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  • 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.

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    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

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

    Contains 5 Component(s), 0.1 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 of Strategic Initiatives. 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

    Contains 5 Component(s), 0.1 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

    Program Manager, 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.

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    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. 

  • Economic Impact Study and Agency-Level Analysis

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/08/2018

    Hear the results of the newly released Economic Impact of Parks study conducted by the Center for Regional Analysis for NRPA.

    imageHear the results of the newly released Economic Impact of Parks study conducted by the Center for Regional Analysis for NRPA. The presenters will highlight economic activity and job creations resulting from the operations and capital spending of America’s local park and recreation agencies, including a review of the states where activity is the greatest. Further discussion will center on the additional ways that parks and recreation drives economic activity and how parks and recreation professionals and advocates can use these findings to support greater and more stable funding for their agencies.

    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.

    Mark White, PhD

    Deputy Director-Center for Regional Analysis, George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government

    Dr. White is the Deputy Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. Dr. White joined the Center in January 2016. He is currently serving as project lead on the creation of the Economic Growth and Diversification Plan for Region 7 (NOVA) in the GO Virginia initiative. Prior to joining the Center for Regional Analysis, Dr. White was the Vice President for Research at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) in Arlington, VA.

    During his 11 years at CREC, Dr. White managed a wide variety of economic and workforce development research and technical assistance projects across the United States and Canada. These projects include numerous industry cluster and value-chain analyses in Hawaii, Illinois, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. He also facilitated economic and workforce development planning initiatives in regions in North Carolina, Iowa, Texas and Ontario. He also supported the Georgia Governor's Office of Workforce Development's Work Ready Regions Initiative for four years by providing labor market information used to inform and shape regional workforce strategies. Dr. White’s training activities include developing and delivering curriculum related to data-driven, strategic planning for the US Economic Development Administration and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario. 

  • 10-Minute Walk: Upcoming Opportunities

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join representatives from NRPA, TPL, and ULI to find out what tools and support are available and how you can be involved in the campaign. Additionally, at the end of the webinar, NRPA will discuss and answer questions on the 10-Mintue Walk call for applications to provide $40,000 to 10 cities. Applications open on January 22nd, 2018.

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    On October 10th, 2017, NRPA, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), launched the 10-Minute Walk campaign to ensure there is a great park within a 10-minute walk of every person in every neighborhood, in every city across the country. Since then, more than 145 mayors and cities have signed-on as champions of park access and quality. In early 2018, the campaign moves into phase two, providing a framework and support for cities to reach their 10-Minute Walk goals. Join representatives from NRPA, TPL, and ULI to find out what tools and support are available and how you can be involved in the campaign. Additionally, at the end of the webinar, NRPA will discuss and answer questions on the 10-Minute Walk call for applications to provide $40,000 to 10 cities. Applications open on January 29th, 2018. 

    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!

    Bridget Stesney

    Senior Director, Content: Urban Land Institute

    Bridget Stesney recently joined ULI as Senior Director, Content and is leading ULI’s effort on the Ten-Minute Walk Campaign.   Bridget joins ULI after ten years working in the public sector for the District of Columbia for DC Public School and DC Parks + Recreation.  During her time in DC government, she led the development of the long-term planning and capital investment strategies for parks, recreation centers, and public schools.  Prior to that, Bridget worked for non-profits focused on smart growth and brownfields redevelopment.   

    Jen Patrick

    Director of Strategy, The Trust for Public Land

    As Director of Strategy, Jen works to develop and build support for The Trust for Public Land’s Parks for People programs nationwide, aligning those efforts with the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, which she oversees. With more than 20 years of experience in the environmental nonprofit sector, she has served as a consultant for The Climate Group, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Center for a New American Dream, and World Wildlife Fund, advising on program and fundraising strategies, organizing funder-led convenings, and conducting research. For several years, she oversaw grantmaking as a Program Officer at the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, which was focused at the time on land protection, climate change, and environmental advocacy. Jen holds an MA in Public Policy from the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.

    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.

  • CPRP Basic Learning Pack

    Contains 7 Product(s)

    The Basic CPRP Learning Pack includes: ​- CPRP Preparation Courses: Operations​ Finance​ Human Resources​ Programming​ Communications​ - CPRP Practice Examination​

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    The Basic CPRP Learning Pack includes:

    The Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Preparatory Courses supply professionals with the most effective CPRP certification preparation. The CPRP Online Prep Courses are designed as an intensive review program for professionals seeking the CPRP certification. The CPRP Learning Pack includes the Programming Module, Human Resource Module, Finance Module, Operations Module, Communication module, and the CPRP Practice Exam. Access is valid for 6 months from date of purchase.  Access is granted to the consumer only as a limited license and grants that user a non-transferable personal license to access and use the online learning center for the CPRP prep course and its content for personal, non-commercial use only.

  • CPRP: Four Letters; Unlimited Possibilities.

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/01/2018

    Join us for this webinar to learn first-hand how becoming a CPRP has benefitted so many others in the profession, and to learn some insider tips on how to apply and pass the exam. We will also explain how you can get a free CPRP Prep Course by applying by February 28, 2018.

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    Whether you want to make a bigger impact on your community, keep your expertise fresh, or improve your professional status, becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) will open the door to more and better opportunities. Join us for this webinar to learn first-hand how becoming a CPRP has benefitted so many others in the profession, and to learn some insider tips on how to apply and pass the exam. We will also explain how you can get a free CPRP Prep Course by applying by February 28, 2018.

    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.

    Karla Kelley, MS, CPRE

    Regional Manager, DC Department of Parks and Recreation

    Karla Kelley is a distinguished leader with a successful 20 year history of working at the intersection of community needs and assets, programmatic and policy solutions. Karla is the interim Therapeutic Recreation Manager with DC Department of Parks and Recreation and has worked for the department for 2 years.  She is responsible for the  programmatic, administrative and fiscal oversight of a citywide therapeutic recreation program,  She is a Certified Park and Recreation Executive and holds a Masters degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University. Karla's passion has culminated in more than 20 years of  professional work experience in the field of youth development, education and recreation management. Karla serves as a member of National Recreation and Parks Scholarship and Award Committee.