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  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/08/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Register now for this upcoming sandbox event.

    Register now for this upcoming sandbox event.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/10/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Register now for this upcoming talk worth 0.1 CEU.

    Register now for this upcoming talk worth 0.1 CEU.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/13/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Register now for this upcoming talk worth 0.1 CEU.

    Register now for this upcoming talk worth 0.1 CEU.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 09/13/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    New to conference? Then you don't want to miss this! Students, new professionals or distinguished professionals can all learn from a crash course of NRPA Conference including the different events, networking opportunities and where your best resources are located. Make the most of your time over your time at this year's NRPA Annual Conference with these tips, tricks and secrets.

    New to conference?  Then you don't want to miss this!  Students, new professionals or distinguished professionals can all learn from a crash course of NRPA Conference including the different events, networking opportunities and where your best resources are located.  Make the most of your time at this year's NRPA Annual Conference with these tips, tricks and secrets. A nearly identical version of this session will be offered in-person at the Phoenix Convention Center at 5:00pm (local time) on Monday, September 19.

    Section #1 Off To A Good Start: Attendees will be asked to write down 3 goals to accomplish at Conference.

    Section#2 The Basics: Quick run-downs of specific events or programs and how to maximize the attendee experience at each.

    Section#3 Tips & Tricks: Best practices to get the most out of conference as a whole -- regardless of where the attendee is at.

    Section#4 Connect: The biggest long-term benefit of NRPA and Conference is Networking!  Attendees will get advice on getting an introduction, having a fulfilling conversation and building the strongest connections.  Attendees will then put into practice this advice to meet 3 other professionals in the session.

    Section#5 Back to "Work": Best practices about what to do post-conference.


    Objectives:

    1. Identify the ways to maximize your time and impact at Conference through making schedules, picking the right sessions, and networking opportunities.
    2. Learn what to expect from Conference week -- both in education sessions and at the various networking events.
    3. Provide strategies for starting conversations and tips for amplifying your network while attending conference as well as solidifying connections long-term.

    Michael Biedenstein, CPRP, AFO (he/him)

    Volunteer and Awards Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Michael is responsible for NRPA's national awards program including this Hall of Fame, the Parks and Recreation 30 Under 30, Spotlight Awards, Innovation Awards, and Scholarship & Fellowships. Michael previously worked 18 years in the field of parks and recreation in St. Louis, MO. Michael has presented 17 times over 11 years including a highly rated session at the 2021 NRPA Conference.

    Hayley Herzing (she/her)

    Senior Manager of Membership

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Hayley Herzing is currently the Senior Manager of Membership for the National Recreation and Park Association. She has worked for NRPA for six years and previously worked at the National Community Pharmacists Association. Hayley received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Journalism from Shippensburg University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and dog.

    Kevin Witte (he/him)

    Recreation Manager

    Auburn (WA) Parks, Arts, & Recreation

    Kevin is the current YPN Network Chair and is excited to meet everyone at conference in Phoenix! Kevin is from Seattle, WA and spends his free time enjoying the outdoors. He currently serves as the Recreation Manager for Auburn, WA. If you see Kevin at the conference, please do not be shy. You will find he is a super outgoing and friendly guy.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 09/08/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Join us to explore how sustainability is interwoven in your agency. Come talk with others about their focuses and discuss how to advance these practices in your work.

    Park and recreation professionals sit at the forefront of promoting conservation-focused, environmentally friendly practices through the planning, maintenance and operations of programs in communities across the country. By adopting and advancing sustainable practices, parks become better stewards of their natural environment and resources. Uplifting these practices for the community can make parks more resilient for the future. These efforts can include anything from maintenance practices, fleet and equipment, energy sources, park design, facility and amenity design/elements, natural resource stewardship, programming, administration and much more. Sustainability touches every aspect and professional in the field — whether they know it or not.   

    Come join us to talk about how sustainability is interwoven in your agency and discuss how to advance these practices in your own work.


  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 09/06/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    NRPA speaks with Seattle Parks and Recreation about how they developed and integrated technology to help frontline staff lead their work with equity in mind. This on-demand recording will be available on September 6, 2023.

    This on-demand recording will be available on September 6, 2022.

    The Geographic Information System (GIS) Asset Management and Work Order (AMWO) Equity Project, led by Seattle Parks and Recreation, had an initial goal: help staff set equity-driven goals that could be used to prioritize routes, restructure existing routes, and plan out crew projects in historically marginalized communities. Through the development of a GIS mobile app, frontline staff could utilize the data and technology at their fingertips to achieve the equitable outcomes they were seeking. Join Jordan Ng and Jason Vining-Nakamura as they talk about the development and integration of their mobile app in addressing disparities in park maintenance.

    Teaching Objectives:

    1. Speakers will discuss the creation and development of the GIS AMWO project and how it came to be.
    2. Speakers will highlight the impact of their technology on reaching equitable outcomes, specifically when it comes to maintenance allocation.
    3. Speakers will provide a brief demonstration of their app and how it can influence help agencies better serve historically marginalized communities.


  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/30/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to leverage federal funding to improve your community? Join us for this conversation with representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and NRPA! Get an overview of what’s available to your organizations and have the chance to ask questions about current and upcoming opportunities.

    During NRPA’s third, quarterly online learning event, hear from representatives of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as they cover the federal resources available for parks and recreation. Learn more about the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, an often-tapped program for park improvement in communities across the country. This event offers an opportunity to engage with federal administrative staff and pick their brains about how best to leverage federal funding for local communities.

    Erik Pechuekonis (he/his)

    Community Planning and Development Specialist

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Erik Pechuekonis is a Community Planning and Development Specialist who works with HUD’s Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program. He has been with HUD for 5-years and most of that time has been spent working on the Section 108 program. Prior to joining HUD, Erik served in Albania as a Peace Corps Volunteer where he worked with local municipalities on urban planning related issues. Before the Peace Corps, he worked as an urban planner at a local government in South Carolina. He has a master’s in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University and a Bachelors in Geography from University of Colorado Denver.

    Kyle Simpson (he/him)

    Director of Government Affairs

    National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

    NRPAs Director of Government Affairs. Kyle has been with NRPA for nearly 4 years. Prior to that he spent over 10 years on Capitol Hill in a variety of roles.

    Sean Dennihy-Bailey (he/his)

    Community Development and Planning Specialist

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Sean Dennihy-Bailey works tirelessly to support Community driven development across the country. As a Community Development and Planning Specialist, he brings several years of local economic development program administration experience to his work. He has worked closely with local community organizations, as well as local government agencies in both designing and implementing programs across New York City. Sean resolves to make our communities places of opportunity for all as he is driven by principals of equity and accessibility. He is a dedicated public servant and veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

    Seema Thomas (she/her)

    Deputy Director for the Financial Management Division

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Seema Thomas is the Deputy Director for the Financial Management Division (FMD). She has worked on community development challenges for the past two decades. Her career has focused on developing and expanding innovative and inclusive initiatives to support communities from the neighborhood to the metropolitan scale, both domestically and internationally. Before joining FMD, she was an adjunct professor of urban sustainability at the University of the District of Columbia. In the past, she has consulted and worked for numerous organizations, such as the World Bank, DHS’s Science & Technology Directorate, Freddie Mac, the Urban Institute, and Oliver Wyman & Co.  She holds a BSE in Engineering, a Master’s in Urban Planning, and a Master’s in Public Affairs. 

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Playground safety isn’t just about the physical space and infrastructure. Park and recreation professionals also should consider how the social experiences of playground visitors can be improved through an equity lens. Join NRPA staff and playground experts for a conversation on how to promote positive experiences for anyone enjoying a playground.

    What do you think about when you hear: playground safety? While we typically think about physical infrastructure when examining playground safety, there is another layer we can’t overlook. During this learning event, we will discuss the history of the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Certification while exploring the mental, social and emotional benefits of play. NRPA staff and playground experts will discuss the concepts of equity and inclusion as they relate to playground safety and discuss how park and recreation professionals can provide a safe space for the children in their communities to play and grow together. As children, we make so many memories on playgrounds that help shape us. And as park and recreation professionals, Certified Playground Safety Inspectors, playground manufacturers, nonprofit organizations and more, we play a critical role in creating a safe space for children to play and learn.   


    Leanne Lyons (she/her)

    ASPIRE ( Adaptive Sports, Programs & Inclusive Recreation) Supervisor

    High Point Parks & Recreation Department

    Leanne Lyons is the ASPIRE ( Adaptive Sports, Programs & Inclusive Recreation) Supervisor for High Point Parks & Recreation Department and a Licensed and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for the State of North Carolina. Leanne has an innate passion for working with and for individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. Leanne manages programs including Special Olympics of High Point/Guilford, Miracle League of High Point, adaptive sports programs and more. In her personal life Leanne enjoys reading, writing poetry, hiking, exploring Diners, Drive in and Dives Restaurants, listening to Air One and K- Love radio station, and spending time with family and friends.”

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    With the increasing scarcity of water resources, water conservation is key to maintaining our natural resources and fiscally sustaining our organizations. Join Jim Laiche of The Toro Company as he explores important elements of water conservation through irrigation operations and design.

    In the face of climate change, park and recreation professionals can take steps to conserve one of our most important natural resources: water. Join The Toro Company’s Jim Laiche for a discussion on challenges of maintaining water resources in a cost effective and environmentally sustainable way. Participants will explore basic design elements, including maintenance of proper water pressure, water flow and maximum capacity sprinkler performance. Learn about specific, recommended water conservation products as well as examples of sites using new technology that minimize water use while maintaining healthy vegetation. 

    Jim Laiche (he/him)

    Water Conservation Business Manager

    The Toro Company

    Jim Laiche received his BS in Horticulture and Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University.  He has worked professionally as a landscape architect and design-build contractor prior to working with The Toro Company.  Jim has been a Regional Sales Manager, Golf Sales Manager and is now the Water Conservation Business Manager with emphasis on central control equipment.  Jim has taught hundreds of irrigation workshops at various national universities including LSU, UGA, Mississippi State University, University of Arkansas, NC State, Penn State, UVA and Virginia Tech. He has worked with many large institutions on reducing their irrigation water use, including Disney, University of Notre Dame, Central Park, General Mills, Yum Brands the US Capitol, Marriott and Darden Restaurants. He has obtained his landscape architect license, certified designer with the Irrigation Association, and Texas irrigator license. Jim was recently recognized by the American Society of Irrigation Consultants with the Roy Williams Memorial Award for contributions to the irrigation industry.  

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Every day, in communities across the country, park and recreation professionals are making their communities better places to live, learn, work and play through their role as stewards of Community Wellness Hubs. Learn more about NRPA’s vision for Community Wellness Hubs, explore ways park and recreation can improve health across seven dimensions of well-being, and hear from peers about the impact of their Community Wellness Hubs.

    How has access to parks and recreation influenced your personal health and well-being? How has it impacted your communities? Join NRPA for an exploration of the many ways parks and recreation influences health. Attendees will be guided through NRPA’s new Community Wellness Hub toolkit and its overall vision including key concepts, definitions and examples of health equity and systems change approaches across NRPA’s seven dimensions of well-being. Several agencies that have developed Community Wellness Hubs will join to share their lessons learned, the impact this work made on their community, and how they are sustaining their work moving forward.

    Allison Colman (she/her)

    Director of Health

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Allison Colman is Director of Health at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). For over a decade, Ms. Colman has led the development and implementation of evidence-based public health initiatives and built cross-sector collaborations to advance innovative, community-driven, systems-change strategies that improve community health and well-being. Her work lies at the intersection of public health, social justice, and social change, with the goal of ensuring that all people have the opportunity to truly thrive.

    Austin Barrett, PhD (he/him)

    Evaluation Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Austin Barrett (he/him) is an Evaluation Manager with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Austin joined NRPA in 2021 and works to evaluate the impact of NRPA-facilitated grants and Association-wide activities. Prior to joining NRPA, he served for 3.5 years as a Data Analyst and System Administrator working to address homelessness in the Upstate of South Carolina. In 2017, Austin completed his Ph.D. in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at The Pennsylvania State University. Before that, he worked as a Wilderness Ranger for the US Forest Service and an Interpretation Ranger with the National Park Service.

    Ayanna Williams (she/her)

    Facility Manager

    City of Ozark- Ozark Leisure Services

    My name is Ayanna Williams, I am a 37 year old mother of 3. I have lived in Ozark, Alabama approximately 6 years. I have truly enjoyed being a part of the community, knowing people, and being able to be a part of all the great people who want to help and see the best for our community. I went to school at Troy University for Psychology with minor in Applied Behavioral Analysis and my goal is to go further for my Masters as a BCBA.

    Shelly Strasser (she/her)

    Director of Recreation and Community Services

    West Allis-West Milwaukee School District

    Vhelly has been in the field of Recreation for over 25 years.  She is the Director for the West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation and Community Services Department, where she has served in the role for the past 14 years. She leads a team of 14 full time staff and 300+ part time/seasonal employees in a community of approximately 64,000. Shelly is the current  President of the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association.