Member Biography

Jill Geller

Jill Geller has been a park and recreation professional for more than 40 years, starting her career at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) in Johnson County, Kansas in 1980. Jill moved to Roseville, California in 2019 where she currently serves as the city’s Director of Parks, Recreation & Libraries.

During Jill’s tenure at Johnson County, she served in numerous roles, one being the Executive Director of the Kansas City Corporate Challenge, the nation’s largest corporate games competition. When she moved into the role of Superintendent of Recreation, she led the Smart Snacks SCORE! initiative, switching the District’s concession stand offerings to healthier food choices. She facilitated the purchase and renovation of an 88,000 square foot warehouse that became the District’s New Century Fieldhouse, featuring indoor volleyball/basketball courts and an indoor soccer arena. And she facilitated the purchase and renovation of a previously private-owned fitness center into the District’s Mill Creek Activity Center, a full-service gymnastics and fitness facility.

While serving as JCPRD’s Executive Director, Jill successfully sought an increase to the District’s mill levy, resulting in $7,000,000+ in additional funding each year. This allowed for the completion of much needed renovations to existing parks and facilities, and the opening of thousands of additional park acres to County residents. She led the District through two successful reaccreditations in 2014 and 2019. Under Jill’s leadership, the District was recognized as a Gold Medal finalist in 2016 and the recipient of the Class I Gold Medal Award in 2017.

Since joining Roseville Parks, Recreation & Libraries (PRL) in 2019, the department has opened numerous parks, with several additional parks under construction. The department introduced a citywide wellness initiative, Be Well Roseville, creating new and spotlighting existing PRL offerings to improve residents’ health and wellness. Partnerships facilitated the construction of an outdoor fitness court and the renovation of an outdoor basketball court to a “(Sacramento) Kings Court” featuring a one-of-a-kind art design. The department completed a new strategic master plan in 2022, and PRL is actively and strategically adding new facilities and programs to meet the community’s continued growth.

Jill is past-president of the Kansas Recreation and Park Association, is a current member of the California Parks and Recreation Society, and has been an active NRPA member for many years, previously serving as chair of the Certification Committee and member of the National Certification Board. She is a Certified Park and Recreation Executive.