private sector. Jeffrey earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from California State University, East Bay, and his MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. After working as a Financial Analyst at Mervyn’s, he moved to DHL Airways where he eventually became Director of FP&A. After a stint doing long range planning at Genentech, Jeffrey joined WebEx (later acquired by Cisco) where he served as Director of Contracts Administration, FP&A, and eventually Business Unit Controller. Jeffrey also served as VP of Finance Operations at Saba. Jeffrey currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City, has three wonderful children, and enjoys hiking, art, travel and spending time with his family and friends.