Bari B. Jarvis, CPRP, CPO, M.Ed, has served the Longmeadow Parks and Recreation Department for over 20 years in many capacities. Prior to becoming the Recreation Director in 1999, Bari was the 56 Club Coordinator, Teen Center Director, and Director of School Age Services. She briefly served the Springfield YMCA as the Director of School Age Services. Due to change in Town Government, Bari's title of Recreation Director was changed to Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, allowing for more involvement with the Parks component to the Department.
Bari received her Bachelor's degree in elementary education and psychology from Springfield College in 1995. She completed her Master of Education degree in 2001 in Recreation Management, which she also received from Springfield College.
Bari serves as a member of the Pioneer Valley Parks and Recreation Association, the Massachusetts Parks and Recreation Association, the National Parks and Recreation Association and NEPA. She is a trainer for the National Youth Sports Coaches Alliances, conducting several trainings each year for coaching in many sports, including baseball, cheerleading, track, football and t-ball. She is a Certified Pool Operator and a certified trainer with the American Red Cross.
In addition to serving as the Town's Director of Parks and Recreation, Bari is an adjunct professor with the Sports Management, Recreation and Tourism Department at Springfield College where she has taught Finance Management and currently teaches Recreation Management to undergraduate students each fall.
Cristina Judd has over 15 years experience as a dedicated employee in the field of Recreation for Longmeadow Parks and Recreation Department. She has served as Extended Day Group Leader, Summer Camp Counselor, Summer Camp Director, Teen Center Assistant Director, Teen Center Director, Extended Day Site Coordinator, Recreation Coordinator, Recreation Assistant and Assistant Director. Cristina holds her certificate in First Aid and CPR. Cristina has trained school age, aquatic and camp staff for the past eight years. Cristina is also a Certified Pool Operator. Cristina has obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Bay Path College. Cristina serves as a member of the Pioneer Valley Parks and Recreation Association, the Massachusetts Parks and Recreation Association and the National Parks and Recreation Association.
Marisa O’Brien joined our team in October 2016. Marisa formerly worked for the Accounting Department for the Town of Longmeadow since June 2015. Marisa has become a Certified Passport Agent since joining the department. Marisa graduated from Merrimack College in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Marisa serves as a member of the Pioneer Valley Parks and Recreation Association. Marisa had previously worked in various Customer Service role positions. Marisa also works as the Administrative Assistant for the Community Preservation Committee.
Michael Barbieri joined our team as the new Director of School Age Services. Mike has been with the Longmeadow Parks and Recreation Department since 2014 and served as Group Leader and Camp Director. He earned is BS from Springfield College in Sports Management and Recreation. In addition to specializing in recreation and sport management, Mike has training in event management, finance, customer service and leadership. Mike hails from Hartsdale, New York and is a lifelong Yankees and New York Rangers fan.
Marina Blanusa has been a member of Parks and Recreation for over 15 years, where she held various roles within the Department. Her strong passion for teaching is evident through each child that attends Parks and Recreation. She has a multitude of experience working with children of all different ages and stages of development. She’s a highly qualified member of our team, holding her EEC Teacher and Lead Teacher certificate, Director I certificate and Serve Safe Certificate. In addition to that, she also held the Assistant Director position at Greenwood Children's Center for a number of years and was recently promoted to Day Care Director of Parks and Recreation.