Gwen Kermode obtained her BS in Recreation and Park Administration from the University of New Hampshire in 1973 and her Master's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, in 1977, with intensive studies in Public Parks and Recreation and Public Legal Liabilities. Ms. Kermode has over 30 years of experience in Parks and Recreation administration. She has over 20 years of experience in Human Services. Taking early retirement, Ms. Kermode served as Director of Recreation and Human Services as well as ADA Coordinator for Natick, Massachusetts. Prior to coming to Natick, she was a Recreation Director in Salem, New Hampshire and Quechee, Vermont; a Program Director for the Keene, New Hampshire Parks and Recreation Department; and an Assistant Recreation Director for the United Cerebral Palsy Associate in Roosevelt, New York. Ms. Kermode has been a member of the following community organizations: Natick Community Coalition; Natick Commission on Disability; Children First Natick Advisory Council; Natick Schools Mention Health Advisory Committee; Natick Days Steering Committee; Metro West Medical Center LMH Campus Advisory Committee; Alliance for Multi-Cultural Integration; and the Natick Public Schools Youth Needs Assessment Advisory Committee. Miss Kermode also served on the National Recreation and Park Association Board of Trustees, the American Park and Recreation Society Board of Directors, and past President of the Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association.