Kirsten Barnes is Missouri born and raised and lives with her family on the plains of Kansas. As a graduate of the Missouri State University recreation & leisure studies program, her career in recreation has included overseeing programs serving a variety of populations including aquatics, youth sports leagues, summer camps, senior programming, ice arenas, golf courses and special events. Barnes also oversaw lifeguard management at 24 aquatic facilities and waterparks with a private management company before taking the reins at a private fitness and wellness center serving more than 17,000 members and overseeing a budget of almost $10 million in annual revenues. Prior to joining the Counsilman-Hunsaker team, she worked with recreation agencies to provide customized professional development and front-line trainings. She has also spoken at national and regional conferences and trained front-line teams at facilities throughout the country. She is a Past President of the Missouri Park & Recreation Association and was a member of the National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference Program Committee for three years.