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Board of Directors

The National Recreation and Park Association is governed by a board of directors, which is responsible for the formulation of policies that control and direct the affairs of the association. Board members are elected to three-year terms. Officers of the board are elected annually. Board members are representative of the NRPA membership, which includes professional and citizen leaders in the park, recreation, and conservation movement; park and recreation agencies and organizations representing the public, private, voluntary, commercial, and industrial sectors; firms supplying park and recreation products and services; and individuals and civic groups interested in the park, recreation, and conservation field.

Updated as of October 22, 2014

Officers and Executive Committee

 
  • DETRICK L. STANFORD, CPRP
    Chair
  • SUSAN TRAUTMAN, CPRP
    Chair-Elect
  • ROBERT F. ASHCRAFT, Ph.D
    Past Chair
 
  • NEELAY BHATT
    Treasurer
  • STEPHEN ECKELBERRY
    Secretary
  • BARBARA TULIPANE, CAE
    President & Chief Executive Officer
 

Directors

 
  • LEON T. ANDREWS
    National League of Cities
    Washington, DC
  • ROBERT F. ASHCRAFT, Ph.D.
    ASU Lodestar Center
    Phoenix, AZ
  • BARBARA BACA
    Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department
    Albuquerque, NM
  • REBECCA BENNA, CPRP
    Five River Metro Parks
    Glendale, AZ
  • NEELAY BHATT
    PROS Consulting
    Indianapolis, IN
  • KEVIN COYLE
    The National Wildlife Federation
    Washington, D.C.
  • STEPHEN ECKELBERRY
    Bartlett Park District
    Carol Stream, IL
  • JENNIFER HARNISH
    Southwest Christian School
    Fort Worth, TX
  • ROSLYN JOHNSON
    Maryland-National Capital
    Park and Planning Commission, 
    Prince Georges County, MD
    Greenbelt, MD

 

  • JACK KARDYS
    Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department
    Miami, FL
  • MICHAEL KELLY
    Chicago Park District
    Chicago, IL
  • BRIAN KNAPP
    Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
    Fairfax, VA
  • DETRICK L. STANFORD
    Parks and Recreation Department
    Clayton County, GA
    Jonesboro, GA
  • MOLLY STEVENS
    Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
    Central Texas
    Austin, TX
  • SUSAN TRAUTMAN, CPRP
    The Great Rivers Greenway District
    Saint Louis, MO
  • WILLIAM "JOE" TURNER
    Houston Parks and Recreation
    Houston, TX
 

Life Trustees

 
  • BEVERLY D. CHRISMAN
    Lexington, SC
  • ANNE S. CLOSE
    Fort Mill, SC
  • JAMES H. EVANS
    New York, NY
  • ROSEMARY HALL EVANS
    Sugar Hill, NH
  • CHESTER W. FREEMAN
    Cullman, AL
  • EARL T. GROVES
    Gastonia, NC
 
  • CHARLES E. HARTSOE, Ph.D.
    Richmond, VA
  • HARRY G. HASKELL, JR.
    Chadds Ford, PA
  • KATHRYN A. PORTER
    Mendham, NJ
  • PERRY J. SEGURA
    New Iberia, LA
  • R. DEAN TICE
    Round Hill, VA
  • EUGENE A. YOUNG, CPRP
    Baton Rouge, LA
 



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