Bridgette-cap picBridgette Hermanson

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Bridgette a Lecturer in the Health, Human Performance, and Recreation major.  She is new to the program, joining the UW-Whitewater team in the fall of 2017.  Prior to joining the staff at UW-Whitewater she was employed as the Executive Director for the Cambridge Community Activities Program (CAP), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, in Cambridge, Wisconsin.  The CAP is a recreation department, based in the Cambridge School District.  Bridgette was employed as the Executive Director, since its creation in September 2003.  In her 14 years she led the organization and was instrumental in the growth of program to include the Cambridge Community Pool, Cambridge Youth Center, CAP CARE (a state licensed before and after school program), and the Cambridge Food Pantry and Resource Center.  Under her direction, the CAP  also took on management of a privately owned 18-acre beach front park, Ripley Park.

Prior to being hired as the CAP Director, Bridgette completed her degree at UW-Stevens Point, majoring in Health Promotion and Wellness. During her time at Stevens Point, she worked as a personal trainer, aerobics instructor, and peer health advisor on campus. After graduation, she interned for Marian College and the Fond du Lac County Health Department creating and implementing health and recreational programs. Her background in the health field fuels her passion for sharing recreation and fitness with the community.

Bridgette obtained the National Recreation and Park Association’s certification as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional in 2007.  She has been active in the state association, Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association, serving on both the Recreation Section as the Secretary/Treasurer and the 2009 and 2016 conference committee planning educational sessions for professional development.  Bridgette is a 2008 graduate of the Great Lakes Academy for Leadership Advancement and a 2013 graduate of the Indiana University Executive Development Program.  Bridgette obtained her Master’s Degree of Professional Development in Health, Human Performance, and Recreation from UW-Whitewater where she focused her capstone work on youth sports in 2015.

In 2009, Bridgette was honored by the Cambridge School District Board of Education with the Community Member of the Year award.  Bridgette’s passion for and dedication to Cambridge made her a deserving recipient.  At the 2015 Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association’s annual conference, Bridgette was recognized by her peers as the WPRA Recreational Professional of the Year.

Bridgette is married to her husband and they have a one year old son, TJ.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and their dog, Tucker.


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