Executive Director Chris Marsala Leaves Severna Park Community Center
By Dylan Roche
For nearly five years, Chris Marsala has played an integral part in the development of the Severna Park Community Center. This summer, the executive director will move to Pennsylvania with her family to explore new opportunities. With heavy hearts, her many friends in the Severna Park community wish her and her family the best of luck.
Many locals will recall the 2007 completion of the community centers extensive renovation. Not yet active with its many current programs, the multi-facility building was then empty. The mission of the project, however, was to transform the center into a place where enriching activities were offered and neighbors could connect.
Enter Marsala, who was tasked with coordinating the many programs, groups and endeavors. I was a very lucky individual, recalled Marsala fondly. It was not a difficult task people in the community were looking for space and were thrilled to have a new facility.
The SPCC currently houses many beloved groups, classes and clubs. The former SPY Aquatics (now SPCC Aquatics), Artworks, Green Hornets and Carter School of Dance, among many other groups, all operate out of the facility throughout the week. Marsala has reveled in the opportunity to organize all of it. Its been exciting to see the community come together every day, she said. Ive enjoyed getting to meet so many people who give of their time and energy.
Marsala, who originally hails from Pittsburgh, moved to the area after college. She began work with Special Olympics Maryland as a training director and later served as an instruction coordinator for Anne Arundel Community College. When Pat Haun, former executive director of SPCC, prepared to retire, a friend of Marsala mentioned she would be perfect for the job.
With the many activities offered at the community center, Marsala has enjoyed the chance to keep her kids involved and nurturing their interests. As they get older, she has encouraged them to volunteer as well. Her daughter, now an adolescent, has dedicated time to Haunted Holy Grounds and the Spaghetti Dinner. Its a great time to teach her about giving back to the community, said Marsala.
Marsalas husband was recently relocated for business and the family plans to make their move around mid-July. Marsala said she hopes to get involved in her new community in Pennsylvania. As Severna Park residents, she and her family have attended Woods Church and participated in youth sports. What we have here is what we are looking for in our new area, she said.
With a little less than a month left in town, Marsala attended the SPCCs recent Chairs Around The Park auction and will be at the annual Independence Day Parade.
She also hopes to return to Severna Park from time to time. The good news is were not moving across the country, she said. Were going to be an hour and a half or two hours away. Will we be back? Absolutely.
She eagerly anticipates returning for the SPCCs annual gala and other events, not to mention enjoying the water. Well be landlocked in our new town and I need my water fix, she laughed.
On behalf of the many friends and neighbors in Severna Park, the Voice wishes the Marsala family all the best.