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Director, Derek Gordon

Derek grew up in Canton, Ohio and after graduating from McKinley High School attended Mount Union College where he earned degrees in Political Science and Education. He is pursuing his Masters in Public Administration from Kent State University. He previously worked as Manager Assistant in the Office of the Mayor. He is currently the Park Director of Canton Parks. Derek resides in Canton with his wife, Emily.


Assistant Director, Dan Kunz

Dan grew up in nearby Alliance and after graduating from Alliance High School, attended Hocking Technical College in Nelsonville Ohio and earned his Associates degree in Recreation and Wildlife Management. After graduation from Hocking, he attended West Virginia University to pursue a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management. Dan recently completed a two-year certificate program in Park and Recreation Maintenance Management conducted by The North Carolina State University, The National Recreation and Parks Association and the Oglebay National Training Institute. He previously worked for the Stark County Park District serving as Operations and Natural Resources Manager from 2001 to 2013 and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife from 1993 to 2001. Dan resides in Marlboro Township with his wife and two sons on their hobby farm.