New executive director keeps legacy alive

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Yvonne Fischbach never expected her accounting internship at Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District 27 years ago would eventually lead to the position of executive director.

But when the internship became a full-time position, she was hooked and her love for Hyland Hills only grew from there.

Fischbach always aspired to become the next executive director and further into her career at Hyland Hills she made it her goal.

Fischbach took on her new role in January after longtime executive director Greg Mastriona retired. She comes from the accounting world overseeing the accounting department at Hyland Hills.

When she started years ago she didn’t know much about the district, she had just been to Water World. But immediately she knew she was in the right place.

“When I started I just fell into it and absolutely loved it,” she said.

“I love the fact that there is always something new. Even though accounting seems so boring, here it’s never boring.”

Mastriona, who was with the district for 43 years, started considering retirement four years ago and the position for deputy director opened up in order to prepare the next executive director.

Up against many other competitors, Fischbach  was given the job and promoted to deputy director.

She started working closing with Mastriona, developing a strong rapport.

She says Mastriona is an unbelievable mentor allowing her to get involved in many aspects of the district.

“I always told Greg that I would either work for him or replace him,” she said.

“He embodied everything Hyland Hills was and I think that’s what he’s developed in me. I couldn’t have asked for a better situation.”

Fischbach said she hopes to continue Mastriona’s legacy of making the district the best there is to offer.

She’s working with staff on a 10-year master plan on future projects hoping to expand the services and enhance the facilities in the district.

She considers the district a leader in the recreation industry and she plans to keep it that way.

“We want to be at the top of the list. We want to be the best,” she said.

“I have a great staff and a wonderful board of directors. It is nothing but a team process, and I consider myself part of this team and it’s a wonderful one to be a part of.”