January Premier: Overcoming Barriers to Innovation

Released January 2023! Innovation — it is one of the most talked-about workplace topics. However, it can often feel like an insurmountable task (especially in organizations with limited available resources). But innovation can be more than just a program or a plan, it can be an achievable goal. Innovation starts with culture, teambuilding and creativity. Join as three speakers discuss how they have valued and promoted creative thinking throughout their careers as a pathway to achieve innovation! We are excited to feature Lakita Frazier, chief executive officer (CEO) of Women in Parks and Recreation; Seve Ghose, CEO and founder of Parks & Recreation Analysis; and Dr. Josh Medeiros, superintendent of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Service for the City of Bristol, Connecticut. 

Seve Ghose (he/him)

Community Services Director

City of Fort Collins

Seve has had a 35 year career in five States in municipalities, counties, special districts, and the private sector. He has served the NRPA in various capacities-- CAPRA Accreditation Board as a Visitor, Reviewer, Board Member and Chair and on the CPRE Exam Committee. Seve has presented at NRPA conferences since 2011 and at regional, State, and other conferences on various topics-- national accreditation, urban tree canopy, naturalization, valuing our profession by telling the story, and historical preservation, among others. He enjoys sharing the great story of parks and recreation and looks forward to creating a succession process by mentoring and coaching young professionals. In the Fall of 2020 he was selected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. For his work over the years Seve was recognized with the National Distinguished Professional Award in 2013 at the NRPA Congress in Houston, Texas-- for his advocacy of parks and recreation, leadership, innovation in programming, program development, research, and community engagement. He has also served as an instructor at the Parks and Recreation Maintenance Management School (PRMMS) in Oglebay. On the personal side, Seve has travelled to thirty six States with his family visiting, thus far, 117 National Parks and Monuments. He enjoys photography, golf, gardening as a cathartic endeavor, and staying in touch with friends in over a hundred countries.

Dr. Joshua T. Medeiros, Ed.D., CPRP (he/him)

Superintendent of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services

Bristol Parks and Recreation

Dr. Joshua T. Medeiros serves as the Superintendent of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services for the City of Bristol, Connecticut and as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. Medeiros has an earned Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration. Medeiros serves on the National Recreation and Parks Association Board of Directors and he is also the past President of the Connecticut Parks Association. Medeiros is a Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE) and is an award winner of both his state and national parks and recreation associations. 

Lakita Frazier, CPRP (she/her)

CEO

Women in Parks and Recreation

Lakita Watson is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional with over 25 years of experience in organizational leadership, program development, and capital improvement project management.  She served as the Executive Director of the Richland County Recreation Commission from July 2018 until February 2022. Prior to the Commission, Lakita served as the director of parks and recreation for the city of Suffolk, Virginia from 2003 until 2018.  

Lakita is a graduate of Norfolk State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Public Administration from Liberty University. She was inducted into the American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) in 2020. 

Committed to professional development and lifelong learning, Lakita actively teaches and mentors presenting at local, state, and national conferences. She also serves as a regent for the Revenue Management Development School and an instructor Director’s School. Lakita is the immediate Past President of the National Recreation and Parks Ethic Minority Society and serves on the American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administrator’s Justice Equity Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. In 2020, Lakita was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Recreation and Parks Association. She has served on the board for the National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials since 2018. Lakita is a member of the GP Red Advisory Committee and was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Park Foundations.

In 2019, Lakita founded the Women in Parks and Recreation (WIPAR) Facebook Group, which is committed to providing a positive platform and space for women in the field to collaborate, connect and support each other. In 2021, WIPAR was incorporated as a nonprofit organization with an online following of over 10,000 strong and growing every day! 

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