2021 Premier Webinar Subscription

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Subscribe to the 2021 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2021 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 2:00 p.m. EST/EDT.


2021 Schedule

Environmental Maintenance: Global Impact and Your Agency*
January 14, 2021
Community Awareness: Elevating Parks and Recreation
July 8, 2021   
Building a Well-Defined Organizational Culture
February 11, 2021
The ADA Is Back! Was It Really Ever Gone?
August 12, 2021 
Intentionality in Aquatics — Dodge, Dip, Duck and Dodge*
March 11, 2021
Advancing Community Wellness Hubs Through Partnerships
September 9, 2021
How to Advocate for Your Agency and Federal Relief Funding
April 8, 2021 
Equity & Inclusion*
October 14, 2021
Sports Facilities Into Eco-Friendly Community Spaces*
May 13, 2021
Research
November 18, 2021
Expect the Unexpected: FEMA’s Emergency Management Courses
June 10, 2021
Aquatics*
December 9, 2021

These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • Equity in Practice: Feedback from the Field

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/07/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    We want to hear from you! Join NRPA’s education staff and Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer Autumn Saxton-Ross to learn more about the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion resources and provide feedback on the engagement plan and learning opportunities that will be available for members.

    NRPA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Parks and Recreation report highlights what work is being done, who is leading the work, and what support agencies need from NRPA with regards to diversity, equity and inclusion. Four themes emerged from the report’s survey — the need for targeted support for smaller agencies, the need for trusted resources, a desire to share and learn from what’s working, and a desire to build professionals’ skill and staff capacity for the work. A draft plan has been created in response, but we would like feedback from those of you in the field: What is missing? What do you see in your everyday work? What skills should we focus on? What are your needs?

    NRPA’s virtual focus groups invite participants to share insights, perspectives, and reflections on their experiences as park and recreation professionals. Focus group sessions are moderated to support a free flow of ideas that help shape the development and refinement of NRPA strategies, programs and objectives.


    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.

    ​Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD (she/her/hers) (Moderator)

    Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD, developed a love of the outdoors first through her grandmother’s yard and then exploring city parks with her family in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.  Now a resident of Washington DC and mom of two, she is the VP for Education & Chief Equity Officer at the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). 

    She started her career as an elementary school Health and PE teacher in DC Public Schools and after receiving graduate degrees in Health Education and Sociology, has worked in various positions that placed her at the intersections of health, equity and the outdoors.  Most recently, as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Lead for NatureBridge, and prior to that she held positions as the Program Director for Place-based Initiatives at the National Collaborative for Health Equity, Program Specialist at DC Department of Health and (Health) Recreation Specialist at both Montgomery County and DC Departments of Recreation.

    Autumn is a connector- actively seeking out ways to build bridges between seemingly disparate people, opportunities and ideas.  And if you really want to see a sparkle in her eye, start a conversation on all things Marvel, Octavia Butler or Star Trek: The Next Generation.  

  • Advancing Community Wellness Hubs Through Partnerships

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Join staff from NRPA’s Health and Wellness program team as well as a panel of local park and recreation professionals and public health experts to explore the vital role of parks and recreation within our public health system. These experts will provide an overview of NRPA’s community wellness hub model and will explore the unique partnerships that are making these models possible. The panel also will discuss how to approach partnership building to advance shared goals, create innovative and sustainable solutions, and improve community health and well-being.

    To address today’s evolving public health challenges, park and recreation professionals are becoming stewards of community wellness hubs — trusted gathering places that connect every member of the community to essential programs, services, and spaces that advance health equity, improve health outcomes and enhance quality of life. These wellness hubs look different in every community and are most successful when they build authentic and meaningful partnerships that work towards shared goals. Join us to learn more about the crucial role of community wellness hubs, the diversity of programs and services being offered, and the types of partnerships that can propel these models forward to create even greater impacts. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Define the community wellness hub.
    2. Gain a clear understanding of why centering health equity is crucial to advancing community health and well-being.
    3. Learn about several partnership models being piloted within community wellness hub strategies, and partnership building approaches that are leading to successful, long-term relationships.


    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.

    Allison Colman (she/her)

    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.   

    Tiff Cunin (they/them)

    Senior Program Manager, Health and Wellness Team

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Tiff Cunin (they/them) is the Senior Program Manager on the Health and Wellness Team at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), where they manage various portfolios of work including healthy aging in parks and youth mentoring. They have more than 10 years of experience in physical activity and public health and are passionate about bridging innovative interdisciplinary approaches with public health practice to optimize health and well-being for our most vulnerable populations through physical activity, recreation, and play.

    Tiff is also a PhD student in the Translational Health Sciences program at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science. Their research is focused on knowledge translation that supports the development and implementation of evidence-based programs to improve health outcomes among transgender and gender non-binary older adults.

    Additionally, they are an active member of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s), LGBTQ+ Health Caucus, GLMA (Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality), and WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health).

    Tiff is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to backpack, surf, snowboard, hike, camp and more. Tiff has lived all over the world, but currently calls Silver Spring, MD home, where they live with their partner and two cat children, Hobie and Sprinkles. 

    Maureen Neumann (she/her)

    Senior Program Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Maureen Neumann 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. 

    Bailee Hutchinson (she/her)

    Branch Manager

    Altus Public Library

    Bailee Hutchinson is the Branch Manager of the Altus Public Library in Altus, Oklahoma. Bailee is passionate about libraries,  community engagement/partnership, and how the library is an important piece to a thriving community. 

    Bailee’s background includes five years working in the mental health field in addition to the last five years working in libraries where she honed her skills in library leadership, marketing, and community engagement.  While working as Branch Manager Bailee helped plan, organize, and implement fundraisers for library programming, create a community StoryWalk®, oversee collection development, and more. 

    Bailee currently serves as President-Elect of the Association of Rural & Small Libraries, Active member of the Oklahoma Library Association, and serves on the board for the Altus Rotary Club. 

    Elesha Kingshott (she/her)

    Founder and Principal Consultant

    Kingshott Consulting, LLC

    Elesha Kingshott works with organizations to ensure they have the strategy, financial resources, political support, and partnerships to achieve their goals. Elesha has worked to create mutually beneficial partnerships for public health and development programs at the local, state, national, and international levels for more than 15 years. Through this work, Elesha has created joint funding strategies, established multi-sectoral partnerships, and led the strategic planning for public-private partnerships. And, she has secured more than a half a billion dollars for health and development projects. Elesha has a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration on Health Policy and Financing from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration on Nonprofit Management and Community Organization from the University of Maryland. She is a trained facilitator and project manager.

    Erik Pearson (he/him)

    Program/Facility Coordinator

    City of Bloomington, Indiana - Parks and Recreation

    Erik Pearson is a born and raised Hoosier having lived in Bloomington, Indiana all his life. After receiving his undergrad from the Indiana University-School of Public Health in 2015, Erik joined the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department at the Banneker Community Center. As a historic building in Bloomington, Banneker originated as the Banneker School for "colored" students in 1915 and was later purchased by the City of Bloomington in 1954 after de-segregation to become a community center. Since that time Banneker has offered youth and family programs and events aimed at bringing people together and connecting residents to valuable resources and experiences. As the Program/Facility Coordinator, Erik oversees all programming and facility operations including after school programs, summer camps, family events, and community partnerships. 

  • The ADA Is Back! Was It Really Ever Gone?

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Join this webinar to learn how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is enforced and identify enforcement trends to better get ahead of the curve and apply mandates to your home agency operations.

    During the last several years, Washington, D.C. went through a phase of deregulation and a de-emphasis on civil rights protections, with one notable exception: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This webinar reviews a June 2020 Settlement Agreement regarding playgrounds in an Iowa community, as well as a June 2021 Settlement Agreement regarding all the assets of a Texas city. We will not only highlight the remedial actions required, but also discuss how the disputes could have been avoided. Join this webinar to discuss the resources parks and recreation agencies need to keep compliant.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand how the ADA is enforced and be able to identify enforcement trends.
    2. Identify the remediation required in both Settlement Agreements discussed.
    3. Apply the Settlement Agreement mandates to local agency operations.


    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.

    John McGovern (he/him)

    Partner, Principal in Charge

    The WT Group, LLC Accessibility Practice

    John N. McGovern (he/him/his) leads the Accessibility Practice at The WT Group, LLC.  His firm is the NRPA preferred provider of accessibility consulting.  A long-time member of NRPA, he worked in parks and recreation while earning his law degree.  Continuing his parks and recreation career, he then represented NRPA on the three federal advisory committees that created the parks and recreation content of the federal 2010 Standards for Accessible Design.  Since forming the Accessibility Practice in 2008, his firm has helped more than 440 counties, cities, states, and park districts meet the sometimes unclear requirements of the ADA.

    Hayley Herzing (she/her) (Moderator)

    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.

  • Community Awareness: Elevating Parks and Recreation

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    How can we turn the increased public appreciation of parks into focused public action that supports the park and recreation field? Join this webinar to learn how you can leverage the force of public support to maximize the critical role parks and recreation plays in your community.

    The secret is out: the park and recreation profession is essential to the well-being of communities everywhere. More and more, the public is realizing how park and recreation facilities tangibly reflect the quality of life in their communities. How can we turn this increased public appreciation of parks into focused public action in support of the park and recreation field? Now is the time to take part in this all-encompassing awareness campaign to achieve this goal. Participate in this webinar to learn how you can leverage the force of public support to maximize the critical role parks and recreation plays in your community.

    Join NRPA’s Elvis Cordova, vice president of public policy and advocacy, and Gina Cohen, vice president of communications/chief marketing officer, with special guests on July 8 at 2 p.m. EDT for a discussion on capturing and advancing public investment for parks and recreation.


    Topics will include:

    • How to leverage your department’s pandemic response in a post-pandemic world.
    • What advocacy strategies and tactics will advance the cause.
    • Why incorporating diversity and inclusion programs into your messaging will grow support and sustain your efforts.
    • How to use broadcast, print and social media to establish and promote the essential need of parks and recreation. 

     

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn how to work with media to best deliver your message and expand your brand.
    2. Learn how to write an effective “Letter to the Editor.”
    3. Discuss how to maximize advocacy platforms that will work for your agency and how working with community partners and new coalitions will enhance your position. 


    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.

    Jason Lang, MS, CPRE (he/him)

    Director of Parks and Recreation

    East Goshen Township

    Jason Lang is the Parks and Recreation Director for East Goshen Township, a rural, suburban community thirty miles outside Philadelphia. Under his leadership, the community’s perception of the department’s importance has grown considerably, culminating in being named the 2019 PRPS Agency of the Year and three-time NRPA Gold Medal Finalist community. He has professionally and personally been involved in public service and advocacy for over twenty years, serving in the U.S. Army including serving in Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom alongside educational work in Political Science while an undergrad student at Penn State University.  Since 2018, his department has used SOPARC to quantify park statistics to stakeholders, with his parks annually savings local park users over $3M in associated health care savings annually. He is currently the PRPS Board Secretary, serves on its Awards and Health and Wellness Committees, and is co-chairing the 75th Anniversary PRPS Conference in 2022. 

    Roslyn Johnson, CPRP (she/her)

    Director

    Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks

    Roslyn Johnson, CPRP was unanimously confirmed in March 2020 as the first female director for Baltimore County Maryland's Department of Recreation and Parks.  She is excited her career has come full circle and she is able to bring her expertise in the field and her innovative spirit back to the County where she was raised.  She was most recently the Deputy Director of Facility Operations for a six-time National Gold Medal winning Parks and Recreation agency in Prince George's County, MD.  In this role, she led innovative recreation programs that served the community.  She also put systems in place so that the department could successfully zero out their carbon footprint in 2018.  She had oversight of natural and historic resources, sports and arts programs and facilities, maintenance and development, and public affairs and marketing.

    Roslyn has an extensive career in the field of parks and recreation. In the past 17 years, she has held Deputy Director and Associate Director positions in parks and recreation agencies in Richmond, VA; the District of Columbia; and Baltimore. Her background and experience include overseeing multi-million dollar budgets, leading a diverse workforce, managing programs and facilities, and representing the agency in community outreach with elected officials, residents, and communities. 

    Roslyn has been very involved in NRPA (National Recreation and Park Association). She was a Board Member of NRPA from 2013-2019. Roslyn was a keynote at the inaugural Symposium on Leisure and Recreation Tourism in Shenzhen, China where she presented on being a Gold Medal Recreation and Parks Department as well as on the National Recreation and Parks Association.  She presented at the first Urban Park Conference in Chicago, is a familiar presenter at the NRPA Conference, she taught during the inaugural year of the Graduate Institute at Oglebay and currently was an instructor for NRPA Director's school from 2015-2019. She has been a member of the NRPA Urban Park Directors group since inception, served a short stint on the Program Committee, was a diversity mentor, young student/professional lunch pair, and assisted with the Urban Parks Summit. Roslyn is a Senior Executive Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School and has a certificate of leadership from The Center for Creative Leadership.

    Her passion and enthusiasm for her profession is ever evolving and Roslyn recently completed training to become a Certified International Coach. She is also very involved in the professional community and is a member of The Ethnic Minority Society of NRPA, Maryland Recreation and Parks Association, Americans for the Arts, Maryland Association of Counties and The National Forum of Black Public Administrator's Maryland and Central Virginia chapters. Her induction into The American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration has been one of her long awaited professional goals.

    She’s a true advocate for and passionate believer in innovation of all forms; especially the ways in which it can shape our communities and the lives of our residents. Roslyn has served as keynote both nationally and internationally.  These days, Roslyn is particularly focused on the intersection of diversity and innovation as we look for ways to adapt to and to continue to enjoy an ever changing world. 
    Roslyn graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park and in her free time enjoys making fused glass jewelry and silversmithing. 

    Gina Cohen (she/her)

    Vice President of Communications and Chief Marketing Officer

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Gina has been with NRPA for over 8 years. She leads a team of marketing, communication and publishing experts, each dedicated to NRPA’s mission and the good work accomplished every day by the park and recreation professionals throughout this country. Gina’s passion for parks and recreation began at a very young age.  Some of her fondest memories as a child are learning to swim, ballet and tap dance lessons, playing tennis and picnicking with her family – all offered through the park and recreation center in the small town where she lived. Gina learned early on that  parks and recreation is a powerful force in restoring the human spirit.  And to this day, when asked what her favorite place is, she quickly replies – a park!

    Elvis Cordova (he/him)

    Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Elvis Cordova is the Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), which is the nation’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation.  Mr. Cordova leads NRPA’s federal policymaking initiatives by providing strategic planning for enhancing community-based and capacity building programs, and stakeholder engagement to advance parks, recreation, and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. Mr. Cordova is a seasoned executive with over a decade of experience developing and implementing solutions for some of the most significant and high-profile challenges facing the U.S. public sector.  He has a unique combination of political, legal, economic, and international expertise.  He is a proven strategist and manager, adept at building coalitions and communicating effectively to diverse stakeholders.  He has built an intimate knowledge of the workings of the U.S. government and has developed strong relationships with a range of policymakers in key markets around the world. 

    In 2012, Mr. Cordova was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  From 2012 to 2017, Mr. Cordova served in various leadership roles at USDA, including Deputy Under Secretary and Acting Under Secretary.  He oversaw food labeling programs (including organic and biotechnology), international trade regulations, research & educational grant programs, nutrition programs, commodity procurement, plant & animal health regulations, process verification programs, conservation programs, and the expansion of local and regional food systems.  He served on the White Task Force for Puerto Rico, focusing on building public-private partnerships to aid in the economic recovery efforts for the island.  Mr. Cordova entered the federal government a Presidential Management Fellow at the Farm Credit Administration and at the U.S. Department of Energy where his work encompassed alternative energy, economic development, financial services, and congressional affairs. Outside of the federal government, he served as a consultant for the United Nations where he focused on trade development strategies for emerging markets in Southeast Asia.  He also served as Vice President of Public Relations at Tzolkin Media Inc., and Director for Latin American programs at the Self Reliance Foundation.  Mr. Cordova began his career as a financial analyst at the Harvard Management Company.

    He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.  He is a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Graduate Fellowship and holds various professional certificates from Georgetown University, Harvard University, University of California at Berkeley, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain), Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État (France), and Pontificia Universidade Catolica (Brazil). 
     
    In his personal time, Mr. Cordova works with various national leadership organizations to create and expand opportunities for diverse communities in the Washington, D.C. area.  He has previously served on the Executive Board of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (now known as Prospanica).  He has served as a senior advisor for the Aspen Institute’s International Career Advancement Program.  He is a graduate of Leadership Alexandria, which is an executive-level training program in the national capital area, as well as a graduate of the Political Leaders Program from the Sorensen Institute at the University of Virginia.  He is an alumnus of Project Interchange, which is an international leadership program of the American Jewish Committee and an alumnus of the Hispanic Leaders Program, a professional development program organized by the Foreign Ministry of Spain. Mr. Cordova presently lives with his family in Alexandria, VA and has previously lived in Latin America and Europe.  His language capabilities include Spanish, Portuguese, and French. 

    Dan McCarthy (he/him) (Moderator)

    Advocacy Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Dan McCarthy joined NRPA in February 2021 to lead grassroots advocacy campaigns and support members in their advocacy. Dan comes most recently from the anti-hunger community in Boston, where he organized coalitions to alleviate childhood hunger. He is a firm believer that our communities are stronger — and our government more effective — when people are interested, informed, and involved in the democratic process. 

  • Expect the Unexpected: FEMA’s Emergency Management Courses

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Emergency Management Institute (EMI) provides opportunities for free education. Join this webinar to learn more about EMI’s variety of training topics as well as how to connect to the free distance learning and in-person learning opportunities provided through EMI and how to access other FEMA resources.

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    The past year has demonstrated the necessity of strong emergency preparedness skills in unprecedented ways regardless of the type of challenge, whether man-made or natural. With the continued impacts of climate change and constant challenges facing our communities — it’s best to be prepared. This webinar will provide an opportunity for park and recreation professionals to become familiar with the free learning opportunities provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Emergency Management Institute (EMI). EMI is the emergency management community’s flagship training institution that provides distance and classroom training to federal, state, local, tribal, volunteer, public and private-sector officials to strengthen emergency management core competencies for professional, career-long training. Offerings cover issues around natural resource management as well as pre-planning, mitigation and response efforts that range in focus from community emergency management training to organizational management training and steps for applying to FEMA for funding. 


    Learning Objectives 
    Following this session, learners will be able to: 

    1. Become familiar with FEMA’s EMI distance and classroom training programs. 
    2. Learn how to connect with the free learning opportunities provided by EMI.


    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.

    Michael Sharon (he/him/his)

    Deputy Superintendent | Emergency Management Institute | National Preparedness Directorate

    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

    Michael Sharon is the Deputy Superintendent at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, MD. EMI is part of FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate (NPD). He was previously the Federal Preparedness Coordinator and National Preparedness Division Director at FEMA Region III, the Operations Planning Branch Chief, and Regional Integration Branch Chief.  Mike is a career emergency manager who also held positions at the U.S Department of State, Maryland Department of the Environment, and Maryland Emergency Management Agency.  Mike directly supports FEMA’s disaster response efforts as Chief of the National Response Coordination Center’s Gold Team and also as a liaison to the U.S. Secret Service during special security events.

    Michele White (she/her/hers) (Moderator)

    Program Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Michele White is a program manager for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) whose work is centered in how parks advance conservation, sustainability, and resiliency for communities across the country.  She has a B.A. from Mount St. Mary’s University and is a Certified Association Executive and a graduate of the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management (IOM).  She is passionate about the connection of sustainably managed open space and their support of healthy and resilient communities.  

  • Sports Facilities Into Eco-Friendly Community Spaces

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this webinar to gain an understanding of the ways climate-resilience and youth sports intersect — and how to balance these two seemingly competing priorities. Learn how to harness the power of athletic facilities and open play spaces to boost community sustainability efforts and connect residents to nature.

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    While athletic fields don’t always seem like they would offer much potential for increased sustainability, this session will provide attendees with an enhanced understanding of ways to transform sports facilities into eco-friendly community spaces. Spotlighting methods like organic land management and integrated pest management, this webinar will focus on ways park and recreation professionals can take action to make play areas — including youth sports fields and facilities — more conservation-friendly.


    Learning Objectives 
    Following this session, learners will be able to: 

    1. Understand the ways climate resilience and youth sports intersect and how to balance these two seemingly competing priorities.
    2. Harness the power of athletic facilities and open play spaces to boost community sustainability efforts and connect residents to nature.


    This session is eligible for 0.1 CEU.



    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.

    Patti Bakker

    Green Seattle Partnership, Wildlife, and IPM Program Manager

    Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation

    Patti is Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Manager for the Green Seattle Partnership, Wildlife and IPM programs. She has been with the City for almost five years and has been working toward protection and restoration of habitats and species for 28 years, including work with local, state and federal agencies as well as large and small non-profit organizations.

    Jay Rood

    Senior Capital Projects Coordinator

    Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation

    Jay Rood has been with the City of Seattle’s Park and Recreation Department for 6 years working as a project manager – stewarding projects from programming/funding, design development, community engagement, permitting, bidding, construction thru to close-out and opening celebration. Some of the CIP projects Jay has managed have been all season multi-sports uses artificial/synthetic turf playfields with lights – both new installations (2) as well as replacements (9). Jay has been in both private practice and public service since 1975 – working as a licensed landscape architect (Oregon, Washington & Alaska), urban designer/planner, and construction manager. 

    Adam Anulewicz, MCA

    Park Environmental Specialist

    Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management

    Adam Anulewicz, MCA, has been employed with the City Of Springfield since 2017, where he runs the Organic Lawn Care program for 12 of the city's parks and works on various environmental projects throughout the city. Adam went to college in New York, where he studied Forestry and Park Management and graduated with Bachelors of Science Degree in 2010. He is an avid fisherman, forager and hunter. 

    Pam Newcombe

    CEO

    PJC Organic

    Teresa Morrissey (Moderator)

    Park Access Program Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Teresa Morrissey joined NRPA's Park Access Team as a Program Manager in October 2020 to support the creation and execution of NRPA's youth sports strategy. She oversees a portfolio of grants that are designed to empower park and recreation professionals to improve equitable access to youth sports in their communities, including managing distribution of funds and project coordination, providing training and technical assistance, and creation and dissemination of resources. Bringing 5 years’ experience in community partnerships to the team, Teresa is skilled at forging relationships at the community level that advance equity. 

  • How to Advocate for Your Agency and Federal Relief Funding

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This webinar will introduce professionals to NRPA’s public policy and advocacy team, provide an outline of advocacy priorities, and identify how park and recreation professionals can take advantage of federal relief funding through the American Rescue Plan.

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    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic made obvious what professionals have known for a long time: parks and recreation services are not just public amenities, but essential services that communities need. As the new Congress and the Biden administration start to address the critical issues facing our country, park and recreation professionals need effective advocacy practices to ensure that community services and needs are a part of the nation’s recovery. This webinar will introduce professionals to NRPA’s public policy and advocacy team, provide an outline of advocacy priorities, and identify how park and recreation professionals can take advantage of federal relief funding through the American Rescue Plan.


    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.

    Elvis Cordova (he/him)

    Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Elvis Cordova is the Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), which is the nation’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation.  Mr. Cordova leads NRPA’s federal policymaking initiatives by providing strategic planning for enhancing community-based and capacity building programs, and stakeholder engagement to advance parks, recreation, and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. Mr. Cordova is a seasoned executive with over a decade of experience developing and implementing solutions for some of the most significant and high-profile challenges facing the U.S. public sector.  He has a unique combination of political, legal, economic, and international expertise.  He is a proven strategist and manager, adept at building coalitions and communicating effectively to diverse stakeholders.  He has built an intimate knowledge of the workings of the U.S. government and has developed strong relationships with a range of policymakers in key markets around the world. 

    In 2012, Mr. Cordova was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  From 2012 to 2017, Mr. Cordova served in various leadership roles at USDA, including Deputy Under Secretary and Acting Under Secretary.  He oversaw food labeling programs (including organic and biotechnology), international trade regulations, research & educational grant programs, nutrition programs, commodity procurement, plant & animal health regulations, process verification programs, conservation programs, and the expansion of local and regional food systems.  He served on the White Task Force for Puerto Rico, focusing on building public-private partnerships to aid in the economic recovery efforts for the island.  Mr. Cordova entered the federal government a Presidential Management Fellow at the Farm Credit Administration and at the U.S. Department of Energy where his work encompassed alternative energy, economic development, financial services, and congressional affairs. Outside of the federal government, he served as a consultant for the United Nations where he focused on trade development strategies for emerging markets in Southeast Asia.  He also served as Vice President of Public Relations at Tzolkin Media Inc., and Director for Latin American programs at the Self Reliance Foundation.  Mr. Cordova began his career as a financial analyst at the Harvard Management Company.

    He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.  He is a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Graduate Fellowship and holds various professional certificates from Georgetown University, Harvard University, University of California at Berkeley, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain), Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État (France), and Pontificia Universidade Catolica (Brazil). 
     
    In his personal time, Mr. Cordova works with various national leadership organizations to create and expand opportunities for diverse communities in the Washington, D.C. area.  He has previously served on the Executive Board of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (now known as Prospanica).  He has served as a senior advisor for the Aspen Institute’s International Career Advancement Program.  He is a graduate of Leadership Alexandria, which is an executive-level training program in the national capital area, as well as a graduate of the Political Leaders Program from the Sorensen Institute at the University of Virginia.  He is an alumnus of Project Interchange, which is an international leadership program of the American Jewish Committee and an alumnus of the Hispanic Leaders Program, a professional development program organized by the Foreign Ministry of Spain. Mr. Cordova presently lives with his family in Alexandria, VA and has previously lived in Latin America and Europe.  His language capabilities include Spanish, Portuguese, and French. 

    Kyle Simpson

    Senior Government Affairs Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

    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.

    Dan McCarthy (he/him)

    Advocacy Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Dan McCarthy joined NRPA in February 2021 to lead grassroots advocacy campaigns and support members in their advocacy. Dan comes most recently from the anti-hunger community in Boston, where he organized coalitions to alleviate childhood hunger. He is a firm believer that our communities are stronger — and our government more effective — when people are interested, informed, and involved in the democratic process. 

  • Intentionality in Aquatics — Dodge, Dip, Duck and Dodge

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Listen to our experts as they talk about the importance of approaching staffing, change management, and diversity with intention. This aquatics discussion will offer all professionals insight on how to approach your day with intention, even during today’s fast-paced and ever-changing environment. This session is eligible for 0.1 CEU and qualifies for AFO Group B credit.


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    This webinar examines the importance of being intentional in what park and recreation professionals do, with a focus on three topics: staffing, change management, and diversity in aquatics. Park and recreation professionals have all become experts in pivoting, adapting and turning on a dime. This is an opportunity to slow down for a minute and think about how to approach your changing world with intention and purpose, even if you have to do it on the fly!



    This session is eligible for 0.1 CEU and qualifies for AFO Group B credit.

    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.

    Sandy Kellogg, MSOL, AqP, AFOi, CPP

    Aquatic Director

    MVRC/FCPA

    Sandy Kellogg has been working in aquatics for twelve years, guarding from the chair, teaching from the deck, leading the lifeguards and managing an indoor aquatic venue. Along the way she earned her MSOL and became a CPP, WSI, AFOi, EA guard and instructor and an AqP. She has spoken around the country at many conferences on many topics.

  • Building a Well-Defined Organizational Culture

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    We all hear references to organizational culture, but what is it, really? How is it defined, how is it built, and how does it evolve and adapt to change? This session will dive into these questions and will assist in demystifying the establishment of culture in your organization and will provide you with tools you can use to build a well-defined culture in your organization.


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    What is it like working in your organization? What are the beliefs, values, customs, employee behavior and interactions external to your agency? Having a well-defined culture can set the stage for organizational success, yet it seems like an elusive goal for many. Organizational culture affects the way people and groups interact with clients, stakeholders and each other. Also, organizational culture may influence how much employees identify with their organization. This session will focus on two primary elements: how to build culture and how one department — Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation — strives to build a cohesive organizational culture.  


    Learning Objectives 

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand the definitions of organizational culture.
    2. List steps to build a strong culture.
    3. Understand an actual case study of building culture.



    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.

    Barbara Heller

    Senior Consultant, BerryDunn

    Barbara Heller is a Senior Consultant/Practice Lead for Parks and Recreation with BerryDunn, starting in June 2019.  Previously she was 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 13 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 and Elk Grove, Park District, both in Illinois. Heller has held other positions with municipal government organizations in Arlington, TX, Montgomery County, MD and Prince William County, VA.  

    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.  

    She has presented at state and national conferences for the last 25 years.

    Michael Kirschman

    Director

    Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation

    For the past 25 years, Michael Kirschman has presented at countless state and national park and recreation conferences. He has provided instruction for seven years at Supervisors Management School, taught two years at Green School, and currently serves as an instructor for Directors School.

    Kelly Moffett

    Senior Education Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Kelly Moffett is the Senior Education Manager at the National Recreation and Park Association. She currently manages the educational programming for NRPA Annual Conference as well as partner schools, including NRPA Directors School. Previously, Kelly worked at the Global Business Travel Association at which her role progressed over 5+ years from Education Coordinator to Manager of Professional Development, and finally Manager of Global Event Operations. Kelly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University with a major in communication studies and a minor in human resource development.

  • Environmental Maintenance: Global Impact and Your Agency

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar will provide information to help park and recreation professionals make decisions and choose products and improved practices that benefit the environment and support positive impacts on your agency, your community and the world.


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    Parks and public lands serve an essential role in preserving natural resources and wildlife habitat, protecting clean water and clean air, and providing open space for current and future generations.  Parks and recreation agencies have been in the forefront of the effort to protect the environment for the common good.  This webinar will provide information to help park and recreation professionals make decisions and choose products and improved practices that benefit the environment and support positive impacts on your agency, your community and the world.


    Learning Objectives 

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Identify environmental issues and concerns for the future of park maintenance management. 
    2. Understand the role of park and recreation agencies in environmental protection and why this is essential for good maintenance practices. 
    3. Understand how maintenance can be accomplished in an environmentally responsible manner.

    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.

    Karen L. Hesser, CPRP

    Chief of Operations

    Five Rivers MetroParks, Dayton, Ohio

    A Certified Park and Recreation Professional with more than 30 years of parks and recreation experience in both county and municipal organizations. Focused on engaging individuals, teams, and organizations to envision, strategize, and realize their full potential toward the effectiveness, efficiency, and success of the organization through coaching, mentoring, delegation, and empowering to achieve consistently high-quality work and personal accountability. Proven experience in personnel supervision and management, budgeting, planning, policy development, partnerships, creating park operation plans, strategic reorganizations of personnel, and program development. I have developed successful partnerships with community groups, requests for proposals, leases, employee job descriptions, and special-use agreements. My commitment to the parks and recreation community through positions at the local, state, regional, and national levels allows me to engage with professionals and citizens to strengthen the resources available to staff and the department. Combining executive leadership experience gained in supervisory positions, I offer an insightful, practical, and results-oriented approach to addressing complex organizational challenges.

    Gérald R. Checco

    Born in Bangui, Central African Republic into a French / Tunisian family, Gérald spent his youth between France and the lesser Antilles on the island of Guadeloupe.  A gifted mathematician, he obtained a Bachelor of Mathematics degree just one year after graduating from high school. He then studied two majors in tandem: Education at the Sorbonne and Engineering and Public Administration at the School of Public Works (école Speciale des Travaux Publics) in Paris, France.

    He married American artist Jan Brown Checco in 1981 and they had two daughters Amanda and Emilie, and they now have 3 grandsons.  Having completed his military duties as a lieutenant in the French artillery, Gérald established himself professionally as a consulting engineer on projects commissioned by family members of the King of Saudi Arabia, for whom he designed palaces, mosques and gardens. 

    In 1984, the young Checco family moved to Cincinnati, where they have resided ever since. An American diploma would now be essential for engineering practice, so Gérald enrolled at the University of Cincinnati where he obtained a Masters Degree in Structural Engineering in just 9 months. Certified as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Ohio and neighboring states, he was employed as Project Manager for an architectural design firm.  In 1991, Gérald was hired by the City of Cincinnati’s Park Board, and became Superintendent in1999.  A recognized expert in parks management, he has taught parks administrators throughout the nation in a North Carolina State University course (PRMMS), and has also lectured internationally on parks-related topics in Japan, France, Germany, Ukraine and China. 

    In 2013 Gérald was asked by Cincinnati’s City Manager to become the Director of Public Works, a department that was in leadership crisis with lackluster performance. With improvements completed, in 2015 the Mayor asked him to become the Director of the Metropolitan Sewer District, a department facing multiple audits due to questionable managerial practices and looming Consent Decree deadlines.  These last two appointments earned him the nickname “Cincinnati’s Fixer” for his ability to quickly reorganize troubled departments, improving performance and establishing ethical behaviors. 

    After retiring from City service in 2018, Gérald went on the 500-mile hike of his dreams - the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain, and then wrote a reflective, philosophical book - “The Tao of My Camino.”  He then translated from the original French to English, a play by Ivorian author Maurice Bandaman.  Gérald is now a Director on the Boards of the Mill Creek Valley Conservancy District, the Urban Forestry Advisory Board, the Charter Committee of Greater Cincinnati, Green Umbrella, the Sawyer Point Board of Visitors, and serves as the Treasurer of the community council where he resides.  He also works as a consultant for government efficiency and effectiveness.  He and Jan reside in their solar and geothermal-powered home in Clifton.

    During the COVID19 crisis Gérald was part of a team of volunteers that organized a community response to the pandemic.  This effort included a fund raising effort aimed at providing free meals for Health Care workers, a beautification/ spring cleaning effort throughout his neighborhood, and the creation of new outdoor “food courts” to help restaurants.