Melissa Ousley

Melissa Ousley, Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District director of marketing promotions and special events.

The Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District’s newest employee, Melissa Ousley, is ready for the district to reopen after a three-month hiatus due to statewide coronavirus shutdowns.

As marketing, promotions and special events manager, Ousley helped guide last week’s Seaside Farmers Market reopening and this week’s phased reopening of the Sunset Pool.

She is married and the parent of twins, Aiden and Elliot, juniors at Seaside High School.

“I have great experiences here ever since we moved here from Tucson about 10 years ago,” she said last week. “It’s been a part of our life all that time. We did surf camp, all the fun things. It seemed like a really fun position.”

With a background in marketing, special events and higher education, Ousley recently worked as an academic adviser for Clatsop Community College.

A volunteer for the Wildlife Center of the North Coast and member of the Seaside Public Library Foundation board of directors, in her free time, Ousley hikes, swims and writes novels.

Her latest is “Pitcher Plant,” about a Seaside couple that buy a fixer-upper that proves to be a money pit — and hides a murder.

Ousley anticipates being able to carve out time for writing on evenings and weekends.

Along with the debut of the Farmers Market, the district’s next big event will be the Break the Chain Run, a 5K run for victims of domestic violence.

“This will be an opportunity to be involved with the community,” she said.

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