Meet the SEPRD Board
District 1: Susan Coddington
Bio coming soon.
District 2: Celeste Bodner
Celeste grew up in Seaside, attending Seaside and Gearhart Elementary Schools, then Broadway Middle School. She moved with her family to Portland during her high school years, but maintained connections and a family beach house in Seaside. In 2003, Celeste and her husband Jeff returned to Seaside permanently.
Celeste was inspired to serve on the Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District Board of Directors because she believes PLAY is at the center of a community’s well-being. “I attribute so much to what I gained from playing sports as a kid, including my current career working with youth.”
Celeste learned to swim at the Sunset Pool. When her children were younger, they both participated in the child care and after school activities offered through the youth programs. Celeste spent many years playing water polo at the pool, and then relied on lap swim and the warm pool to rehabilitate after multiple knee surgeries.
Twenty years ago, Celeste founded FosterClub, the national network for young people in foster care, and currently serves as Executive Director. FosterClub serves over 30,000 young people across the country annually, and Celeste is proud the organization’s national headquarters is right here in Seaside.
Outside of serving on the SEPRD Board, Celeste enjoys playing golf, sand dollar hunting with her two dogs, travel, and art.
“My vision for the future of SEPRD is a vibrant hub for our community that builds connections and promotes recreation for all ages, engages young people in activities that set them on track for a lifetime of wellness, and invites visitors to PLAY (and spend their tourist dollars!) in our area,” said Celeste.
District 3: Michael Hinton, Board Vice-President & Secretary
Bio coming soon.
District 4: Erika Marshall
Erika was born and raised in Seaside Oregon, and has lived in this community most of her life. She spent nine years in London, England where she met her husband and had her children.
Erika was appointed to the board in August of 2020, and was inspired to serve because she has used the SEPRD facilities throughout her life. Not only did she learn to swim in the Sunset Pool, over the last seven years, her children learned to swim in the pool as well. Erika also coached the Start Smart sports for three to five year old kids, and her children attended pre-school with Shelly Owen.
“I am passionate about SEPRD, and the services that it can provide our community. From childcare (which is desperately needed), to sporting facilities for all ages, SEPRD really has the potential to grow and improve,” Erika said. “When I look around at other communities in Oregon, I see beautiful facilities for communities to utilize that increase well-being and health. I am passionate about SEPRD and Seaside going to the next level when it comes to recreation, and providing the services that youth and all ages can enjoy, and being a leader in parks and recreation. One of my biggest passions is sports. I grew up playing sports in Seaside and much of my love for sports and recreation came from growing up at SEPRD and within the programs they provided. My mom used to coach gymnastics through SEPRD when I was a kid and I have very fond memories of those times.”
Erika received a BA in Sociology and Philosophy and a MA in Non-Profit Management. She also received various professional credits in Human Resources as a HR professional. She currently serves as the Global Director of Human Resources for Mercy Corps, an international NGO that alleviates suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps works in more than 40 countries around the world, and their nearly 6,000 team members work side by side with people living through poverty, disaster, violent conflict, and the acute impacts of climate change.
“My vision for SEPRD really is predicated upon the needs of our community. Each one of us has needs when it comes to recreation, and it's imperative that we build recreation into our daily lives. SEPRD has commonly been called ‘the pool,’ but in reality is so much more than that. It serves as one of the only childcare services in the area. During COVID-19 without any safe childcare our businesses will go under and our parents will not be able to work. We are turning children and families away and there is no alternative. We have an opportunity to build this and expand this under BMS,” Erika said. “Furthermore, we have just lost all of our gyms and outdoor space by losing our schools. Our younger children will not have gym or field space with the loss of particularly Gearhart Elementary School. This is significant, and we need to understand as a community that the opportunities our kids once had will go away if we don't secure BMS. For example, PBL will have to move to Warrenton and Astoria and our hotels, restaurants, and businesses will lose important income during the winter months. This is massive amount of money that will be lost from our community with BMS. PBL is an excellent model of sports tourism, and can be replicated with many other sports such as pickleball, softball/baseball, etc. We have the opportunity to really expand grants and opportunities for disadvantaged groups through SEPRD's foundation, which could also translate over to support and grants for BMS. We have an opportunity with BMS that we will never get back again. We have to at least look at this. We are still in the due diligence period in the transaction for BMS, and we are continuing to build out the strategic plan while looking at the important considerations we have regarding the building. I would like to see Seaside as a community go to the next level and address the need for recreation and child care space. We are behind the curve in this area as a community, and together we can make this happen, but we have to work together.”
District 5: Katharine Parker, Board President
Katharine moved to Seaside in 2003 with her husband. They lived here until 2012, when he received a promotion, and moved back in 2016. Katharine was inspired to serve on the board because it is important to her to give back to her community. “Since my daughters were born I have been heavily involved in the programming at SEPRD and when I learned that there was an opening I thought I could put my passion for parks and rec to use,” she said. She has served since December 2019.
Katharine is a high school graduate and has worked several jobs and volunteered with several organizations that she believes make her uniquely qualified to serve on the board. “I worked and volunteered for the Oregon Zoo, which is a government run organization. I volunteered on the board of the Cannon Beach Children's Center and Preschool which provided childcare to a small community. I served on the board of Friends of Haystack Rock which worked with the City to provide education and conservation. I worked for Columbia Bank for seven years, moving up from Teller to Branch Officer,” she said.
Katharine is the Head Secretary for Seaside High School. In addition to volunteering for SEPRD, she serves on the Pacific Ridge Elementary PTO. She enjoys spending time with her family. “We love the beach and parks around us. We enjoy bike riding at Ft Stevens, taking our dog for a walk at Ft Clatsop. Before COVID, we spent a lot of time at swimming lessons and start smart sports,” Katharine said.
As to her vision for the future of SEPRD, Katharine said, “I envision a place for our community to come together. I see more options for programming. More indoor recreating space for all ages. I want to see SEPRD blossom into a cornerstone of Seaside.”