About the Dare County Center

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STAFF

 

Amy Crawford, Office Support Specialist
amye@darenc.com

Amy is a native of Manteo and a graduate of Manteo High School. She started with Dare County in 2003 as the Office Support Specialist at the Parks & Recreation office in Kill Devil Hills. She transferred to the Dare County Center in September 2014. Amy has completed the Caring Effectively for persons with Dementia training, is a Walk with Ease certified instructor through the Arthritis Foundation, and is CPR w/AED and First Aid certified. Amy loves helping people and is a great member of the DCC team. 

 

Jackie Pikulski Frappier, Fitness Coordinator
jackie.pikulski@darenc.com

Jackie is a graduate of West Virginia University with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and a Master’s in Public Health. She is a certified Group Exercise Instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, a certified Group Fitness Yoga Instructor through the Interactive Fitness Trainers of America, Tabata Bootcamp™ Instructor, Walk With Ease Leader through the Arthritis Foundation, and a certified facilitator for Healthy Eating Every Day through Active Living Partners. She is also CPR w/AED and First Aid certified.

Jackie serves on the Dare County Wellness Committee and is an active volunteer in the Outer Banks community. Jackie has been part of the Outer Banks community since 2009. She looks forward to sharing her passion for fitness and wellness with the Dare County Community.


Katherine "Kat" Irby, Leisure Activity Coordinator

katherine.irby@darenc.com

Kat has almost two decades of educational experience in Dare County and has worked in tandem with the Dare County Public Services Department during this time. She holds two business degrees and Masters in Education. She is certified as a Diabetes Empowerment Education Program trainer, Caring Effectively for Persons with Dementia, Disaster Preparedness, has Elder Abuse Awareness education hours as well as being CPR w/AED and First Aid certified. Kat also serves Dare County older adults as a Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) Counselor.

A long-time member of the Dare County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Kat also serves as the Advisor for the Dare County Youth Council and member of the GO FAR (Go Out for A Run) Advisory Board. In addition, she has volunteered to act on behalf of the Dare County Center for some of the external events as the representative for the annual Toy Drive.

Kat loves that she has the opportunity to work for Dare County and give back to the community of which she is so fond. When you can’t find her with her fantastic Dare County Center participants and wonderful, dedicated co-workers and volunteers; she is likely spending time with her beloved family and friends.

 

Erick Portilla, Maintenance
Erick.Portilla@darenc.com

Erick a resident of Dare County for several years was born in Peru and grew up in Spain. He has worked at the Dare County Center since 2009 and is a huge asset to the team. He loves to play soccer and spend as much time with his wife and daughter as possible. Erick is the DCC's safety representative on the Safety Committee and does a great job keeping the Center up-to-date on inspections and cleanings. He has completed the Caring Effectively for persons with Dementia training, is a Walk with Ease certified instructor through the Arthritis Foundation, and is CPR w/AED and First Aid Certified. 

 

Sandy Pace, Director
sandyf@darenc.com

Sandy has a B.S. degree in Elementary Education, is a Certified Parks & Recreation Professional, Certified Senior Center Manager, is a Senior's Health Insurance Information Program Counselor (SHIIP), Diabetes Self-Management Program Lay Leader, ServSafe certified, has completed the Caring Effectively for persons with Dementia training, is a Walk with Ease certified instructor through the Arthritis Foundation, and is CPR w/AED and First Aid certified.

Sandy started her career with Dare County in 1997 as the Transportation Coordinator at the Fessenden Center in Buxton. She has worked with the Dare County Parks & Recreation and Older Adult Services Departments since that time in multi-generational facilities creating, planning, implementing, and supervising programs and activities for people of all ages as well as supervising staff members. She loves working with people and feels very blessed to have the opportunity to work at the Dare County Center and interact with the community on a daily basis.

Sandy loves to spend time with her family and spoil her grandchildren. She invites you to check out what's going on at the DCC-"The Place to Be". We have the most amazing, hardworking, and dedicated staff. If you haven't done it already, come check us out and get involved in any of our awesome programs.

Karen Merrill, Leisure Activities Coordinator (part-time)
karen.merrill@darenc.com