By Kyle Siegel
Newcomer to the Sedalia Parks and Recreation Board Kristy Woolery just began her position on the board a month ago and she has enjoyed it thoroughly.
“I enjoyed our first meeting, My kids are involved in a lot of the activities and sports as well as the programs that are out there,” Woolery said.
Woolery was asked how her position on the park board came about.
“Amy (Epple) approached me. She said my name had been mentioned and she talked to Mark (Hewitt) about it. I was very excited,” she said.
This is the first board appointment for Woolery.
Woolery was born in Sedalia and grew up in La Monte, where she graduated in 1997.
In high school Woolery was very active in sports. She played volleyball, basketball and softball. Woolery received several post season awards in sports while at La Monte.
She was good enough that Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas offered her a scholarship for volleyball and softball.
“I went to Baker University on a volleyball and softball scholarship. I started majoring in accounting, but I transferred to CMSU and I changed my major to social work,” Woolery explained.
“When I was in college I worked at Interstate Studios in Sedalia,” Woolery added.
Before heading to CMSU, Woolery took some time off from school before starting on her new major.
Woolery has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work.
As soon as she completed college Woolery went straight to work at Child Safe and has been there ever since.
“I started in 2008. I am a child advocate. We work with families and investigators in child abuse cases.
“I enjoy the people that I work with as well as the job. I love children. It is nice to know that you can help people through situations and be there for them,” Woolery said.
In her free time Woolery is a Sunday School teacher at Our Savior Lutheran in Sedalia.
She teaches children in first and second grades.
Woolery is a mother of two. She has a daughter Kennedy, who is six, and a son Cooper, who is five years old.
Woolery was asked what are some of the activities she enjoys during her down time.
“I enjoy reading, and I still enjoy playing sports. I have been coaching soccer for Paul Klover and basketball for the parks department this year and last. I also enjoy spending time with my kids,” Woolery said.