Catalog Advanced Search

Search by Categories
Search in Packages
Search by Format
Search by Type
Search by Date Range
Products are filtered by different dates, depending on the combination of live and on-demand components that they contain, and on whether any live components are over or not.
Start
End
Search by Keyword
Sort By
  • Great Urban Parks Campaign

    Contains 15 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/15/2018

    This product provides access to all archived and future learning material related to the Great Urban Parks Campaign and Green Infrastructure initiative.

    image

    NRPA, in collaboration with the American Planning Association (APA), created the Great Urban Parks Campaign to improve environmental and social outcomes in underserved communities through promoting and advancing green infrastructure stormwater management projects within parks. Green infrastructure uses natural processes to slow the flow of and filter water to protect and restore clean and healthy waterways. Additionally, it is an efficient way to increase community resilience by addressing stormwater runoff, reducing localized flooding, and increasing biodiversity and wildlife habitat while simultaneously providing communities increased access to recreational opportunities and to nature

    This subscription provides you instant access to all previous and upcoming webinars related to this important campaign. 

    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.

    Jenny Cox

    Conservation Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jenny Cox is a Program Specialist on the Conservation team at the National Recreation and Park Association. Jenny joined NRPA in 2016 and works on NRPA’s Great Urban Parks Campaign, promoting green stormwater infrastructure in parks. She also manages community engagement initiatives and leads NRPA’s Equity Advisory Panel. Prior to NRPA, Jenny worked at American Rivers assisting with restoration and green stormwater infrastructure projects, specifically in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

    David Rouse, FAICP, ASLA

    Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services, American Planning Association

    David Rouse is the Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services for the American Planning Association in Washington, DC. In this capacity he leads APA’s applied research programs, including the Planning Advisory Service and the three National Centers for Planning: Green Communities, Hazards Planning, and Planning and Community Health. David is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a registered landscape architect with over 30 years of experience in community planning and design.

    Lori Robertson

    Director of Conservation, National Recreation and Park Association

    As Director of Conservation at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Lori Robertson provides strategic direction and fundraising oversight for NRPA’s conservation portfolio. With background as a science educator in both public school and residential outdoor programs, Lori has spent her career working to connect young people with the natural world. She comes to NRPA from the Student Conservation Association where she led SCA’s national engagement strategy and created programs focused on providing urban residents with service, learning, and recreation opportunities on public lands. She is a graduate of the 2016 American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy, a current student at Georgetown University and mom to 3 year old River.

    Emily Clifton

    Senior Environmental Planner, Low Impact Development Center, Inc.

    Emily Clifton, AICP is Senior Environmental Planner and Scientist for the Low Impact Development Center, a national research organization that focuses on sustainable stormwater management solutions for urban and developing areas. Emily has over 15 years of experience in green infrastructure management and leads the Low Impact Development Center’s efforts on green infrastructure planning. She has an M.S. in Environmental Science and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Indiana University. She also holds a B.A. in Business Administration and a B.A in Philosophy from Austin College. Emily provides leadership on design manuals, training, outreach efforts, research, and plan development and review for the Low Impact Development Center. 

    Serda Ozbenian

    Conservation Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    As Conservation Program Manager Serda manages various programs at NRPA, including Wildlife Explorers. Serda has extensive experience as an environmental researcher, policy specialist, and educator with organizations such as the Earth Island Institute, Animal Welfare Institute, and Earthjustice. She was a 2015 Fulbright Fellow, holds an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University and was selected in 2010 as an Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leader.

    Robert Goo

    Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, US Environmental Protection Agency

    Robert Goo works in the Office of Water at the Environmental Protection Agency.  His primary focus is to promote the use of green infrastructure to manage runoff and protect and restore water resources.  In this capacity he works with state and local governments, NGOs, academia, and industry to assess and evaluate best management practices for stormwater management and encourage their implementation in a cost effective manner.    Robert also works on the development of voluntary codes and standards such Sustainable Sites, LEED, ASHRAE, and the National Green Building Standards.

    Na'Taki Osborne Jelks

    Co-Founder, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA)

    Dr. Na'Taki Osborne Jelks co-founded the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA), an urban, community-based organization of Proctor, Utoy, and Sandy Creek Watershed residents in Northwest and Southwest Atlanta, GA who are overburdened with environmental stressors and pollution, but often underrepresented at environmental decision-making tables. WAWA was established as a result of community efforts to halt discriminatory wastewater treatment practices in West Atlanta, and the organization has grown to become an impactful force in community-centered sustainable development.

    In addition to her community leadership and activism, Dr. Jelks is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

    Paula Conolly, AICP

    Director, The Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange

    Paula Conolly, AICP, is committed to making green stormwater infrastructure work in communities across North America. She is the Director of the Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange (Exchange), a peer learning network of municipalities, water utilities, and counties seeking to advance their green stormwater infrastructure programs. Prior to the Exchange, she led policy initiatives for Philadelphia’s renowned Green City, Clean Waters program, helping to change “business as usual” to implement over 30 acres of green stormwater infrastructure on vacant lands, parks, streets and private property.  Ms. Conolly helped to spearhead a state-of-the art drinking water protection program for the City of Philadelphia, helping to raise over $3M to improve and protect the Schuylkill River Watershed. Prior to that, Paula consulted on public health and environmental initiatives at Booz Allen Hamilton. Paula is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. 



    Claire Robinson

    Founder and Managing Director, Amigos de los Rios

    Claire Robinson is the Founder and Managing Director of Amigos de los Rios “the Emerald Necklace Group", a non-profit developing parks and open space and a regional green infrastructure network throughout disadvantaged areas of Los Angeles County. Claire's multi-disciplinary background and approach has led to the unique success of Amigos in creating culturally relevant open space. With a background in cultural history and planning, and the teaching and practicing of art and architecture. She currently serves as member of the USDA' National Urban & Community Forestry Advisory Council, and on the USFS Community Collaborative to guide development of the San Gabriel National Monument Planning process.

    Paul Taylor

    Chief of Capital Development for Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks

    Paul Taylor is a Landscape Architect by training and currently is serving as the Chief of Capital Development & Planning with Baltimore City Recreation & Parks.  A graduate of Queens University (Kingston) and the University of Toronto, Paul started his career in Parks in 1988 with the City of Mississauga – a suburban municipality of over 700,000 just west of Toronto, managing Park Development in the Community Services Department.  He moved to Atlanta in 2005 where he assisted with the early planning of the Atlanta BeltLine and served as the Director of Park Design with the City of Atlanta until 2014. 

    Jessica Brooks

    Manager of Green Stormwater Infrastructure Implementation Program at Philadelphia Water Department

    -

    Heather Sage

    Director of Community Projects, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

    Ms. Sage joined the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in May 2013 as the Director of Community Projects. She is responsible for working collaboratively with community partners on new and ongoing projects within the parks, providing project management and serving as a liaison between PPC and project stakeholders. Additionally, Ms. Sage manages government affairs, foundation relations, and community engagement opportunities, focusing on expanding ways that park volunteers, patrons and supporters can further grow the PPC mission and continue to benefit from the parks in their lives.

    Ruth Ayn Hocker, P.E.

    Stormwater Program Manager, City of Lancaster (PA)

    Ruth Ayn Hocker, P.E., D. WRE is the Stormwater Program Manager for the City of Lancaster, PA. She holds a bachelor degree in civil engineering technology from the Pennsylvania College of Technology and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She has a broad multi-disciplinary background including transportation design, low impact development, sustainable stormwater management design, stormwater management program development and municipal green infrastructure implementation. She currently oversees the operations of Lancaster City’s Stormwater and Wastewater Collections Programs.

    Jill Bankston

    Chief of Development, County of San Diego Parks and Recreation

    Jill Bankston is the Chief of Project Development for the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation. She manages a team of engineers, landscape architects and park professionals in the planning, design, and construction of new parks and park amenities.  Jill received her BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of California.  

    Matt Scharver

    Manager of Watershed Programs, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

    Matt Scharver is the Manager of Watershed Programs for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, coordinating various water quality programs with Sewer District member communities, including operation and maintenance of green infrastructure implementation under the Sewer District’s Project Clean Lake consent decree program to control combined sewer overflows in the greater Cleveland area. Additionally, he facilitates implementation of the Sewer District’s Regional Stormwater Management Program. He brings 17 years of field experience and stormwater management to the Sewer District and is both a Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC) and Certified Erosion, Sediment & Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI). 

    Travis Miller

    Regional Planning Manager, Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments

    Travis Miller is the Regional Planning Manager for the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI), the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the greater Cincinnati region.  Miller manages various agency programs and leads regional environmental planning efforts. Miller is a landscape architect with a Master of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the Ohio State University.  Miller also serves as an adjunct instructor for the University of Cincinnati School of Planning teaching courses on transportation and energy planning. 

    Laurence Wiseman

    Senior Adviser to the Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition

    Laurence Wiseman has worked "in the woods" for nearly four decades, most recently in urban forestry. After serving as founding president and CEO of American Forest Foundation, he chaired the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, and remains a senior adviser to the Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition

    Irene Ogata, PLA, CPM, ASLA, AzAPA

    Urban Landscape Manager, Public Information and Conservation Office, Tucson Water, City of Tucson

    Irene is involved in city wide landscape issues and policies involving public facilities and public health and wellness.  Currently she manages the Limited Income Rainwater Harvesting and the Neighborhood Scale Stormwater Harvesting Programs.  As a program that incorporates One Water goals of managing all water resources, multi-benefit goals from rainwater capture include improving community livability as it impacts human and environmental health; addressing urban heat island, water resources, nexus between water and energy and issues of climate change and social/environmental justice.    As a member of the Green Infrastructure Leadership Network, I was on a team of 3 other cities that recently collaborated to develop a Green Infrastructure and Health Manual.  

    Laura Connelly

    Environmental Park Projects Manager, Parks & People Foundation

    Laura Connelly is a project manager at the Parks & People Foundation, a non-profit in Baltimore City whose mission is to unite Baltimore through parks. She and her team work with stakeholders to deliver high-quality new parks and park improvements to Baltimore neighborhoods from engagement, visioning, and design, through permitting, implementation, and continuing sustainability. Prior to work on the parks program, she managed a multi-million dollar suite of urban stormwater retrofit/green infrastructure projects to improve water quality and provide uplift to City residents in disinvested neighborhoods. Before joining Parks & People, Laura worked at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as a stream biologist and then a planner in restoration financing and policy on the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. In addition to managing project design, permitting, and implementation, Laura works with public, private, and civic partners on policy and planning efforts to leverage social, economic, and environmental outcomes. Laura holds a B.S. in Biology from Washington College and an M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Hot Topic: Tackling the Opioid Crisis

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Stemming from the June 2018 Parks & Recreation article​, this webinar will discuss current national research defining the extent of opioid use and park and recreation professionals experiences with this national trend as it impacts their front line efforts.

    Webinar Icon

    There has been a lot of news and political attention currently being paid to a steady rise in American’s opioid use to what is now behind defined as an “Opioid Crisis” by political leaders. Stemming from the June 2018 Parks & Recreation article, this webinar will discuss current national research defining the extent of opioid use and park and recreation professionals experiences with this national trend as it impacts their front line efforts. Practical solutions will be shared along with suggested partnerships to help your agency get started in addressing this topic.

    Nick Pirelli

    Professor, Bridgewater State University

    Nick Pirelli is a professional educator and community leader who helps individuals and organizations discover their potential. He serves as a professor in both the Communications and Leisure Studies departments at Bridgewater State University.   He has held positions as a Campus Recreation Director, Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation, and mostly recently as Assistant Dean at Mount Ida College.  While as Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Canton, Nick served as Chairman of the Canton Alliance Against Substance Abuse.  He is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional and a Certified Emergency Manager. He is a member of the Association for Experiential Education and serves on the executive board of the Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association.  Nick holds a Master’s degree in Management, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication, which were both obtained from Bridgewater State University. 

    Shelly Strasser

    Director, West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation and Community Services Department

    Shelly Strasser is the Director for the West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation and Community Services Department located in the Milwaukee area in Wisconsin.  Their community has been affected by the Heroin and Opioid Crisis and has taken an active role in the community and with department staff, to implement strategies of support.  

    'Kinzie Lee

    Lead for Strategic Partnerships, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Office of Policy and Partnerships

    Commander Shannon (‘Kinzie) Lee, MPH serves in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Office of Policy and Partnerships as the Center’s Lead for Strategic Partnerships. She received a B.S. degree in Biology from Truman State University at Kirksville, Missouri and a MPH from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

    Commander Lee has 15 years of experience in public health, beginning her career in occupational health, food inspection and disease prevention as a Public Health Officer in the Air Force at Offutt Air Force Base (AFB), Nebraska and Edwards AFB, California. She originally joined the CDC in the Office of the Director’s Division of Issues Management and Executive Secretariat and moved to the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) in 2010. The last three years she served as the Deputy, Associate Director for Policy for NCBDDD. 

    ‘Kinzie excels in amplifying organizational processes—in her ten years at CDC she has re-designed/designed not only center-wide systems, but agency wide systems. She also has a strong background in strategic partnership development and engagement planning, gained from years of congressional and partner interactions. In an effort to continue to grow her personal interest in developing leaders and serving others she often uses human-centered design methods to help others develop solutions that both serve people and creatively accomplish goals.

  • Park Champions Initiative

    Contains 13 Component(s)

    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. 

    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

    -

    Julie Dixon

    Director of Research, National Journal

    -

    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

    -

    Wesley Trimble

    Program Outreach and Communications Manager, American Hiking Society

    -

    Jamie Polley, CPRP

    Director of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry, Wausau & Marathon County, Wisconsin

    Jamie Polley has recently become the Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry for the City of Wausau and Marathon County WI. She was the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Shakopee for 10 1/ 2 years. Prior to moving to MN She was the Director for the City of New London WI for four year. In 2011-2012 she attended the NRPA Director's School where she became familiar with the Did You Know Program. Having worked in a small WI City and coming to MN during the economic down turn it became apparent that she needed to do something to make Parks and Recreation important in her community. She brought the DYK program back to Shakopee and to the Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association where it was very well received and supported. The more she described the program the more other directors became interested. MRPA chose to support the program in 2014 and now has 29 agencies registered. Jamie plans to continue the advocacy effort that is so important to our profession as she returns to WI.

    Jan Neitzert, CPRP, CAE

    Executive Director, Missouri Park and Recreation Association

    Jan Neitzert has been Executive Director for the Missouri Park and Recreation Association since 2008. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Jan was a practitioner for over 25 years, including therapeutic, aquatic, municipal and educational settings. For 12 years, she served as General Manager for Homeowners' Associations in a series of start-up communities for Pulte Homes/Del Webb in Las Vegas, Nevada. Other positions include leadership of the Council of State Executive Directors and the Missouri Society of Association Executives. She is both CPRP and a Certified Association Executive.

  • Dynamic Partnerships: Creating a New Vision for Atlanta’s Parks

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    This Premier Webinar will bring together key players from the public and private sector who have been leading the development of this new vision for Atlanta. They will provide insight on how they engaged the support of elected officials and key city decision-makers and built upon an authentic community participation process.

    Atlanta’s parks are undergoing a remarkable transformation that is attracting nationwide attention. This Premier Webinar will bring together key players from the public and private sector who have been leading the development of this new vision for Atlanta. They will provide insight on how they engaged the support of elected officials and key city decision-makers and built upon an authentic community participation process. Their insights on what made their projects work, and what barriers they had to overcome will be invaluable to anyone who is working to develop a vision and implement innovative park projects and partnerships.

     This webinar will be a unique and engaging experience that will couple a pre-recorded panel discussion with an active chat experience in which the panelists will interactively engage with webinar participants to discuss the key takeaways of how their parks are transforming Atlanta. 

    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.

    Amy Phuong

    Commissioner, City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation

    Commissioner Phuong joined the City of Atlanta in 2010. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner in 2015, Amy served as Chief Service Officer for the City. As a double-graduate of Georgia Tech, Amy received her Masters in Business Administration, with a concentration in Technology, and Bachelors of Science in International Affairs, with Honors, and a Minor in Economics. 

    Under Commissioner Phuong's leadership, the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation has initiated numerous generational projects, including the Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry, Rodney Cook Sr. Park, the Piedmont Park Expansion, the Grant Park Gateway Project, and the recently completed Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center.

    Mark Banta

    President and CEO, Piedmont Park Conservancy

    As the President and CEO, Mark Banta provides strategic direction and leadership for the charitable nonprofit to reach its vision of making Piedmont Park a world class park. He leads the effort to enhance the Park through robust amenities, raising funds, and strengthening daily programs and operations.

      Prior to his role at Piedmont Park, Banta launched Klyde Warren Park as president of the Woodall Rogers Park Foundation and served as the general manager of Centennial Olympic Park.

    Michael Halicki

    Executive Director, Park Pride

    Michael joined Park Pride in 2013 as Executive Director, managing staff and programs, supporting the board, and leading fundraising, public relations, and program development efforts. He joined Park Pride from Southface, where he served as the organization’s first Chief Operating Officer. Michael has also held senior roles for nonprofits the Clean Air Campaign and the Georgia Conservancy. He earned his graduate degree in nonprofit management from Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. He is a graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, and was named among the "50 Influential Nonprofit Leaders" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2016 and 2017.

  • NRPA’s Great Urban Parks Campaign Grant Opportunity

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Want to implement green stormwater infrastructure as a climate resiliency strategy in your community? Join NRPA to learn more about this exciting grant opportunity!

    Great Urban Parks Campaign LogoWant to implement green stormwater infrastructure as a climate resiliency strategy in your community? Join NRPA to learn more about this exciting grant opportunity! The 2018 Great Urban Parks Campaign grant will support green stormwater infrastructure projects in underserved communities that: 

    1. Improve environmental quality including: enhanced water quality, increased climate resiliency through reduced flooding, improved ability of the site to hold and retain stormwater, improved and increased green space and wildlife habitat.
    2. Increase access to high quality park and recreation space within underserved communities, and increased access to related recreation, environmental education and green job opportunities.
    3. Create an engage community empowered to improve local environmental quality through green infrastructure solutions.

    The webinar will discuss goals of the grant, eligibility, application deadlines and answer any questions you may have!

    Note: This grant opportunity is a part of the Great Urban Parks Campaign Learning Subscription. If you do not wish to remain subscribed to content released by this campaign, please email onlinelearning@nrpa.org to unsubscribe.

    Jenny Cox

    Conservation Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jenny Cox is a Program Specialist on the Conservation team at the National Recreation and Park Association. Jenny joined NRPA in 2016 and works on NRPA’s Great Urban Parks Campaign, promoting green stormwater infrastructure in parks. She also manages community engagement initiatives and leads NRPA’s Equity Advisory Panel. Prior to NRPA, Jenny worked at American Rivers assisting with restoration and green stormwater infrastructure projects, specifically in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

    Lori Robertson

    Director of Conservation, National Recreation and Park Association

    As Director of Conservation at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Lori Robertson provides strategic direction and fundraising oversight for NRPA’s conservation portfolio. With background as a science educator in both public school and residential outdoor programs, Lori has spent her career working to connect young people with the natural world. She comes to NRPA from the Student Conservation Association where she led SCA’s national engagement strategy and created programs focused on providing urban residents with service, learning, and recreation opportunities on public lands. She is a graduate of the 2016 American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy, a current student at Georgetown University and mom to 3 year old River.

    Serda Ozbenian

    Conservation Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    As Conservation Program Manager Serda manages various programs at NRPA, including Wildlife Explorers. Serda has extensive experience as an environmental researcher, policy specialist, and educator with organizations such as the Earth Island Institute, Animal Welfare Institute, and Earthjustice. She was a 2015 Fulbright Fellow, holds an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University and was selected in 2010 as an Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leader.

    Heather Sage

    Director of Community Projects, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

    Ms. Sage joined the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in May 2013 as the Director of Community Projects. She is responsible for working collaboratively with community partners on new and ongoing projects within the parks, providing project management and serving as a liaison between PPC and project stakeholders. Additionally, Ms. Sage manages government affairs, foundation relations, and community engagement opportunities, focusing on expanding ways that park volunteers, patrons and supporters can further grow the PPC mission and continue to benefit from the parks in their lives.

  • How To Save Time and Money with Cooperative Purchasing

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/27/2018

    Explore how to take advantage of cooperative purchasing savings. Learn how your organization can be more strategic in its purchasing process with best practices and some parks and recreation success stories.

    image

    Is your organization getting the most value from your park and recreation spend? Learn how to take advantage of the savings and benefits of cooperative purchasing.  Hear from Jennifer Sulentic, Senior Program Manager with U.S. Communities, to learn how your organization can be more strategic in its purchasing process to help cut costs and save time. Jennifer will provide best practices and some parks and recreation success stories on how other agencies utilize cooperative purchasing to shorten project timelines and save valuable dollars with top-quality suppliers. Register today to help your agency start saving!

    Jennifer Sulentic

    Senior Program Manager, U.S. Communities

    -

  • Innovation Lab Oklahoma City: How Communities Can Attract Businesses: Parks Making the Case for Quality of Life.

    Contains 5 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 06/14/2018

    How do parks and recreation make an impact on regional economic competitiveness and quality of life? We know parks contribute significantly, but how does the private sector see us, and what tools and funding is out there to help ensure that our parks and recreational opportunities continue to drive economic development and attract, businesses, talent and visitors?

    imageHow do parks and recreation make an impact on regional economic competitiveness and quality of life?   We know parks contribute significantly, but how does the private sector see us, and what tools and funding is out there to help ensure that our parks and recreational opportunities continue to drive economic development and attract, businesses, talent and visitors? 


    Kevin Roth, PhD

    Vice President of Research and Professional Development, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin leads NRPA's collection and dissemination of data and insights for the park and recreation field. This includes setting NRPA's research agenda with 2 primary areas of focus: collection of performance benchmarks and development of key insights that make the case for increased funding support of park and recreation agencies through the lens of NRPA's three pillars: Conservation, Health and Wellness, and Social Equity.

    Kevin A. Roth joined NRPA in 2015 as Vice President of Research. Kevin leads the research team in its mission to create valuable data and insights for NRPA members and to support NRPA's strategic goals and tactics.

    Kevin has served in research functions in the nonprofit association space for two decades, including leading research at the Association for Financial Professionals for 13 years and running survey research activities at the National Association of Realtors for four years. Kevin has a PhD in Economics from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from St. Mary's College of Maryland.

    Terry Clower, PhD

    Northern Virginia Chair, Professor of Public Policy, Center for Regional Analysis, George Mason University

    Terry L. Clower is Northern Virginia Chair and Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. He is also director of GMU’s Center for Regional Analysis. The Center provides economic and public policy research services to sponsors in the private, non-profit and public sectors. Prior to joining GMU, he was director for the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas. Dr. Clower also spent 10 years employed in private industry in logistics and transportation management positions.

    Jessica Heer

    Senior Vice President Talent Attraction, Say Yes to Dallas

    Jessica leads the Dallas Regional Chamber's talent attraction initiative, Say Yes to Dallas, marketing the Dallas Region to attract and retain talented workers to start or continue a career in the Dallas Region.

    Michael Clark

    Director, Roanoke Parks and Recreation

    Michael is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional and Aquatic Facility Operator

    with 15 years of experience in municipal parks and recreation administration, park
    maintenance operations, recreation programming, marketing, event management,
    and operational reorganization and repurposing. Throughout his career, Michael has
    placed an increased focus on policy and procedure development, multijurisdictional
    cooperative agreements, program revenue creation, and community recreation
    programming, specifically in the areas of athletics, environmental education,
    and outdoor recreation. Michael also has experience working with local and state
    volunteer boards and commissions, including the Virginia Recreation and Park Society.
    In 2011, Michael was recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association
    with a network Young Professional Award.

    Pete Eshelmen

    Director of Outdoor Branding, Roanoke Regional Partnership

    Pete Eshelman is an outdoors guy. He developed roanokeoutside.com, founded the Blue Ridge Marathon – America’s Toughest Road MarathonHill Week, and the GO Outside Festival to help build brand recognition for outdoor recreation and increase recognition of the region as a place to live, work, and invest. His work has changed the region’s community narrative to one that places a high value on the outdoors.

    Andy Shapiro

    Corporate Location Advisory Expert, Managing Director, Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co

    Andy Shapiro heads the firm's location advisory practice from its San Francisco Bay Area office, helping clients translate their business objectives and strategic vision into rational, balanced location decisions. His primary responsibilities include site selection, feasibility economic impact analysis and market analysis. 

  • Innovative Trends in Dog Park Design and Management

    Contains 3 Component(s) 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

    -

  • Building Healthy Communities Through Parks and Recreation

    Contains 5 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 04/12/2018

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

    image

    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.

  • CPSI Preparation Bundle

    Contains 2 Product(s)

    The CPSI Prep Course Bundle includes the CPSI Preparation Course and the CPSI Practice Exam which will help prepare an individual to take the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination.

    image

    The CPSI Prep Course Bundle includes the CPSI Preparation Course and the CPSI Practice Exam which will help prepare an individual to take the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination. 

    The CPSI Preparation Course includes 8 online modules which will help prepare an individual to take the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination. The course provides rich, in-depth analysis of ASTM standards related to playground safety focused on the process of safety inspection from design, through audit and inspection, to maintenance and risk management practices. The course also provides learners with scenarios to apply their understanding of this material. 

    The CPSI Practice Exam  is a proven aid in helping to master material covered on the CPSI certification exam and to help you become more familiar with the exam system and testing style. The CPSI Practice Exam should be used as a study tool to help ensure you have a clear understanding of what to expect from the CPSI exam, as well as the content that will be covered on the examination. Utilizing the CPSI Practice Exam significantly improves your chances for success of the actual CPSI Exam.

    Once registered, you will have access to the course for 180 days. The course is worth 1.2 CEU upon completion of all course components.