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  • 10-Minute Walk Learning Series: Public Funding Opportunities

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 09/19/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Join us for a webinar and interactive panel discussion on ways to increase public financing to support improved and sustained park access and quality.

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    Time and time again residents of cities across the country show their support for parks and recreation by supporting bond measures, so how can you join this success and what other public funding strategies are there? Join us for a webinar and interactive panel discussion on ways to increase public financing to support improved and sustained park access and quality. We'll be joined by guest speakers who have successfully leveraged public funding strategies for their park agency as well as economists and policy experts whom have generated data, analysis, and funding mechanisms to successfully increase public financing. Bring your questions and ideas for a robust discussion around best practices you can use in your city

    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.

  • How HIPAA Applies to Your Recreation Agency

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 08/21/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    When it comes to personal information, especially health data, maintaining privacy for the families in the communities you serve is of the utmost importance.

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    As a park and recreation department, you may only collect basic details like contact information and dates of birth at registration, but you might also collect additional details like medical history, so you can support participants in a crisis. 

    Whether you’re required to be HIPAA-compliant or not, being aware of the guidelines set out by HIPAA ensures your organization gives the proper attention to privacy and security so that participant data is always protected.

    Meggi Mah

    Account Executive, ePACT Sales Team

  • NRPA Directors School 2019

    Contains 32 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The NRPA Directors School is an exclusive two-year professional development opportunity that prepares new and potential park and recreation directors to be effective leaders. The 2019 school will be held August 18-22. Register Today!

    Directors School LogoThe NRPA Directors School is an exclusive two-year professional development opportunity that prepares new and potential park and recreation directors to be effective leaders. Students who complete the program will leave with the knowledge and confidence to face emerging challenges, improve operations and maximize positive impact on their communities.

    August 18-22, 2019

    Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook, Illinois

    2019 Schedule

    Year One Students

    Year one students must first apply, then register for the school.

    Apply For Year One

    Year Two Students

    Only students who have completed year one can register for year two.

    Register For Year Two

    Scholarship Opportunities

    Toro Scholarships

    ToroFive $975 year-one student and five $975 year-two student scholarships are available through the generosity of The Toro Company and The Toro Foundation. Applications will be accepted until June 14, 2019. Notifications will be made by June 21. 2019.

    Apply Now

    John C. Potts Scholarships

    The AIPE/American Academy Foundation will be accepting applications for the John C. Potts Leadership Development Scholarship for the 2020 Directors School in the Spring of 2020.

     

    Key Subjects Covered

    Leadership Development           

    • Building a Responsive Team
    • Leadership for Diversity and Cultural Awareness
    • Developing a new generation of park and recreation directors
    • Creating a High-Performance Agency
    • Community Leadership

    Strategy              

    • Creating a Strategy Focused Organization
    • Creating a Data Driven Organization
    • Going from Information to Inspiration    

    Budget and Finance       

    • Business Management Strategies for Financial Stability
    • Philanthropic Funding for Capital Projects and Programming
    • Developing Capital Improvements Programs and Financing
    • Developing Financial Plans and Solutions
    • Leveraging Outside Plans and Solutions

    Directors Role in the Political Environment        

    • Navigating Successfully in a Political Environment
    • Building Resilient Communities
    • Director's Role in Advocacy
    • Directors Role in Community Development
    • Conservation

    Responding to Changing Communities 

    • Responding to Community Needs
    • Environmental Sustainability and Climate
    • Crisis Management
    • Three Pillars Defining the Future
    • Innovation and Creativity
    • Parks and Recreation as a Partner in Community Health

     

    Who Should Attend?

    This two-year program is perfect for

    • Current park or recreation directors;
    • Current park or recreation assistant/deputy directors; and
    • Mid-level managers being groomed for a park and recreation director position.

     

    What Do Graduates Say?

    “To reach my goal to become a P&R Director and compete in the ultra-competitive recruitment process, I needed every edge possible. Directors School helped me gain that edge. It provided me basic knowledge and tools to use, demonstrated to the hiring City Manager that I was dedicated to the industry and gave me the confidence to share my skills at the highest level. If it’s your desire to become a P&R Director, you should be at this school.” --former participant

    “This has been an awesome and wonderful experience. I only wish I had attended sooner. The classmates, instructors, accommodations and observers were great. The diversity of the school is an invaluable asset as practices, views, philosophies, differences, and commonalities are all brought together for the enrichment of all. My spark is now a healthy flame that is burning bright and hot and my aim is to re-light the flame in those I manage and lead in hopes of motivating in spite of our challenges. Thank you NRPA for a wonderful experience.” --former participant

    “The expertise offered during Directors School is exceptional and the networking opportunity is invaluable.” --former participant

    For more information about the program content, contact customer service at customerservice@nrpa.org

    CANCELLATION POLICY: A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged for cancellation at any time up to 30 days prior to the school. No refunds will be offered for cancellation requests received after July 26, 2019 except in cases of military deployment, or medical emergency, which must be documented. If documented, a registration credit will be applied towards the 2020 Directors School registration fees.  


    Jesús Aguirre

    Superintendent, Seattle Parks and Recreation

    Jesús Aguirre has served as the Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation since June 2015. Aguirre began his career as a middle school science teacher in Los Angeles in the 1990s and most recently, served as the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia. Prior to that role, Aguirre served as the director of the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation. Aguirre is a proud father of three children attending public schools. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the WP Carey School of Business at the Arizona State University.

    Bobbi Nance

    President, Recreation Results

    Bobbi Nance is the founder of Recreation Results where she helps teams find value in their data, capitalize on trends, implement strategy, and push innovative thinking to increase their impact in the communities where they work. Bobbi's presented hundreds of workshops across North America all focused on breaking down complex topics and sharing practical approaches to putting them to use.

    Carolyn McKnight, CPRP

    President and CEO, Eagle Methods, LLC

    Most recently served as the CEO of the Baton Rouge Parks and Recreation Department. Served over 26 years in various governmental and non-profit entities. Served as Executive General Manager for the Business Development and Procurement Services, Director of Fleet and Facilities Services, Assistant Department Director of Park and Recreation and Interim Director of Aviation for the City of Dallas, Texas. She managed financial affairs for large and mid-size units ranging from $55 million to $170 million-dollars.

    Barbara Heller

    President, Heller and Heller Consulting, LLC

    Barbara Heller is President of Heller and Heller Consulting, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in state and local government, primarily in the parks and recreation industry.  Her areas of specialty include: strategic planning, master planning, service quality assessments, operational/organizational reviews, leadership development, facilitation of public input processes, and staff training with clients all over the United States.

    She has additional consulting experience with Sasaki Associates and PROS Consulting and has been performing client focused consulting engagements for 10 years.

    Previous to consulting experience, Barbara spent over 30 years working at the local government level with a variety of park systems.   She was the Executive Director of the Naperville Park District in Naperville, Illinois and the Executive Director of the Elk Grove, Illinois Park District. Heller has held other positions with municipal government organizations in Arlington, TX, Montgomery County, MD and Prince William County, VA.  All of her experience has been with park systems.

    Her education background includes a master’s degree in public administration from the American University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University.  

    Michael Kirschman

    City of Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Department

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    Dr. Ana Alvarez

    Deputy General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District

    Ana M. Alvarez serves as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the East Bay Regional Park District, the largest local park agency in the United States with 25 million visitors per year in the San Francisco Bay Area. She leads cross-disciplinary efforts in planning for a new generation of parklands, strategic organizational adaptation and climate resiliency.  Ana contributes to the local, state and national conversations on the role of parks today in addressing complex issues. Her professional accomplishments epitomize proactive and meaningful civic engagement, community building based on public’s trust and sustainability planning based on science, which she believes are paramount for the vibrancy of healthy communities. 

    Janet Bartnik, CPRP

    Director of Parks and Recreation, Liberty Parks and Recreation

    Early in her tenure in Liberty, Janet Bartnik displayed her talent for developing innovative partnerships by engaging four community partners in a project to study and strategically plan to address childhood obesity through a Healthy Communities Research Group project. She has worked with the Liberty Park Board to develop a new vision, mission, and capital project plan for the Department and has worked with the Liberty Parks and Recreation Charitable Fund to receive public charity status.

    For a decade prior to joining Liberty's team, Bartnik was the Director in Raymore, MO, a fast-growing community of 15,000 south of Kansas City. Janet has been aggressive in seeking alternative strategies for funding, land acquisition, and had developed a recreation program for Raymore which had previously only had parks.

    Janet's commitment to the field of Parks and Recreation is evident in her involvement with a wide range of professional associations. She has served the profession in the following capacities:

    • MPRA – President 2011-12, Board Member, Study and Research Chair, Long Range Planning Committee, Leadership Development Institute Charter Regent
    • NRPA – Administrators Network Chair 2015-16, Annual Conference Program Committee 2016-present
    • American Academy for Parks and Recreation Administration member
    • Board of Regents, Rocky Mountain Revenue and Management School for 5 years, Chair in 2012
    • Lyle B Beaver Leadership Development Institute Board of Regents
    • Member of the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and campus visitor

    Bartnik holds a B.S. in Exercise Science and an M.S. in Sport Management from Virginia Tech University.

    Seth Hendler-Voss, RLA

    Director, Prince William County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism

    Seth Hendler-Voss is the Parks and Recreation Director for Prince William County, Virginia. Hendler-Voss came to Prince William County from Canton, NC, where he served as the Town Manager. While there, he led several successful parks and recreation initiatives and community development programs, raised more than $3 million in private donations and grants, and obtained a $350,000 grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. Previously, Hendler-Voss worked as the Principal Landscape Architect and then the Planning and Development Manager for the City of Asheville's Parks and Recreation Department. Before that, he worked as the Principal Landscape Architect for the City of Atlanta's Office of Park Design.

    Mark J. Maciha, Ed.D.

    Director, Park Ranger Training Program

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    Lemuel P. Randolph

    Director, Parks and Recreation Department, Arlington, TX

    Lemuel Randolph came to Arlington in 2014 from the City of McKinney where he served as the Director of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces. With a total of 20 years of experience directing municipal parks and recreation departments, Randolph has also worked for the cities of Missouri City, Sugar Land and San Bernardino.

    Randolph was named parks director in McKinney in 2007. Under his leadership, the city opened the first phase of Bonnie Wenk Park, featuring the city's first dog park, hike-and-bike trails, a 30,000-square-foot skate park. He also supervised an agreement with Plano Sports Authority to create a 90,000-square-foot recreation building at Gabe Nesbitt Community Park.

    Other accomplishments include the acquisition of more than 550 acres for future city parks and the development of 12 neighborhood parks, while at the City of McKinney.

    Dirk Richwine

    CAPRA Commissioner, NRPA Directors School Director

    Philip Silva, PhD

    Manager of Continuing Education and Evaluation, Institute of Urban Parks Central Parks Conservancy

    Dr. Philip Silva is an environmental researcher, advocate, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. Philip is the co-founder of TreeKIT, an initiative helping city dwellers measure, map, and collaboratively manage urban forests. He also works with Farming Concrete on efforts to help community gardeners throughout the world measure all the good things happening in their gardens. He is an essayist and podcast producer at The Nature of Cities, a website publishing original content on cities as ecological spaces, and he consults as a program evaluator for various urban agriculture initiatives in Brooklyn.

    Philip has worked with many of New York City’s most celebrated environmental stewardship organizations, including Sustainable South Bronx, the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Just Food, New York Restoration Project, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, and Trees New York. He is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and a certified practitioner of Dialogue Education.

    A native of the City of Newark who grew up on the Jersey Shore, Philip is passionate about the history, ecology, and industrial landscape of the New York Harbor Region. Philip holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a masters degree in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from The New School, where he currently serves as a part-time lecturer.

    Maura E. Lout

    Executive Director, Institute for Urban Parks Central Park Conservancy

    Ms. Lout oversees the Institute’s work to provide thought leadership and professional development programming to urban park professionals. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she developed and managed strategy and programming for a variety of organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, The Museum of the City of New York and New Yorkers for Parks.

    Kevin Roth, PhD

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

    Kevin A. Roth is NRPA's Vice President of Professional Development, Research and Technology. Kevin leads the research team in its mission to create valuable data and metrics that enhance park and recreation agency performance and make the case for increased and more stable agency funding. Kevin also guides the development of innovative in-person and online educational offerings for professionals that advance parks and recreation in their communities. He also oversees the team delivering IT and web services to the association.

    Kevin has served in research and leadership functions in the nonprofit association space for more than two decades, including overseeing both research and IT at the Association for Financial Professionals for 13 years and conducting survey research at the National Association of Realtors for four years. Kevin has a Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

    Josh Yavelberg, PhD

    Director of Professional Development; National Recreation and Park Association

    Josh Yavelberg, Ph.D., is the Director of Professional Development for NRPA. His background has been in design and higher education, where he completed his degree from George Mason University. Josh focuses his attention toward developing education utilizing contemporary adult learning theories. Josh is highly interested in ePortfolios, educational games, and increasing engagement in lifelong learning aligned with individual career pathways.

  • 10-Minute Walk Learning Series

    Contains 15 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 08/15/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    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.

    Land Acquisitions and Joint-Use Agreement Webinar

    July 18, 2019 @ 2:00 PM 

    Join 10-Minute Walk park professionals and advocates to discuss all things park access and quality! Each network call will be based on the last webinar in the 10-Minute Walk Learning Series. Bring your questions, comments, and strategies, and engage in the conversation with other professionals committed to enhancing park access and quality in their cities. An agenda with discussion questions will be posted to the 10-Minute Walk group on NRPA Connect.

    Rachel Banner

    Director of Park Access 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.

    Frank Carson, MS

    Director of Recreation El Cajon, CA

    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.

    Benita Hussain

    Director of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, Trust for Public Land

    Benita Hussain is the Director of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, for which she is leading the strategic direction and broader marketing efforts.  A former corporate lawyer, she has 15 years of experience in sustainability, urban policy, and communications.  As an advisor to Mike Bloomberg in his role as UN Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, she developed his policy agenda and the Global Compact of Mayors, the world’s largest coalition of cities pledged to fight climate change.  Prior, she led late-Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s Greenovate Boston campaign -- a community-based initiative designed to promote climate action and to raise Boston’s profile as a green leader – and launched Boston’s first residential composting program.  She joins TPL from the Wildlife Conservation Society, where she led a $10 million division devoted to climate change, food systems, and sustainable finance.  Benita holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School, and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Cornell University and has written for Outside Magazine, SIERRA, and the Boston Globe, among others.

    Dr. Clement Lau, AICP

    Departmental Facilities Planner, Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation

    Dr. Clement Lau, AICP, has 20 years of professional experience in urban and regional planning.  Currently, Dr. Lau is a Departmental Facilities Planner with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, where he works on a variety of park planning projects.  He was the project manager on the Los Angeles Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment, and the Community Parks and Recreation Plans.  He holds a doctorate and master’s in urban planning from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

    Joe Lovell

    GIS Data Administrator, Denver Parks and Recreation

    Joe Lovell is the GIS Data Administrator for Denver Parks & Recreation.  Joe has a B.S Degree in Geographic Sciences from James Madison University and over 15 years experience developing spatial databases, performing analysis, and producing cartographic maps.  Joe began working in parks planning in 2008, launching the department’s comprehensive GIS system and advancing the use of data for capital improvement planning.  Joe has recently led projects focusing on the condition of park assets and access to recreation facilities in underserved communities.  As a frequent park user, Joe knows the value parks and open spaces bring to every community.

    TJ McCourt

    Planning Supervisor, City of Raleigh Parks Department

    TJ McCourt (AICP) manages strategic and long-range planning for the City of Raleigh Parks Department. He holds a JD in Environmental & Land-Use Law from the University of Florida as well as a Masters in Urban Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His professional work involves analyzing the City of Raleigh’s open space goals from a systems perspective, exploring how parks and recreation fit into a broader context of city planning, natural resources, social equity, and public health. 

    Matt Moffa

    Project Manager, The Trust for Public Land

    Matt Dixit Moffa is a Project Manager on The Trust for Public Land’s Research and Innovation Team.  Matt works with communities to create plans for parks, trails, and open space.  His work frequently involves convening local stakeholders, community engagement, and survey design.  He is fascinated by the intersection of technical analysis and community input that he encounters in his work. 

    Prior to joining The Trust for Public Land, Matt worked for planning firms in California and New Mexico conducting community engagement, GIS analysis, landscape design, and writing planning documents.  Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Between degrees, Matt spent two years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, leading projects related to agroforestry, conservation farming, and HIV/AIDS education.

    Carlos Perez, PLA

    President, Perez Planning + Design LLC

    Carlos F. Perez, PLA is the president of Perez Planning + Design, LLC (PP+D), a research-based planning and design firm in Atlanta, Georgia that specializes in Parks and Recreation System Planning + Design and Active-Transportation Planning + Design. Carlos has consulted with over 50 municipalities throughout the United States. He also speaks regularly at conferences sharing his experience. Carlos received a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida, a Master’s in City and Regional Planning, and a Master’s of Science in Architecture with a Concentration in Urban Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    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.   

  • 2019 Premier Webinar Subscription

    Contains 9 Product(s) 2 new product(s) added recently

    Subscribe to the 2019 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2019 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 2019 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 
    Best Practices for Customer Experience 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
    Recycling is NOT Dead - How Your Agency Can Recycle Smarter Today
    August 8, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Innovation Lab: The Day After Tomorrow: Marking Parks Climate Resilient *
    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


  • Best Practices for Customer Feedback Surveys

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join NRPA’s Kevin Roth and Kevin Brady, Senior Evaluation Manager as they introduce a new member resource that helps park and recreation professionals conduct effective customer satisfaction surveys. The speakers will lead an online conversation with webinar attendees about their surveying success and challenges, and what they found is most effective to get the highest quality feedback from the community.

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    Thanks to online survey tools, it is has never been easier or more cost effective to conduct customer feedback surveys. But successful surveys are more than just entering a bunch of questions into an online survey template. What questions you ask—and how you reach out to survey respondents—have a great impact on how effective your feedback surveys will be.

    Join NRPA’s Kevin Roth and Kevin Brady, Senior Evaluation Manager as they introduce a new member resource that helps park and recreation professionals conduct effective customer satisfaction surveys. The speakers will lead an online conversation with webinar attendees about their surveying success and challenges, and what they found is most effective to get the highest quality feedback from the community. 

    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

    Kevin Roth, PhD

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

    Kevin A. Roth is NRPA's Vice President of Professional Development, Research and Technology. Kevin leads the research team in its mission to create valuable data and metrics that enhance park and recreation agency performance and make the case for increased and more stable agency funding. Kevin also guides the development of innovative in-person and online educational offerings for professionals that advance parks and recreation in their communities. He also oversees the team delivering IT and web services to the association.

    Kevin has served in research and leadership functions in the nonprofit association space for more than two decades, including overseeing both research and IT at the Association for Financial Professionals for 13 years and conducting survey research at the National Association of Realtors for four years. Kevin has a Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

    Kevin Brady

    Senior Evaluation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin is in charge of measuring the quality and impact of NRPA’s programs aiming to strengthen conservation, community health, and social equity nationwide.

    With 10 years of experience evaluating nonprofit programs in the D.C. area, Kevin is a member of the American Evaluation Association, holds a Masters of Public Administration from Virginia Tech, and a B.A. in Public Policy from Syracuse University.  Prior to working at NRPA, Kevin led evaluation for the Partnership for Public Service. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia and worked on the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort in and around New Orleans. 

  • Drownings in Lifeguarded Pools - Why Submerged Victims Go Unnoticed

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join us for the inaugural webinar event for our new Quarterly Aquatics Webinar Series to hear the scientifically-based drowning prevention strategies that can be easily adopted by any facility that employs lifeguards.

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    Join us for the inaugural webinar event for our new Quarterly Aquatics Webinar Series.

    Lifeguards are expected to respond to patrons in distress before injury occurs.  However, per a 2011 report from the CDC, lifeguards failed to do so several hundred times from 2000 to 2008. When drownings occur with lifeguards on duty, lifeguards are often blamed for the tragedy. But, based on scientific studies, lifeguards may unknowingly be positioned where drowning victims cannot be identified.  Failing to properly position lifeguards provides a false sense of security to the public and sets lifeguards up to fail. This session will provide scientifically-based drowning prevention strategies that can be easily adopted by any facility that employs lifeguards.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Discuss limitations of current lifeguard positioning strategies and the impact on families and lifeguards when a fatal drowning occurs with lifeguards on duty.
    2. Apply scientific data to improve safety at aquatic facilities.
    3. Analyze options to optimize positioning and training of lifeguards.

    Maria Bella

    President - Professional Pool Solutions, LLC

    Maria Bella has been actively involved in the aquatics industry for more than 40 years. She has operated numerous aquatic facilities and served as a subject matter expert for ANSI standards; the CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code; IAPMO's Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code; and the ICC's International Swimming Pool and Spa Code. Bella provides consulting services to directors of college/university, municipal, school district, hotel, and waterpark facilities in standard of care for plant operations as well as positioning and supervision of lifeguards. 

    Bill O’Melia

    Board Member & Founder, Drennen’s Dreams Foundation

    Bill O'Melia is a General Building Contractor in Colorado.  Bill is married to his wife Melissa and is the proud father of three boys. On June 6, 2010 Bill and Melissa lost their oldest son, Drennen, age 12, to a fatal drowning in their lifeguarded community pool. Drennen had just started his seventh summer of competitive swimming the day before and had qualified for All-Stars in all three of his individual events. Since May of 2014, Bill has shared Drennen's story with hundreds of thousands of lifeguards and aquatics professionals nationally and is featured in the American Red Cross video "Not on Your Watch".

    The Drennen's Dreams Foundation actively supports lifeguarding by raising money for training, equipment and educational materials for lifeguards, aquatic managers and facility owner/operators. 

  • 9 Easy Steps to Managing Lightning at Your Facility

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/25/2019

    The threat of lightning should be taken seriously by every recreational facility and park. Join Steve Prinzivalli, Program Manager, Meteorological Operations, with Earth Networks for a free, hour-long webinar on lightning management and learn 9 easy steps to lightning safety.

    9 Easy Steps to Managing Lightning at Your Facility     

       June 25, 2019 | 2:00pm EDT

                                 
                         
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    It only takes a split second for tragedy to strike from the sky, literally! Severe weather like lightning and dangerous thunderstorms continues to threaten park staff and visitors especially during the warm summer months. Just recently, on May 18th, 2019, a woman was struck and injured by lightning while fishing at Smithville Lake in Missouri. In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that about two-thirds of all lightning deaths in the U.S. are associated with outdoor recreation activities.  Does your facility have a lightning safety policy in place?

    The threat of lightning should be taken seriously by every recreational facility and park. Lightning is an early indicator of other severe weather phenomena like severe thunderstorms, hails, tornadoes, and even high winds! However, there is good news. Lightning can be planned for, monitored, and alerted upon effectively at your facility. Let us show you how.

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    Steve Prinzivalli

    Program Manager, Meteorological Operations, Earth Networks

    Steve Prinzivalli is a Program Manager who supports Enterprise clients such as NOAA, NIST, National Grid, Value Added Resellers (VARs), and researchers with their data needs. He has also worked with our suite of Earth Networks TV partners to help promote and grow the network while troubleshooting issues.

    Steve originally joined the Earth Networks team in February 2008 as a broadcast meteorologist, producing weathercasts for both online and mobile platforms while providing forecast support for the clients such as the NFL and MLB. He also leveraged his meteorology skills as a product manager with a heavy focus on enhancing the Earth Networks Total Lightning Network (ENTLN) and its derivative products.

    Before joining Earth Networks, Steve worked as a TV meteorologist for KSNW in Wichita, Kan., WVIT/WBGH in Binghamton, N.Y., WSYR in Syracuse, N.Y., and WHIO in Dayton, Ohio. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of weather and has taught meteorology at Penn State, West Chester University, and Broome Community College.  In between stints at Earth Networks, Prinzivalli got his feet wet in non-profit work and fundraising as general manager at WMET 1160 AM, the Catholic Radio station serving the greater Washington, D.C. metro area.

    Steve earned a bachelor’s of science degree in meteorology from Penn State University. He continues to leverage his forecasting skills as a broadcast meteorologist for WTOP radio, 103.5 FM, in D.C. When not behind the mic, he enjoys running, whipping up pepperoni bread in the kitchen, and spending time with his lovely wife and great kids.

    Matt Gibbons, CPRP

    Superintendent of Sports Tourism and Athletics, City of North Myrtle Beach

    Matt joined the City of North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation Department in 2003. He serves as the Superintendent of Recreation & Sports Tourism. After graduating from Clemson University with B.S. degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Matt was fortunate to begin his Parks and Recreation career back in his hometown of Aiken, South Carolina. He has earned a Master's degree in Recreation Management from the University of Illinois and is Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP).

    One of Matt's current responsibilities is overseeing the operation of the 22 million dollar North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. The Park and Sports Complex plays host to over 60 sports tourism events annually while providing recreation amenities and athletic opportunities to the citizens of North Myrtle Beach. Matt has traveled the country recruiting events and promoting North Myrtle Beach, a place he considers a premier sports tourism destination.

  • Trauma Informed Care in Action

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/24/2019

    Professionals in the field define trauma informed care and how this approach can be applied to various Out-of-School Time (OST) settings and programs.

    According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is an approach in which all parties involved recognize and respond to the impact of traumatic stress on those who have contact with the system - including children, caregivers, and service providers. Programs and agencies within such a system infuse and sustain trauma awareness, knowledge, and skills into their organizational cultures, practices, and policies. They act in collaboration with all those who are involved with the child, using the best available science, to maximize physical and psychological safety, facilitate the recovery of the child and family, and support their ability to thrive. TIC follows these guiding principles: safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, empowerment and equity. Early identification of trauma resulting from Adverse Childhood Experiences is critically important. School‐age afterschool programs, equipped with the knowledge of how to be trauma informed and trauma responsive can play a vital role in not only identifying a need for trauma related intervention, but provide engaging experiences that build positive skills and social and emotional learning for youth.

    Session Length: 10 minutes 

    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration.  The webinar content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Lauren Kiefert

    Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association

    Lauren Kiefert is a Program Specialist for the National Recreation and Park Association. Lauren joined NRPA in January 2019 and works on various substance abuse prevention and education-related grants and projects. Lauren brings a wealth of knowledge to NRPA, having both educational and professional experience in the public health field. Prior to joining the association, she completed her Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University, with a focus on health promotion and prevention efforts. Her thesis examined the current opioid epidemic and potential approaches to address the nation-wide issue. She also worked for a substance abuse prevention coalition that served a diverse youth population.  

    Allison Colman

    Director of Health, National Recreation and Park Association

    Allison Colman is the Director of Health 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.   

    Elizabeth Cook

    Senior National Advisor, Social-Emotional Health, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

    Elizabeth Cook is the Senior National Advisor for Social Emotional Health at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. A school psychologist by training, Elizabeth spent over a decade in the field before moving in to the roles of School Mental Health and then School Psychology consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. In that capacity, Elizabeth led several projects related to school mental health including, Wisconsin's Trauma Sensitive Schools Initiative, an evidence-informed multi-year approach to supporting schools in implementing and sustaining trauma-informed practices.

    Jennifer Smith

    Afterschool Program Manager, Center for Community Health Advancement, Marshfield Clinic Health System

    Jennifer Smith earned a Master’s of Education with a focus in Special Education from University of Minnesota -Twin Cities and has been working with youth and adolescents for over twenty years.  During her career, Jennifer has worked in public school settings, community based agencies and now Marshfield Clinic Health System.  In her current role she works with the Youth Net afterschool program, serving youth ages 8-18 in the Marshfield area; MCHS AmeriCorps Afterschool, supporting members placed throughout the clinic service area in school and community based afterschool programs; and the Wisconsin Afterschool Network, providing training and technical assistance to youth serving agencies statewide. In recent years, Jennifer has expanded her knowledge around Adverse Childhood Experiences, the impacts of trauma and the interventions youth serving organizations and community agencies can implement to help youth build a positive future.  

  • Practical Insights into Childhood Adversity: How ACEs Impact the Youth We Serve

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/24/2019

    Professionals in the field define Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their impact on youth and the community. Examples of how Out-of-School Time (OST) programs provide protective factors against ACEs are also discussed.

    Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the term used to describe all types of abuse, neglect, and other potentially traumatic experiences that occur to people under the age of 18. Data from the original ACEs study conducted in 1995 by CDC and Kaiser Permanente reveal that ACEs are quite common even among a middle-class population. In fact, more than two-thirds of the population report experiencing one ACE, and nearly a quarter have experienced three or more ACEs. The study also found a powerful, persistent correlation between the number of ACEs experienced and the the chance of poor outcomes later in life, including dramatically increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, substance misuse, smoking, poor academic achievement, time out of work, and early death. While ACEs are common, youth-serving professionals and programs can have a positive influence on children experiencing adversity. This includes increasing predictability and decreasing uncertainty, increasing trust while decreasing fear, and raising self-worth while lowering self-doubt. 

    Session Length: 10 minutes 

    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration.  The webinar content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Allison Colman

    Director of Health, National Recreation and Park Association

    Allison Colman is the Director of Health 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.   

    Elizabeth Cook

    Senior National Advisor, Social-Emotional Health, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

    Elizabeth Cook is the Senior National Advisor for Social Emotional Health at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. A school psychologist by training, Elizabeth spent over a decade in the field before moving in to the roles of School Mental Health and then School Psychology consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. In that capacity, Elizabeth led several projects related to school mental health including, Wisconsin's Trauma Sensitive Schools Initiative, an evidence-informed multi-year approach to supporting schools in implementing and sustaining trauma-informed practices.

    Lauren Kiefert

    Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association

    Lauren Kiefert is a Program Specialist for the National Recreation and Park Association. Lauren joined NRPA in January 2019 and works on various substance abuse prevention and education-related grants and projects. Lauren brings a wealth of knowledge to NRPA, having both educational and professional experience in the public health field. Prior to joining the association, she completed her Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University, with a focus on health promotion and prevention efforts. Her thesis examined the current opioid epidemic and potential approaches to address the nation-wide issue. She also worked for a substance abuse prevention coalition that served a diverse youth population.  

    Christopher Renjilian, MD, MBE

    Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

    Christopher Renjilian, M.D., M.B.E. is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine and Sports Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research and advocacy efforts is that of building the strength of young people by fostering their internal resilience, with a particular focus on promoting youth development through healthy involvement in sports, play and recreation. Dr. Renjilian’s clinical practice ranges from inpatient hospital medicine to office-based consultation for youth with sports-related injuries or for teens with complex medical or behavioral concerns. He also specializes in the care of homeless and marginalized youth, serving as a staff physician at Covenant House Pennsylvania, an agency that serves as a crisis center and shelter for Philadelphia’s homeless youth. 

    In the academic setting, Dr. Renjilian has been appointed as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In this capacity, he participates in the education and mentorship of medical students and medical school graduates pursuing further training in pediatrics, adolescent medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Renjilian’s particular area of interest lies in the intersection of sports medicine and adolescent health, with a focus on promoting positive youth development through sports, recreation, and play. His research includes the study of after-school programs that combine mentorship and running, with the goal of understanding how these programs can help youth to build social connections and individual strengths, while learning to protect themselves from the effects of adversity and toxic stress.  He is a founding physician leader of NaturePHL, a partnership initiative that engages pediatricians to serve as ambassadors for outdoor play, and to prescribe outdoor recreation for Philadelphia’s children and families with the support of innovative counseling, programming and information resources. 

    Dr. Renjilian is a graduate the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in pediatrics and his subspecialty training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.