"We are in the business of saving lives."
COAPRT Chair Michael Blazey shares his thoughts on the current state of parks and recreation and the role university programs play in the development of quality professionals for the field.
Chair-Elect of the Armed Forces Recreation Network explains the challenges of working for a military recreation agency and shares his vision for the future of his network.
Research assistant Timia Thompson represents the next generation of park and recreation professionals well with her broad range of educational and field experiences.
With nearly 30 years of service in the field of parks and recreation, Pat Armstrong serves as a invaluable resource for NRPA staff and members alike.
Rita Shue, retired general manager of California's Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, shares her thoughts on staying involved in parks and recreation through her retirement years.
David Miller, Alexandria, Virginia's division chief of recreation services, shares his insight on the development of the park and recreation profession after more than 30 years in the field.
Chris Nunes, who serves as chair of the Certified Parks and Recreation Professional Committee, shares his advice for prospective CPRP candidates.
“Certification is the ultimate statement….”
If you’ve read the Future Leaders column in this magazine, you’re familiar with some of the volunteer leadership of Tom Venniro. Venniro, chair-elect of the NRPA Young Professional Network and Young Professional Representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region and Administrators’ Networks, helped establish that monthly column—and he contributes regularly to it. He is the recreation supervisor for the Town of Chili (New York) Recreation Department and specializes in recreation programming at all levels—but with a special focus on keeping youth active and connected with nature.
Parks and recreation professionals constitute a national brain trust that our legislators sorely need, NRPA advocacy volunteer Greg Weitzel insists—a brain trust with the potential to shape the future of parks in this country.
Although Beth Miller, a marketing and communications specialist for Ohio's Five Rivers MetroParks, does not have a background in conservation sciences or parks and recreation, she stepped forward enthusiastically as a Conservation Task Force volunteer. The experience, she says, was "illuminating."
Sherril York is the executive director of the National Center on Accessibility (NCA) at Indiana University and has more than 25 years of experience in accessibility and disability in physical activity development, recreation, and adapted sports. York shares her expertise with NRPA through her work on the Congress Program Committee, as well as her leadership on the Inclusion and Accessibility Network team.
NRPA Citizens Network Chair-Elect Jennifer Harnish offers advice on making an impact as a citizen advocate for parks.