Meet the SEPRD Board
District 1: Susan Coddington
Su has lived in Seaside for 24 years, after moving to the area for a job opportunity from Yakima, Washington. She has a Master’s degree in Nursing and worked as an ICU nurse at Providence Seaside Hospital in Seaside.
Su became involved with SEPRD when her daughter Laura needed childcare after school. Laura did swim lessons at Sunset Pool, and after encouragement from Mary Blake, joined the swim team. While her daughter was on the swim team, Su served as a timer, swim judge, and meet director. Laura continued swimming into college and returned to Seaside to help coach the swim team. Su and her children were also involved in activities at the Bob Chisholm Community Center and Mary Blake Playhouse.
Su began using Sunset Pool as a form of physical therapy after an injury. She joined the aquatics arthritis and aerobics classes, which have been essential to her healing. After speaking about her experiences at a Board meeting, she was encouraged to apply to serve on the Board, and was appointed for District 1.
Su heads the CERT Team in Seaside, leading efforts for emergency preparedness for our community. She also provides leadership through the Cannon Beach Chorus and in teaching Sunday school.
She appreciates that the mission of the district is to inspire the entire community to engage in P.L.A.Y. (Positive Life Activities for You). “Offering recreational opportunities for everyone in our community is a noble idea,” Su said. “We all want the same thing: to stay well, healthy, and safe.”
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
Michael Hinton has lived in Seaside since 1995, and has been heavily involved in the community. He has served on the SEPRD Board of Directors for 19 years, and has over 45 years of experience in appointed and elected positions for local City and County Park advisory boards.
As a youth, Michael served as acting Superintendent of Parks & Recreation for Columbus, Ohio, participating in Youth in Government Day, gaining an overview of building and managing playgrounds and fields. This experience in model government formed an interest he carried into his adult life.
As a competitive swimmer, Michael also has experience with aquatics as a certified lifeguard and waterfront instructor for the YMCA, as well as Range Master and archery instructor. As an employee of SEPRD, Michael taught a ceramics class for preschoolers. He has a Master of Fine Arts and has taught painting and print-making classes for the Clatsop Community College Art Center.
As a 4H leader, he formed Dough Hooks, an afterschool Food and Nutrition baking club for young people, encouraging competition and success at the County and State Fairs. He has personally won Grand Champion awards at Fair for his own baking.
Appointed to the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition, Michael cofounded and wrote bylaws and created art posters to advertise local grant opportunities.
Mike was a former Chair member of the Commission on Children and Families for at least 12 years. Throughout his years of volunteering, Michael has been an advocate for Positive Youth Development programs. His vision for the District is to meet the challenge of expanding programming and involvement for our youth and families at the newly acquired Sunset Recreation Center and to work closely with the City of Seaside, Seaside School District, and other organizations.
Mike created the mosaic and ceramics in the lobby of the Sunset Pool pavement, as well as restoration of the Seaside Salmon at Goodman Park, Seaside.
Michael is an avid mushroom collector and enjoys foraging for wild foods and gardening in the Community Gardens.
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.”