CAPRA Webinar Series, #7: CAPRA Site Visit Team Members

This session will cover the criteria for becoming a visitor and the steps to apply; the specific duties and expectations for each volunteer role (Site Visit Team lead, Site Visit Team member, Commission Review Team); tips on preparing for your assigned visit; and the way to complete your end-of-visit-year evaluation form. Other topics will include what to expect during your assigned visit and how to work together as a team to put together the final executive summary report for the agency

Learning Objectives

Following this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Understand the application process and criteria for becoming a CAPRA volunteer.
  2. Describe each volunteer’s specific role and expectations.
  3. Apply best practices in visit participation.

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.

Troy Houtman, CPRE

Director of Park and Recreation | City of Wichita, P&R Department

Troy Houtman is the City of Wichita Park & Recreation Director and started in November of 2014. Troy brings over 30 years of experience to the job with previous working locations at the City of San Antonio and the City of Austin.  His background includes working in many areas of Parks and Recreation to include aquatics, youth and adult sports, golf, park maintenance, CIP projects, and general recreation programming.  Specifically, the depth of his experience involves development of partnerships, contract development, park development, budget management and employee development.

Troy has attended the National Recreation & Parks Association Directors School and holds a certificate as a Certified Public Manager from the state of Texas and Certified Parks and Recreation Executive from the National Recreation & Parks Association and is a member of the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration. In 2016 his agency, Wichita Park & Recreation Department became one of 172 CAPRA accredited agencies.  Troy also serves on the CAPRA Commission since 2019.  
Several mentors have had a huge impact on Troy’s management style and desire to become a Parks & Recreation Director. These influences have shaped his vision of public service and the passion for delivering quality service to the community.  It is his belief that local government is the most important tool for creating and providing a high quality of life for its citizens. The function of the Park and Recreation Department is to enhance these opportunities and further develop pride in the community. The Park and Recreation Department is the most important department for outreach and cooperation with Wichita residents in order to achieve their vision of what the community should be and what programs should be offered.  

His goals include more exposure for the department, more partnerships, more interaction with the community, more programs offered, upgrades to parks and park amenities.  All of these contribute toward the departmental goal of enhancing the quality of life in Wichita.

Texas State University- Master’s Degree in Public Administration 
Northern Colorado University- Bachelors of Science in Business Accounting 

​Jennifer G. Schleining

CAPRA Accreditation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

National Recreation and Park Association

Jennifer G. Schleining, CAPRA Accreditation Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association, oversees the strategic direction and day to day operations for the CAPRA Accreditation Program including management of the accreditation process for agencies and related educational programming.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History with a minor in Classical Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture from Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies and a Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Continuing Education Department. Prior to NRPA Jennifer served for 5 years as a Credentialing Services Specialist for the American Society of Appraisers.  Prior to that she held various fundraising and development positions for organizations including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Give a Note Foundation, Tudor Place Historic Home and Garden and The Madeira School. 

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