Member Biography

Dianne Hoover CPRP

Dianne Hoover 

retired from the City of Bakersfield, California as the Recreation and Parks Director at the end of 2020. After a total of 42 years in the profession, the past fifteen years in Bakersfield was both challenging and rewarding. During her tenure in Bakersfield, the city more than doubled its population and with that growth, she was able to open fourteen new parks including regional, community and neighborhood parks.  New spray parks replaced aging pools, playgrounds were updated to meet current ADA standards and more residents attended events, swim lessons and day camps than ever before.

Her previous jobs included: Parks and Recreation Director, Fort Wayne, IN; Assistant Director, Cincinnati Recreation Commission, Cincinnati, OH; Leisure Services Director, Oakwood, OH; Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director, Lima, OH; and Recreation Supervisor, Montgomery County, OH.  Earlier career jobs included working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as a SCORP Planner as well as a Watercraft Officer on Lake Erie.

Dianne earned an MPA from the University of Dayton and an MA in Parks and Recreation from Western Illinois University where she was awarded the Most Outstanding Graduate Student in her class. Her BA degree in Physical Education, Health and Recreation was from Graceland College; now Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.

Throughout her career, she actively participated in the profession by serving in leadership roles on boards, associations and committees.  These roles included AAPRA President, NRPA President, Chair of the Pacific Southwest Regional Council, Chair of the Great Lakes Regional Council, President of the American Park and Recreation Society and Assistant Chair of the Council on Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies.  She chaired twelve Accreditation visits and spoke at various state and national conferences about the benefits of achieving agency accreditation.  She wrote various articles for NRPA, California and Ohio publications and newsletters.

She received the APRS Dave Clark Award and the Outstanding Professional Award from the Ohio Park and Recreation Association.  In retirement, she is volunteering on the master plan steering committee for the City of Bonney Lake; her new retirement home area in the state of Washington.  Hiking, swimming, travelling and reading fill her days now. [updated 5-2023]