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Joel Stras

Joel grew up in Sonoma County and has a deep love for his community. He has worked in the Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks department since he was a young lifeguard in High School. Joel now works as the “Recreation Specialist” at the Ridgway Swim Center and has mentored hundreds of young lifeguards and swim instructors throughout his career.


Joel graduated from the California State University of Monterey Bay, Seaside, with a B.A. in Psychology.


Joel’s love of music and the arts (as well as his childhood friendship with founder, Carmen Mitchell) led him to Redwood Theatre Company, where he now works alongside the stage hands as the Crew Manager.

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