Das Rec Management Staff

The Das Rec Management team welcomes you to Das Rec. We’re an eclectic team from different kinds of backgrounds but we all have the same mission – to provide the best service to the community of New Braunfels. We look forward to getting the chance to say hi to you in person very soon and hope you enjoy your time at Das Rec.

Kelsey Heiden

Recreation
Manager
  • Graduated from Texas State University as a Recreation Administration major and is currently completing her Master of Public Administration at Southern New Hampshire University.
  • She is a certified Parks and Recreation Professional through the National Recreation and Park Association.
  • Was born and raised in New Braunfels, Texas and is passionate about serving her hometown and making an impact on health and wellness through Das Rec.
  • Kelsey actively participates in Spartan Races.
  • Her favorite color is mango tango.
  • Her favorite movie is The Boss Baby.

Kaseem Baker

Recreation Center
Assistant Manager
  • He has worked in Parks and Recreation for over 20 years, including positions with the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, San Diego, and the Maryland Park and Planning Commission.
  • He was born in New Jersey, raised in California, and has lived in Maryland.
  • He is an avid "sneaker head" with a collection of over 250 pairs of shoes.
  • He is a die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan.
  • His favorite movie is The Godfather.
  • His favorite food is goat cheese pizza.

Shelly Basaldu

Guest Services and Marketing Supervisor
  • She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin as an Advertising major...hook 'em!
  • She was born and raised in New Braunfels, Texas and while Austin will always have a place in her heart, she is happy to be back in this beautiful, growing, ever-changing city.
  • She is incredibly excited to not only work at Das Rec, but to be a member as well. She's most excited to participate in group exercise classes and hopes to meet as many Das Rec members as she can.
  • She can name all of the United States in alphabetical order.
  • Her favorite food is chicken fried steak.
  • Her favorite place that she has visited in the U.S. is San Francisco, California.

Julia Shelley

Aquatic
Supervisor
  • Received her degree in Communication emphasizing in Mass Communication.
  • Started as a lifeguard at Dixie State University and worked her way up to Assistant Aquatics Director and before becoming the Aquatics Director.
  • Wanted to work at Das Rec because of the state of the art aquatic features and love of teaching the community about water safety and fun. Favorite part of my job is teaching lifeguarding classes and coaching swim teams.
  • She was a sideline basketball reporter and sports anchor in college and is an avid San Antonio Spurs fan.
  • Her favorite swim race is the 500 freestyle.
  • Her favorite color is green.

Stephanie Chelar

Athletic and Fitness Supervisor
  • She has a Master of Science in Public Health and has been in the fitness industry for 20 years.
  • She enjoys finding a solution to each and every person’s “why” and helping them find a way to incorporate fitness into their lives in some form or another.
  • Group fitness is how she got started in her career and will be something she plans to continue to do for the duration of her career. She believes you are never too old to learn new formats and to try new things
  • She is one of the .03% of the world who has hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim.
  • One of her favorite quotes is “Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.” She thinks everyone needs to have a little fun in their lives, whether at work or at home.
  • She has competed in two figure competitions and enjoys trying new workouts and challenging herself, while learning to challenge others in the process.

Josh King

Building Maintenance Supervisor
  • He has 15 years of experience in the maintenance field.
  • He began his career with the City of New Braunfels in 2013 as a Maintenance Technician in the Parks and Recreation department.
  • He is polite and rarely late.
  • He is the person you want on your trivia team...he knows a lot about a lot of things.
  • He is originally from Seguin, Texas.
  • His favorite color is robin's egg blue.

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