Professionals in the park and recreation field enhance the quality of life for all people, through advancing environmental conservation efforts, social equity, and health and wellness. If you are interested in a career in the field, read these first-hand accounts of different career opportunities and learn what it's really like to be a park and recreation professional.

Member Spotlight: Patrick Wesley

2018 June NRPA Update Member Spotlight Patrick Wesley 410

Wesley has devoted his career to parks and recreation, and currently serves as assistant director at Shreveport Public Assembly & Recreation in Louisiana.

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Member Spotlight: Todd Johnson

2018 May NRPA Update Member Spotlight Todd Johnson 410

Manager, Golf Enterprises, at Fairfax County Park Authority in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Member Spotlight: Sabrina Steward

2018 April NRPA Update Member Spotlight Sabrina Steward 410

South Region Area Manager for the Chicago Park District

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Member Spotlight: Sonya Shaw

2018 March NRPA Update Member Spotlight Sonya Shaw 410

Sonya Shaw, director of Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources in North Carolina, has worked her way up the ladder to a leadership position...

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Member Spotlight: Greg Brown

2018 February NRPA Update Member Spotlight Greg Brown 410

Parks Superintendent for the City of Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department in Pinellas County, Florida.

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Member Spotlight: Lucky D'Ascanio

2018 January NRPA Update Member Spotlight Lucky DAscanio 410

Lucky D’Ascanio, Falmouth Parks and Community Programs director, in Falmouth, Maine, has worked with providing programming for older adults for more than 20 years.

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