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Presidents Greeting

Happy National Activity Professionals Week
from the SCAAP Board!

We hope that this week you are celebrating with your community the amazing work you do to enhance the quality of life of each resident you serve and being an integral part of your facility team. You have done a great job reimaging activities during the pandemic.


You truly deserve to be recognized during this time!


We thank you for being an integral member of Southern California Association of Activity Professionals. We commend your commitment to your career as an activity professional and to providing exceptional resident experiences to support the wellbeing of yourself and others.


We appreciate your support of SCAAP. We are committed to provide you with ongoing quality continuing education opportunities for you to learn and develop skills for personal and professional growth.


This year we will continue with our “Lunch and Learn” Sessions. We will host them

bi-monthly. Please let us know if you have any speakers you can recommend or topics you are interested in. We will host our annual Fall Symposium in October.


Thank you to our new Webmaster, Rhonda Hernandez. She has updated our website with new information and made it very user friendly. We are planning to add a “Members Only” section in the future. Please visit our website at  She also will be developing and posting on our Facebook and Instagram page.


Yours Truly,

The SCAAP Board

Laurie Kjar-Reiss, SCAAP President

Cecile “Niki” Sharp, SCAAP Vice President

Melissa Betancourt, Secretary

Andrea Richardson, Director of Membership

Nancy Thom, Director of Public Relations

Tracy Beam, Director of Resources

Kregg Kjar, Director of Professional Development

Gissela Saucedo, Treasurer

Rhonda Hernandez, Social Media Chair and Webmaster

Donna Glenn, Past President, By-Laws and Nominations Chair

Joan Flannigan, Past President

Kerry Whelan, Immediate Past President


2023 SCAAP


Speakers and Topics are posted on our Education Page

Please contact Kregg Kjar, Director of Professional Development, if you are interested in speaking or have a speaker or topic recommendation at

we would like to announce the winner of the 2023 scaap contest for national activity professional week

KAY RICHMOND, Recreational Therapist, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA

I am submitting an Out of the Box submission. I am a SCAAP member, a Recreation Therapist, working with physical rehabilitation patients and former patients. 

I created an instructional, fun YouTube video to teach participants how to Create a Sand Terrarium. 

Participants signed up, received a zoom link and written instructions ahead of time.

The workshop included time to meet. Everyone watched the video and I was on the zoom call to interact and answer questions.

The video/zoom format has been well received. 


Enjoy this video on How to Create a Sand Terrarium



Feel Free to reach out to her for hand-written instructions or any further information:


Sponsored by: SCAAP


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