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  • 10-Minute Walk Learning Series

    Contains 7 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 02/21/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Subscribe for free today to this learning series dedicated to the 10-Minute Walk initiative. This subscription will automatically enroll you in upcoming webinars, micro-learning, shared resources, and discussions focused on this important NRPA project.

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    Parks are essential to the physical, social, environmental, and economic health of a community—and cities nationwide. That’s why the National Recreation and Park Association, The Trust for Public Land, and the Urban Land Institute are leading a nationwide movement to ensure there’s a great park within a 10-minute walk of every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America. Through a collective national voice, Mayoral endorsement, and local action, the 10-Minute Walk Campaign aims to increase park access, quality, and funding within a 10-minute walk of home.

    Subscribe for free today to this learning series dedicated to the 10-Minute Walk initiative. This subscription will automatically enroll you in upcoming webinars, micro-learning, shared resources, and discussions focused on this important NRPA project. 

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    City Commitments

    February 21, 2019 @ 2:00 PM

    Mayors across the country are signing-on to the 10-Minute Walk campaign (220 and counting!). To make the 10-Minute Walk goal a reality, cities are establishing their own goals and making commitments to ensure everyone has equitable access to a great park. Join us for a webinar and interactive panel discussion on how your city can make a 10-Minute Walk commitment. Staff from NRPA and The Trust for Public Land will share a framework, walk through steps, and be available to answer your questions. 

    Rachel Banner

    Senior Program Manager at National Recreation and Park Association

    As a public health professional its my goal to combine my skills and experience to ensure that everyone has an environment around them that encourages inspiration, well being, health, physical activity and a connection to the community. I am dedicated to reducing health disparities in low-income communities by learning from and helping others make a change in their community environment.

    With successful experience building strong partnerships with community based organizations, organizing and managing large volunteer groups, developing communications materials, and conducting research, I have the foundations to help your community or organization advocate for and promote changes in built environments, policies, and systems that encourage healthy behaviors.

    I would love to learn about how your organization is contributing to or would like to create a better environment for health!

    Jared Mummert

    Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jared Mummert is a Program Specialist at NRPA, working on the 10-Minute Walk campaign. As a graduate in Environmental Law and Policy from Unity College, he is dedicated to environmental justice issues. Prior to his time at NRPA, Jared worked as a political and community outreach organizer on multiple campaigns, including organizing farmers in Maryland to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act, engaging Colorado voters in the 2014 midterm election, and connecting low-income families to national parks. He has also served in the Student Conservation Association, AmeriCorps, and the National Park Service as park ranger for multiple sites, including Grand Teton National Park. As an avid outdoorsman and public lands advocate, Jared is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to quality open spaces.

    Harris Solomon

    Campaign Lead, The Trust for Public Land

    Harris Solomon serves as The Trust for Public Land’s campaign lead, overseeing campaign communications strategy, city outreach, and the development of new program areas, ensuring effective implementation and day-to-day operations for the 10-Minute Walk Campaign. He previously served as the 10-Minute Walk Campaign Manager, and has held prior positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York.

    Joseph Claunch, Ph.D

    Director of Zuni Youth Enrichment Project

    Joseph Claunch is a member of the Puyallup Tribe in Tacoma, Washington, and graduated with his Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Kansas. Joseph’s research and programming interest have focused on what coaches, teachers and mentors can do to optimize the motivation of Native American youth. Joseph is currently the director of Zuni Youth Enrichment Project and the head varsity football coach at Zuni High School in western New Mexico. Joseph recently led the development of a 3-acre community center and park in the heart of Zuni's main Pueblo village.

    Koboi Simpson

    Atheletics Administrator, Clayton County (Georgia) Parks and Recreation

    Koboi Simpson is the Athletics Administrator for the Clayton County Parks & Recreation Department, in Clayton County, Georgia, where he manages youth sports operations and supervises the county's college internship program. He serves on the NRPA Conference Programming Committee, and he is a frequent speaker at several state and national conferences, delivering presentations on best practices in youth sports. Koboi is a tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion, serving on NRPA’s Equity Advisory Panel. Koboi is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional and a Certified Youth Sports Administrator.

    Rosie Santos

    Parks and Recreation Manager, City of Covington, Kentucky

    Rosie Santos has 10 years of experience in environmental education and community programming. In her more recent position as the Parks and Recreation Manager for the city of Covington, Kentucky, she oversees recreation services, as well as park and trail planning and development. In collaboration with a citizen advisory group and other partners, she developed an innovative process for redeveloping neighborhood parks throughout the city. 

  • 10-Minute Walk: City Commitments

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 02/21/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Join us for a webinar and interactive panel discussion on how your city can make a 10-Minute Walk commitment.

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    Mayors across the country are signing-on to the 10-Minute Walk campaign (220 and counting!). To make the 10-Minute Walk goal a reality, cities are establishing their own goals and making commitments to ensure everyone has equitable access to a great park. Join us for a webinar and interactive panel discussion on how your city can make a 10-Minute Walk commitment. Staff from NRPA and The Trust for Public Land will share a framework, walk through steps, and be available to answer your questions. 

    This webinar is a part of the 10-Minute Walk Learning Series. By signing up for this webinar, you will be enrolled in this subscription. To be removed, please notify onlinelearning@nrpa.org

    Jared Mummert

    Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jared Mummert is a Program Specialist at NRPA, working on the 10-Minute Walk campaign. As a graduate in Environmental Law and Policy from Unity College, he is dedicated to environmental justice issues. Prior to his time at NRPA, Jared worked as a political and community outreach organizer on multiple campaigns, including organizing farmers in Maryland to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act, engaging Colorado voters in the 2014 midterm election, and connecting low-income families to national parks. He has also served in the Student Conservation Association, AmeriCorps, and the National Park Service as park ranger for multiple sites, including Grand Teton National Park. As an avid outdoorsman and public lands advocate, Jared is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to quality open spaces.

  • 2019 Premier Webinar Subscription

    Contains 2 Product(s)

    Subscribe to the 2019 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2017 with continued access to the archived recordings and materials.

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    Subscribe to the 2019 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2018 with continued access to the archived recordings and materials. NRPA's free Premier webinar series addresses timely and relevant topics within the park and recreation field. The webinars are free to our premier members. The Premier Webinar series occurs on the second Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. ET.


    2019 Schedule

    The ADA is 27 Years Old in 2019... Are you Celebrating Yet?
    January 10, 2019 2:00pm ET 
    Why and How you Should Conduct Evaluation Surveys
    July 11, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Congressional Preview: What to Expect from this Congress for Parks and Recreation
    February 14, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Parks and Recreation Hot Topics
    August 8, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Innovation Lab: Resilient Parks * 
    March 14, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Aquatics - Preparing for 2020 Summer Staff * 
    September 12, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Park Champions: Bring Capitol Hill to a Park Near You
    April 11, 2019 2:00pm ET 
    Imagine Your Park Without Water - Protecting and Conserving Water Resources
    October 10, 2019 2:00pm ET 
    Marketing and Public Relations Trends
    May 9, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Annual Review of Research Findings
    November 14, 2019 2:00pm ET
    LGBTQ/Parks for Inclusion *
    June 13, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Playgrounds - From Planning to Opening Day and Beyond *
    December 12, 2019 2:00pm ET

    These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • Congressional Preview: What to Expect from this Congress for Parks and Recreation

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 02/14/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Join us to learn from NRPA's Public Policy Team how congressional committees in the House relevant to park and rec priorities have now shifted in leadership and priorities and what pieces of legislation may be moving this year.

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    This Valentine's Day, let's not lose heart on what we can accomplish together in working with our elected officials!

    The 2018 mid-term elections resulted in the Democratic Party gaining control of the House of Representatives and the Republican Party maintaining their majority in the Senate. Join us to learn from NRPA's Public Policy Team how congressional committees in the House relevant to park and rec priorities have now shifted in leadership and priorities and what pieces of legislation may be moving this year. And, as always, how your advocacy is needed to support policy decisions being made in DC and ways to engage your elected officials back home!

    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. 

    Jayni Rassmussen

    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.

    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.

  • Pollinator Protection and Outreach Strategies: Multiple Methods that Make a Difference

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 02/07/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Join us as we discuss the importance of pollinator protection and strategies that are being successfully employed across North America.

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    Join us as we discuss the importance of pollinator protection and strategies that are being successfully employed across North America. This webinar brings together a panel of experts representing both agencies and grassroots initiatives that approach pollinator protection in very different ways. In this webinar we hope that you share your own successes and come away with practical ideas and methods to get the word out regarding the importance of pollinators.

  • Insider Tips: Becoming a CPRP!

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Looking to advance in your career? This free webinar will show you how easy it is to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP)!

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    Looking to advance in your career? This free webinar will show you how easy it is to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), explain the career benefits of continuing education and provide insider tips from the CPRP/CPRE Committee Chair on the benefits of this certification. You will also learn how to get the CPRP Prep Course for free ($250 value) by applying by February 28, 2019. You will leave this webinar feeling confident and ready to achieve the CPRP certification.

    Molly Sullivan

    Certification Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Molly Sullivan, is the Certification Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. In this role Molly provides assistance to professionals who are currently maintaining their professional certification, or seeking to obtain certification.  Molly received her Bachelors of Arts in Communications from George Mason University. She has been working for and volunteering with historical and agricultural parks in Northern Virginia for most of her life. Molly currently volunteers as an adult leader for the Hoofers and Heifers 4-H Club, out of Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Virginia, furthering her passion for educating youth and the public about agricultural traditions.

    Jill Geller, CPRE

    Executive Director, Johnson County Park & Recreation District

    Jill Geller has been employed by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) in Johnson County, Kansas for more than 30 years.  She currently serves as the agency’s Executive Director.

    Jill attended the University of Kansas where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education.  Prior to her role as Executive Director, Jill served in numerous capacities at JCPRD.  Always dedicated to the promotion of health and wellness, she previously led the agency’s wellness department, served as the Executive Director of the Kansas City Corporate Challenge and was JCPRD’s Superintendent of Recreation.

    Jill served as the recreation branch chair, treasurer, and president of the Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA) and, in 2017, was recognized as KRPA’s Distinguished Fellow.  She is a member of the Kansas Governor’s Council on Fitness and is active at the national level as the Chair of the National Recreation and Park Association’s Certification Committee and as a member of the National Certification Board.  Jill is a Certified Park and Recreation Executive.

    As JCPRD’s Executive Director, Jill leads an agency serving a community of nearly 600,000.  JCPRD employs more than 200 full-time and 1,500 part-time employees, manages approximately 10,000 acres, welcomes more than 7.8 million visitors to its parks each year, and hosts more than 2.5 million recreation program participations.  In 2017, JCPRD was the recipient of the prestigious National Gold Medal Award.

    In her spare time, Jill loves long-distance walking, short-distance running J, visiting area parks and trails, and spending time with her husband and three sons.

  • The ADA is 27 Years Old in 2019… Are You Celebrating Yet?

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered Recorded On: 01/10/2019

    In this ever-changing federal environment, parks and recreation staffs wonder how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has changed. This webinar will answer questions about accessibility that remain and how decisions are made regarding the trends in accessibility.

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    In this ever-changing federal environment, parks and recreation staffs wonder how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has changed. What is the perspective of the US Attorney General regarding the ADA? Are new regulations being issued? Has enforcement ground to a halt? What plans exist, if any, for addressing fitness machine access and single-rider golf cars? What is the status of rulemaking on trails, campsites, beaches, and picnic areas? Are website standards ever going to be issued? What enforcement trends apply to making recreation programs accessible? These and other topics will be reviewed in this webinar.

    John McGovern

    President, Recreation Accessibility Consultants LLC

    McGovern has spoken about access and inclusion at training events in 43 states. He is recognized nationally as the leading expert on the application of the ADA to public parks and recreation. McGovern is the President of Recreation Accessibility Consultants LLC (RAC), established in 2008. RAC is one of the companies under the umbrella of W-T Engineering, one of the premier engineering firms in Illinois. RAC advises local parks and recreation agencies, cities, counties, states, and private entities regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act with regard to existing buildings and sites, new buildings and sites, and inclusive recreation support.

  • Marketing and Communications: Implementation

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.4 credits offered

    Through this course you will form an understanding of the various development and distribution channels and an overview of creative strategy that are available to meet your marketing and agency needs.

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    Part of NRPA's Marketing and Communications Certificate, this implementation course takes a deeper dive into a part of the strategic marketing plan describing tactical directions for marketing. Through this course you will form an understanding of the various development and distribution channels and an overview of creative strategy that are available to meet your marketing and agency needs. You will be able to take away from this course a strategy and a toolkit for tactically delivering your message. 

  • Branding Parks & Rec: How to Get Your Entire Staff to Be Brand Ambassadors

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/13/2018

    It can’t just be the marketing department’s job to make sure your parks department’s brand, identity and vision are portrayed consistently. Everyone on staff has to represent what you stand for in a consistent way.

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    It can’t just be the marketing department’s job to make sure your parks department’s brand, identity and vision are portrayed consistently. Everyone on staff has to represent what you stand for in a consistent way. Using Apex Park and Recreation District as a successful case study, we will explore why and how they updated their agency’s identity, brand messaging and website, and how they got the whole staff to buy-in. You will walk away from this webinar with the knowledge and confidence you need to get your entire department on the same page when it comes to verbally and visually representing your agency to your community, press and public officials.

    Matt Brubaker

    Marketing Director, National Recreation and Park Association

    Matt Brubaker has been with NRPA since 2013 and is currently the Director of Marketing. Matt is responsible for managing NRPA’s brand and visual identity, developing and implementing short-term and long-term strategic marketing campaigns, raising awareness for NRPA’s professional offerings and working in tandem with NRPA’s award-winning marketing, communications and magazine team. He manages the promotion of NRPA’s Annual Conference, membership recruitment, professional development, certification, research and other initiatives. Matt is also an avid outdoorsman, dog lover and a proud Hokie.

    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.

    Katie Groke Ellis

    Director of Marketing, Communications and Community Outreach, Apex Park and Recreation District

    Katie Groke Ellis is currently the Director of Marketing, Communications and Community Outreach at the Apex Park and Recreation District. Previously, she was a Senior Associate at SE2 and Director of Communications and Marketing for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. She is the former National Program Manager at The White House Project and has a background in recruiting and training women to run for office, managing comprehensive communications campaigns and organizing the community to take action. A graduate of the University of Wyoming where she played on a soccer scholarship, Katie has worked with the NCAA, Choice USA, Springboard Enterprises and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Katie has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Katie also sits on the Board of Directors for the Arvada West High School Foundation, the Arvada Vitality Alliance and the Arvada Chamber of Commerce.

  • Commit to Health and Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiatives

    Contains 15 Component(s)

    This free product registers you for access to all past and future Commit to Health and Healthy Out-of-School time initiative virtual training, webinars, and other resources.

    imageThis Commit to Health and Healthy Out-of-School time subscription provides you access to all content related to NRPA's Commit to Health Initiative. This product includes the archive of all past webinar recordings, links to handouts and other resources, and you will be automatically enrolled and notified of any future webinars or training related to this initiative.

    *Note: please email onlinelearning@nrpa.org if you wish to unsubscribe to this series.

    Upcoming Webinars

    Partnership and Coalition Building to Address Barriers to Access and Engagement

    December 12, 2018 @ 2:00 PM (EST)

    Healthy habits are important in out-of-school time programs, but creating an environment in which the community as a whole is benefiting and supporting the success of our youth is key. This webinar will focus on building and strengthening relationships within your community to ensure that everyone has access to the benefits of parks and recreation, and is achieving health equity. Our speakers will look at barriers to access and solutions to these issues, as well as successful partnership models that can be replicated in your own community. Communities have the power to take steps toward health equity – learn how with us!

    Allison Colman

    Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Allison Colman is a Program Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association on the Health and Wellness team.  Allison joined NRPA in 2015 and oversees the out-of-school time portfolio, including NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign and efforts to reduce childhood hunger through the USDA Child Nutrition programs. Allison also manages NRPA Parks for Inclusion initiative. Prior to joining NRPA, Allison worked in the recreation field facilitating health and wellness programs across all populations.  Combined with her work in other non-profits and organizations, Allison has extensive experience in public health and wellness program management and preventative health initiatives.   

    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. 

    Ava DeBovis

    National Network Manager

    Ava DeBovis serves as National Network Manager for the Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Ava is responsible for supporting the Alliance's national partnerships with the National Recreation and Parks Association and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, as well as providing technical assistance and resources for out-of-school time sites as they work to achieve the National Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards. She has a degree in Political Science from the College of Charleston and is a proud AmeriCorps VISTA alumnae. Ava enjoys long walks through Maryland parks with her dog Penny and exploring Virginia farmers markets for new varieties of fruits and vegetables.

    Daniel Hatcher

    National Out-of-School Time Advisor

    Daniel W. Hatcher serves as National Out-of-School Time Advisor for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. At the Alliance, Daniel is responsible for managing and delivering technical assistance services and resources for out-of-school time sites as they work to achieve National Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards. Daniel has a BA in International Relations and a Masters of Public Health, both from Western Kentucky University. Daniel regularly blogs on topics relevant to healthy afterschool at https://host.healthiergeneration.org/new__notable/.

    Lane Gram

    Mesa Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities

    Lane Gram is a Recreation Supervisor of adaptive programs, youth programs, and volunteers for the City of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. She has over 15 years of professional experience encouraging people of all abilities to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. Lane is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Therapy from the University of Iowa.

    Anne Marie Kuchera

    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

    Anne Marie Kuchera, MS, MA, RD, LPC, currently serves as Director of Community Health for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC where her responsibilities include identifying health needs of the community and integrating services between community-based and hospital systems that address these needs, with particular attention to the social, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence health – factors such as access to care, preventive health, food and nutrition, family supports, and active living.  

    Amy Jewett

    San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services

    Amy Jewett has worked in the recreation field for six years and has been a part of the City of San Jose's Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services department for the last four years. Amy has her B.S. in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology, where she focused her education on healthy recreation throughout the lifespan. Although Amy began her career working with older adults, she recently moved to youth programming, helping to manage the out-of-school time programs at a citywide level. Amy is also certified in multiple evidence-based fitness programs and is a Master Trainer for Enhance Fitness. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time outdoors and reading. 

    Stacey McDaniel

    Anti-Hunger Initiatives Specialist and National Spokesperson, YMCA of the USA

    Stacey McDaniel is the Anti-Hunger Initiatives Specialist and National Spokesperson at the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA).  Since 2013, she has worked to grow and enhance the national efforts of the Y in ending child hunger, offering assistance and guidance to local Ys to strengthen child nutrition programs across the country. McDaniel collaborates with national partners to better address childhood food insecurity, and implements innovative meal program ideas/models across the Y national movement to help better address youth hunger in local communities. During her tenure, the Y has expanded its anti-hunger work, piloting a national peer mentor system and increasing number of youth served per year by 131% and number of meals served per year by 165%. In 2016, nearly 487,000 youth received over 19 million healthy meals and snacks at more than 3,500 sites through the Y’s Year Round Food Program.

    Amy Rauworth

    Physical Activity and Disability, Lakeshore Foundation and National Centers on Health

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    Art Hendricks

    Equity & Inclusion Manager | Equity & Inclusion Office Portland Parks & Recreation

    Mr. Hendricks serves as the Equity and Inclusion Manager for Portland Parks & Recreation and has over twenty-five years of experience working in the field of diversity development, equity and/or inclusion that spans the private, non-profit and public sectors. His experience includes developing marketing and public participation processes designed to increase the involvement of communities of color in city programs and decision making process and working with key stakeholders to develop policy and culturally specific programs that increase access and improve outcomes for youth and families of color.
    Currently, Mr. Hendricks is responsible for the Equity and Inclusion Office for Portland Park & Recreation which is responsible for assisting the organization develop culturally responsive programs and activities for communities of color and immigrant and refugee communities that include outreach and engagement of underrepresented communities including people of color and people living with disabilities

    Elyse Rylander

    Executive Director, OUT There Adventures

    Elyse holds a B.A. in Communication Arts, Gender Studies, and LGBT Studies from the University of Wisconsin.  She is also a Master of Arts in Adventure Education candidate at Prescott College.  She is the founder and Executive Director of OUT There Adventures and the co-organizer of the first ever LGBTQ Outdoor Summit. Elyse has been an outdoor educator and guide since 2006, is an American Canoe Association Sea Kayaking Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, and has training in motivational interviewing, trauma informed care, behavior management and de-escalation, and positive youth development. Elyse is also known for her unwavering work ethic and passionate defenses of the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin cheddar. 

    Stephanie Joyce

    National Nutrition Advisor at Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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    Lauren Marciszyn

    Specialist, Healthy Living for Early Childhood & Afterschool Programs at YMCA

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    Liz Rich

    Associate Director, Division of Youth and Family Services, Salt Lake City Corporation

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    John Lyman

    Community Program Manager, Salt Lake City Corporation

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    Dave Hobbs

    Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, Kent, Washington

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    Brian Steward

    City of Kent, Washington

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    Valerie Vaughn

    Liberty Park Market

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    Annette Shade-Accarrino

    Liberty Park Market

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    Kelly Chanay

    Kansas State Department of Education

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    Jared Mummert

    Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jared Mummert is a Program Specialist at NRPA, working on the 10-Minute Walk campaign. As a graduate in Environmental Law and Policy from Unity College, he is dedicated to environmental justice issues. Prior to his time at NRPA, Jared worked as a political and community outreach organizer on multiple campaigns, including organizing farmers in Maryland to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act, engaging Colorado voters in the 2014 midterm election, and connecting low-income families to national parks. He has also served in the Student Conservation Association, AmeriCorps, and the National Park Service as park ranger for multiple sites, including Grand Teton National Park. As an avid outdoorsman and public lands advocate, Jared is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to quality open spaces.