Park Board

The Park Board works closely with staff to develop projects for the parks and to continually shape the vision for parks and recreation throughout the County.  The Park Board provides specific advice to the County Commissioners regarding opportunities for new park lands, capital improvements within existing parks, and on matters of rules, regulations, and policies in the parks.


Park Board members are appointed by the County Commissioners to six-year terms.  The Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Commissioner's Board Room of the Benton County Justice Center unless otherwise posted. 

During the summer months, regular Board meetings are often held as "field meetings" on-site in some of the parks.  

Park Board Members

Karla Brown
Karla spent a majority of her younger years volunteering and enjoyed supporting the community she lived in so much that when the opportunity arose to join the Park Board, she didn’t hesitate to apply. To her, Benton County serves as a recreational dream offering a variety of outdoor activities from hiking and biking to water sports. Karla joined the Board in 2019 and envisions the Tri-Cities as a place that people flock to, not just because of the jobs, retail stores, and eateries, but because what our beautiful parks have to offer. There is something for everyone here.

Robin Emmingham 
A retired school teacher and principal, Robin joined the Board in 2013 and fills his free time with golf, travel, and other active pursuits.

Laauli Faamausili (Chair)
A local product and graduate of Eastern Washington University, Laauli works in the crop insurance industry. He and his family live in Kennewick where their interests in parks and recreation are wide-ranging. Laauli joined the Park Board in 2017.

Dave McNeal
Dave retired from 40 years of federal service in 2013, most of it with US Department of Agriculture. Dave and his wife, Jennifer, grew-up in the humid South and realized the benefits of Western life via career stops in Nebraska, Idaho, and Colorado. They came to Benton County to be near children and grandchildren here and on the West side. They enjoy vegetable gardening, and they are attempting to recover a very small parcel with native vegetation at their property north of West Richland.

Richard Nordness

Richard started in the tire business in Portland in 1968 and is currently the Executive Director of the Northwest Tire Dealers Association.  He and his wife also previously owned the Spaghetti Establishment in Kennewick.  He is a founding member of the Kiwanis Club of the Horse Heaven Hills and is a member of the Rattlesnake Ridge Riders.

Yessica Rosas (Vice Chair)
Yessica is the most recent addition to the Park Board, having joined in 2016.  She and her husband enjoy giving back to the community and setting an example of volunteering for their two young children.


Diana Ruff 
Diana is a Richland native now living in Kennewick where she is also a practicing attorney. She spent a year on the Richland Parks & Recreation Commission before joining the Park Board, and enjoys working with the volunteers of the Benton County park system as well as recruiting new volunteers for short and long-term projects in the parks. In her spare time she and her husband enjoy running and biking, and hiking Badger Mountain with their two children.


UPDATED - 01/13/2020


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