KCParks Names New Deputy Directors

Two KC Parks staff members were recently promoted to Deputy Directors for the department. They replace former Deputy Director Teresa Rynard who became the department’s Director on January 1, 2019.

Roosevelt D. Lyons serves as the deputy director of operations which oversees Communications/Development, Natural Resources, and Community Services Divisions. Roosevelt began his career with the City in the Office of the Mayor as a Senior Advisor for Community Engagement. He joined KC Parks in 2014 and served as Superintendent of Parks & Recreation and Manager of Recreation in the Community Services Division. Roosevelt holds a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Krista Morrison is the deputy director of business operations which oversees Finance and Procurement Services and Planning/Engineering Divisions. Krista has been employed by the City of Kansas City for nine years and as the Manager of Financial and Procurement Services at KC Parks since 2017. Krista previously served as the Deputy Budget Officer and Deputy Court Administrator for the City. She has obtained Six Sigma Black Belt training in Process Improvement and a Bachelor of Science in Southern Illinois University.