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Community - August 14, 2013

'Friends' of parks create manager post

Portola Valley resident Carrie Davis has been named program manager for the Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks, a nonprofit group that supports community outreach and maintenance programs at the two San Mateo County parks in Woodside.

The position is new; the organization does not have an executive director. Ms. Davis will take the reins from the volunteer board of directors, Friends co-president Lea Goldstein said in an email.

A private reception to welcome Ms. Davis was held July 28 at the Folger Estate Stable in Wunderlich Park.

Ms. Davis will have an office in the Friends office next to the Woodside Community Museum. Among her responsibilities, Ms. Goldstein said, are recruiting, training and managing volunteer docents; public relations; administrative support; and collaborating with the San Mateo County History Museum for tours for children.

She may also be seen walking trails with school children in Huddart Park and assisting docents at the Folger Estate Carriage Museum in Wunderlich Park.

Ms. Davis is an equestrian with interests in the natural environment and thus "a perfect fit for activities available in both county parks," Ms. Goldstein said. She comes to the Friends from Mills College in Oakland, where she was head coach for women's crew. She was an assistant crew coach at the University of Wisconsin and Stanford University.

As an assistant to the athletic director at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, she was involved with fundraising, donor databases, budgets, event sponsorships and the use of facilities, including contact with vendors. She was also once a classroom teacher after graduating from the University of Michigan, Ms. Goldstein said.

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