A board of directors governs the National Recreation and Park Association. The board is responsible for the formulation of policies that control and direct the affairs of the association. Board members serve three-year terms. Officers of the board are elected annually. Board members are representative of the NRPA membership, which includes professional and advocate 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 September 23, 2019

Officers and Executive Committee

  • Open or CloseChair: Jack Kardys
    Jack Kardys
    Jack Kardys, the NRPA chair of the Board of Directors, recently retired as the director of the nationally accredited and Gold Medal award-winning Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department (MDPROS), one of the largest and most diverse park systems in the United States. A 38-year park professional, Jack has earned dozens of awards that recognize his extraordinary leadership and achievements. With Jack’s guidance, the MDPROS master plan established the blueprint for improving the quality of life in Miami through a system of great parks, public spaces, natural and cultural areas connected by great greenways, blueways, trails and complete streets.

    Jack is a resident of Key Largo, the past president of the Florida Recreation and Park Association, an associate with PROS Consulting and the President of J Kardys Strategies, LLC, developing and implementing innovative park and public realm strategies for building healthy and sustainable communities.

  • Open or CloseChair-Elect: Michael P. Kelly

    Chicago Park District (Chicago, IL)

    Michael Kelly
    Michael P. Kelly is the general superintendent and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Chicago Park District and serves as the chair-elect for the NRPA Board of Directors. He was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel on October 22, 2011. The Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners confirmed that appointment on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. He recently served as the Treasurer of the NRPA Board of Directors.

    Prior to his appointment, Kelly served as the Chicago Park District’s chief operating officer where, since 2007, he worked to provide executive management in areas such as park operations, capital construction, repairs and maintenance, landscape services, security and other contract services pertinent to the operations of the park district.

    Kelly earned a JD from DePaul College of Law in Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Open or CloseSecretary: Carolyn McKnight, CPRP

    East Baton Rouge, LA

    Carolyn McKnight, CPRP
    Carolyn McKnight, CPRP recently retired as the superintendent for recreation and park commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC). McKnight serves as the secretary of the NRPA Board of Directors. Over her 32-year career in parks and recreation, she has garnered several awards, including the Governor of Texas Lone Star Land Steward Award (2007), the Baton Rouge Influential Women in Business (2013) and the National Distinguished Professional Award (2016).

    McKnight serves with a group of city leaders on the Mayor of New Orleans’ Healthy Baton Rouge Task Force and helped protect and preserve 800 acres of parkland; organizing and implementing the Community Healthy Fair, which involved more than 50 agencies, businesses and professional agencies serving more than 32,000 participants; successfully linking BREC’s 10-year strategic plan with 28 different organizations to achieve critical outcomes over the next 10 years; and leveraging more than $200 million in public-private and public-public funding support.

    McKnight, who serves on the National Gold Medal Committee, has also served in a number of roles for NRPA, including as CAPRA accreditation commissioner, committee chair for the NRPA Baltimore Maryland Conference Education Program (2008), NRPA/North Carolina State University Board Supervisors’ Management School instructor (2006 to 2012) and chair of that board (2011-2012), Directors School instructor (2009-2013 and present), chair of the Ethnic Minority Society (2007) and Mentoring Program Leader (2013 - present). She received the Exemplary Service Citation from the NRPA Board of Trustees in 2008 and has also been an American Academy of Park and Recreation Administrators Fellow since then.

  • Open or CloseTreasurer: Jesús Aguirre, CPRE

    Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation (Seattle, WA)

    Jesus Aguirre
    Jesús Aguirre is superintendent of Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation. He also serves as the treasurer of the NRPA Board of Directors. Previously, he was agency director for the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation and the state superintendent of education for the District of Columbia. He serves on the board of directors of the Children and Nature Network as well as the Seattle Aquarium and Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo.

    Jesús has a master's degree from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is an avid park user and a Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE).

  • Open or CloseAt-Large: Karen Bates Kress
    Karen Kress
    Karen Bates Kress, former president of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, has 40 years of experience in nonprofit management and resource development. Previously, Kress served as the secretary of the NRPA Board of Directors. She has worked for The Nature Conservancy, the National Parks and Conservation Association, the American Farmland Trust, the National Wildlife Federation and had her own consulting business.

    Kress has served on many nonprofit boards, including the Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Potomac Conservancy, American Rivers, GLOBE and the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation. She has served on Allegheny College’s Alumni Council and chaired a regional campaign committee. She is also a member of the Council of Trustees for the Montana Land Reliance.

    Kress has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in English history.

  • Open or CloseAt-Large: Joshua Medeiros, Ed. D, CPRP, AFO

    City of Bristol (Bristol, CT)

    Joshua Medeiros

    Joshua Medeiros is Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for the City of Bristol. Dr. Medeiros has been involved in the field of parks and recreation for 15 years, the past 10 in leadership positions across several municipalities. He specializes in recreation programming, aquatics, capital project management, leadership and organizational change and has developed hundreds of programs and events throughout his career, generated millions of dollars in department revenues, and overseen numerous major park projects. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Southern Connecticut State University in the Department of Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management, and his most recent scholarly work included a qualitative study examining reports of Connecticut recreation professionals on best practices for aquatics management.

     

  • Open or ClosePresident & Chief Executive Officer: Kristine Stratton
    Kristine Stratton
    Kristine Stratton is the president and chief executive officer of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). In her role, she is responsible for the nearly $20 million national organization that works to ensure that all people have access to parks for health, conservation and recreation. NRPA is the national voice for the protection and creation of local parks, harnessing the passion and power of its more than 60,000 members and the millions of individuals they serve.

    NRPA partners with foundations, federal agencies and corporations that recognize the critical role of parks in creating healthy and sustainable communities. The organization grants millions of dollars each year to its members to implement programs that have measurable objectives, such as increasing equitable park access, reducing obesity, increasing physical activity, saving wildlife, connecting children to nature and implementing green infrastructure in communities nationwide. Access to quality parks and recreation is a critical component to an individual’s success and to strong communities, and NRPA focuses on underserved communities to give everyone access to a great park.

    A staunch advocate for environmental conservation and equity issues, Stratton believes strongly in NRPA’s mission. Before coming to NRPA, Stratton was the senior vice president of operations at Earthjustice, a nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to litigating environmental issues. Prior to that, she served as the executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance in New York, New York, and before that she was vice president of operations at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts. She also served in several administrative and senior management roles at WGBH Educational Foundation, a public broadcasting station, in Boston, Massachusetts. Stratton holds a Master of Arts degree in environmental policy and planning from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Boston University.


Directors

  • Open or CloseMichael Abbaté, FASLA

    Landscape Architect (Portland, OR)

    Mike Abbaté
    Mike Abbaté is a landscape architect with 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. In 1997, he co-founded GreenWorks, an award-winning landscape architecture and environmental design consulting firm, recognized for its sustainable design philosophy. Previously, Abbaté served as the director of Portland Parks & Recreation and has led initiatives to fund new parks in deficient areas of Portland, Oregon, to increase equity and inclusion in the bureau, and to promote ecological sustainability in land management practices. The city of Portland received the prestigious Gold Medal award from NRPA as the best parks system in the United States while under Abbaté’s leadership.

    Abbaté graduated magna cum laude from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in landscape architecture. He is a registered landscape architect in Oregon, certified nationally through the Council of Landscape Architects Registration Board, and a LEED™-accredited professional. He is the author of Gardening Eden, published by Random House.

  • Open or CloseJesús Aguirre, CPRE

    Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation (Seattle, WA)

    Jesus Aguirre
    Jesús Aguirre is superintendent of Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation. He also serves as the treasurer of the NRPA Board of Directors. Previously, he was agency director for the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation and the state superintendent of education for the District of Columbia. He serves on the board of directors of the Children and Nature Network as well as the Seattle Aquarium and Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo.

    Jesús has a master's degree from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is an avid park user and a Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE).

  • Open or CloseHayden Brooks

    American Realty Analysts (Austin, TX)

    Hayden Brooks
    Hayden Brooks is the chairman of American Realty Analysts and the co-founder of the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin and Nature Rocks Texas. Brooks has previously served as Austin Parks and Recreation Department board commissioner, Children & Nature Network advisory board member, Austin Parks Foundation president, the State of Texas’ Partnership for Children in Nature committee chair, Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center chair, Downtown Austin Alliance vice chair and is the recipient of Leadership Austin’s Outstanding Alumni Award. Brooks is an alumnus of the University of Virginia with a B.Arch. degree in urban planning and of the University of Texas with an MBA in real estate finance.
  • Open or CloseKong Chang

    City of Saint Paul (Saint Paul, MN)

    Kong Chang
    Kong Chang currently works for the city of Saint Paul as a community recreation specialist. He has more than 10 years of program and recreation management experience and a bachelor’s degree in sports management. Chang has also worked for multiple organizations across different platforms, such as for-profit, nonprofit, educational and government agencies.

    Chang is an advocate for racial equity and brings a wealth of knowledge around diversity and inclusion. His experience includes implementing the policies and procedures for the city of Saint Paul’s first Employee Resource Networks to engage and retain employees of color. In addition to this work, he actively seeks to address and be a voice for undeserved or underrepresented communities to address the opportunity gap.

  • Open or CloseKevin Coyle, JD

    The National Wildlife Federation (Washington, DC)

    Kevin Coyle
    Kevin Coyle has committed 35 years to improving America’s education and environmental education fields. He has been with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) as vice president for education since 2005.

    Prior to working for NWF, Coyle was president of the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation (NEETF), an award-winning organization, chartered by Congress to strengthen U.S. environmental learning for personal stewardship, science education, improved healthcare, business management, watershed management and natural resource management. He has also led and founded several other educational and environmental organizations, including River Network, Inc. (Washington, D.C. and Portland), American Rivers and the American Land Resource Association.

    Coyle is trustee and past chair of The Potomac Conservancy, trustee of The Alice Ferguson Foundation and has served two terms as chairman of The Natural Resources Council of America.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from LaSalle University, a JD in environmental law from Temple University, and a Conservation Leadership Institute Certificate from the Wharton School of Business.

  • Open or CloseJose Felix Diaz

    Ballard Partners (Miami, FL)

    Jose Diaz
    Jose Felix Diaz is an executive vice-president at Ballard Partners in Miami. He is a government attorney who specializes in complex matters involving federal, state, and local government approvals for clients ranging from individuals, nonprofit organizations, and entities throughout South Florida and beyond. Diaz has also been a Florida state representative and serves as a board member and ambassador for various non-profit groups, including the South Florida National Parks Trust and the Zoo Miami Foundation. He has received numerous awards for his leadership and service.

    Diaz holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Miami, a juris doctorate from Columbia Law School and a certificate in energy planning and policy from the University of Idaho.

     

  • Open or CloseVictor Dover

    Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning (Miami, FL)

    Victor Dover
    For 30 years, Dover has been designing walkable, sustainable development. His work spans five continents and ranges from revitalizing historic downtowns to retrofitting suburbia. Dover and his firm devised award-winning neighborhoods like I’On in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and Glenwood Park in Atlanta, Georgia. His projects also include Plan El Paso, hailed as “America’s Best Smart Growth Plan,” and Arlington, Virginia’s Columbia Pike revitalization. His many downtown projects include South Miami’s downtown renaissance and the plan for downtown Richmond, Virginia. He is presently at work on the plan for downtown Oakland, California. Victor is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He served as the national chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism from 2010 – 2012. He was instrumental in founding and setting the educational curriculum for the National Charrette Institute and the Form-Based Codes Institute, both leading think tanks. He’s also an avid bike commuter and a five-time Ironman triathlete.

     

  • Open or CloseRichard Gulley

    San Diego Park & Recreation Board, and Balboa Park Conservancy (San Diego, CA)

    Richard Gulley
    Richard Gulley is a board member of the San Diego Park & Recreation Board, a board member of the Balboa Park Conservancy, the co-vice chairman of the New Americans Museum, a board trustee for Vista Hill, founding member of E.W. Scripps Associates (EWSA) and is currently the board treasurer for the San Diego Zoo.

    Gulley, a native of Louisiana, was previously the CEO, executive vice president and vice chairman of Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. He has also served as the chair (2012) of the San Diego Zoo Global, past president of the Anza-Borrego Foundation (ABF) and has been a board member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Diego County.

    Gulley received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Louisiana State University and his master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University.

  • Open or CloseJack Kardys

    J. Kardys Strategies (Miami, FL)

    Jack Kardys
    Jack Kardys, the recently retired director of the nationally accredited and Gold Medal Award-winning Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department (MDPROS), serves as chair of the NRPA Board of Directors. He is also president of J Kardys Strategies, LLC, has served as president of the Florida Recreation and Park Association (FPRA) and currently serves on the FRPA board.

    Over the course of his career, Kardys has received several awards, including the NRPA R.O.S.E., FRPA Distinguished Service and American Society for Public Administration Administrator of the Year Awards, and led MDPROS to earn two Florida Governor’s Sterling Awards and the FRPA Agency Excellence Award.

    Kardys holds a bachelor’s degree in sports administration and a master’s of science degree in management, respectively, from St. Thomas University. He has served as an adjunct professor at Florida International University, teaching organizational behavior, marketing and recreation programming, and as an instructor and curriculum planner for the FRPA Abraham’s Leadership Academy.

  • Open or CloseMichael P. Kelly

    Chicago Park District (Chicago, IL)

    Michael Kelly
    Michael P. Kelly is general superintendent and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Chicago Park District, and serves as the chair-elect for the NRPA Board of Directors. He was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel on October 22, 2011. The Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners confirmed that appointment on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. He recently served as the Treasurer of the NRPA Board of Directors.

    Prior to his appointment, Kelly served as the Chicago Park District’s chief operating officer where, since 2007, he worked to provide executive management in areas such as park operations, capital construction, repairs and maintenance, landscape services, security and other contract services pertinent to the operations of the park district.

    Kelly earned a JD from DePaul College of Law in Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Open or CloseKaren Bates Kress

    Park Advocate (Emigrant, MT)

    Karen Kress
    Karen Bates Kress, former president of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, has 40 years of experience in nonprofit management and resource development. Previously, Kress served as the secretary of the NRPA Board of Directors. She has worked for The Nature Conservancy, the National Parks and Conservation Association, the American Farmland Trust, the National Wildlife Federation and had her own consulting business.

    Kress has served on many nonprofit boards, including the Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Potomac Conservancy, American Rivers, GLOBE and the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation. She has served on Allegheny College’s Alumni Council and chaired a regional campaign committee. She is also a member of the Council of Trustees for the Montana Land Reliance.

    Kress has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in English history.

  • Open or CloseJoanna Lombard

    University of Miami School of Architecture (Miami, FL)

    Joanna Lombard
    Joanna Lombard, AIA, LEED AP, is a professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture with a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. At UM, she is a founding member of the Built-Environment Behavior & Health Research Group with funded projects in the area of neighborhood design and health, currently studying the impacts of streetscape-greening on Miami-Dade Medicare beneficiaries. Co-leader of one of the eleven university-based teams selected as charter members of the American Institute of Architects Design & Health Research Consortium, she is author and co-author of articles, book chapters, and books, and she links research and design through advising on strategies for healthy communities. She has worked with colleagues at UM’s Abess Center, Georgetown, and Harvard Universities to organize a colloquium on climate migration (February 2018). In 2018, she was a member of the RWJF Evidence for Action: Culture of Health delegation to the One Water Summit. With colleagues from U.Minnesota and Portland State, she convened a discussion group on climate migration at the AIA 2018 Collaborative Research Summit, and locally, she developed and taught a 3-day workshop for the CLEO/Van Alen Institute Climate Design Lab and is continuing work with The Nature Conservancy to advance the Miami Cities Program’s Allapattah: Resilient Health District + Wagner Creek Greenspace Project.
  • Open or CloseCarolyn McKnight, CPRP

    East Baton Rouge, LA

    Carolyn McKnight, CPRP
    Carolyn McKnight, CPRP recently retired as the superintendent for recreation and park commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC). McKnight serves as the secretary of the NRPA Board of Directors. Over her 32-year career in parks and recreation, she has garnered several awards, including the Governor of Texas Lone Star Land Steward Award (2007), the Baton Rouge Influential Women in Business (2013) and the National Distinguished Professional Award (2016).

    McKnight serves with a group of city leaders on the Mayor of New Orleans’ Healthy Baton Rouge Task Force and helped protect and preserve 800 acres of parkland; organizing and implementing the Community Healthy Fair, which involved more than 50 agencies, businesses and professional agencies serving more than 32,000 participants; successfully linking BREC’s 10-year strategic plan with 28 different organizations to achieve critical outcomes over the next 10 years; and leveraging more than $200 million in public-private and public-public funding support.

    McKnight, who serves on the National Gold Medal Committee, has also served in a number of roles for NRPA, including as CAPRA accreditation commissioner, committee chair for the NRPA Baltimore Maryland Conference Education Program (2008), NRPA/North Carolina State University Board Supervisors’ Management School instructor (2006 to 2012) and chair of that board (2011-2012), Directors School instructor (2009-2013 and present), chair of the Ethnic Minority Society (2007) and Mentoring Program Leader (2013 - present). She received the Exemplary Service Citation from the NRPA Board of Trustees in 2008 and has also been an American Academy of Park and Recreation Administrators Fellow since then.

  • Open or CloseJoshua Medeiros, Ed. D, CPRP, AFO

    City of Bristol (Bristol, CT)

    Joshua Medeiros

    Joshua Medeiros is superintendent of parks and recreation for the City of Bristol. Dr. Medeiros has been involved in the field of parks and recreation for 15 years, the past 10 in leadership positions across several municipalities. He specializes in recreation programming, aquatics, capital project management, leadership and organizational change and has developed hundreds of programs and events throughout his career, generated millions of dollars in department revenues, and overseen numerous major park projects. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University in the Department of Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management, and his most recent scholarly work included a qualitative study examining reports of Connecticut recreation professionals on best practices for aquatics management.

     

  • Open or CloseHerman Parker

    San Diego, CA

    Herman Parker
    Herman Parker recently retired as the director of the Parks and Recreation Department for the city of San Diego, California. He had worked in the field of parks and recreation for more than 30 years and has been dedicated to recreation since the beginning of his career when he was a professional football player with the Buffalo Bills.

    Parker has received numerous awards from the California Park and Recreation Society for his work, and he is a member of the California Park and Recreation Society, City Park Alliance and Africa Travel Association and is an NFL alumnus.

    He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Long Beach and has a management certificate from the San Diego Regional Management Academy.

  • Open or CloseIan Proud

    Playworld Systems (Williamsport, PA)

    Ian Proud
    Ian Proud has helped lead nonprofit organizations for 30 years, with a specific interest in change management and adding value as the community around them evolves. He is the market research and inclusive play manager at Playworld Systems and began the company’s inclusive play initiative, culminating in the Inclusive Play Design Guide, a manufacturer-neutral inspirational and educational resource to get everyone, regardless of ability, playing on the playground. He championed the development of the nation’s first electronic outdoor play product and led the creation of a leading outdoor exercise product line for seniors.

    Proud received a Master in Business Administration from Loyola University in Maryland, and he has taught undergraduate and graduate product design, marketing and creativity courses.

  • Open or CloseNonet Sykes

    Atlanta Beltline, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)

    Nonet Sykes

    Nonet T. Sykes is the first chief equity and inclusion officer for the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) and, as such, is responsible for providing cooperative leadership, management, and strategic planning to ensure equity and inclusion for all efforts related to the Atlanta BeltLine. Nonet helps to formulate policies that address health and sustainability in communities, innovation in community outreach and communication, displacement mitigation, and long-term affordable housing efforts.

    Sykes was previously director of racial and ethnic equity and inclusion at the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she invested resources to identify, implement, and promote the most effective strategies to increase equitable opportunities and outcomes for children, families and communities of color. Sykes' 20 plus years of experience spans the areas of racial equity, community development, program strategy and development, nonprofit effectiveness, and organizational culture and change leadership.

    Sykes also serves on the board of advisors for the National League of Cities' Race, Equity and Leadership Initiative.

    Sykes holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore, and a Certificate in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership from Georgetown University.

  • Open or CloseXavier D. Urrutia

    Alamo Colleges District (San Antonio, TX)

    Xavier D. Urrutia
    Xavier D. Urrutia currently holds the position of chief of staff to the chancellor for the Alamo Colleges District which consists of five independently accredited colleges and seven workforce centers and is the largest provider of post-secondary education and training in south Texas.

    A native of San Antonio, Texas, Urrutia formerly served as the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation director from June 2008 to July 2019 where his municipal government career spanned more than 23 years including positions as an interim assistant city manager and interim director for Animal Care Services, as well as assistant director for solid waste management and, prior to that, in the department of human services.

    Urrutia holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Trinity University and is a member of the International Hispanic Network, and Leadership San Antonio Class 37.

  • Open or CloseGreg A. Weitzel, MS, CPRP

    Department of Parks and Recreation (City of Las Vegas, NV)

    Greg Weitzel

    Greg A. Weitzel has 20-plus years of experience in the field, having served as department director of parks and recreation for cities of various population sizes on the east coast and pacific northwest. He currently serves as director of parks and recreation, City of Las Vegas. Weitzel also serves as an ambassador and lead playground installer for Kids Around the World. He served for more than 10 years on the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society Governmental Affairs Committee and ended his tenure as chairman and was instrumental in helping to save more than $600 million in key funding from elimination in the state budget.

     

  • Open or ClosePhillip Wu, M.D.
    Phillip Wu

    Dr. Philip Wu, a retired pediatric obesity specialist from Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region, has been a pediatrician with Kaiser since 1997. His special interests include obesity prevention in children and promoting healthy living for families. He is currently working on broadening the scope of healthcare to include collaboration with community organizations/businesses in addressing healthcare disparities.

    Dr. Wu serves on several community boards, including the Northwest Health Foundation, Oregon Oral Health Coalition, Outside In, The Intertwine Alliance and Oregon Environmental Council. He has an interest in transportation as a “social determinant” and has participated on the transportation committee of the Westside Economic Alliance, the Washington County Transportation Futures Study project and Oregon Department of Transportation’s Transportation Options Policy Advisory Committee. He recently concluded two years of service on Metro’s Equity Strategy Advisory Committee.

    He received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Wu and his partner enjoy walking, hiking and simply being in nature.

     


Life Trustees

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    Beverly D. Chrisman
    Lexington, SC

    Anne S. Close
    Fort Mill, SC

    James H. Evans
    New York, NY

    Rosemary Hall Evans
    Sugar Hill, NH

    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


NRPA Senior Staff

  • Open or CloseVP of Membership & Certification: Julie Boland, CPRE

    Julie Boland joined NRPA in 2008 and serves as the Vice President of Membership and Certification.  In this role, Boland develops and oversees the association’s membership and certification initiatives. She received her Bachelors of Science in Forestry from Purdue University and has been working in the field of parks and recreation since 2000. Prior to her time with NRPA, she served as the Parks Director for the City of Crown Point, Indiana. She is a Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) from the National Recreation and Park Association and a Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives.

  • Open or CloseVP of Finance & CFO: Brenda Camacho

    Brenda Camacho joined NRPA in 2018 as the Vice President of Finance and CFO. In this role Camacho is responsible for all long-range financial matters and administrative objectives, policies, programs and practices of the organization. In addition, she oversees operations and conference teams. She is also the lead staff member for the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors.

    Camacho has an extensive background in nonprofit financial and operations management; including overseeing facilities and IT functions for multi-facility organizations, leading roles in multi-million dollar capital projects, and leading implementations of CRM and General Ledger systems. Over the last two decades, she has worked with several organizations in growth mode and has been pivotal in aligning the infrastructure teams to meet the demands of the rest of the organization. Her accounting background and management skills lend themselves well in leading finance teams. She received her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Phoenix and her Masters in Accounting from Nova Southeastern University.

    In 2015, Camacho was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as a CFO of the Year awardee.

  • Open or CloseVP of Strategic Initiatives: Richard J. Dolesh

    Richard J. Dolesh joined NRPA in 2002 and serves as the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. Dolesh worked 30 years in parks and natural resource management at the local and state level in Maryland before coming to NRPA.

    Dolesh facilitates the implementation of NRPA's three pillars—conservation, health and wellness, and social equity—and assists in developing strategic partnerships to benefit NRPA. His recent work includes exploring the role of parks in adapting to the impacts of climate change, engaging park systems green infrastructure stormwater management and climate resiliency, and assessing the impact of private funding for public parks.

    Dolesh is a frequent contributor to NRPA’s Parks and Recreation magazine, and has written numerous articles on parks and natural resources in publications including The Washington Post and National Geographic magazine.

  • Open or CloseVP of Programs: Kellie May

    Kellie May joined NRPA in 2010 and serves as the Vice President of Programs. In her role, May oversees the strategic direction of NRPA’s philanthropic programs and initiatives, including working to establish new relationships with partners and donors. Previously, she served as NRPA’s Director of Health and Wellness and has a demonstrated background in helping local park and recreation agencies implement strategies to improve healthy eating and increase physical activity.

    Prior to joining NRPA, May worked at SHAPE America, previously the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance where she worked to increase physical activity for young children. She has more than ten years of experience managing health and physical activity programs and has a Master’s degree from George Washington University.

  • Open or CloseVP of Marketing, Communications & Publications: Gina Mullins-Cohen

    Gina Mullins-Cohen joined NRPA in 2013 and serves as NRPA's Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publications. Mullins-Cohen brings with her over 18 years of communication and publication management experience. She has launched and managed numerous publications in several diverse industries, as well as owned and directed a media-communications firm.

    As founder of Eclipse Media Partners, LLC, in 2010, a full-service media, communications and publishing company specializing in community publications, online content and events, Mullins-Cohen was able to work with and report on the achievements within park systems in Southern California. Prior to Eclipse Media Partners, she held the post of executive vice president of Electronic Retailing Association (ERA) where she oversaw the communications, publishing and education divisions.

    Numerous publications and branding campaigns have been the recipient of awards under Mullins-Cohen's direction. Her consumer publication, Edible Orange County, was the recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Publication - 2011. Her work in B2B publishing and communications has been the recipient of four Maggie Awards from the Western Publishing Association.

  • Open or CloseVP of Professional Development, Research & Technology: Kevin A. Roth

    Kevin A. Roth joined NRPA in 2015 and serves as NRPA's Vice President of Professional Development, Research and Technology. Roth leads the research team in its mission to create valuable data and metrics that enhance park and recreation agency performance and make the case for increased and more stable agency funding. He guides the development of innovative in-person and online educational offerings for professionals that advance parks and recreation in their communities. He also oversees the team delivering IT and web services to the association.

    Roth has served in research and leadership functions in the nonprofit association space for more than two decades, including overseeing both research and IT at the Association for Financial Professionals for 13 years and conducting survey research at the National Association of Realtors for four years. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.



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