Tuesday, October 27
 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (EDT)
 Coffee Talk Discussion #1
 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. (EDT)
 Opening General Session
 1 p.m. 3 p.m. (EDT)  Exhibit Hall Kick Off (exclusive hours)
 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. (EDT)  Education Session Block #1
Session Speaker Track
Data-Driven Strategies for Equitable Urban Park Investment Julie Waterman, City Parks Alliance Equity and Inclusion
Emerging Leaders; Put the Pow! in Powerhouse

Karen Hesser, Five Rivers MetroParks

Kristy Lintz, City of Rapid City

Lori A. Hoffner, Supporting CommUnity, Inc.

Steve Herrig, City of Great Falls

Tiffany Johnson, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Career Development
LWCF State Assistance Fund: Tapping into Its Great Potential for Your Community

Eric Feldbaum, New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Joel Lynch, National Park Service

Kyle Simpson, National Recreation and Park Association

Supporting Older Adults Throughout COVID-19

Emily Patrick, Generations United

Jennifer Tripken, National Council on Aging

Meredith Hanley, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Health and Wellness
The Esports Experience: Determining the Best Esports Program(s) to Build and Strengthen Communities

Karen Mendoza, Global Youth Enterprises

Matthew Reiter, Maricopa Esports

Scott Novis, Bravous Youth Esports and GameTruck, LLC

Recreation and Sports Programming
Greener Parks for Health

Barton Robison, Oregon Health & Outdoors Initiative

Rebecca Rehr, ecoAmerica

 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EDT)  Education Session Block #2
Session Speaker Track
Equitable Aquatics: The 3 Ps of Inclusive Aquatics — Personnel, Programming and Policies Katherine Connell, City of Iowa City Aquatics
Insta-worthy Parks and Recreation: Optimize Your Parks, Programs and Events for Social Engagement Ann Beck, Mansfield TX Parks & Recreation Public Relations and Marketing
Park Foundations and Friends Groups:  Filling Budgetary Gaps Through Alternative Sources of Funds Kristine Stratton, National Recreation and Park Association Leadership and Management
Park It Here: Trailblazing Tech

Carmine DeMilio, Manatee County Government

David Morehead, Manatee County Government

Lea Harper, Manatee County Government

Planning, Design and Maintenance
Simple Tools to Support Children’s Mental and Physical Health

Daniel Hatcher, The Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Marisa Paipongna, Afterschool Alliance

Health and Wellness
COVID-19: What Do We Do Now With Our Concessions?

Mike Holtzman, Profitable Food Facilities Worldwide

Revenue and Customer Service
 5:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m. (EDT)  Coffee Talk Discussion #2  
Wednesday, October 28
 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (EDT)  Coffee Talk Discussion #3 
 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (EDT)
 General Session 
 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EDT)
 Exhibit Hall Open 
 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDT)
 Education Session Block #3 
Session  Speaker  Track
Great Customer Service Is Not Enough Bobbi Nance, Recreation Results Revenue and Customer Service
Let’s Talk Teens: Year-Round Equitable Programming

Chinyere Stoneham, City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks

Elaine Piha, City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks

Health and Wellness
P&R’s Response to Active Shooter Incidents

Greg Weitzel, Las Vegas Parks and Recreation Department

Michael Kirschman, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation

Leadership and Management
Physically Distant, Socially Connected

Kyle Bywater, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Savannah Seiple, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Hannah Spaulding, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Recreation and Sports Programming
WE GOT ENGAGED!: Tips for Communicating Effectively with Your Part-Time Workforce Adam Blackmore, City of Henderson Public Works, Parks and Recreation Career Development
 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. (EDT)  Education Session Block #4 
Session Speaker Track
A Comprehensive Response to the Substance Use Crisis

Julien Scott, NYC Parks and Recreation

Laruen Kiefert, NRPA

Annette Cheng, NYC Parks and Recreation

Kelly Kitchens, City of Elizabethton Parks & Recreation

Jilian Reece, City of Elizabethton Parks & Recreation

Patricia Roberts, City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department

Health and Wellness
COVID-19 and the ADA: Guidance for Park and Recreation Agencies John McGovern, The WT Group, LLC Accessibility Practice Equity and Inclusion
Safe Spaces for High Performers: How to Create a Safe Space for Your Workforce

Atuya Cornwell, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Cortni Grange, Grange Enterprises

Employee and Volunteer Management
Next Practices for Parks and Recreation in a COVID-19 World Neelay Bhatt, PROS Consulting, INC. Leadership and Management
There’s an Octopus in the Parking Garage?!: ‘Futureproof’ Your Parks for Resiliency to Climate Change

Chris Matthews, Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation

Jai Cole, M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks

 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EDT)
 Education Session Block #5 
Session Speaker Track
Becoming The Agent of Change’: How Leaders Create Staff Excellence Through Inspirational Change
Johnny Campbell, Speak On IT Leadership and Management
Let’s Talk About Loneliness: Identifying and Addressing Loneliness in Our Communities Stacey Halvorsen, Westminster Medical Clinic Health and Wellness
Public Life Is an Essential City Service: Reimagining Recreation and Parks as Integral to the Development of Your City

Brittany Schmoekel, City of Akron

James Hardy, City of Akron

Using Park Master Plans to Drive Equity Goals Rachel Banner Planning, Design and Maintenance
What Happens When the World’s Most Powerful Navy Stays at Home

Refugio Orozco, Navy

Brooke Haley, Navy MWR

Recreation and Sports Programming
 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EDT)
 Coffee Talk Discussion #4 
 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. (EDT)
 Best of the Best Ceremony 
Thursday, October 29
 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (EDT)  Coffee Talk Discussion #5 
 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (EDT)
 Closing General Session 
 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EDT)  Exhibit Hall Open 
 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDT)  Education Session Block #6 
Session Speaker Track
Equity: The Case for Redlining the Term ‘Social’ and Getting Comfortable with ‘Racial’ Jai Cole, M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks Equity and Inclusion
Why Parks and Recreation Are Key Factors in the Support of Mental Health Initiatives

Barbara Heller, BerryDunn

April Chambers, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)

Health and Wellness
Leadership — It’s a Choice...AND a Challenge: How Emotional Intelligence Plays a Significant Role in Leadership

Dave Bietz, Fargo Park District 

Dave Leker, Fargo Park District

Joe Deutsch, Fargo Park District

Leadership and Management
More Than a Requirement: A Layered Approach to Aquatics Staff Training

Katherine Connell, City of Iowa City

Sydney Stodola, Iowa City Parks & Recreation

Retail Buildings Reimagined for Community Health, Wellness and Recreation Lindsey Peckinpaugh, Perkins+Will (formerly Sink Combs Dethlefs) Planning, Design and Maintenance
 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. (EDT)  Education Session Block #7 


7 Habits’ to Achieve YOUR Parks and Rec ‘Super’ Status

Katy Keller, Indian Trail Parks & Recreation

Trinnette Mumford, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

Career Development
How to Develop Disaster Mitigation and Preparation Plans

Manuel Soto, City of Orlando

Steven Patton, City of Norfolk Recreation, Parks, and Open Space Department

Leadership and Management
Did COVID-19 Make Us Essential?

Janet Bartnik, Mountain Recreation

Cortney Weinstock, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks

Health and Wellness
Increasing Access to Youth Sports

Rachel Banner, NRPA

Tom Ferry, Aspen Institute

Recreation and Sports Programming
Make It Stick!: Activities to Make All of Your Trainings More Fun and Impactful

Roz Buck, Roz and Jed Training & Consulting

Jed Buck, Roz and Jed Training & Consulting

Employee and Volunteer Management
Refresh not Rebrand: How to Update Your Brand Without Changing Your Identity

Katie Groke, Apex Park and Recreation District

Public Relations and Marketing

 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

 Education Session Block #8

Session Speaker Track
Building Facilities and Programs that Reflect the Values of Inclusiveness and Diversity

Jim Browne, Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects (current) Cities of Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, Rowlett & Sugar Land, Texas (retired)

Stephen Springs, Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Arschitects

Planning, Design and Maintenance
How to Expand Ecological Restoration and Management in Your Park System

Douglas Mensing, Applied Ecological Services, Inc.

Matthew Garrett, Johnson County Park and Recreation District

Inclusion Matters: How to Bring Inclusion to Recreation Programming Leah Huffer-Solomon Recreation and Sports Programming

Public Accessibility for Transgender Populations

Keri-Lyn Krafthefer, Ancel Glink Diamond Bush DiCianni & Krafthefer, P.C.

Michael Clark, Palatine Park District, IL

Sophie Michaels, Private Citizen

Equity and Inclusion

The Essential Role of Parks and Recreation Throughout COVID-19

Allison Colman, NRPA

Lakita Watson, Richland County Recreation Commission

Kristin Zimmerman, Mohave County Parks

Dan West, Broward County Parks and Recreation

Health and Wellness

 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EDT)

 Coffee Talk Discussion #6



Speed Sessions
A Simplified Guide to Successful Grant Writing A.D. Drew, Turner County Parks & Recreation Revenue and Customer Service
Adaptive Natural Resource Management: Tools for Implementation Tim Schetter, Metroparks Toledo Conservation
Aquatics and COVID-19: What Worked, What Didn’t, What’s Still Unknown? George Deines, Counsilman-Hunsaker Aquatics
Back to a New Reality: How to Adapt Your Center to a Post-COVID-19 Era

Craig Bouck, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

Mick Massey, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

Planning, Design and Maintenance
Communicating with Your Social Media Audience During a Crisis Meghan Rothschild, Chikmedia Public Relations and Marketing
Communities and COVID Recovery: How to Adapt Your Aquatics With Secondary Sanitation Tom Schaefer, Clear Comfort Aquatics
Conservation in the Parks: A Community-Based Approach Julia Robson, Waukesha County Parks and Land Use Conservation
Expanding Local Park Programs: Free Fly Fishing for Disabled/Eldery Veterans

James Lindenmayer, Cherokee County Homeless Veteran Program

Rob Hilkin, Retired, 35 years with IBM

Health and Wellness
Food Access in the Time of COVID-19 Maureen Neumann, NRPA Health and Wellness
Hiring to Reflect the Community You Serve: How to Overcome Employment Barriers Kathryn Ott Lovell, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Career Development
Master Class: Meetings 101 — 10 Sure Ways to Get Them Talking! Lisa Wube, City of Irving Parks and Recreation Leadership and Management
Navigating Through Trauma, Drama and Llamas in the Workplace

Jaimie Clout, City of Bristol Parks & Recreation, Youth & Community Services

Tiffanie Lai, City of Mountain View

Health and Wellness
Optimizing Your Facility Programming Post-COVID-19 Jason Clement, Sports Facilities Management, LLC Recreation and Sports Programming
Paws and Recreation: Service Dogs, ADA Accessibility and You Hannah Cooper, City of Port Orange Parks and Recreation
Wendy Hartman, New Horizons Service Dogs Inc.
Equity and Inclusion
Recreation Employee Conversations (REC): One-on-One Check-Ins Katherine Connell, City of Iowa City Employee and Volunteer Management
Supporting Inclusive Health Through Parks and Recreation

Maureen Neumann, NRPA

Kathleen Maggi, Special Olympics

Equity and Inclusion
Supporting Rising Leaders for Greater Field-Wide Equity Rena Payan, Youth Outside Equity and Inclusion
The Gathering Place: Inclusive Design for Everyone Mark Trieglaff, Accessibility Consultation and Training Services, Inc. Planning, Design and Maintenance
Walk This Way: Get More People Moving Michele Stanten, My Walking Coach Health and Wellness
What Makes a GREAT Day at Work?: The 3 Cs of Work Satisfaction Michael Kirschman, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Leadership and Management

*Events, dates and times are subject to change.

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