July Premier: Neurodiversity and Inclusive Workplaces: Insights from Park and Recreation Professionals

Coming July 2023! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

John McGovern (he/him)

Partner, Principal in Charge

The WT Group, LLC Accessibility Practice

John N. McGovern leads the Accessibility Practice at The W-T Group, LLC (WTG)WTG is an MBE that is the NRPA preferred provider of accessibility consulting to NRPA membersHe began his parks and recreation career in Albuquerque, starting as a center director and eventually starting the Therapeutic Recreation ProgramHe then moved to Illinois to helm two of the local government partnerships that provide services for people with disabilitiesAlways interested in civil rights, he went to law school at night while working in parks and recreation and is one of the foremost authorities on the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities ActHis ADA work is sharpened by his career parks and recreation experience, his own disability, and his service on behalf of NRPA on the three federal advisory committees that developed the parks content of the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design.   

Kande Jones

Director of Development

Mulvane Recreation Commission in Mulvane, KS

Kande Jones is currently the Director of Development for the Mulvane Recreation Commission in Mulvane, KS. She has been with the Mulvane Rec for 5 years, having worked previously as the Youth Program Director for 4 yearsCurrently, as Director of Development, she works with the Mulvane Recreation Foundation and the Community Alliance for Mulvane Families to foster lasting relationships with community members and organizationsKande believes that this is an amazing time to be involved with Parks and Recreation with increased access to funding and greater awareness of the importance of outdoor spaces, conservation and restoration, and community programming. She holds a National Center Director Credential from McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and CPRE through NRPA. She also holds a B.S. in Biology, from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, and an  M.S. in Biology from the University of Colorado- Colorado Springs, CO. She identifies as Aspie and ADHD. 

Tammy Schwab

Manager of Education and Outreach

Resource Management Division, Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA)

Tammy Schwab is currently the Manager of Education and Outreach for the Resource Management Division, Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), in Fairfax, VA. She is a eighteen-year veteran with Fairfax County Parks having worked as a Naturalist/Historian Senior Interpreter for Sully Woodlands at Cub Run RECenter, where she originated and developed the first nature program at a county recreation centerCurrently, as Program Branch Manager, she coordinates the work of frontline interpreters and their nature and history programs at three lake front parks, five nature centers, two historic sites, an Observatory, a working farm and a public gardenShe is a National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide Trainer. She also holds a B.S. in Biology, from Shippensburg University, PA, and an  M.S.  in Zoology from, Miami University, Oxford, OH. She Identifies as Dyslexic and ADHD. 

Danielle Lucas

Hybrid Learning Coordinator

National Recreation and Park Association

Danielle Lucas serves on NRPA's Professional Development team as the Hybrid Learning Coordinator. Her career has focused on creating, implementing, and sustaining positive experiences that participants can take to share with someone else. She’s been a part of the education and recreation teams at a number of organizations, including but not limited to Kentucky State Parks, Wilson's Nurseries Butterfly Greenhouse, Georgetown-Scott County Parks and Recreation, and the University of Kentucky. 

Danielle earned a Bachelor’s in Recreation and Park Administration, triple concentrating in Natural Resource Recreation Management, Tourism/Resort Recreation Management, and Event Planning Recreation Management from Eastern Kentucky University.