2019 Premier Webinar Subscription

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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


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

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/10/2019

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

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

    John McGovern

    President, Recreation Accessibility Consultants LLC

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

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

    Contains 2 Component(s)

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

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

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

    Kate Clabaugh

    Director of Government Affairs, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kate Clabaugh joined NRPA in May 2017 and manages our advocacy work related to health and wellness policy priorities, including nutrition, healthcare, and education. Kate previously worked for the national anti-hunger organization, the Food Research and Action Center, working with Congress to protect and expand access to the federal nutrition programs. 

    Jayni Rassmussen

    Former Advocacy & Outreach Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jayni Rasmussen was the Advocacy and Outreach Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association until July 2019. She managed the Public Policy's team's advocacy initiatives, including the Park Champion campaign. Prior to NRPA, Jayni worked at Ocean Conservancy, where she coordinated advocacy and outreach efforts both on Capitol Hill and on the ground to garner support for ocean health policy. Jayni is a graduate of Kent State University, where she received her B.A. in Political Science.

    Kyle Simpson

    Senior Government Affairs Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kyle Simpson joined NRPA in December 2017 and is heading up our public policy work on conservation, including infrastructure, Land and Water Conservation Fund, and resiliency. Kyle comes to NRPA after nearly 10 years on Capitol Hill, most recently having worked for Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

  • The Day After Tomorrow: Making Parks Climate Resilient

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join NRPA’s conservation leaders and nationally-recognized experts who are working tirelessly to help communities adapt to acute and chronic stresses to parks and public lands.

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    As predominant land owners within communities across the nation, park and recreation agencies are on the front lines of facing climate change. From rising sea levels to strong, more frequently-occurring weather events, agencies can and should be key players in developing resiliency strategies. 

    Join NRPA’s conservation leaders and nationally-recognized experts who are working tirelessly to help communities adapt to acute and chronic stresses to parks and public lands. Building on the recent Innovation Lab held in Miami last month, presenters will provide experiential knowledge and examples of how you can make your parks and facilities more resilient to meet the challenges that face us all.  


    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.

    Jack Kardys (Moderator)

    Former Director, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces

    Jack Kardys has recently retired as the Director of the nationally accredited and Gold Medal Award winning Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department (MDPROS), one of the largest and most diverse park systems in the country with 270 parks on 13,000 acres of land. Built on a foundation of organizational excellence and the pillars of Health, Placemaking and Conservation, MDPROS serves 2.7 million residents and 25 million visitors annually. Jack has served the profession for more than 38 years and earned dozens of awards that recognize his extraordinary leadership and achievements. Jack is currently the Chairman of the Board for N and the Past-President of the FRPA. With Jack’s guidance, the Miami-Dade County Parks and Open Space System Master Plan established the blueprint for improving the quality of life in Miami through a system of great parks, public spaces, natural and cultural areas connected by great greenways, blueways, trails and complete streets. Through collaboration with dozens of community partners, this Master Plan is a national model for enhancing Miami-Dade’s health, happiness and economic prosperity. Jack is currently an associate with PROS Consulting and the President of J Kardys Strategies, LLC, working with progressive park agencies developing and implementing innovative park and public realm strategies for building healthy and sustainable communities.

    Tom O'Hara

    Editor, The Invading Seas

    Tom O’Hara is the editor of a journalism collaboration called The Invading Sea. Three newspapers and WLRN Public Media are working together to educate South Floridians about the threat of rising seas. In recent years, he taught journalism at Florida Atlantic University. From 2010 to 2012, he was an editor with The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi. Between 2008 and 2010, he taught journalism at Ohio State University. From 2000 to 2007, he was the managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Before that, he was the managing editor of The Palm Beach Post.  He also was a reporter for the Gainesville Sun, Orlando Sentinel, Daytona Beach News Journal and the Miami Herald. He graduated with honors from Rutgers University-Camden. He has a master’s degree in Communications from the University of Florida.

    Jason Hellendrung

    Vice President, Planning and Design, Tetra Tech

    Jason directs landscape architecture, planning, and urban design work on a wide range of urban infrastructure projects. Much of Jason’s work involves reshaping cities through public infrastructure improvements and how these investments can catalyze development — in particular, the redevelopment of urban waterfronts and the integration of transit into cities. His project responsibilities include management and coordination of multi-client stakeholder teams for planning, design, and implementation. 

    Maria Nardi

    Director, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces

    Maria Nardi was appointed Director for Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (PROS) effective August 1, 2017. Ms. Nardi is responsible for one the most diverse and largest park systems in the country.  She oversees Planning and Development, Park Stewardship Operations and Administration of a system that includes over 270 park properties, over 13,000 acres of park land comprised of active and passive parks, as well as protected, environmentally sensitive properties, serving 2.7 million residents and approximately 1.4 million residents for the unincorporated area.  They include the Deering Estate at Cutler, Zoo Miami, managing over 26,000 acres of Natural Areas Conservation and Management (NAM), Golf Enterprise, 14 miles of Beaches, Agriculture Extension, Causeways, 260 miles of roadways, Disabilities Services, Marina Enterprise, and multiple Operating Regions.  

     Ms. Nardi is committed to public service and the enhancement of the community’s health, happiness and prosperity through the implementation of the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department’s Planning and Design Excellence, Health and Fitness and Conservation Pillars. She has worked in the public sector 20 years where her vision for a sustainable and resilient community focuses on the premise that every great community has a great park system.

     Ms. Nardi oversees the implementation of the Parks and Public Space Masterplan to transform Miami Dade into a more economically, socially, and environmentally vibrant community through a system of parks, public spaces, natural and historic areas connected by greenways/blueways and complete streets designed as linear parks.  Her vision includes the role of parks and public spaces in shaping cities; the emerging evidence-based science of health and the built environment; and the creation of equitable, resilient communities through parks and public space.  

    Ms. Nardi is a sought-out speaker on issues related to the role of parks and public space in the development of cities. The Parks Masterplan and Recreation Program has been recognized by the White House and the National Park and Recreation Association as a national model for transforming communities. Among other accolades, she holds invited membership on the highly selective International Women’s Forum and is an appointed member of the Board of Directors of City Parks Alliance, the only independent, nationwide membership organization solely dedicated to urban parks. She has been recognized for her work with the International Progressive Architecture Urban Design Award, the University of Miami Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Architecture Profession, the Harvard Honor Award for Excellence in the Study of Landscape Architecture, The Mayor’s Woman Pioneer Award, and the Miami AIA Leadership in Government Award.


  • Park Champions: Bring Capitol Hill to a Park Near You

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/11/2019

    Join the NRPA Public Policy team as we explore how you can make a difference for yourself, your agency and the field by stepping up as a Park Champion.

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    Advocacy is a critical skill for being an effective park and recreation professional, no matter where you’re at in your career. Whether you’re fighting for this year’s budget, arguing for your program’s existence or just working to get through the day, being proficient in advocacy techniques can be a vital lifeline in your career. Step up for the future of parks and recreation by becoming a Park Champion! This award-winning advocacy program will teach you the advocacy skills you need to know, beginning with developing relationships with key decision-makers. Park Champions across the country are building strong, lasting relationships with their elected officials by inviting them to park dedications, program kick-offs, special events, and more. The Park Champion show-and-tell advocacy model allows our members to create meaningful experiences for members of Congress that demonstrate the importance of investing in parks and recreation. Join the NRPA Public Policy team as we explore how you can make a difference for yourself, your agency and the field by stepping up as a Park Champion. 

    Jayni Rassmussen

    Former Advocacy & Outreach Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jayni Rasmussen was the Advocacy and Outreach Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association until July 2019. She managed the Public Policy's team's advocacy initiatives, including the Park Champion campaign. Prior to NRPA, Jayni worked at Ocean Conservancy, where she coordinated advocacy and outreach efforts both on Capitol Hill and on the ground to garner support for ocean health policy. Jayni is a graduate of Kent State University, where she received her B.A. in Political Science.

    Darren Lewis

    Director, Mount Airy Parks and Recreation

  • Public Relations Trends and Tactics

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join us as we take a close look at current media trends and discover ways to make parks and recreation relevant in a cluttered media landscape.

    Public Relations Trends and Tactics 

    Join us as we take a close look at current media trends and discover ways to make parks and recreation relevant in a cluttered media landscape. We’ll also cover traditional media and social media tactics agencies can use to promote the benefits of parks and recreation in communities across the country.  

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    Roxanne Sutton

    Director of Communications, National Recreation and Park Association

    Roxanne Sutton is the Director of Communications at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Her responsibilities include overseeing social media strategy and content development and promoting the award-winning work of our partnerships and business development team. She is also the host of NRPA’s podcast, Open Space Radio. In her role, Roxanne is fortunate to communicate and work directly with many NRPA members to promote new opportunities and showcase the great work local parks and recreation are doing in their communities. Prior to her role at NRPA, she worked at a PR firm in D.C. on a multitude of accounts ranging from energy clients to non-profits. She graduated with honors and recognition from George Mason University with her bachelors in Communication specializing in Public Relations. She was a member of Lambda Pi Eta and recipient of the Excellence in Communication Award.

    Heather Williams

    Senior Manager of Public Relations, National Recreation and Park Association

    Heather Williams, NRPA's Senior Manager of Public Relations. Heather is responsible for the development and implementation of NRPA's PR strategies. This includes the promotion of NRPA's grant programs, research initiatives and more. With over eight years' experience in the field, Heather handles all aspects of media relations, as well.

    Suzanne Nathan

    Public Relations Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Suzanne Nathan joined NRPA in February 2018. Nathan brings 14 years of marketing and communications experience working in the tech, environmental and engineering industries. She holds a B.A. in Communications from George Mason University and lives with her husband, three children and dog in Ashburn, Virginia.

  • Promoting LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Parks and Recreation

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join Becky Herz, Senior Recreation Manager at Sunrise Recreation & Park District, to explore common challenges and strategies that agencies can implement to promote inclusion across the gender spectrum. NRPA staff will also present on steps that NRPA is taking to be more inclusive to all.

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    True to the very philosophy of public parks and recreation is the idea that all people—no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation—have access to quality programs, facilities, places and spaces that make their lives and communities great. Those who identify as LGBTQ+ have historically lacked access to physical and social activity opportunities, contributing to health disparities including higher rates of chronic disease, mental health challenges and substance misuse. Park and recreation agencies are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ community members, addressing many of these disparities, by ensuring spaces, places and programs are inclusive and welcoming to all. 


    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.   

    Becky Herz

    Senior Recreation Services Manager, Sunrise Recreation & Park District, Citrus Heights, California

    Becky Herz has been involved in recreation management for over 20 years.  She is also the mother 2, including a gender-unique 10-year-old.  Her article “Gender Spectrum Inclusion for Recreation Professionals” was featured in Park and Recreation Magazine in October 2018.  Becky has also been published in Aquatics International and on National Public Radio.  She has presented on inclusion at the California Park and Recreation Society Conference and was the keynote speaker at the 2019 CPRS Recreation Therapy Institute.  She currently works as Senior Recreation Service Manager for Sunrise Recreation and Park District.

    Maureen Acquino

    Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Maureen Acquino is a Program Manager 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. 

  • Best Practices for Customer Feedback Surveys

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/11/2019

    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 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. 

  • Recycling is NOT Dead - How Your Agency Can Recycle Smarter Today

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/08/2019

    Join Richard J. Dolesh, NRPA's Vice-President for Strategic Initiatives, and a panel of experts from diverse fields to discuss what your agency can do to recycle in a way that is environmentally and cost effective. Learn how to overcome common challenges and find innovative ways to make recycling a sustainable practice in your community!

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    Recycling is NOT dead! However, it is facing serious challenges. This NRPA Premier Series webinar will tackle the tough challenges you will need to overcome to recycle in a way that is responsible, environmentally sound, and which saves money in the process. Learn how you can make your entire recycling program smarter by re-instituting multiple-stream recycling and re-use, setting net-zero goals, writing better contracts, creating an organics recycling program, and more.

    This webinar will provide examples on how your agency can recycle effectively, how you can reinforce public messaging to recycle in an environmentally responsible manner, and how you can do new things in your recycling efforts such as organics recycling and net-zero approaches.  Expert presenters will give you the techniques, methods, and successful examples to make your recycling work responsibly and economically.  Recycling is facing serious challenges in park and rec agencies and in your communities, but there are ways to overcome these problems. If recycling is important to your environmental ethics and sustainability goals, you will definitely want to participate in this webinar.

    Rich Dolesh

    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.

    Brendan Daley

    Director of Strategy & Sustainability at Chicago Park District

    Brendan Daley has over 20 years’ experience working on sustainability and strategic policy initiatives in local government. Brendan currently manages the strategic direction of the Chicago Park District. He also manages sustainability initiatives across all 600 parks in the city. Before working at the Park District, Brendan worked at the Chicago Department of Environment, most recently at the Deputy Commissioner overseeing energy and air quality projects.

    Brendan holds a BA in Political Science from Roosevelt University, an LLB in Law from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a Certificate in Civic Leadership from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He is a LEED accredited professional with the US Green Building Council and a Certified Park and Recreation Professional through the National Recreation and Parks Association. Brendan wants to live in a world where teachers are paid more than CEOs, honey bees are abundant, and kids play outside as often as possible.

    As a sustainability and strategy implementer, Brendan has been a guest lecturer at Chicago universities, park conferences, writer for various publications, and an accomplished speaker on the environment. When Brendan is not reducing, reusing, composting, or recycling, you can find him making pie, gardening, golfing, or telling really bad dad jokes to his kids. 

    Neil Seldman

    President, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

    Neil Seldman provides technical assistance to cities, community groups and businesses in the field of sustainable resource management. He has pioneered developments in processing, building deconstruction and small-scale manufacturing from recycled materials. Dr. Seldman has also chronicled the US recycling movement in the last 50 years in “History of the US Recycling Movement, Encyclopedia of Technology Energy and Environment” and “Wasting in the US 2000.” He has also documented worldwide recycling developments for the World Bank in “Recycling from municipal refuse: a state-of-the-art review and annotated bibliography.”

    He is a founding member of the National Recycling Coalition at the First National Recycling Congress and the Grass Roots Recycling Network. According to Robin Cannon, Concerned Citizens of South Los Angeles, Dr. Seldman is known as grassroots organizer who, “shows communities how to fight against and how to fight for the sustainable solution to solid waste and economic problems.” In recent years he has worked in Atlanta, Cleveland, Alachua County (Gainesville), FL, Reading, PA, Washington, DC, Bridgeport, CT, Austin, TX and Los Angeles. Dr. Seldman writes regularly for trade journals providing insight and criticism of poorly designed technologies and programs.

    Dr. Seldman was a manufacturer in New York City and a university lecturer in political science before co-founding the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.

    Mike Ewall

    Founder and Director, Energy Justice Network

    Mike Ewall is the founder and director of Energy Justice Network, a national support network for grassroots community groups fighting dirty energy and waste industry facilities such as coal power plants, ethanol plants, natural gas facilities, landfills and incinerators of every sort. He has been actively involved in student and community environmental justice organizing since high school in 1990. He's taught hundreds of workshops at college campuses and activist conferences throughout the U.S. His grassroots support work has helped many communities achieve victories against power plants, landfills, incinerators, medical waste facilities and other polluting industries.

  • Preparing Aquatic Staff For Summer 2020

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/12/2019

    This webinar will cover four key topics to ensure a smooth start to your summer 2020 season. We will review hiring key demographics, training your staff from the start, preparing facilities to operate smoothly, and scheduling reviews to ensure maximum efficiency.

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    This webinar will cover four key topics to ensure a smooth start to your summer 2020 season. We will review hiring and recruiting, training, preparing your facilities, and optimizing your schedule. We will dive into hiring of specific demographics including retired and home school demographics, how to break down the barriers that prevent potential employees from becoming employees, and how to stress the benefits of being a lifeguard. We will also discuss training preparation, how to set your standards through training, and how to ensure your programs are benefiting from your training schedules. We will touch on key facility maintenance in the off season to prepare for the summer, creating paperwork and checklist that give you the information you need, and key safety equipment that is needed to stay in compliance. Lastly, we will discuss how to review your pool, programming, and staff schedules to ensure that you are creating a safe, fun, and productive environment for your guest and your staff, while keeping budget in mind.

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


    Bob Floyd

    Aquatics Supervisor, Austin Parks and Recreation Aquatics

    Bob Floyd started working in the field of parks and recreation at the age of 15 as an aquatic camp counselor for the City of Long Beach, CA and since then has held several different titles and worked in a variety of aquatic environments. He has a B.A. in Communication Design, Media Arts from California State University, Chico and has a passion for design, marketing, business, teaching, and aquatics. Bob currently works for the City of Austin Parks & Recreation, Aquatics Division as an Aquatic Supervisor and enjoys being able to use his background in communication design to further the reach of aquatics programming to the community. Before working for the city of Austin, Robert worked for Google Ventures, Signpost where he worked as a Sales Executive helping small and medium size businesses identify needed marketing solutions and has also worked as a consultant for business owners helping them to better understand the value of social media based marketing and how to execute marketing campaigns to improve their customer base. 

    Beckie Gordillo

    Aquatics Supervisor, Austin TX Parks and Recreation

    Beckie Gordillo started her lifeguarding career at 17 and has worked in the Aquatic Management field as an a Swim Instruction Program coordinator, an age group and Masters Swim Coach, and most recently as an Aquatics Supervisor for the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Beckie has a Bachelor of Science from San Jose State University, a Masters in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, and a multiple subject Teaching Credential from San Jose State as well. Before returning to Aquatics full time in 2018, Beckie spent 16 years in the classroom teaching 3rd – 6th grades. During this time as a teacher, she stayed connected with the aquatics field as a contract instructor for several cities in the Bay area as a Lifeguard instructor and Water Safety Instructor Trainer.