NRPA Virtual On-Demand

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Tuesday, October 27
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (EDT) Coffee Talk Discussion #1
Title Speakers
Community Healing in the Wake of Trauma - Parks and Recreation's Role

Allison Colman, Director of Health, National Recreation and Park Association

Mercy Santoro, Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation
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 Speakers Track
Data-Driven Strategies for Equitable Urban Park Investment

Julie Waterman, Advocacy Director, City Parks Alliance

Jayne Miller, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Mitchell Silver, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

Meagan Elliot, Detroit Parks and Recreation Division

Equity and Inclusion
Emerging Leaders: Put the Pow! in Powerhouse

Karen Hesser, Chief of Operations,, Five Rivers MetroParks

Kristy Lintz, Golf Operations Manager, City of Rapid City

Lori A. Hoffner, Professional Speaker, Trainer and Consultant, Supporting CommUnity Inc.

Steve Herrig, Director of Park and Recreation, City of Great Falls

Tiffany Johnson, Recreation Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation

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

Eric Feldbaum, Community Recreation Specialist, New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Joel Lynch, Chief of State and Local Assistance Program Division, National Park Service

Kyle Simpson, Senior Government Affairs Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

Elisabeth Fondriest, Recreation Grant Programs Branch Chief, National Park Service

Advocacy
Supporting Older Adults Throughout COVID-19

Emily Patrick, Senior Manager, Generations United

Jennifer Tripken, Associate Director, National Council on Aging

Meredith Hanley, Director, Community Capacity Building, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

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

Scott Novis, CEO and Founder, Bravous Youth Esports and GameTruck LLC

Recreation and Sports Programming
Greener Parks for Health

Barton Robison, Director, Oregon Health & Outdoors Initiative

Rebecca Rehr, Director of the Climate for Health program, ecoAmerica

Jenny Cox, Conservation Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

Conservation
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EDT) Education Session Block #2
Session Speakers Track
Equitable Aquatics: The 3 Ps of Inclusive Aquatics — Personnel, Programming and Policies Katherine Connell, Aquatics Program Supervisor, City of Iowa City Aquatics
Insta-worthy Parks and Recreation: Optimize Your Parks, Programs and Events for Social Engagement Ann Beck, Marketing and Communications Manager, Mansfield Parks and Recreation Public Relations and Marketing
Park Foundations and Friends Groups: City Manager and Mayors Panel Discussion

Joe Wynns, Chair-Elect of the Board, National Association of Park Foundations

Julie Moore Wolfe,
Mayor of Decatur, Illinois

Joe Hogsett, Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana

David Dollahon, City of Las Cruses, New Mexico, Assistant City Manager

Leadership and Management
Park It Here: Trailblazing Tech

Carmine DeMilio, Parks/Grounds Operations Manager, Manatee County Government

David Morehead, GIS System Analyst, Manatee County Government

Lea Harper, GIS System Analyst, Manatee County Government

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

Daniel Hatcher, Director of Community Partnerships, 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, CEO and President, Profitable Food Facilities Worldwide

Revenue and Customer Service
5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Coffee Talk Discussion #2 
Title Speakers
Park Equity and Racial Justice

Glenn Harris, President, Race Forward

Autumn Saxton-Ross, Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer, National Recreation and Park Association

7 p.m. – 8 p.m. (EDT)

National Gold Medal Award Presentation

Wednesday, October 28
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (EDT) Coffee Talk Discussion #3 
Title Speakers
Navigating Staffing and Budget Cuts Dr. Ana Alvarez, Deputy General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (EDT)
General Session — Mental Health: From My Community to Me
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  Speakers
Track
Assigning Value to the Financial, Environmental and Social Benefits of Nature in Urban Greenspaces Kelli Ondracek, Natural Resources Manager, Houston Parks and Recreation Department

David MacLean, Founder, McMac Cx

Eric Bill, Vice President Economics, Impact Infrastructure
Conservation
Great Customer Service Is Not Enough Bobbi Nance, President, Recreation Results Revenue and Customer Service
Let’s Talk Teens: Year-Round Equitable Programming

Chinyere Stoneham, Principal Recreation Supervisor I, City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks

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

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

Greg Weitzel, Director, Las Vegas Parks and Recreation Department

Michael Kirschman, Director, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation

Leadership and Management
Physically Distant, Socially Connected

Kyle Bywater, Recreation Program Coordinator, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Savannah Seiple, Recreation Leader, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Hannah Spaulding, Recreation Leader, CTRS/R, Seattle Parks and Recreation

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

Julien Scott, Director of Operations Initiatives, NYC Parks and Recreation

Laruen Kiefert, Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association

Annette Cheng, Project Development Coordinator, Innovation and Performance Management, NYC Parks and Recreation

Kelly Kitchens, Programming and Special Events Coordinator, City of Elizabethton Parks and Recreation

Jilian Reece, Carter, County Drug Prevention Coalition Director, City of Elizabethton Parks and Recreation

Patricia Roberts, Deputy Director, City of Port St. Lucie Parks and Recreation Department

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

Atuya Cornwell, County-Wide Sports Coordinator, Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Cortni Grange, Founding Partner, Grange Enterprises

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

Chris Matthews, Division Director, Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation

Jai Cole, Chief, Park Planning and Stewardship Division, Montgomery Parks

Conservation
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EDT)
Education Session Block #5 
Session Speakers Track
'BecomeThe Agent of Change’: How Leaders Create Staff Excellence Through Inspirational Change
Johnny Campbell, CEO, Speak On IT Leadership and Management
Let’s Talk About Loneliness: Identifying and Addressing Loneliness in Our Communities Stacey Halvorsen, Director of Health Education and Community Outreach, 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, Recreation and Parks Manager, City of Akron

James Hardy, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Integrated Development, City of Akron

Advocacy
Using Park Master Plans to Drive Equity Goals

Rachel Banner, Director of Park Access, National Recreation and Park Association

Diane Jones, Director of Landscape Architecture, University of Texas at Arlington and Principal Landscape Architect, Design Jones LLC

Maisie Hughes, Co-Founder, Urban Studio

Planning, Design and Maintenance
What Happens When the World’s Most Powerful Navy Stays at Home

Refugio Orozco, Marketing Director, Navy

Brooke Haley, Community Recreation Program Manager, Navy MWR

Recreation and Sports Programming
5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EDT)
Coffee Talk Discussion #4 
Title Speakers
Natural Disaster Preparedness

Kenny Weigandt, Community Engagement Program Manager, Willamalane Park 

John DiSpaldo, Regional Preparedness Liaison with the Individual and Community Preparedness Division, FEMA

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 
Title Speakers
Emerging Trends in Parks and Recreation

Rich Dolesh

Brendan Daley, Director of Strategy and Sustainability, Chicago Park District

Greg Weitzel, Director, Las Vegas Department of Parks and Recreation

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (EDT)
General Session — Dan Heath
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (EDT) Climate Resilience Panel
Session Speakers
Parks and Recreation: Agents for Climate Resilience

Kristin Baja, Programs Director, Climate Resilience Urban Sustainability Directors Network

Alyssa Cobb Konon, Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Development, NYC Parks

Norma E. Garcia, Director, County of Los Angeles Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Kelli Ondracek, Natural Resources Manager, City of Houston Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Guillermo (Gil) Penalosa, Founder and Chair, 8 80 Cities

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 Speakers Track
Equity: The Case for Redlining the Term ‘Social’ and Getting Comfortable with ‘Racial’ Jai Cole, Chief, Park Planning and Stewardship Division, Montgomery Parks Equity and Inclusion
From Brown to Green: Transforming Urban Infrastructure in Lakeland, Florida

Anna Cawrse, Landscape Architect, Sasaki

Conservation
Why Parks and Recreation Are Key Factors in the Support of Mental Health Initiatives

Barbara Heller, Manager/Practice Lead, BerryDunn

April Chambers, Vice President, 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, Director of Operations, Fargo Park District 

Dave Leker, Deputy Executive Director, Fargo Park District

Joe Deutsch, Professor of Physical Education and Recreation, Fargo Park District

Leadership and Management
More Than an In-Service: A Layered Approach to Aquatics Staff Training

Katherine Connell, Aquatics Program Supervisor, City of Iowa City

Sydney Stodola, Recreation Assistant/Assistant Aquatics Supervisor, Iowa City Parks and Recreation

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

Speakers

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

Katy Keller, Program Coordinator, Indian Trail Parks and Recreation

Trinette Mumford, Facility Manager, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

Career Development
How to Develop Disaster Mitigation and Preparation Plans

Manuel Soto, Emergency Manager, City of Orlando

Steven Patton, Bureau Manager of Parks and Forestry Operations, City of Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space Department

Leadership and Management
Did COVID-19 Make Us Essential?

Janet Bartnik, Executive Director, Mountain Recreation

Cortney Weinstock, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks

Health and Wellness
Increasing Access to Youth Sports

Rachel Banner, Director of Park Access, National Recreation and Park Association

Tom Farrey, Aspen Institute

Sarah Margeson, Program Manager, King County Parks

Sterling Stevenson, Recreation Coordinator, City of Orlando, Florida

Bilan Aden, Program Director, African Community Housing and Development

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

Roz Buck, Principal, Roz and Jed Training & Consulting

Jed Buck, Principal, Roz and Jed Training & Consulting

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

Katie Groke, Director of Communications, Marketing and Community Outreach, Apex Park and Recreation District

Public Relations and Marketing

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Education Session Block #8

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

Jim Browne, Director of Recreation Planning, Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects

Stephen Springs, Senior Principal, Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects

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

Douglas Mensing, Senior Ecologist, Applied Ecological Services Inc.

Matthew Garrett, Field Biologist, Johnson County Park and Recreation District

Conservation
Inclusion Matters: How to Bring Inclusion to Recreation Programming Leah Huffer-Solomon, Senior Recreation Therapist, Denver Adaptive Recreation
Recreation and Sports Programming

Public Accessibility for Transgender Populations

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

Michael Clark, Executive Director, Palatine Park District

Sophie Michaels, Private Citizen

Equity and Inclusion

The Essential Role of Parks and Recreation Throughout COVID-19

Allison Colman, Director of Health, National Recreation and Park Association

Lakita Watson, Executive Director, Richland County Recreation Commission

Kristin Zimmerman, Parks Administrator, Mohave County Parks

Dan West, Director, Broward County Parks and Recreation

Health and Wellness

5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EDT)

Coffee Talk Discussion #6

Title

Speakers

Elevating the Profession of Parks and Recreation

Gina Mullins-Cohen, Vice President of Communications and Chief Marketing Officer, National Recreation and Park Association

Elvis Cordova, Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy, National Recreation and Park Association

  

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

Craig Bouck, CEO, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

Mick Massey, Texas Regional Director, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

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

James Lindenmayer, Director, Cherokee County Homeless Veteran Program

Rob Hilkin, Retired from IBM

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

Jaimie Clout, Aquatic Supervisor, City of Bristol Parks and Recreation

Tiffanie Lai, Senior Recreation Coordinator, City of Mountain View

Health and Wellness
Optimizing Your Facility Programming Post-COVID-19 Jason Clement, Founder and CEO, Sports Facilities Management LLC Recreation and Sports Programming
Paws and Recreation: Service Dogs, ADA Accessibility and You

Hannah Cooper, Athletic Supervisor, City of Port Orange Parks and Recreation

Wendy Hartman, Assistant Director, New Horizons Service Dogs Inc.

Equity and Inclusion
Recreation Employee Conversations (REC): One-on-One Check-Ins Katherine Connell, Aquatics Program Supervisor, City of Iowa City Employee and Volunteer Management
Supporting Inclusive Health Through Parks and Recreation

Maureen Neumann, Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association


Kathleen Maggi, Health Messenger, Special Olympics

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


*Events, dates and times are subject to change.

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