New to the Profession Bundle

imageThe parks and recreation industry has the growing challenge of onboarding individuals who come to parks and recreation from a variety of previous experiences and education. These sessions curated from the NRPA 2018 Annual Conference are focused on developing individuals who are new to the profession, providing an introduction to the industry, and providing insight into future career paths and development. Included in this bundle are the following sessions:

  • Welcome to Recreation & Parks / NRPA's Three Pillars

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered

    We’ll explore NRPA’s “The Three Pillars” and dig into the importance that each of those initiatives has on us and our neighbors, plus how you can promote and honor those aspects of Recreation & Parks through your actions as a new professional.

    imageThe field of Recreation and Parks is like no other – Welcome! This session is designed for professionals who are joining this field from other sectors and working in Recreation & Parks for the first time. We’ll look at the big picture of this field and how it impacts the lives of everyone in our community. We’ll explore NRPA’s “The Three Pillars” and dig into the importance that each of those initiatives has on us and our neighbors, plus how you can promote and honor those aspects of Recreation & Parks through your actions as a new professional. Also discuss working with a municipal or tax based system and how this is different from the business sector. You will also learn about amazing resources that can support you in this new career.

    Molly Hetrick

    Trainer & Coach, Training with Molly

    Molly A. Hetrick is a Fundraiser, Instructor, Supervisor and Trainer and is blessed to have several careers that she loves!

    Molly has combined her natural enjoyment for working with people and her educational background to provide quality development and training sessions to help clients advance their professional goals. Molly is known for her sunny personality, enthusiasm during presentations and ability to relate to diverse groups of people during high energy training sessions.

    Molly is currently the Manager of Philanthropy at the Schlow Centre Region Library in Central Pennsylvania. Her roles include public relations, donor communication, fundraising, stewardship and outreach to support the financial and fundraising goals of the Library and its Foundation. She loves to talk about development and fundraising!
    Molly recently started “Training with Molly” to offer training programs on development and fundraising and encourage non-profit and recreation organizations on how fundraising and development fit into staff and board roles.

    For 15 years, Molly was the Supervisor of a regional nature center in Pennsylvania. Since 2006, Molly also has worked as a Freelance Trainer for The Meeting Institute in Myrtle Beach and travels to offer training and development sessions at conferences and directly with businesses. She has presented at the National Parks & Recreation Conference since 2008, worked with many professionals in all sectors (with a focus on hospitality and recreation), and helped teams reach their full potential through choosing the right attitude, proper networking, and customer service skills. (Although "Training with Molly" is a new venture, Molly still partners and trains with The Meeting Institute.)

    She was also Adjunct Faculty at the Pennsylvania State University for several years and taught Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management class called Commercial Management that prepares juniors and seniors with management skills needed to enter the professional workplace when they graduate.

    Molly's favorite training topics include: Networking to teach people how to network professionally with poise and confidence, Civility Training to teach groups how to respect each other and work as a team, and Choose Your Attitude to help individuals develop a strong sense of accountability to themselves and their attitude each day.

    Molly lives in Central Pennsylvania. She spends her free time kayaking, reading, practicing yoga, singing and nature journaling. She has lived in Tennessee and Pennsylvania and loves to travel to new places. Molly strives to lead a natural lifestyle and live lightly on the earth through her eco-conscious choices.

    Personal Words of Wisdom:
    “Don't tell me the sky is the limit, there are footprints on the moon!” ~Unknown

    Testimonials:
    “Molly Hetrick is one of the best presenters in the Park and Recreation field today. She is able to bring cutting edge thinking from the business world and apply it to our field. Her great content, and engaging presence leaves the audience enriched, challenged and energized.”

    ~Paul Gilbert – Executive Director, Author, and Professor

  • Revealing the Secrets of Successful Career Development

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered

    One of the most common questions we get on a regular basis as we mentor your professionals is how they can develop their career and what are the best ways to do that. This panel will discuss what are secrets to developing your career, expanding your education, how to develop your professional network and how to actively engaged in professional activities

    imageOne of the most common questions we get on a regular basis as we mentor your professionals is how they can develop their career and what are the best ways to do that. This panel will discuss what are secrets to developing your career, expanding your education, how to develop your professional network and how to actively engaged in professional activities.

    Chris Nunes

    Director of Parks and Recreation The Woodlands Township

    Chris Nunes is the Director of Parks and Recreation for The Woodlands Township, in The Woodlands, Texas. In that position, he oversees 90 full-time and 350 part-time staff members, a $18 million operational budget and is accountable for the management of 135 parks, 15 swimming pools and aquatic facilities, 200 miles of pathways and 200 miles of streetscape. While in The Woodlands, he has implemented cost recovery strategies, developed business/operational plans for major and minor facilities, and has increase programming 200% with no additional staff. He speaks around the country (over 200 sessions) on topics including: business plans, contracting, creative programming, marketing, external funding, communication, leadership and succession planning. In addition, he serves or has served on the, Oglebay Revenue Management School, NRPA Council on Accreditation, CPRP/E Committee, CPRP Exam Committee, was the 2010 Chair of the Board of Regents of the Rocky Mountain Revenue Management School, founded the Gulf Coast Leadership Development Institute, 2013-2014 Chair of the NRPA Admin Network and is a Certified Parks and Recreation Executive. In 2012, Chris was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administrators and in 2015 he received the National Distinguished Professional Award from NRPA. Prior to The Woodlands, he was the Director of Community Services for the City of Fort Morgan, Colorado, an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Recreation Management Program at Ashland University and Director of Parks and Recreation in Fort Kent, Maine. Chris holds a Bachelors Degree in Recreation Management and a Masters Degree in Sports Management from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a Doctorate in Parks and Recreation Administration from the University of New Mexico.

    Dirk Richwine

    CAPRA Commissioner

    Kara Kish, MPA, CPRE, CPSI

    Superintendent of Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department, Terre Haute, Indiana

    Kara Kish, MPA, CPRE, CPSI is the Superintendent of Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department in Terre Haute, Indiana. Previously, Kara served as the Assistant Superintendent for VCPRD, the Recreation Manager for Brownsburg Parks and Recreation Department (IN) and also a Recreation Program Coordinator for Fishers Parks and Recreation Department (IN). She is the Past-President for Indiana Park and Recreation Association, the Past-Chair of the NPRA Great Lakes Region Network for NPRA, and is an active member of the NPRA Young Professional Network and Leadership Development Network. Kara earned her BS in Recreation and Sport Management from Indiana State University and her MPA with a concentration in Public Management from IUPUI. She is currently a doctoral student at Indiana State University in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Kara also serves as a Lecturer for Indiana State University’s Department of Recreation and Sport Management and the Department of Political Science. Kara received the National Recreation and Park Association’s Robert W. Crawford Young Professional award, the NRPA Young Professional Fellowship, and the AAPRA Young Professional Externship. Kara has also received the Outstanding Young Professional award and the Outstanding Educator award from the Indiana Park and Recreation Association. In Terre Haute, Indiana, Kara was recognized in the inaugural class of the Terre Haute 12 Under 40. 

    Jay Tryon

    Director of Parks & Recreation, Town of Indian Trail

    Jay Tryon is the Director of Parks & Recreation for the Town of Indian Trail.  This is a fairly new department that was started in 2014.  Since its creation Jay has lead his team to open over 100 acres of parks and currently is finishing the Towns first Strategic Masterplan.  While in Indian Trail he has built a department known for providing top notch programming and facilities and leading the way with innovative amenities in the region. Prior to this position he spent 7 ½ years with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. Throughout his time with Mecklenburg County he held a few different roles including operations director of special event facilities and athletics supervisor coordinator. Jay is a member of NCRPA and NRPA and is the past chair of Young Professional Network. He is also a member of the CAPRA Commission. In 2015 he was awarded one of NRPAs Young Professional fellowships.  He is a graduate of SUNY Brockport with a major in Recreation & Leisure Studies and a concentration in Recreation Management.

    Michael Kalvort

    Director, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation

    Michael J. Kalvort, CPRE, is an enthusiastic, collaborative, and enterprising leader in the parks and recreation profession. For the past 20 years he has improved the organizations he was worked for by delivering new parks and facilities, developing new revenue sources, reorganizing members into more efficient teams, and improving customer service delivery. Currently he is the Director for the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia, a CAPRA Accredited Agency and widely regarded as a top 15 agency in the nation. His responsibilities include strategic planning, policy development, programming and revenue generation, and developing sustainable initiatives for Virginia Beach, a City comprised of 447,000 residents, seven large recreation centers, and 265 parks. Michael leads a team of over 500 full time and 600 part time team members and oversees a budget of $59,000,000.

    Michael has been active in the National Recreation and Park Association since 1995. Currently he is the Chair Elect for the NRPA Administrator's Network. For six years he served on the NRPA's Revenue Development School Board of Regents. He also serves on the State Board for the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. He is proud to be one of the first 53 professionals who attained the CPRE Certification. In 2010, he was chosen as one of the top “40 Professionals under 40” in Southwest Florida by Gulf-Shore Business Magazine. Additionally, in 2005, he was a finalist for the NRPA's Young Professional Award.

    Michael has given numerous training, leadership, and personal development presentations and workshops including “I want to Make a Difference,” “The Leader in You,” and “10 Steps to Being More Marketable.” He has also presented to many non for profit agencies, community groups, and fellow professionals in Florida, Missouri, West Virginia, Virginia, and Kansas.

  • Intentional Mentoring - Learning and Connecting for Professional Evolution

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered

    ​Moving forward professionally requires evolving in your knowledge, skills, competencies, and connections. Having good mentors in your life helps support and target your growth. Learning how to best be a mentor later in life helps you give back and leave a strong legacy. This session covers what you need to know to do all of this.​

    imageMoving forward professionally requires evolving in your knowledge, skills, competencies, and connections. Having good mentors in your life helps support and target your growth. Learning how to best be a mentor later in life helps you give back and leave a strong legacy. This session covers what you need to know to do all of this.

    Dr. Teresa Penbrooke, CPRE

    CEO, Researcher, and Faculty, GP RED, GreenPlay, and NCSU

    Dr. Teresa Penbrooke, founded GreenPlay LLC in 1999, is faculty for GP RED, and Visiting Scholar for NCSU. Teresa has 25+ years of practice and research experience in implementation improvements for administration, healthy communities, and parks and recreation planning for universities, associations, individuals, and agencies.

  • From Orientation to Onboarding: Making the Most of the First 90 Days

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered

    In today’s fast-paced world, getting new talent started in their job as quickly as possible is important for the health of your business. However, a new job can be overwhelming, and by creating a welcoming environment, building cultural buy-in, and sharing tribal knowledge, you not only improve the chances of new hire success but create loyalty and have a little fun!

    imageIn today’s fast-paced world, getting new talent started in their job as quickly as possible is important for the health of your business. However, a new job can be overwhelming, and by creating a welcoming environment, building cultural buy-in, and sharing tribal knowledge, you not only improve the chances of new hire success but create loyalty and have a little fun!

    Kristen Barnes

    Trainer & Consultant, Five Star Recreation

    Kirsten's career has included supervising programs such as youth sports, summer camps, seniors, ice arenas, golf courses, and more. Kirsten also oversaw lifeguard management at 24 aquatic facilities and waterparks with a private management company, & she worked in private fitness and wellness serving over 17,000 members, supervising over 220 employees, and overseeing a budget of almost $10M in annual revenues. She currently works with agencies to provide customized professional development and frontline training. Kirsten has also spoken at educational conferences around the country, has spoken at NRPA Annual Conference & National Aquatic Conference, and was a faculty member of National Aquatic Management School.