Taking the Mystery Out of the NRPA Awards Process

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Each year NRPA highlights the truly outstanding work of park and recreation professionals and agencies. Applications for the NRPA 2020 Innovation, Spotlight and Scholarship/Fellowship Awards open on Monday, January 6, 2020. This webinar will help you create an engaging application as representatives from the National Awards Committee host and shed light on the process (note: this does NOT include Gold Medal awards). What can you do to make sure your application stands out from the rest? How does the scoring process work? And what are some pitfalls to avoid? Join us Thursday, January 16 at 2:00 p.m. EST and give your agency/yourself a better chance at receiving national recognition in 2020!

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Suzanne Nathan

Public Relations Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

Bringing 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, Suzy has been with NRPA for two years and works on a variety of projects which includes managing the Innovation, Spotlight and Scholarship/Fellowship awards program.

Nancy Desmond, CPRP

Special Projects Administrator, Cleveland Metroparks

Nancy has been with Cleveland Metroparks for 20 years and has held a variety of positions. She started with the Park District as a visitor center manager and gained broad experience through a few special assignments over the years.  In her current role, she does special projects for the Chief Operating Officer, oversees the park's non-profit partner relationships, serves on internal and external committees, coordinates several awards application processes and co-manages its CAPRA accreditation.  Nancy has been a CAPRA visitor for four years and recently signed on as a reviewer.

Jason MacKenzie, CPRP

Projects and Services Coordinator, City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department

Jason’s background includes twenty years of progress supervisor and management experience with the City of Tampa. In 2015, Jason joined the executive management team as the Projects and Services Coordinator, overseeing projects such as playground renovations, adaptive and inclusive recreation and ADA compliance projects, communications, marketing, public relations, grants, social media, and act as the agency lead for CAPRA Accreditation. 

Cheryl Michelet

Director of Communications, BREC

Cheryl joined BREC as Director of Communications in 2012. She has 14-years of experience in public relations/marketing management/crisis communications preceded by nearly twenty years of broadcast television management. At BREC, she manages a team of 16 professionals and who are responsible for writing the applications that have garnered national recognition for the agency. Cheryl is the past President of the Baton Rouge chapter of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana (PRAL) and was named its Practitioner of the Year in 2018. 

Dan Olson

Director of Operations, Champaign Park District

Dan has been involved with Parks, Recreation and Natural Areas protection for over 25 years in the state of Illinois and is currently the Director of Operations for the Champaign Park District.  Dan is the Chair of the NRPA Awards and Scholarships Committee and has served on the committee for three years.


Take the Mystery Out of the Innovation and Individual Awards Process
01/16/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
01/16/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
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