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  • Park Champions Initiative

    Includes a Live Event on 06/07/2018 at 2:30 PM (EDT)

    Park Champions across the country are inviting their members of Congress and their staff to see their parks and programs first-hand at park dedications, program kick-offs, special events, and more! The Park Champion show-and-tell advocacy model allows our members to create meaningful experiences for members of Congress that demonstrate the importance of investing in parks and recreation.

    imageThe Park Champions show-and-tell advocacy model allows our members to create meaningful experiences for members of Congress that demonstrate the importance of investing in parks and recreation. This online learning product brings together any past and future Park Champions learning opportunities through a single subscription. Within this free subscription, you will gain access and be notified of past and future webinars, micro-learning products, videos, and other resources produced under this initiative. 

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    Farm to Summer: Ag-vocating for Parks and Rec in the Farm Bill
    June 7, 2018 @ 2:30 pm (EDT)

    The Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill, is up for reauthorization – and here at NRPA, we see this as an exciting opportunity ripe for the picking! Park and recreation agencies across the nation are already working to combat summer hunger and increase accessibility to fresh, locally-grown food by working with local farmers. The Farm Bill reauthorization offers a unique opportunity for Congress to recognize the role local park and recreation agencies can play in creating and enhancing community food systems. Join the NRPA Public Policy Team as we showcase park and recreation agencies’ incredible farm-to-summer programming, tools and resources provided by the US Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School team, and how the Farm Bill could mean new opportunities for positioning park and recreation agencies as key local agricultural partners.

    Speakers: Kate Clabaugh, Senior Manager of Government Affairs

    Jayni Rassmussen (Moderator)

    Advocacy & Outreach Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jayni Rasmussen is the Advocacy and Outreach Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. She manages the Public Policy's team's advocacy initiatives, including the Park Champion campaign. Prior to NRPA, Jayni worked at Ocean Conservancy, where she coordinated advocacy and outreach efforts both on Capitol Hill and on the ground to garner support for ocean health policy. Jayni is a graduate of Kent State University, where she received her B.A. in Political Science.

    Kate Clabaugh

    Senior Government Affairs Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kate Clabaugh joined NRPA in May 2017 and manages our advocacy work related to health and wellness policy priorities, including nutrition, healthcare, and education. Kate previously worked for the national anti-hunger organization, the Food Research and Action Center, working with Congress to protect and expand access to the federal nutrition programs. 

    Kyle Simpson

    Senior Government Affairs Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kyle Simpson joined NRPA in December 2017 and is heading up our public policy work on conservation, including infrastructure, Land and Water Conservation Fund, and resiliency. Kyle comes to NRPA after nearly 10 years on Capitol Hill, most recently having worked for Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

    Kevin O'Hara

    Vice President of Urban and Government Affairs, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin oversees NRPA's Federal Advocacy efforts and leads NRPA's engagement with urban directors and agencies. Previously, O'Hara was Manager of Government Affairs for the American Society of Landscape Architects where he oversaw advocacy efforts on urban parks, green infrastructure, children's access to nature and more. O'Hara also worked for a non-profit in the higher education finance sector where he led advocacy and college access initiatives. O'Hara earned a B.A. Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. O'Hara and his wife Meaghan are residents of the Adams Morgan neighborhood in the District of Columbia, where they overlook the lovely Kalorama Park. His free time pursuits include hiking, travel, and good food.

    Roxanne Sutton

    Senior Communications Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Roxanne Sutton is the Senior Manager of Communications at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Her responsibilities include overseeing social media strategy and content development and promoting the award-winning work of our partnerships and business development team. She is also the host of NRPA’s podcast, Open Space Radio. In her role, Roxanne is fortunate to communicate and work directly with many NRPA members to promote new opportunities and showcase the great work local parks and recreation are doing in their communities. Prior to her role at NRPA, she worked at a PR firm in D.C. on a multitude of accounts ranging from energy clients to non-profits. She graduated with honors and recognition from George Mason University with her bachelors in Communication specializing in Public Relations. She was a member of Lambda Pi Eta and recipient of the Excellence in Communication Award.

    Catrina Belt

    Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist at National Recreation and Park Association

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    Julie Dixon

    Director of Research, National Journal

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    Le'alani Boykin

    Community Visioning & Planning Manager at Partnerships for Parks

    The contribution I am most compelled in making to the world is improving the processes that people work in; to streamline information exchange and harmonize relationships. I intend to understand both individual and group needs, and their portals to learning, to develop tools for their success.

    Luci Correa

    Senior Staff Analyst, Houston Parks and Recreation

    Luci Correa manages grants, legislation and development for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. She has served the agency for 17 years in various functions including event and program sponsorships and grant writing. Luci holds a BBA in marketing from the University of Houston and an MBA from Texas Woman's University.

    Tyler Ray

    Director of Policy and Advocacy, American Hiking Society

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    Wesley Trimble

    Program Outreach and Communications Manager, American Hiking Society

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  • Innovative Trends in Dog Park Design and Management

    Recorded On: 05/10/2018

    What makes a good dog park great? This webinar brings together top designers, landscape architects, and managers of top-rated dog parks to explore innovative ways you can make your dog parks exciting and enjoyable for both dogs and people.

    imageWhat makes a good dog park great? This webinar brings together top designers, landscape architects, and managers of top-rated dog parks to explore innovative ways you can make your dog parks exciting and enjoyable for both dogs and people. Creative ideas and innovative designs do not necessarily mean greater expense, and thoughtful design can result in exciting dog parks that appeal to dogs as well as people.

    This webinar will cover innovative trends in design, management, and maintenance of public dog parks and will include information on design and management of larger off-leash parks, water features for play, best practices for conflict resolution, agility and exercise features, best practices for environmental management, and more.  If you manage public dog parks you will not want to miss this exciting and informative webinar that provides insights and expert knowledge on how you can make your best dog parks even better.

    Rich Dolesh (Moderator)

    Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, National Recreation and Park Association

    Richard J. Dolesh joined NRPA in 2002 and serves as the vice president for conservation and parks. He is responsible for development and implementation of national policy and initiatives related to conservation, stewardship and parks.

    Rich worked 30 years in parks, outdoor recreation, and natural resource management at the local and state level in Maryland before coming to NRPA. His recent work includes leading NRPA's Parks Build Community initiative, coordinating the Parks for Mitigation demonstration projects, and working with the National Wildlife Federation to connect 10 million kids to nature and the outdoors over the next three years. Rich represents NRPA on a number of coalitions and advisory groups including the Sustainable Urban Forestry Coalition, the steering committee for Natural Play and Learning Area guidelines, and the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES).

    Rich is a frequent contributor to NRPA's Parks and Recreation Magazine, and has written numerous articles on parks and natural resources in publications including The Washington Post and National Geographic Magazine.

    Ken Smith

    Principal, Ken Smith Design Workshop

    Ken Smith is one of the best-known of a generation of landscape architects equally at home in the worlds of art, architecture, and urbanism. Trained in both design and the fine arts, he explores the relationship between art, contemporary culture, and landscape. His practice, Ken Smith Workshop, was established in 1992 and is based in New York City.

    Inés Palacios, Ph.D.

    Director of Recreation: Programs, Partnerships, & Professional Development

    Inés is responsible for promoting the value of recreation for people of all ages and abilities. She provides continuing educational opportunities, professional development, and research that supports recreation and play while generating partnerships and alliances in the field. She joined the PlayCore team in August 2013 after obtaining her PhD in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from NC State University. Before joining PlayCore, she was an instructor at NC State University in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Department. In addition, she has experience in event planning, program management, research, and national presentations.

    Phil Macchia

    Director of Parks, Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission

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  • Building Healthy Communities Through Parks and Recreation

    0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 04/12/2018

    Hear the role parks and recreation agencies are playing in building and supporting healthy communities.

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    Hear the role parks and recreation agencies are playing in building and supporting healthy communities. Presenters will share how NRPA’s health and wellness initiatives support the overall goal to increase access to healthy foods and physical activity through programs, built environments, and policy. This webinar will also highlight park and recreation agencies who are collaborating with the local agriculture community to increase access to fresh foods, provide nutrition education and create more sustainable and environmentally conscious communities.

    Maureen Acquino

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Maureen Acquino is a program specialist for the National Recreation and Park Association. As a part of the Health and Wellness team, she focuses on healthy out-of-school time programming and inclusive practices in parks and recreation. 

    Lesha Spencer-Brown

    Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Lesha Spencer-Brown is a Health and Wellness Program Manager at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), working to improve the health and wellness of older adults through parks and recreation for the past year. She currently manages NRPA's Health Aging in Parks initiative that aims to increase physical activity opportunities for older adults, primarily through dissemination of evidence-based programs, community and social engagement opportunities and built environment enhancements that support active lifestyles among older adults. Lesha received her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Community and Family Health- Socio-Health Sciences from the University of South Florida, and has over 8 years of experience in the field of public health, specifically in health promotion, disease prevention and social determinants of health. 

    Marla Collum

    Senior Manager of Programs, National Recreation and Park Association

    Marla Collum  works closely with park and recreation agencies administering NRPA’s initiatives and grant programs. Marla serves as a primary point of contact for applicants and grantees throughout the grant process on several programs, offering assistance, advice and best practices to park and recreation agencies. Prior to joining NRPA in 2013, Marla was Grants Manager at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and served as the Historic Review Officer of the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department from 1998-2008. Marla has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science Degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Eastern Michigan University. 

    Kate Clabaugh

    Senior Government Affairs Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kate Clabaugh joined NRPA in May 2017 and manages our advocacy work related to health and wellness policy priorities, including nutrition, healthcare, and education. Kate previously worked for the national anti-hunger organization, the Food Research and Action Center, working with Congress to protect and expand access to the federal nutrition programs. 

    Kim Brasher

    Healthy St. Pete Coordinator / City of St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department

    Kim is responsible for the development and implementation of the Healthy St. Pete initiative, a citywide initiative launched by the deputy mayor to improve community health outcomes within the City of St. Petersburg. Kim has been employed with the City of St. Petersburg for 19 years and has diverse experience in the areas of special event planning, grants management, facilities management, and wellness program development. Kim was awarded her certification as a Certified Workplace Wellness Specialist (CWWS) by the National Wellness Institute in 2012 and is a member of the Healthy Pinellas Consortium, John Hopkin’s All Children’s Hospital Unified Health Solutions Committee, and City of St. Petersburg Health, Energy, Resiliency, and Sustainability Committee. Kim is a sports and outdoor enthusiast having played both collegiate volleyball and softball and continues to stay active participating in local charity runs, camping, and kayaking throughout the state.

    Dr. Billy J. Willis

    Executive Director, Tunica County Parks & Recreation

    Dr. Willis has served as the director of Parks & Recreation in Tunica County, Mississippi, since 1994. As director, Dr. Willis developed a diversified department and implemented innovative programs in the areas of recreation, cultural arts, senior citizens, aquatics, mentoring, youth development, Boys & Girls Clubs and health and wellness for the citizens of Tunica County. Dr. Willis envisioned developing a department that focuses on building healthy minds, bodies and spirits for the citizens of Tunica County through collaboration with organizations to enhance community relations throughout Tunica County. These collaborations have yielded initiatives such as afterschool enrichment to youth in a safe and secure environment; outreach Mentoring Program; a variety of health promotions and disease prevention programs; and youth and adult health and wellness education programs.