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Matt Casparius

 CPRE Director of Parks & Recreation

Matt became the Director of Parks & Recreation for the Town of Merrimack on January 1st, 2014. Prior to joining the Town of Merrimack; Matt served as the Director of Parks & Recreation for the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea in Massachusetts for 8 years where he spent considerable time growing a small town Recreation Department into a successful self-supporting operation. Matt  spent 4 years working for the Town of Brookline, MA and 2 years working for the Town of Lexington, MA. 

Matt graduated from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation & Leisure Studies and holds the CPRE designation (Certified Parks & Recreation Executive). This is a mastery level certification that can only be earned thru years of experience and a rigorous exam process. Currently fewer than 200 Parks & Recreation Professionals in the country hold this certification.

Matt is active in the Parks & Recreation Field and has served on numerous board and Committees. Currently he is serving on the Executive Board of the New Hampshire Recreation & Park Association and the NH Camp Directors Association and is an Accreditation Visitor for the American Camp Association. Matt is a Certified Wilderness First Responder thru SOLO and has spent the last 15 years volunteering and directing medical tents for the Boston Marathon and the American Red Cross. He lives in Londonderry with his wife Amy, son Ben and daughter Abby.

Kierstin Merlino

Recreation Program Coordinator

Kierstin became the new Recreation Program Coordinator for Merrimack’s Parks and Recreation Department in August of 2018. She recently graduated from the Endicott College in Beverly, MA with a Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration. Previously, Kierstin worked as an Athletic Trainer for Arlington (MA) High School, and as a Program Director for the Burlington (MA) Parks and Recreation Department.

Kierstin considers herself an active person, who loves hiking, running, soccer and skiing. She is extremely excited to explore the area and start working for the Recreation Department.



Seasonal Employees

Merrimack Parks & Recreation will be looking for seasonal employees to join in on the fun. Check back in January!