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Lansing residents will encounter a fresh face this spring in the parks and recreation department when they register their kids for summer sports.
Brooke Young, who started Monday, March 12, as the department's administrative assistant, said she was eager to start work again after staying at home with her sons for the past two years.
"So far, I really like the people I work with," Young said. "I look forward to all of the events like Brew, Blues and Bar-B-Q and Lansing DAZE and getting to know more people in the community."
Young graduated from Lansing High School in 2000. She went to KU for a year before being deployed in 2002 to Bosnia on a peacekeeping operation with the National Guard.
"We worked in a secure building mostly with the G-2 intelligence section," she said.
Young enjoyed being able to travel to places like Budapest, Hungary, but, ultimately, she was glad to return home.
Following her arrival back in the United States, Young worked on post at Fort Leavenworth at the Army Health Center, and she married her high school sweetheart, Ryan, in July 2004.
Currently, Young is pursuing an online degree in business administration with a focus in marketing through Colorado Technical University while holding down a job and the responsibilities of being a new mother.
"I once thought that I'd get a big corporate job, but I really am content right now. I'm content to be working locally, but it's always good to have a degree," she said.
NAME: Brooke Young
ADDRESS: South 14th Street, Leavenworth
OCCUPATION: Administrative Assistant for Lansing Parks and Recreation
FAMILY: Ryan, husband; Parker, 2, son; Evan, 10 months, son
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN LANSING AND WHAT BROUGHT YOU HERE? "Since 1994. I relocated to Kansas to live with my Dad."
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT LANSING? "I like that it's growing so much but still has a community feel."
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN? "I like to spend time with friends and family."
WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE ABOUT YOU? "Probably that I'm married with kids. That usually surprises people."
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED? "To ignore people's motherhood advice."
WHAT ORGANIZATIONS OR CLUBS DO YOU BELONG TO? "I belong to a few clubs through school but nothing major."