Education and Speed Sessions

  • Open or CloseA Comprehensive Response to the Substance Use Crisis (Track: Health and Wellness)

    10/28/2020 3 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Health and Wellness

     

    Over the past few years, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has been monitoring the impact of the opioid epidemic on park and recreation professionals and the communities they serve. As a response to these challenges, NRPA created a Community of Practice (CoP) specifically addressing substance use — with a strong focus on opioids. The CoP examined two main areas in response to substance use on park grounds: (1) prevention and (2) operations/facility management. This session will discuss the summary report that was developed as a result of the Community of Practice, and includes overarching themes and lessons learned, data collected from agencies across the country, and recommendations from leading public health organizations and the federal government. It  also will include case studies from local park and recreation agencies implementing different strategies in response to the substance use crisis.

     

    Speakers:

    Julien Scott

    Director of Operations Initiatives, NYC (New York) Parks and Recreation

    Laruen Kiefert

    Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association

    Annette Cheng

    Project Development Coordinator, Innovation and Performance Management, NYC (New York) Parks and Recreation

    Kelly Kitchens

    Programming and Special Events Coordinator, City of Elizabethton (Tennessee) Parks and Recreation

    Jilian Reece

    Carter County Drug Prevention Coalition Director, City of Elizabethton (Tennessee) Parks and Recreation

    Patricia Roberts

    Deputy Director, City of Port St. Lucie (Florida) Parks and Recreation Department

     

  • Open or CloseA Simplified Guide to Successful Grant Writing (Track: Revenue and Customer Service)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Revenue and Customer Service

     

    Whether you are seeking $100 or $100,000 from a grant funder, there are 10 basic steps that must be completed to receive a grant. This session will present the basic approach that all agencies should use to approach when writing a grant.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Develop a basic checklist of items to consider when applying for a grant.

     

    Speakers:

    A.D. Drew

    Director, Turner County Parks and Recreation

    A.D. Drew has done extensive research revolving around health disparities and hunger at Tuskegee University. Drew has a master's degree in agricultural economics and was director of parks and recreation for Tuskegee, Alabama, from 2013 to 2018. Drew is now the director in Turner County, Georgia. Drew has been instrumental in obtaining many grants involving nutrition education and fitness.

  • Open or CloseAdaptive Natural Resource Management: Tools for Implementation (Track: Conservation)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Conservation

     

    Adaptive natural resource management is a structured, iterative process that allows for robust decision making in the face of uncertainty by learning from previous management outcomes. This session will provide a basic overview of the adaptive management cycle, along with real-world examples of tools used by Metroparks Toledo (Ohio) to drive implementation of our site-specific and long-range resource management plans. We will discuss the role of GIS, rapid ecological assessments, systemwide monitoring protocols and tracking of management inputs.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Learn about the adaptive resource management cycle, how it relates to the National Recreation and Park Association’s conservation pillar, and what resources are available for its implementation.

     

    Speakers:

    Tim Schetter

    Director of Natural Resources, Metroparks Toledo, Ohio

    Tim Schetter oversees conservation planning, natural resource management and land protection for Metroparks Toledo. Schetter is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with advanced degrees in wildlife ecology and conservation biology. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in natural-areas conservation with an emphasis on implementing habitat protection and restoration projects in Lake Erie's western basin.

     

  • Open or CloseAquatics and COVID-19: What Worked, What Didn't, What's Still Unknown? (Track: Aquatics)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Aquatics

     

    While the full effect of COVID-19 on the aquatics industry still has some unknowns, we have learned a lot in the past six months. This session will take a quick look at what worked, what didn't work, and how we continue to move forward to ensure the safety of our team members and facility guests.


    Learning Objectives:

    Identify preliminary findings from the aquatics industry response to COVID-19 and describe their effect on aquatic operations.

    Speakers:


    George Deines

    Project Director, Counsilman-Hunsaker

    George Deines is a studio director for Counsilman-Hunsaker, specializing in aquatic facility feasibility studies. He has 26 years of experience in the aquatics industry and holds degrees from the University of North Texas and Dallas Theological Seminary. He has spoken at numerous local, regional, state and national conferences on topics related to aquatics.

  • Open or CloseAssigning Value to the Financial, Environmental and Social Benefits of Nature in Urban Greenspaces (Track: Conservation)

    10/28/2020 1:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Conservation

     

    Cities throughout the country experience competing interests for available parkland and the need to support economic development; so, the benefits of park natural areas often are overlooked. Houston, Texas, specifically, has a rapidly increasing population with various user groups demanding an increase in recreational amenities in parks. In addition, the area’s flooding challenges have led other city departments to target existing parkland for the construction of large flood-detention areas. The Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s Natural Resources Management Program worked with McMac Cx and Autocase to analyze the triple bottom-line, cost benefit analysis of restoring or developing a degraded 50-acre natural-area park through a pilot project meant to inform future development within city parks. Results showed that the restoration case would net more than $2 million in combined financial, social and environmental benefits compared to the base case and nearly $30 million compared to the recreation case over a 50-year period.


    Learning Objectives

    Assess why full people, plant and profit cost discloser matters.

    Analyze the monetization of environmental, social and financial alternative impacts when developing natural areas.

    Assess how a cost-benefit analysis of park projects supports habitat preservation.

    Speakers

    Kelli Ondracek

    Natural Resources Manager, Houston Parks and Recreation Department

    David MacLean

    Founder, McMac Cx

    Eric Bill

    Vice President Economics, Impact Infrastructure

  • Open or CloseBack to a New Reality: How to Adapt Your Center to a Post COVID Era (Track: Planning, Design and Maintenance)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Planning, Design and Maintenance 

     

    Around the world, we saw every person and industry rapidly impacted by COVID-19. Now we are all returning to a society full of new adaptations and fears—and recreation and aquatic centers are no exception. While some temporary changes were implemented to get back on track as soon as possible, it's now time to consider long-term implications and how we can prepare and design for a safer and healthier future. Join Craig Bouck and Mick Massey as they review a variety of physical, systems and operational changes providing recreation professionals with options on how to be progressive and create peace of mind in our 'new normal.'

     

    Learning Outcomes:


    Consider adaptations for your recreation center to adapt to a post-COVID world, providing a safer and healthier environment for everyone.

     

    Speakers:

    Craig Bouck

    CEO, Principal, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

    Craig Bouck is a frequent speaker and author in the recreation design industry. For the past two decades, he has worked with recreation professionals to design value-driven projects that solve problems, create opportunities and build community.

    Mick Massey

    Texas Regional Director, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

    Mick Massey’s 29 years of experience in municipal government is value added to any community project. His experience as a former parks and recreation director drives his passion for professionals and agencies to “plan your work, and work your plan,” especially when it comes to recreation center planning. His enthusiasm for public projects is contagious.

     

  • Open or Close‘Become The Agent of Change’: How Leaders Create Staff Excellence Through Inspirational Change (Track: Leadership and Management)

    10/28/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Leadership and Management

     

    Are the changes in today's world an opportunity for prosperity or a pain in the neck? Many leaders of today are struggling with how to direct change while benefiting from it. When it comes to change, there are many challenges from how we get started, to how the change will be perceived by the public and embraced by your teams. In this entertaining and informative program, we will discuss how park and recreation professionals can effectively implement, lead and navigate people through the uncertainties of organizational change or disruptions in their communities.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Create a change management blueprint for implementing an organizational change.

    Learn ways to think more strategically and be more resilient when managing organizational change.

    Develop strategies and techniques for getting teams to perform better when facing the uncertainties of change.

     

    Speakers:

    Johnny Campbell

    CEO, Speak On IT

    Johnny Campbell, DTM, AS, also known as “The Transition Man,” is a keynote speaker and author who helps organizations embrace change, see the possibilities and win. Campbell gained his change and leadership experience in the insurance industry, where he worked as a corporate trainer and participated in leading hundreds of people through multiple corporate downsizings and mergers. He has done this program for Chicago Park District.

  • Open or CloseBuilding Facilities and Programs That Reflect the Values of Inclusiveness and Diversity (Track: Planning, Design and Maintenance)

    10/29/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Planning, Design and Maintenance

     

    Recreation providers in enlightened communities understand their programs must reflect the diversity of their citizenry for maximum success. But have you thought about whether your facilities, along with your recreation programs and events, meet today's expectations for inclusive design? Upon completion of this session, participants will be equipped with new ideas and a comprehensive understanding of ways to improve your community's inclusivity score.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Discuss the history of inclusiveness and diversity in parks and recreation. Identify the categories of diversity when designing facilities and programming recreation activities.

    Evaluate opportunities in the design process to positively impact diversity and inclusiveness in facility design and construction.

    Discuss numerous programming opportunities to meet community needs for celebrating diversity and encouraging inclusiveness.

     

    Speakers:

    Jim Browne

    Director of Recreation Planning, Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects (current) Cities of Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, Rowlett and Sugar Land, Texas (retired)

    Jim Browne is a former president of Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS), and has served as chairman of that National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Rocky Mountain Revenue and Management School. His agencies have received Gold Medal Awards for Administrative and Management Excellence from both TRAPS and NRPA. Browne has spoken at numerous NRPA, TRAPS, International City/County Management Association, Texas Municipal League and Athletic Business conferences during the past four decades.

     

    Stephen Springs

    Senior Principal, Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects

    During his tenure with Brinkley Sargent Wiginton, Stephen Springs has evolved from intern architect to senior principal and the firm’s leader in the planning and design of quality-of-life projects, such as recreation, aquatic and active adult facilities. He has led the development of numerous award-winning projects, which has led to opportunities to serve as a judge for Athletic Business’ Facility of Merit award (2014) and Recreation Management’s Innovative Architecture Award (2007). Springs is a frequent contributing author to industry periodicals on the subject of designing recreation projects.

  • Open or CloseCommunicating with Your Social Media Audience During a Crisis (Track: Public Relations and Marketing)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Public Relations and Marketing

     

    This speed session will focus on crisis communication for nonprofits and small businesses. During the COVID-19 public health crisis, organizations and businesses of every size and in every industry have suddenly and unexpectedly found themselves in an unprecedented storm of chaos. Effectively communicating changes in event plans, services, and fundraising strategies is no small feat and requires consistency and strategy. Yet, staying in touch with clients and customers has never been more important. Social media is a great tool to communicate with your client base effectively during times of crisis such as Covid-19. Join us for a session guided by award-winning crisis management pro, Meghan Rothschild, President of Chikmedia, to discuss how we can navigate these communications challenges and sustain our organizations through unpredictability and change.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Develop an effective crisis communication message to your audience and broadcast it throughout all social media platforms in a consistent manner.


    Speakers:

    Meghan Rothschild

    President and Founder, Chikmedia

    Meghan Rothschild has more than 13 years experience in Marketing and Public Relations (PR). She is the president of Chikmedia and has been featured in numerous media outlets such as Marie Clare magazine, Fitness magazine, Teen Vogue, WebMD, ABC World News, The Huffington Post, Associated Press, Inside Edition, NBC Nightly News and CNN. Her work in PR has landed her an award from Cosmopolitan magazine.

  • Open or CloseCommunities and COVID Recovery: How to Adapt Your Aquatics With Secondary Sanitation (Track: Aquatics)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Aquatics

     

    After many facilities were shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, communities went on high alert from public health risks. Being closed over a Cryptosporidium outbreak or other Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs) gathers more attention than ever. Aquatic facilities are installing secondary sanitation to reduce risk and protect swimmers while providing additional patron assurances. This session explores secondary and supplemental sanitation, as well as how taking measures to promote patron health and safety can help reassure, and thereby, rebuild communities that have been deeply scarred by COVID-19.

    Learning Outcomes:

    Understand why secondary sanitation is needed to reduce risk for swimmers and facilities, and why chlorine on its own isn’t adequate.

    Speakers:

    Tom Schaefer

    Technical Sales Director, Clear Comfort

    Tom Schaefer, Technical Sales Director of Clear Comfort, has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial pool treatment industry. As an accomplished speaker appearing at the aquatic industry and environmental health spheres, Schaefer is an expert in water sanitation technologies and resource efficiency. Events where Tom has presented include the National Environmental Health Association, Association of Aquatic Professionals, World Waterpark Association, Texas Public Pool Conference, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions and more.

  • Open or CloseConservation in the Parks: A Community-Based Approach (Track: Conservation)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Conservation

     

    The effects of urbanization have been demonstrated to be the leading cause of the loss of biodiversity on a global scale. Solutions to preventing the extinction of locally rare species and degradation of imperative ecosystems can effectively be addressed by local park and recreation agencies through strategic natural areas preservation, active stewardship, and community engagement throughout the process. Acquiring the necessary data for the long-term conservation of local biodiversity can clearly be a daunting task when staff, time, and monetary resources are limited. This session will outline the framework for developing impactful conservation-related goals, defining the data needs to develop those goals, and discuss the immense benefits of utilizing citizen-science to engage and build community around addressing environmental issues in local parks and green spaces.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Explain how to utilize community-based monitoring and stewardship initiatives to develop attainable conservation-related goals as a park and recreation organization.

     
    Speakers:

    Julia Robson

    Conservation Biologist, Waukesha County (Wisconsin) Parks and Land Use

    Julia Robson has more than 10 of experience working in the natural resource management field. She worked for the Urban Ecology Center and Milwaukee County Parks before coming to Waukesha County in 2018. In 2016, the community-based wetland monitoring program Robson developed was awarded the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Citizen-based Monitoring Program of the Year award.

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  • Open or CloseCOVID-19: What Do We Do Now With Our Concessions? (Track: Revenue and Customer Service)

    10/27/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Revenue and Customer Service

     

    Everything about the world is currently evolving, and those who put in the work to stay ahead of these changes will see both short-term and long-term success. Park district food and beverage operations have long been a staple of our communities and with proper planning and execution can generate recession-proof resilience for many years to come. In this session, we dive directly into the action steps you should be implementing right now to take full advantage of this time. Utilizing recent case studies of operations during the pandemic in 2020, this dynamic session will provide real-life examples and solutions to bring back to your district!

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Gain a clear understanding of concession revenue potential.

    Learn how to effectively recruit talent from the newly expanded pool of skilled labor.

    Learn new tools for adapting daily operations to state and regional guidelines as needed.

     

    Speakers:

    Mike Holtzman

    CEO and President, Profitable Food Facilities Worldwide

    Michael Holtzman has 43 years of food and beverage industry experience as a kitchen designer, consultant and operator. For 28 years, Holtzman has spoken at more than 325 conferences at the international, national and regional levels. His knowledge and experience as a veteran educator have earned him the rating of #1 speaker at IAAPA in 2016, 2017 and 2019. Holtzman’s dynamic speaking style engages attendees of every professional tier, leaving a lasting impression for many years to come.


  • Open or CloseCOVID-19 and the ADA: Guidance for Parks and Recreation Agencies (Track: Equity and Inclusion)

    10/28/2020 3 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Equity and Inclusion 

     

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the way recreation programs are delivered and park assets are used by the public. Terms like PPE, positivity rate and asymptomatic have barged into the language used to plan programs, staff facilities and maintain parks and facilities. Complicating how to approach this issue is the hands-off approach by the federal government, leaving it to the states to interpret guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and develop an approach that works. As a result, Oregon does it differently than New Jersey, and Texas does it differently than Illinois. There has been one constant: The requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are not overruled by any coronavirus restrictions adopted by a state, county or city. This session reviews CDC guidance, known ADA requirements for recreation programs, and applies these to four case studies. Attendees will leave with a toolkit to address the ADA/COVID-19 interface.

     

    Speakers:

    John McGovern

    Partner, Principal in Charge, Accessibility Practice at The WT Group LLC

  • Open or CloseData-Driven Strategies for Equitable Urban Park Investment (Track: Equity and Inclusion)

    10/27/2020 3 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Equity and Inclusion

     

    Historic disinvestment has left many low-income communities and communities of color without access to quality parks and recreation opportunities. To ensure more equitable funding approaches and to address the backlog created by historic disinvestment, a number of cities are beginning to establish data-driven equity criteria to guide park investment. City Parks Alliance surveyed six cities and one urban county — Detroit, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Los Angeles County — that have established equity criteria and are now using that criteria to prioritize their capital, operating and programming investments. Through thoughtful data analysis and proactive community engagement, these municipalities are assessing community needs, and using that assessment to design new parks and improve existing ones. City Parks Alliance and its city representatives will present their research findings, including data-sets used, policies enacted and best practices for replication.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Compare data collection methods used by each city and then determine the best approach to develop data driven equity criteria appropriate for their own city’s needs.

    Discuss how city officials and partners engaged all sectors of the community for buy-in to the equity funding plan and then will determine strategies for their own community.

    Be prepared to use the five best practices developed by City Parks Alliance’s study to incorporate data driven equity methodology into practice for their own city.

     

    Speakers:

    Julie Waterman

    Advocacy Director, City Parks Alliance

    Julie Waterman has 20 years of experience with prestigious nonprofit conservation and family planning organizations, focusing on advocacy, coalition building, board management, fundraising and public relations.

    Jayne Miller

    Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) Parks Conservancy

    Mitchell Silver

    NYC (New York) Department of Parks and Recreation

    Meagan Elliot

    Detroit (Michigan) Parks and Recreation Division

  • Open or CloseDid COVID-19 Make Us Essential? (Track: Health and Wellness)

    10/29/2020 3 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Health and Wellness

     

    Every park and recreation professional knows how essential our agencies’ services are to the health and wellness of communities across the nation of every size and composition, but decision-makers and voters don't always connect what we do with the value we bring. At no time in recent history has our agencies’ value been more obvious than during this current COVID-19 pandemic. This session will explore how agencies across the country have responded to the crisis with both in-house and partner programming for those relegated to their homes and how agencies can capitalize on that work to strengthen their value as an essential service.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    List at least five different ideas for virtual health and wellness programming offered during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.

    Quantify the value virtual programs brought to their communities.

    Prescribe strategies that will enhance the public’s image of parks and recreation as an essential service in the aftermath of COVID-19.

     

    Speakers:

    Janet Bartnik

    Executive Director, Mountain Recreation

     

    Cortney Weinstock

    Baltimore City (Maryland) Recreation and Parks

  • Open or CloseEmerging Leaders: Put the Pow! In Powerhouse (Track: Career Development)

    10/27/2020 3 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Career Development

     

    Powerhouse [pou-er-hous]: a person, group, team or the like, having great energy, strength or potential for success. Every emerging leader wants to be the very best at their profession. The biggest challenge is not knowing what you don't know. This facilitated panel discussion will give students and up-and-coming leaders the opportunity to learn from veteran professionals. Students will learn invaluable tricks of the trade that will help them be successful and put the 'pow' in their understanding of the profession. Students and emerging leaders also will be able to ask questions that will give them the skills needed for future employment.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    By engaging in a question/answer process, learn how to list current trends and needs of the parks and recreation profession that will give concrete ideas for employment.

    Define and recognize the steps necessary to meet the expectations of a successful parks and recreation professional.

    Outline the next steps for employment by identifying their areas of expertise and ways to align them with the needs of their community and/or professional preference.

     

    Speakers:

    Karen Hesser

    Chief of Operations, Five Rivers MetroParks

    Karen Hesser is focused on engaging individuals, teams and organizations to envision, strategize and realize their full potential toward the effectiveness, efficiency and success of the organization through coaching, mentoring, delegation and empowering to achieve consistently high-quality work and personal accountability.

     

    Kristy Lintz

    Golf Operations Manager, City of Rapid City (South Dakota)

    Kristy Lintz is a certified parks and recreation professional employed with the city of Rapid City for the past 15 years. Her diverse experience includes youth and adult programming, special events, and is currently the golf operations manager for the city’s two public courses. She specializes in marketing, communications and customer service.

     

    Lori A. Hoffner

    Professional Speaker, Trainer and Consultant, Supporting CommUnity, Inc.

    Lori A. Hoffner has been offering training for positive youth development, community networking and organizational relationship building since 1997. For 11 years, Hoffner was the executive director of PACCT, a small nonprofit dedicated to the success of youth and community. She specializes in positive community, program and relationship development.

     

    Steve Herrig

    Director of Park and Recreation, City of Great Falls (Montana)

    Steve Herrig is a certified parks and recreation professional and is currently the director of park and recreation for the city of Great Falls, Montana. Herrig gained his knowledgeable, professional background in Kansas. He served as the recreation manager for Blue Valley Recreation in Overland Park, Kansas, for almost 12 years.

     

    Tiffany Johnson

    Recreation Manager, Seattle (Washington) Parks and Recreation

    Tiffany Johnson is a Ph.D. student and recreation manager for Seattle Parks and Recreation in Washington state. She is a certified parks and recreation professional (CPRP), who also has attained a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) in public management, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree (BS) in parks and recreation management, and a minor in business management.

  • Open or CloseEquitable Aquatics: The 3 P’s of Inclusive Aquatics: Personnel, Programming, and Policies (Track: Aquatics)

    10/27/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    LGBTQ+/non-binary individuals, non-native English speakers, breastfeeding moms, low-income families and persons who are differently abled: are these people able to have equal experiences at your facilities? Equitable aquatics is about making sure that you are making your pools accessible AND working to get all types of folks to your facilities. Part exercises, part lecture — this session is designed for you to “work in” your aquatics operations area in real time, and leave with ideas to unpack later. We’ll explore the implications and implementation of the 3 Ps of Inclusive Aquatics: Personnel, Programming and Policies, and discuss outcomes and examples for each of the areas. We’ll touch on how to grade your policies and rules for inclusivity, the fundamentals of low-income and scholarship-based offerings, and how to focus on outreach to fill your pool, programs and payroll list with individuals who represent your diverse community.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    List and create action steps to promote inclusivity in aquatic facilities.

    Identify blind spots in current operations as related to programming, policies, and personnel and summarize changes to implement as a result of lecture.

    Recognize unique community needs to foster safe and inclusive aquatic experience.

     

    Speakers:

    Katherine Connell

    Aquatics Program Supervisor, City of Iowa City

    Katherine “Kate” Connell is an advocate for equity in recreational water use and has assisted in providing free swimming lessons, safety education and accessible pool events. Connell leads trainings and conversations on equitable aquatics, staff training and humanness through leadership. She also is experienced in private recreation as a yoga teacher trainer and author of The Art of Teaching Private Yoga.

  • Open or CloseEquity: The Case for Redlining the Term ‘Social’ and Getting Comfortable with ‘Racial’ (Track: Equity and Inclusion)

    10/29/2020 1:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Equity and Inclusion

     

    Why "racial," not "social" equity? While wealth is a major driver in outcomes, race is the stronger predictor. When studies control for income, racial disparities remain key factors in health, education, employment and incarceration. Racial equity strategies are currently a major focus of parks departments in large, diverse, urban cities. Parks departments — such as the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, New York City Parks, Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation, San Francisco Recreation and Parks, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Portland (Oregon) Parks and Recreation — are developing equity initiatives to ensure that their parks are focusing resources that best serve these changing demographics. Creating a racial equity strategy provides a framework, tools and resources that also can create social equity solutions. During this session, you will learn strategies for gathering the appropriate data to ensure that the predominant race and income of an area does not predict the quality and/or quantity of its parks, and that parks in diverse, low-income areas best reflect the community needs in that area.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Identify how studies have determined that race is the major driver of outcomes.

    Discover how major park systems are changing to serve a more diverse demographic.

     

    Speakers:

    Jai Cole

    Chief, Park Planning and Stewardship Division, M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks (Maryland)

    Jai Cole has 20 years of experience in parks and recreation and is currently the chief of the Park Planning and Stewardship Division for M-NCPPC, Montgomery County Department of Parks in Maryland. Cole supervises natural resources, park and trail planning, natural surface trail implementation and cultural resource stewardship for the 38,000-acre, six-time NRPA Gold Medal Award-winning park system.

  • Open or CloseExpanding Local Park Programs: Free Fly Fishing for Disabled/Eldery Veterans (Track: Health and Wellness)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Health and Wellness

     

    Veterans today suffer greatly from mental health and suicide. These especially are relevent to veterans who are disabled (combat or otherwise), elderly or suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or MST (Military Sexual Trauma). The creation of a public-private partnership with veteran organizations, local Trout Unlimited chapters, and local park and recreation agencies allow local communities to offer non-standard programs at little to no cost that leverage resources not usually available to local park and recreation staffs. The benefit of such developed programs helps targeted groups, in this case disabled or elderly veterans, to get out of the house or apartment and reconnect socially with others, as well as learn lifelong skills that may help veterans and promote positive mental health outcomes.


    Learning Outcomes:


    Learn how to effectively target and identify the issues that exist within local communities of disabled and elderly veterans, how to include PTSD/MST or combat-disabled veterans in programs, and where to find individuals in these communities.
     

    Speakers:

    James Lindenmayer

    Director, Cherokee County Homeless Veteran Program

    James (Jim) Lindenmayer is a 1980 graduate of the West Point and has served in the Army for 13 years. He grew up in up-state New York, where he learned to fish and hunt at an early age. Lindenmayer serves as the service officer for the Canton Georgia American Legion and director of the Cherokee County Homeless Veteran Program. He is a member of the TRIAD SALT and Cherokee County Suicide taskforce.


    Rob Hilkin

    Retired from IBM

    Rob Hilkin has 35 years of experience working with IBM. Hunting and fishing since childhood, he has 25 years of fly fishing experience. He is a Trout Unlimited Cohutta Chapter Committee member; Cohutta ChapterTrout In The Classroom Committee member; Cohutta Chapter Fly Fishing with Vets program coordinator; and an Air Force veteran, Vietnam era.

     

  • Open or CloseFood Access in the Time of COVID-19 (Track: Health and Wellness)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Health and Wellness

     

    Park and recreation agencies and their staff play an integral role in ensuring access to healthy foods to support community health and well-being. Through lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, here are five key ways park and recreation professionals can play an even greater role in supporting community nutrition, and support food access and health opportunities for community members of all ages:

    • Innovating food distribution services, including partnerships to support food access beyond federal child nutrition programs.
    • Supporting community gardening and CSA programs to build connection with nature and the food system.
    • Offering SNAP and WIC benefit assistance, including eligibility screenings, enrollment support, and retention assistance.
    • Hosting farmers markets to increase access to fresh, local foods and support local economy. 
    • Conducting well-being checks and serving as community resource centers to connect community members to local support systems.

     

    Speakers:

    Maureen Neumann

    Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

  • Open or CloseFrom Brown to Green: Transforming Urban Infrastructure in Lakeland, Florida (Track: Conservation)

    10/29/2020 1:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Conservation

     

    From a Baygall swamp to a bustling railyard that served as the largest employer in Central Florida, Lake Bonnet and its surrounding land has played a myriad of roles throughout history. This 180-acre piece of land adjacent to downtown Lakeland, Florida, was a working piece of infrastructure up until the 1950s. Fast-forward 60 years to today and see the next role this derelict brownfield site serves: a public park. Bonnet Springs Park's visionary mission and technical challenge is to reverse the impacts of former Lakeland Rail Yard operations and create a site where wetlands work to manage and clean an urban watershed, to use artful landforms to conceal decades of contamination, and to harness imaginative horticulture to encourage a connection to nature for future generations. This session will explore how innovative designs for brownfield sites, partnerships and funding are remediating the land and transforming it into a new Central Park for Florida.

     

    Learning Objectives

    Understand the organizational structure and funding strategies to design, build and operate a privately-funded public park.

    Explore the phases of design and permitting needed to transform a derelict piece of land into a successful urban park.

    Investigate the latest technologies in remediation, water management and trash collection and learn how they serve as infrastructure for the larger urban fabric.

    Speakers:

    Anna Cawrse

    Landscape Architect, Sasaki

    Anna Cawrse is a landscape architect at Sasaki who has worked on and managed complex built projects and park plans across North America. From large regional parks along major waterways, to small pocket parks within the urban fabric of cities, Cawrse brings an expertise on how to transition master plans of the public realm into realized space. She also is an adjunct professor at Northeastern University.

    Bill Tinsley

    President, Bonnet Springs Park

    Todd Kafka

    Principal Hydrogeologist, Geosyntec Consultants

  • Open or CloseGreat Customer Service Is Not Enough (Track: Revenue and Customer Service)

    10/28/2020 1:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Revenue and Customer Service

     

    In a world where customized, boutique, on-demand, Instagram-worthy services are quickly becoming the norm, great customer service is only one factor in providing the experience that customers are craving. Take one hour to slip into your customers’ shoes and walk through a series of questions that will help you re-evaluate your programs, facilities and services, and identify opportunities to take them to the next level.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Describe the subtle differences between customer experience and customer service, but the big impact that focusing on customer experience can provide.

    Identify common pain points in customer experiences, even while providing great customer service.

    Integrate opportunities to engage your customers’ emotional sides and surprise and delight them without breaking the bank.

     

    Speakers:

    Bobbi Nance

    President, Recreation Results

    Bobbi Nance is an expert in bridging the gap between passion and proof. As founder and president of Recreation Results, Nance works with park and recreation agencies across North America to find value in their data, capitalize on trends and push innovative thinking to increase their impact in the communities where they work.

  • Open or CloseGreener Parks for Health (Track: Conservation)

    10/27/2020  3 p.m. (EDT)

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Conservation

     

    Planning and designing green infrastructure and implementing it in individual parks and park systems can further enhance community well-being through increased health, environmental, social and economic benefits. These benefits are especially critical in under-resourced communities that are hit hardest and recover slowest from extreme weather events. NRPA’s Greener Parks for Health initiative highlights the important role that parks play in fostering community and climate resiliency through green infrastructure. In this session, we will discuss the climate impacts we are facing as well as highlight the powerful evidence, policy solutions and actions needed to advance the development of interconnected, greener parks that address these impacts, improve community health conditions and advance equitable access to quality green spaces.


    Learning Outcomes:

    Understand the important role greener parks that are equitably planned, distributed and maintained play in improving climate impacts and community well-being.

    Identify strong messages tailored to their community's priorities to encourage the development of greener parks.

    Recognize policy actions that can be taken in their communities to fund and implement greener parks.

     

    Speakers:

    Barton Robison

    Director, Oregon Health & Outdoors Initiative

    Barton Robinson (he/him) knows firsthand the healing powers of nature and is passionate about removing access barriers so that all Oregonians can know the benefits of time in green space. Robinson serves as the director of the Oregon Health & Outdoors Initiative at Willamette Partnership, and his strengths include facilitation, strategy development and communications. He received his Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in natural resource management from Portland State University.

    Rebecca Rehr

    Director of the Climate for Health program, ecoAmerica

    Rebecca Rehr is the director of the Climate for Health program at ecoAmerica, where she works to build public support and political will for climate solutions. She previously worked in state-level environmental health advocacy, managing a portfolio that included pesticide use, lead poisoning and fracking, while facilitating multidisciplinary collaboratives on environmental justice and natural gas infrastructure. Rehr also served a two-year fellowship in the Office of Children’s Health Protection at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental studies and public policy from Franklin and Marshall College and a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on environmental health from the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

    Jenny Cox

    Conservation Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

    Jenny Cox is a Conservation Program Manager at NRPA, overseeing the Parks and Green Infrastructure for Health initiative and the Great Urban Parks Campaign grant program. Jenny holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and is passionate about the connection between parks, the environment and community health.

  • Open or CloseHiring to Reflect the Community You Serve: How to Overcome Employment Barriers (Track: Career Development)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Career Development 

     

    The traditional hiring practices in a civil service system are flawed and contain numerous barriers to employing a workforce that is reflective of the citizens we serve. In an effort to combat this imperfect system, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation used a project-based approach to flip the narrative in recruiting and hiring entry-level recreation leaders. The new system consists of a predetermined timeline, targeted recruitment, community-based information sessions and a total rethinking of the civil service exam and how it is scored. The changes resulted in our most diverse civil service list to date. This speed session will quickly walk participants through the process, to show other agencies how they can implement a similar process to ensure a representative workforce.

    Learning Outcomes:

    Identify common barriers that applicants encounter when applying for a civil-service position.

     

    Speakers:

    Kathryn Ott Lovell

    Commissioner, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Parks and Recreation

    Kathryn Ott Lovell was appointed as commissioner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation by Mayor Jim Kenney in January 2016. In this position, Ott Lovell oversees 700 full-time employees, more than 2,700 part-time and seasonal employees, more than 10,200 acres of land, 500 buildings, 166 miles of trail, 250 playgrounds, and thousands of programs and events throughout Philadelphia's parks and recreation system.

  • Open or CloseHow to Develop Disaster Mitigation and Preparation Plans (Track: Leadership and Management)

    10/29/2020 3 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Leadership and Management

     

    Park and recreation agencies must be prepared for any type of emergency or disaster. In this session, we will review the elements of risk and learn the steps involved when formulating a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for your agency. Collaboration and cooperation with other community agencies are important and help create a unified response when a crisis occurs. Attend this session to understand the significant impact mitigation and preparation can have on outcomes.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Define elements of risk and develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from similar future events.

    Learn the importance of a Continuity of Operations Plan and the elements that make a plan.

    Understand how to integrate planning efforts and risk reduction with other community planning efforts.
     

    Speakers:

    Manuel Soto

    Emergency Manager, City of Orlando, Florida

    Steven Patton

    Bureau Manager of Parks and Forestry Operations, City of Norfolk (Virginia) Recreation, Parks and Open Space Department

  • Open or CloseHow to Expand Ecological Restoration and Management in Your Park System (Track: Conservation)

    10/29/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Conservation

     

    Park natural resource managers share a basic challenge: how to improve the quality of natural resources with limited budget and staff. Drawing on projects in the Upper Midwest and Great Plains, we will present an approach to systemwide natural resource planning that: (1) sets realistic goals using inventory and assessment data, (2) identifies the finances needed to elevate ecological health and resilience, (3) identifies the shortfall in current capacity, (4) schedules annual expenditures that are achievable with current and potential funding, and (5) achieves related CAPRA standards. With this foundation, staff have planned, prioritized, budgeted, and communicated to leaders and constituents the ecological restoration and ongoing maintenance for a decade or more across entire park systems. A county field biologist will share why fast-growing Johnson County, Kansas, embarked on this path, the process they used, and how the plan helped secure additional funds and led to rapid implementation.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Explain the value and use of systemwide natural resource plans for park systems, including how such a plan can meet the CAPRA standard.

    Demonstrate the difference between park-specific natural resource restoration & management plans versus systemwide plans.

    Create a work plan for initiating a systemwide natural resource plan for their community.

     

    Speakers:

    Douglas Mensing

    Senior Ecologist, Applied Ecological Services Inc.

     

    Matthew Garrett

    Field Biologist, Johnson County (Kansas) Park and Recreation District

  • Open or CloseInclusion Matters: How to Bring Inclusion to Recreation Programming (Track: Recreation and Sports Programming)

    10/29/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Recreation and Sports Programming

     

    Participants in this session about inclusion will gain knowledge and experience about why it matters and how to successfully implement inclusion in recreation programming. Basic information about Denver (Colorado) Parks and Recreation and serving people with disabilities and people first language will prequel the process Denver Adaptive Recreation went through to formalize its Inclusion Support Services throughout its 30 recreation centers. We will share techniques and resources for successful inclusion, including best practices and testimonials. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to develop solutions for inclusion from situational group discussions.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Identify why inclusion is important and necessary in recreation programs

    Gain knowledge and resources how to provide successful inclusion in their recreation department/facility

    Implement people first language in their interactions with their community

     

    Speakers:

    Leah Huffer-Solomon

    Senior Recreation Therapist, Denver (Colorado) Adaptive Recreation

    As a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Leah Huffer-Solomon has worked for the city and county of Denver Adaptive Recreation department for the past 17 years. She and her department have been supporting inclusion and have recently formalized their process of providing successful inclusion in all of the 30 Denver recreation centers. Huffer-Solomon has been an advocate for people with disabilities for more than 20 years.

  • Open or CloseIncreasing Access to Youth Sports (Track: Recreation and Sports Programming)

    10/29/2020 3 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Recreation and Sports Programming

     

    Pre-COVID-19, the gap in physical activity and access to youth sports among low-income youth and youth of color was continuing to grow larger and larger. As youth sports have paused or been re-imagined during the pandemic, we are at a pivotal moment. Not only do we need to re-imagine the youth sports during the pandemic, but also park and recreation professionals have the opportunity to re-image the delivery and model of youth sports, so that all children have the opportunity to achieve the health and social benefits of sports. Between ensuring affordable access to facilities, fields and other play spaces, and offering recreational sports programming, parks and recreation can bridge this divide and ensure all youth have access to the benefits of both free and structured play. This session will focus on strategies to increase equitable access to high-quality youth sports that maximize use of spaces and increase participation in programs.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Understand the current gaps in access to youth sports and particularly how COVID-19 has contributed to increasing these gaps.

    Understand the role of parks and recreation professionals in closing the gap in access to youth sports.

    Understand key strategies and principals for how park and recreation professionals can close gaps in access during and post COVID-19.

    Speakers:

    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

     

    Bilan Aden

    Program Director, African Community Housing and Development

     

  • Open or CloseInsta-worthy Parks and Recreation: Optimize Your Parks, Programs and Events for Social Engagement (Track: Public Relations and Marketing)

    10/27/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Public Relations and Marketing

     

    Social media is built around one simple fact: people love to share and show off. Over the past few years, restaurants have been changing lighting, plates and even the food they serve, because the most successful business owners understand that making "Insta-worthy" experiences invites visitors to post pictures and share their experience with friends. We as park and recreation marketing professionals can learn a lot from the ice cream shops and taco trucks and find little ways to make our parks, programs and events more photo-friendly. Keep in mind, you’re not just making visitors’ feeds more exciting, but you’re also empowering an army of amateur marketing representatives to spread the word about your great department, free of charge. It's a little bit of planning on the front-end for a whole lot of engagement in return!

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Identify and implement strategies that encourage visitors to take and post photos at facilities and programs.

    Take better photos with smart phone cameras, enabling them to prepare their spaces for guests to take better photos.

    Understand the value of User Generated Content (UGC) and how to work with recreation staff early in the process to encourage it.

     

    Speakers:

    Ann Beck

    Marketing and Communications Manager, Mansfield (Texas) Parks and Recreation

    With backgrounds in media and freelance marketing consulting, Ann Beck has spent her career helping organizations find their voice and define their image. Since joining the world of parks and recreation, she’s been on a mission to bring that same clarity to cities and parks departments everywhere.

  • Open or CloseLeadership - It's a Choice....AND a Challenge: How Emotional Intelligence Plays a Significant Role in Leadership (Track: Leadership and Management)

    10/29/2020 1:30pm EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Leadership and Management

     

    What makes an excellent leader? Leadership is defined many different ways by many different people. It is a choice and that can also be a serious challenge at times. Emotional Intelligence is defined as the capacity to be aware of, control and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Do you know how to navigate the culture of a multigenerational workforce in your work place? Can we use emotional intelligence to help build trust and loyalty across the whole company? Join us as we discuss all these facets of leadership and seek to help each of us define leadership in a way that helps build a successful brand within our agency that leads all of our employees to success.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Learn how to navigate the culture of a multi-generational workforce through emotional intelligence.

    Learn how to build trust and loyalty in a multi-generational workforce through emotional intelligence.

    Have an awareness of why employees seek positions outside their current agency, including poor leadership at all levels.

     

    Speakers:

    Dave Bietz

    Director of Operations, Fargo (North Dakota) Park District

    Dave Bietz has 54 full-time employees working directly below him and approximately 200 employees who work part time. Bietz is actively involved with NDRPA and has significant leadership experience.

    Dave Leker

    Deputy Executive Director, Fargo (North Dakota) Park District

    Dave Leker leads 120 full-time employees who report directly to seven directors who report to him. Leker has managed staff as a leader for 25 years and has served as president of NDRPA, as well as being actively involved with them for years.

    Joe Deutsch

    Professor of Physical Education and Recreation, Fargo (North Dakota) Park District

    Joe Deutsch a professor of physical education and recreation at North Dakota State University. He has presented hundreds of times at the state, regional, national and international level of subjects related to leadership. He is a first-time speaker at NRPA Virtual. Deutsch has spoken many times at SHAPE America (formerly AAHPERD) and NDRPA, as well as other associations.

  • Open or CloseLet’s Talk About Loneliness: Identifying and Addressing Loneliness in Our Communities (Track: Health and Wellness)

    10/28/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Health and Wellness

     

    Do you suspect that people in your community lack companionship, feel left out or feel isolated from others? If you answered “sometimes” or “often” to those questions, they may be experiencing loneliness. You may have heard about the loneliness problem in recent articles and news publications. One in 3 adults and 1 in 5 school-aged children are affected by loneliness. Loneliness isn’t about being alone, but rather about not feeling connected. People can feel lonely even when among family and friends. Research shows that loneliness has a similar health impact to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It is evident that loneliness is a health problem in our community and parks and recreation is well-positioned to be a part of the solution. In this session, gain exposure to the research on loneliness, learn about evidenced-based screening tools and interventions, and identify how parks and recreation can partner with healthcare organizations to address loneliness in our communities.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Gain exposure to research on loneliness and access evidenced based screening tools.

    Identify interventions to treat loneliness and learn about the Colorado Loneliness Project.

    Discover how parks and recreation can partner with healthcare organizations to address loneliness.

     

    Speakers:

    Stacey Halvorsen

    Director of Health Education and Community Outreach, Westminster Medical Clinic

    Stacey Halvorsen has a Masters of Education and has been teaching for more than 14 years. As an ACE-certified health coach, Halvorsen provides health coaching to patients, oversees employee wellness initiatives, and manages community partnerships and education programs. She currently serves on the NRPA Health and Wellness Advisory Panel and as a subject matter expert for the American Council on Exercise.

  • Open or CloseLet's Talk Teens: Year-Round Equitable Programming (Track: Health and Wellness)

    10/28/2020 1:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Health and Wellness

     

    This session will provide a general understanding of health and wellness and how to implement equitable year-round programming targeted for the 11 to 17 age group within diverse communities. The focus will be on access, inclusion and breaking barriers. The discussion will include how we address the prevention of obesity, mental health concerns and other issues facing teenagers today by providing safe spaces and positive alternatives. Program specifics will comprise empowerment events, life skills training, outdoor education, intramural leagues all designed to promote both physical and mental health. The discussion will highlight our annual Teen Summit that features interactive programming for 500 teens from varying socioeconomic communities. The Teen Summit also involves collaboration with California State Parks. At the conclusion of the session, attendees will leave with valuable tools on how to create year-round equitable programming in their own communities.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Demonstrate how parks build community by creating safe spaces that include positive alternatives and shared experiences.

    Address obesity through disguised physical activity and socialization and tackle mental health concerns by opening conversations to break down barriers and stigmas.

    Identify opportunities for programming in diverse communities and ways that giving access to a wide variety of programs will break barriers.

     

    Speakers:

    Chinyere Stoneham

    Principal Recreation Supervisor I, City of Los Angeles (California), Department of Recreation and Parks.

    Chinyere Stoneham currently oversees the CLASS Parks Teen Programs, which operates 37 teen sites within the city’s 184 recreation centers. CLASS Parks Teen Programs provides clean and safe supervised afterschool and weekend enrichment, vocational, recreational, and adventure-based outdoor education programs for at-risk youth 11 to 17 years old in underserved communities.

     

    Elaine Piha

    Recreation Supervisor, City of Los Angeles (California), Department of Recreation and Parks.

    Elaine Piha is currently the recreation supervisor over the CLASS Parks Teen Programs. CLASS Parks provides programming for sites that includes leadership development, STEM classes, outdoor education, a water adventure program, field trips, special events, Friday Night Extreme Teens, annual empowerment events, Teen Advisory Boards and intramural sports leagues.

  • Open or CloseLWCF State Assistance Fund: Tapping into Its Great Potential for Your Community (Track: Advocacy)

    10/27/2020 3 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Advocacy

     

    Stemming off the successful session at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference, take an even deeper dive in the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State Assistance Program. Learn some of the following:

    • Model projects from LWCF state assistance
    • How to determine local need for LWCF projects
    • How to make the case for projects in your community
    • How to comply with state and federal rules for LWCF State Assistance

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Leave feeling more comfortable with LWCF State Assistance.

    Become more knowledgeable about how to implement projects in their communities.

     

    Speakers:

    Eric Feldbaum

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

    Eric Feldbaum, CPRP, is vice president of the National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers (NASORLO). He leads NASORLO’s education offerings and oversees LWCF State Assistance in New Hampshire.

     

    Joel Lynch

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

    Joel Lynch leads the LWCF State Assistance at the National Park Service.

     

    Kyle Simpson

    Senior Government Affairs Manager, National Recreation and Park Associationn (NRPA)

    Kyle Simpson is a NRPA staffer who handles government affairs work related to LWCF.

     

    Elisabeth Fondriest

    Recreation Grant Programs Branch Chief, National Park Service

  • Open or CloseMake it Stick! Activities to Make All of Your Trainings More Fun and Impactful (Track: Employee & Volunteer Management)

    10/29/2020 3 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Employee and Volunteer Management

     

    Do you want to engage your staff and volunteers in training sessions? Do you want the material to stick long after the training ends? Experiential learning helps make any training, whether in-person or online, more fun and impactful for both new and veteran employees and volunteers. This session will provide a variety of training activities that can be used as openers, energizers, reinforcers and powerful learning tools for all types of learners. We encourage you to participate and experience the activities in the same way your staff and volunteers will during your training sessions. Please be prepared with 4 sheets of blank, white 8½-in. by 11-in. paper, a pen or pencil, and a sticky note or small paper square. All of the exercises can be easily replicated in your department/agency to maximize the impact of all of your in-person or online training sessions.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Describe the advantages of using interactive exercises to increase training effectiveness.

    Identify where in training sessions they can insert activities to make training more effective.

    Utilize a variety of activities to successfully convey their training messages with stronger impact while having fun.

     

    Speakers:

    Roz Buck

    Principal, Roz and Jed Training & Consulting

    Jed Buck

    Principal, Roz and Jed Training & Consulting

    Roz and Jed Buck are proven youth development experts and dynamic speakers. After working side by side as the owners/directors of Meadowbrook Day Camp from 2004 to 2016, they launched Roz and Jed Training & Consulting to help Youth Development Professionals make a difference. They have presented keynotes, breakout sessions and workshops for a wide variety of RPA Conferences across the country.

     

  • Open or CloseMaster Class: Meetings 101:10 Sure Ways to Get Them Talking! (Track: Leadership and Management)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Leadership and Management

     

    Have you lost the connection with your team or staff? Is everyone just staring at you in your meeting? Does the room feel like the air has been "zapped" out? Be prepared for laughter, definite takeaways and confidence in your next team or staff meeting! I will help you to connect in meetings by sharing 10 sure ways to get them talking!

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Learn how to connect and contribute more to staff meetings.

    Become more confident in how you present and engage with staff.

     

    Speakers:

    Lisa Wube

    Assistant Director, City of Irving Parks and Recreation

    Lisa Wube has been a presenter at previous National Recreation and Park Association and Indiana Parks and Recreation Association events. She has presented at the Association Conference 2 years in a row. She also is a former Ted Talk speaker in Evansville, Indiana (The Art of Meetings).

     

  • Open or CloseMore Than An In-service: A Layered Approach To Aquatics Staff Training (Track: Aquatics)

    10/29/2020 1:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Aquatics

     

    Aquatics staff training is beyond a monthly in-service requirement. Learn to take a layered approach to aquatics staff training by breaking up workplace culture expectations and protocol, operational and emergency procedures, and program administration into bite-sized education that is delivered in a variety of formats, but offered to a variety of team members. Use your creativity to come up with the "what" instead of the "how" by completing a training needs assessment and building your own customized Hierarchy of Staff Training. Learn to find ways to replicate yourself in the overall structure of staff training, so your team can learn predominately from passive, group, peer and environmental ways of coaching and learning. Gone are the days of focusing primarily on energy (and time!) heavy one-on-one trainings or reverting back to monthly lifeguard in-services as the sole source of information delivered to staff.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Identify aquatics and workplace specific topics, content and formatting to effectively deliver necessary information to staff

    Understand the five parts of the hierarchy of staff training (and the stairstep model) and ways to provide training opportunities within each layer

    Learn how to break up your division of focus and how to spread out trainings to all members of the team

     

    Speakers:

    Katherine Connell

    Aquatics Program Supervisor, City of Iowa City, Iowa

    Kate Connell is an advocate for equity in recreational water use and has assisted in providing free swimming lessons, safety education and accessible pool events. Connell leads trainings and conversations on equitable aquatics, staff training and humanness through leadership. She also is experienced in private recreation as a yoga teacher trainer and author of The Art of Teaching Private Yoga.

    Sydney Stodola

    Recreation Assistant/Assistant Aquatics Supervisor, Iowa City (Iowa) Parks and Recreation

    Sydney Stodola is a community-minded recreational professional based out of the Midwest. She currently serves as the recreation assistant for the city of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department. Stodola aims to provide fun, educational and equitable opportunities to those in her municipality and beyond by advocating for exciting and inclusive aquatic programming and policies. She believes that with enough creativity, spunk and thorough research and planning, we can meet the needs of each and every person we serve.

  • Open or CloseNavigating Through Trauma, Drama and Llamas in the Workplace (Track: Health and Wellness)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Health and Wellness

     

    As the topic of mental health continues to gain traction, navigating mental health trauma faced from frontline staff workplace through recognition and action is essential in all areas of recreation. Dialogue examples on how to navigate trauma from the workplace will be practiced to illustrate how to prevent unnecessary drama and stigmatization. Additional awareness also will be discussed on how to heal and celebrate the successes and triumphs within the workplace and cultivate a healthy and professional workplace (llamas!). This speed session will be a hybrid of providing case-specific studies and discussing how to provide in-person and virtual resources and support, especially in light of the current pandemic while continuing to provide safe programming for staff and patrons.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Empower working professionals to recognize, identify and take purposeful action with confidence regarding mental health concerns within the workplace as it pertains to parks and recreation.

     

    Speakers:

    Jaimie Clout

    Aquatic Supervisor, City of Bristol (Connecticut) Department of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services

    Jaimie Clout, CPRP, LGIT, CPO, EMT, has 20 years of experience, from working as a lifeguard and program manager to serving more than a decade in a director role. In 2007, her facility received the “Nation's Best Indoor Family Aquatics Center.” Her staff also has been credited for saving the life of a patron. With 19 years as an EMT and two decades in parks and recreation, Clout focuses on leading with passion and motivating the next generation.

    Tiffanie Lai

    Senior Recreation Coordinator, City of Mountain View, California

    Tiffanie Lai has contributed to the parks and recreation field for 8 years in Northern California. As an instructor trainer and advocate for staff education and development, she has spoken at different conferences at the district, region, state and national, National Recreation and Park Association level. In 2019, Lai was recognized by California Park & Recreation Society with a "30 under 30" achievement. In her spare time, she enjoys training for a 70.3 triathlon.

  • Open or CloseNext Practices for Parks and Recreation in a COVID-19 World (Track: Leadership and Management)

    10/28/2020 3 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Leadership and Management

     

    As we start thinking of what a post-pandemic world may look like in this coming decade (2020s), this session will help attendees think of next practices they want to shape in order to design an inclusive, welcoming and financially/environmentally sustainable park and recreation agency. During these increasingly unpredictable times, with changing demographics and technologies, this session also will share insights for how to build an agency culture and mindset that can innovate and thrive in chaos and embrace change as park and recreation agencies look to continue playing the role of essential components that sustain the community's very fabric and way of life.

     

    Speakers:

    Neelay Bhatt

    Vice President, PROS Consulting, INC.

    Neelay Bhatt's career on five continents includes Disney, The Super Bowl and The Olympics, in addition to several years of consulting, public speaking and training. TEDx, the global platform for ideas, describes him as a business and communications visionary. His service on the National Recreation and Park Association’s Board of Directors has served to ensure that "no child is left indoors."

    Bhatt serves as the president of the Immigrant Welcome Center and aspires to make Indy the most welcoming city in America. He was chosen by the Indianapolis Business Journal as the area's "Forty under 40," serves on the Racial Equity Task Force on WFYI’s (Central Indiana’s source for NPR and PBS) Board and is nominated in a leadership role for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game in Indianapolis.

    Bhatt is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School and #1 ranked Sports Management Program at Ohio University. His keynotes and talks on magical customer service, trends, empathetic leadership and the art of storytelling have benefited executives, professionals, startups and students from North America to China and from Europe to New Zealand.

    Bhatt champions “Ideas Worth Spreading” as the curator and organizer for TEDxIndianapolis, TEDxIndianapolisWomen and TEDxCollegePark (MD) besides leading a TED Global workshop in Canada, presenting multiple TEDx talks and coaching TEDx presenters as well.

    As the principal at PROS Consulting INC. (headquartered in Indianapolis), Bhatt has led 130+ strategic and master planning, sports facility development, customer service training, and marketing and branding projects. These projects have recommended facility development and infrastructure improvements totaling over $2 billion  and are helping shape a better vision for health and wellness, conservation and social equity in communities globally.

  • Open or CloseOptimizing Your Facility Programming Post-COVID19 (Track: Recreation and Sports Programming)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Recreation and Sports Programming

     

    In this speed session, Sports Facilities Management will look at how to improve the programming and operations of sports and recreation facilities, and discuss the future trends in sports/recreation programming post-COVID-19. This session also will provide the managers and supervisors who operate a sports or recreation facility with resources, ideas, measurements and considerations about the future in sports programming.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Identify several methods, systems and resources to program a facility through scheduling and improved systems post-COVID-19.

    Speakers:

    Jason Clement

    Founder and CEO, Sports Facilities Management, LLC

    Under Jason Clement's leadership, Sports Facilities Management (SFM) has opened more successful sports venues than any organization in the country. He is an experienced advisor having provided planning, strategy, finance and operational leadership to projects in throughout the United States. With his leadership, SFM has become a globally recognized leader focusing on transforming the health and economic vitality of communities around the world.

  • Open or CloseP&R's Response to Active Shooter Incidents (Track: Leadership and Management)

    10/28/2020 1:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Leadership and Management

     

    On the night of October 1, 2017, a shooter opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers on the Las Vegas Strip, killing 58 people and wounding 413. The ensuing panic led to an 869 injury total. The incident is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States. On the afternoon of May 31, 2019, a disgruntled city employee entered his secure office building and fatally shot 12 people and wounded five others in a mass shooting in Virginia Beach. This is not an active shooter training. Rather, this presentation will explore how two park and recreation departments responded to (and are still responding to) active shooter incidents in their communities. Participants will learn and talk about the complex and multiyear leadership challenges that follow these incidents, how park and recreation staff and facilities were involved in crisis recovery efforts, and how these incidents can change and impact policies, security measures, training, employee support and public expectations.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Explore and discover how the parks and recreation departments of the City of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Virginia Beach, Virginia, were called upon and aided the community following active shooter incidents, from immediately following the tragedy to years later.

    Learn leadership challenges facing directors following these incidents including mitigating and resuming services, hypersensitivity, security concerns, memorial requests and “compassion fatigue."

    Learn how to develop future training to improve emergency response and provide more secure special events and facilities.

     

    Speakers:

    Greg Weitzel

    Director, Las Vegas (Nevada) Parks and Recreation Department

    Greg A. Weitzel is the director of the Department of Parks and Recreation for the City of Las Vegas, Nevada. Weitzel serves on the Board of Directors for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and helps chair the NRPA Public Policy Committee.

    An invited member of the White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors, Weitzel has significant experience addressing urban issues and working closely with federal, state and local elected officials. He previously served as the director of Parks and Recreation for the cities of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Allentown, Pennsylvania, where his agencies received multiple awards for innovative programming, outstanding facilities, trails and park development.

    Weitzel's work in Pennsylvania was highlighted by earning the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Intergovernmental Cooperation. He was also recognized with the Professional of the Year Awards from the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Association and the College of Health and Human Development at the Pennsylvania State University where he received his degree in Recreation and Park Management. He earned his master’s degree in health, physical education, recreation and park ddministration from Illinois State University.

    Weitzel also has helped to secure more than $1 million dollars in international humanitarian aid and lead a team to build one of the first playgrounds in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. He has since assisted in building more than 40 other playgrounds in several countries as an ambassador for the nonprofit organization, Kids Around the World.

    Weitzel has been married for more than twenty years to his wife Jennie and has two teenage daughters, Virginia and Ashley.

    Michael Kirschman

    Director, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation

    For the past 25 years, Michael Kirschman has presented at countless state and national park and recreation conferences. He has provided instruction for seven years at Supervisors Management School, taught two years at Green School, and currently serves as an instructor for the NRPA Directors School.

  • Open or ClosePark Foundations and Friends Groups: City Manager and Mayors Panel Discussion

    10/27/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Leadership and Management

     

    Park and recreation leaders are facing ever-expanding budgetary challenges, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic recession. Local park foundations and friends groups can play a crucial role in filling these budget gaps while, at the same time, raising awareness of the essential value of local parks and recreation in the areas of health and wellness, equity and conservation. Moderated by Joe Wynns, Board Chair of the National Association of Park Foundations, a panel of mayors and city managers will share their experiences and offer best practices that led to strong working relationships with foundations that maximize alternative sources of parks and recreation funding.

     

    Speakers:

    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

    Assistant City Manager, City of Las Cruses, New Mexico

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  • Open or ClosePark It Here: Trailblazing Tech (Track: Planning, Design and Maintenance)

    10/27/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Planning, Design and Maintenance

     

    Manatee County (Florida) has embraced a wide variety of technology that has helped increased efficiency while providing valuable tools to the public. Grounds teams now use a mobile application, called Survey123, which provides office managers and stakeholders a real-time view of inspections as they’re done. Additionally, the County also has started using drones and field-painting robots — the drones have been great for conducting various assessments while “GiGi.” the Turf Tank robot, can paint sport fields in record time and free staff to focus on other tasks. The County has promoted its amenities with various maps and web applications that are available to residents. With these tools, they can easily find their nearest parks and amenities, walk trails before visiting them and more! Join us to see how you, too, can implement new technology in your organization.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Learn to apply a wide variety of technology and resources to solve regular challenges.

    Understand the potential return on investement when using the presented technology.

    Create invaluable applications for park management and public use.

     

    Speakers:

    Carmine DeMilio

    Parks/Grounds Operations Manager, Manatee County (Florida) Government

    Carmine DeMilio is originally from New Jersey, where he managed parks and recreation for the Township of North Brunswick for 23 years. For the past nine-plus years, DeMilio has been the parks operations manager and ADA compliance coordinator with Manatee County Government of Florida. He and his team of 80 maintain more than 70 athletic fields.

     

    David Morehead

    GIS System Analyst, Manatee County (Florida) Government

    David Morehead is a lifelong resident of Manatee County, Florida, and alumni of the University of South Florida (USF). During his time studying anthropology at USF, he found a passion for geospatial sciences. In 2016, Morehead began his career as a geographic information system analyst for Manatee County’s Property Management Department.

     

    Lea Harper

    GIS System Analyst, Manatee County (Florida) Government

    Lea Harper is a Florida native and a University of South Florida alumni. After graduating, she decided to make Tampa Bay her home and has since been a GIS analyst at Manatee County. Her formal training is in environmental science and policy, but her work today includes facility asset management, building emergency preparedness and recovery apps, and conducting vulnerability assessments.

  • Open or ClosePaws and Recreation: Service Dogs, ADA Accessibility and You (Track: Equity and Inclusion)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Equity and Inclusion

     

    Learn the facts about service dogs from true service dogs trainers. This speed session will discuss the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) laws and best practices for service dogs in your public facilities. It also will differentiate task-trained service dogs, therapy dogs, emotional support animals and anything else that might come through your doors. Our Q&A will answer any burning questions on this "hot topic." New Horizons Service Dogs Inc. is a service dog training nonprofit that supplies task-trained service dogs to clients free of cost.

     

    Speakers:

    Hannah Cooper

    Athletic Supervisor, City of Port Orange (Florida) Parks and Recreation

    Hannah Cooper is an athletic supervisor with the City of Port Orange Parks and Recreation. In her "spare" time she raises task trained service dogs through New Horizons Service Dogs Inc. in Orange City, Florida. She looks to educate and bring awareness to service dogs in the recreation industry and what ADA accessibility looks like for your organization.

    Wendy Hartman

    Assistant Director, New Horizons Service Dogs Inc.

    Wendy Hartman is a retired teacher and now the assistant director for New Horizons Service Dogs Inc, located in Orange City, Florida. She has trained numerous dogs and presented on the topic countless times. Wendy has a wealth of knowledge on ADA laws and the relationship to public spaces.

  • Open or ClosePhysically Distant, Socially Connected (Track: Recreation and Sports Programming)

    10/28/2020 1:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Recreation and Sports Programming

     

    This program is designed to inspire and educate park and recreation professionals during the time of COVID-19 on ways to connect through virtual recreation options serving youth and adults with disabilities. This session will show successful virtual recreation trends and strategies to plan for future shifts in an increasingly unpredictable time. We will look at creative solutions to combat barriers to technology access. Through sharing and visual displays, participants will leave with an array of ways to engage in a time of social isolation.

     

    Speakers:

    Kyle Bywater

    Recreation Program Coordinator, ADAC, Seattle (Washington) Parks and Recreation

     

    Savannah Seiple

    Recreation Leader, Seattle (Washington) Parks and Recreation

     

    Hannah Spaulding

    Recreation Leader, CTRS/R, Seattle (Washington) Parks and Recreation

  • Open or ClosePublic Accessibility for Transgender Populations (Track: Equity and Inclusion)

    10/29/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Equity and Inclusion

     

    The issue of public accessibility to public washroom, locker room and inclusive facilities is growing and the legal and court case law is expanding and changing every year. This session will identify the legal history, mandates and changing requirements for public facility operators. In addition, lessons learned from the frontlines and first federal court case regarding transgender populations and accessibility to facilities. In addition, learn how to assess your current facilities to ensure effective operations and approaches, as well as key policies and staff training that is imperative to survive this sensitive subject matter. Lastly, learn life experiences, biases and simple expectations from a full-time trans-female, who is an advocate. This will enable more people to understand how to have inclusive facilities for transgender populations.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Learn the legal history, mandates and implications involved with making public facilities such as washrooms, locker rooms, places of employment and programming inclusive for transgender populations.

    Learn from front line experiences for public access for transgender populations, explore best practices to assess your current facilities, develop proper policies and conduct effective staff training.

    Hear from a full-time trans-female regarding her life experiences with biases, ignorance and confusion as a trans-female and what can be explored to make your facilities and staff inclusive.

     

    Speakers:

    Keri-Lyn Krafthefer

    Equity Partner, Ancel Glink Diamond Bush DiCianni and Krafthefer, P.C.

    Keri-Lyn Krafthefer is an equity partner with the Illinois law firm of Ancel Glink and Associates, which represents numerous Illinois local governments, including park districts. Krafthefer has been teaching public bodies and public officials about the evolving laws relating to transgender populations for several years, and she has spoken before national and international attorneys’ groups on this topic.

     

    Michael Clark

    Executive Director, Palatine Park District, Illinois

    Mike Clark has presented on this topic at several conferences. He has experience in the access of public facilities for transgender populations as the first federal court case of locker room access ever filed was in Palatine, Illinois. Clark has developed a strategy and approach to provide an all-inclusive culture in recreational facilities and policies to help train staff and educate the public on this topic.

     

    Sophie Michaels

    Full Time Transgender Woman Panelist, Private Citizen

    Sophie Michaels is an open transgender woman and has been living “full time” for several years now. This is her second year of speaking out to students and professionals (e.g., the Illinois Park and Recreation Conference, staff meetings and college classrooms) about her struggles, challenges and life experiences. She shares insight and advice for a better understanding of the transgender population.

  • Open or ClosePublic Life Is an Essential City Service: Reimagining Recreation and Parks as Integral to the Development of Your City (Track: Advocacy)

    10/28/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Advocacy

     

    In the summer of 1968, American cities experienced riots and unrest sparked from centuries of racial discrimination. Akron, Ohio, was no different. In response, city of Akron leaders convened a task force to recommend pathways toward a more equitable community. Investment in recreation and parks were top priorities and municipal leaders at the time responded. It had been 40 years since the city last reviewed that plan, when Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan launched a plan to unify all municipal departments that impact development. Through that process, a reinvigorated Division of Recreation and Parks joined planning, engineering, development to form the Office of Integrated Development (OID). This session will guide participants through the community co-creation process used to create OID, and how Division of Recreation and Parks leads on development within the city.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Compare your own organizational structure to the Office of Integrated Development (OID) and evaluate if a similar structure would benefit their organization

    Create an understanding of how strong recreation and parks align with city economic development goals

    Demonstrate an appreciation for the power of co-creation and community engagement in strategic planning that participants can apply in their organization

     

    Speakers:

    Brittany Schmoekel

    Recreation and Parks Manager, City of Akron, Ohio

    Brittany Schmoekel has more than 17 years of experience with the city of Akron, Ohio, in the Recreation and Parks division. She speaks often to community groups and organizations about the revitalization and restructuring of the division and the focus they have on public space and public life that encourage deeper connections within the community.

     

    James Hardy

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

    James Hardy manages the Mayor’s Cabinet and oversees the newly created Office of Integrated Development. His previous roles include assistant director of community health at Summit County Public Health, special assistant to the president and board at Kent State University, a regional director for Ohio Secretary of State, and executive office intern for former President Bill Clinton. In addition, Hardy served six years on the Akron Board of Education.

  • Open or CloseRecreation Employee Conversations (REC): One-on-One Check-Ins (Track: Employee and Volunteer Management)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Employee and Volunteer Management

     

    Can you say your workplace culture values actionable feedback, staff development, and personal connection if you don't have uninterrupted time to give your staff and volunteers the floor to share their work experiences? In 20 minutes, learn to develop a five-question "listening" system that will allow you to check in with your part-time staff (one-on-one and in 10 minutes or less!) and hear in their own words about their workplace wins, current challenges, operational suggestions, peer contributions, and suggestions for leadership (that's you!). Leave with a five-question template to take and tweak and master documents to set up your sessions, explain the impact to staff and volunteers, and organize and collect your data.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Learn how to create one-on-one feedback based check-in sessions with your part-time staff and volunteers.

    Learn how to use a series of questions to gather feedback from your part-time staff and volunteers and how to rework questions to fit your organization and the individual in front of you to elicit a valuable response,

     

    Speakers:

    Katherine Connell

    Aquatics Program Supervisor, City of Iowa City

    Kate Connell is an advocate for equity in recreational water use and has assisted in providing free swimming lessons, safety education and accessible pool events. Connell leads trainings and conversations on equitable aquatics, staff training and humanness through leadership. She also is experienced in private recreation as a yoga teacher trainer and author of The Art of Teaching Private Yoga.

  • Open or CloseRefresh not Rebrand: How to Update Your Brand Without Changing Your Identity (Track: Public Relations and Marketing)

    10/29/2020 3 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Public Relations and Marketing

     

    Many of us grapple with whether or not to spend scarce resources on rebranding. Apex did, and we are here to tell you why it paid off. Learn how we accomplished a full update of all of our external tools (logo, website, activity guide and registration system), the budget and whether or not we used contractors to help us.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Learn how to evaluate whether their organization needs to refresh/rebrand.

    Identify where to start the refresh/rebrand process and how long ahead of time they should plan for it.

    Identify if you need to hire an outside consultant and how to go about doing so.

     

    Speakers:

    Katie Groke

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

    Katie Groke, CPRP has a diverse communications background. She has worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters, The White House Project, NCAA, Choice USA and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. A graduate of the University of Wyoming where she played on a soccer scholarship, Groke also has an MPA from the University of Colorado at Denver and is a graduate of NRPA Directors School.

  • Open or CloseRetail Buildings Re-imagined for Community Health, Wellness and Recreation (Track: Planning, Design and Maintenance)

    10/29/2020 1:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Planning, Design and Maintenance

     

    As the business model for retail continues to evolve away from brick-and-mortar stores, many communities are finding themselves faced with large, vacant big-box stores and mall properties. Astute community leaders understand that vacant retail properties impact surrounding land values and are taking a proactive approach to re-imagining these properties as new centers of community health, wellness and recreation. In this session, we will explore the guiding principles for successful, adaptive reuse of these properties and case studies that demonstrate an emerging facility model that blends community recreation, clinical health, complementary retail and other creative community partnerships.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Learn about some of the key functional challenges with adapting existing retail properties for recreation and wellness use.

    Learn about some key indicators that make an existing facility a good candidate for adapative reuse.

    Learn about precedent case studies around the country of blended health, wellness, and recreation facilities and emerging creative partnerships.

     

    Speakers:

    Lindsey Peckinpaugh

    Principal, Perkins+Will (formerly Sink Combs Dethlefs)

    Lindsey Peckinpaugh is the practice leader for sports, recreation and entertainment in Perkins and Will’s Chicago, Illinois, office. A licensed architect, Peckinpaugh has had the honor of advising numerous park districts and municipalities through feasibility studies, successful referendum campaigns, and the design and construction of community recreation facilities.

  • Open or CloseSafe Spaces for High Performers: How to Create a Safe Space for Your Workforce (Track: Employee and Volunteer Management)

    10/28/2020 3 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Employee and Volunteer Management

     

    In this interactive learning experience, participants will explore the characteristics of high performers and how engaging these key team members within the workplace can be critical to work performance. Identifying these characteristics will create an opportunity for managers and coworkers to put into action the concept of “checking on your strong friends.” High-performing staff members can be an asset to your team. However, managing and staying engaged with such members can be a challenge. This session will stimulate a conversation that identifies characteristics of high performers and also puts into action essential staff engagement tools to support the continued success of high performers within the workplace. This interactive lecture experience will mirror in delivery previously well-attended and received NRPA Annual Confernce lectures facilitated by Cortni and Atuya, such as "What Is Your Awesome Sauce?!?!" and "Tap Into Your Power to Inspire."

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Leave with evidence-based techniques in order to identify high performers within your departments/workgroups.

    Leave with strategies to identify your high performers characteristics and how these characteristics impact work performance.

    Leave with a five-star plan which supports high performers while valuing their contributions.

     

    Speakers:

    Atuya Cornwell

    County-Wide Sports Coordinator, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George's County (Maryland) Department of Parks and Recreation

    Atuya Cornwell is an active member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and is passionate about connecting young professionals with professional development tools. Cornwell has organized and participates in several professional development video blogs and has written numerous blogs. He has presented at the 2017, 2018 and 2019 NRPA Conferences. Cornwell is the 2015 recipient of NRPA's Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award.

     

    Cortni Grange

    Founding Partner, Grange Enterprises

    Cortni Grange — problem solver, social entrepreneur and impact strategist — is a father, creator and lover of all things jerk chicken. He has been fortunate to explore speaking and workshop facilitation, impacting more than 10,000 lives. Grange has given keynotes for National Philanthropy Day and Washington, D.C. Startup Week, and he has facilitated workshops with The Washington Redskins, Milwaukee Bucks, D.C. Public School system and We Work.

  • Open or Close'7 Habits' to Achieve YOUR Parks and Rec 'Super' Status (Track: Career Development)

    10/29/2020 3 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Career Development

    As supervisors we must juggle meetings, staff schedules, put fires out, adapting to the ever-changing requirements, compliance concerns all while meeting the community’s needs during an international pandemic. Nothing is more important right now to our staff than to provide leadership, resources and support during this difficult time. Those are just to name a few of what being a supervisor does! When situations in the Park and Recreation world are thrown at us in the workplace environment it is vital to change not only ourselves but change our perceptions on how we handle the outcomes. Most of us know of Stephen A. Covey’s, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. In this session we will take Covey’s 7 Habits and apply them to current events/trends we are facing in the parks and recreation field.  Join us as we further break down learned habits and manageable outcomes necessary to build your own parks and recreation super team.

    Learning Outcomes:

    Identify ways to build effective and/or sustainable relationships with fellow coworkers and teams.

    Learn ways to create an atmosphere that solidifies staff buy in and involvement.

    Formulate productive/effective staff and create habits that positively impact your team.

    Speakers:

    Katy Keller

    Program Coordinator, Indian Trail (North Carolina) Parks and Recreation

    Katy Keller is the name and marketing is her game! Keller uses her social media and programming superpowers daily as the program and marketing coordinator for Indian Trail Parks and Recreation. She also uses her powers for good as the current chair-elect for NRPA’s Young Professional Network. Above all, Keller loves spending her time with her husband and children, exploring breweries and enjoying the North Carolina life.

    Trinette Mumford

    Facility Manager, Mecklenburg County (North Carolina) Park and Recreation

    Trinette Mumford has 10 years of recreation experience and is a facility manager with a background in recreation from Indiana University. She currently works for Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mumford is an active member of NRPA and is passionate about getting youth and seniors active in recreation. She has presented at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

  • Open or CloseSimple Tools to Support Children's Mental and Physical Health (Track: Health and Wellness)

    10/27/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Health and Wellness

     

    It's a "new day" for learning, from staggered schedules to hybrid learning and virtual education. In this interactive workshop, the Afterschool Alliance and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation will explore a simple blueprint to help your recreation agency support the social, emotional and academic development of children. Participants will leave with ideas for supportive community partnerships and tangible resources that can be shared with staff and caregivers. We'll provide plenty of opportunity for sharing and dialogue, so please bring your challenges and best practices.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

     

    Speakers:

    Daniel Hatcher

    Director of Community Partnerships, The Alliance for a Healthier Generation

     

    Marisa Paipongna

    Afterschool Alliance

  • Open or CloseSupporting Inclusive Health Through Parks and Recreation (Track: Equity and Inclusion)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Equity and Inclusion

     

    For centuries, individuals with intellectual disabilities have been one of the most marginalized and alienated populations in our society. Park and recreation agencies have the ability to not only provide inclusive health solutions that foster healthy activities with participation by both individuals with and without intellectual disabilities — helping to not only break down barriers to physical health, but also address stigma and alienation and improve social and emotional health. Join the National Recreation and Park Association and a self-advocate with an intellectual disability to discuss the importance of inclusivity, and the impact a newly developed inclusive health policy best practice guide can have on communities across the country.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Learn ways in which to promote inclusive health through park and recreation programs and policies. 

     

    Speakers:

    Maureen Neuman

    Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

    Maureen Neuman is a program manager on NRPA's health and wellness team, supporting various programs, including the Parks for Inclusion program, ensuring that everyone has equitable access to the benefits of parks and recreation.

    Kathleen Maggi

    Health Messenger, Special Olympics

  • Open or CloseSupporting Older Adults Throughout COVID-19 (Track: Health and Wellness)

    10/27/2020 3 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Health and Wellness

     

    Participants will hear from three national organizations that are addressing the needs of older adults throughout COVID-19. The session will provide best practices, inspirational examples, and resources for park and recreation professionals to engage and serve older adults. The Center for Healthy Aging at the National Council on Aging (NCOA) will share how organizations are delivering evidence-based chronic disease self-management education and falls prevention programs in the remote environment, including how organizations are addressing the digital divide. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging will provide an overview of the Dementia Friendly America initiative, including how dementia friendly communities work with various partners and how they are responding to the pandemic. Generations United will share how intergenerational programs are meeting the needs of community members, young and old, throughout the pandemic — from social isolation to food insecurity — while building empathy and social connectedness across generations.

     

    Speakers:

    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.

  • Open or CloseSupporting Rising Leaders for Greater Field Wide Equity. (Track: Equity and Inclusion)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Equity and Inclusion

     

    Over the past 6 years, the Rising Leaders Fellowship has provided professional development, a space for challenging the status quo, and continued retention efforts for talented professionals of color and their allies. After completing a formal evaluation in 2020 we are prepared to share the outcomes, strategies, and field wide impacts that this program has had on the environmental sector, its participants, and the continued equitable development of leadership opportunities for people of color. Participants of this speed session will walk away with a deepened understanding of equitable and inclusive retention efforts, insights into creating professional development programming, and inspiration for the role that they can play in a more just and equitable environmental field.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Explore and understand the importance of equitable and inclusive professional development opportunities and the role they play in the retention of talented professionals of color.

     

    Speakers:

    Rena Payan

    Sr. Program Manager, Youth Outside

  • Open or CloseThe Esports Experience: Determining the Best Esports Programs to Build and Strengthen Communities. (Track: Recreation and Sports Programming)

    10/27/2020 3 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Recreation and Sports Programming

     

    Esports, or competitive video gaming, not only has grown to be an impressive billion-dollar industry, but also is now also known as the "new social network" attracting multi-generational players and spectators alike. For parks and recreational professionals, this means Esports can have tremendous impacts on equity and health and wellness within communities. The opportunities to bring esports experiences to the population at-large are endless. From recreational esports programs, to STEM/STEAM learning, to tapping into the sports tourism business, understanding all the possibilities to bring inclusive and innovative esports experiences to communities will be the focus at this interactive lecture. We will provide field-tested and proven concepts from real-life case studies of esports experiences we've activated over the past year. In addition, we will share best practices and guidelines to determine the best approach to launching the best esports program for your community.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Assess your own readiness and current capabilities to launch Esports programs in their community.

    Design effective Esports programming that optimizes social inclusion and maximizes innovative learning for all.

    Aply the framework and guidelines presented to determine the best financial model for Esports programming, equipment and staffing.

     

    Speakers:

    Scott Novis

    CEO and Founder, Bravous Youth Esports and GameTruck LLC

    Scott Novis is the founder of GameTruck, the market leader in the video-game-theater-on-wheels franchise business, and founder and CEO of Bravous Youth Esports, the dominant force behind STEM/STEAM programs using video games in New York and Arizona. Novis holds 11 patents and dual engineering degrees. He ran development studios for the Walt Disney Company, Pixar Studios and many other notable gaming projects. scottnovis.com

  • Open or CloseThe Essential Role of Parks and Recreation Throughout COVID-19 (Track: Health and Wellness)

    10/29/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Health and Wellness

     

    During times of crisis, park and recreation professionals have repeatedly proven they are trusted community leaders capable of swiftly providing or supporting a host of rapid emergency response and relief services. These services include food distribution, emergency residential shelter and safe zones, childcare for essential workers, maintenance and sanitation of public spaces to ensure safety, communications dissemination, leveraging facilities and spaces to support community needs, and scaling other necessary emergency response functions. Park and recreation professionals also manage essential infrastructure, including parks, trails, open spaces, community and senior centers, pools and cooling centers, as well as countless other tasks that protect, support and enable the public's physical and mental health. Join three park and recreation directors as they share how their agencies were essential in supporting community health and well-being throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    Speakers:

    Allison Colman

    Director of Health, National Recreation and Park Association

     

    Lakita Watson

    Executive Director, Richland County (South Carolina) Recreation Commission



    Kristin Zimmerman

    Parks Administrator, Mohave County (Arizona) Parks



    Dan West

    Director, Broward County (Florida) Parks and Recreation

     

  • Open or CloseThe Gathering Place - Inclusive Design for Everyone (Track: Planning, Design and Maintenance)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Planning, Design and Maintenance

     

    The Gathering Place is a new 100-acre park in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The $465 million dollar (US) park provides multiple features from a sport courts, skate area, boating facilities, water features and large playground. The overall goal of the park is to be an inclusive park no matter you racial, ethnic, economic or ability level. Tulsa was the site of “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history with approximately 300 African American residents killed in a 1921 riot. The location of The Gathering Place is the middle of Tulsa’s diverse neighborhoods. The intent is to provide a neutral location for residents of all backgrounds to intermingle a know each other no matter their differences. The park was voted as the best new attraction in the United States by USA Today newspaper but more importantly was recognized by Time Magazine and the top “100 Worlds Greatest Places” to experience in 2019.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Understand how the design of a park and recreation location can be used as a place for people of all ages, economic levels, racial background and abilities to enjoy and interact.

    Understand how the use of universal design helps to allow to not only meet but also exceed accessibility standards. This allows people with multiple or severe disabilities to enjoy an outdoor setting.

     

    Speakers:

    Mark Trieglaff

    President, Accessibility Consultation and Training Services Inc.

    Accessibility Consultation and Training Services Inc. has extensive experience in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Universal Design and the Fair Housing Act. Mark Trieglaff has spoken nationally and internationally on the subject of accessibility and universal design. Trieglaff has extensive experience in the development of transition plans under the ADA for recreation departments and has been used in lawsuits as an expert witness.

  • Open or CloseThere's an Octopus in the Parking Garage?! "Futureproof" Your Parks for Resiliency to Climate Change (Track: Conservation)

    10/28/2020 3 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Conservation

     

    With the election upon us, one topic that is often discussed is climate change and its dramatic effects on communities all over the world. Increased flooding, drought, expanding ranges of non-native invasive species, access to clean water and changes in the growing season are just a few impacts that show that this isn’t just a coastal problem. Resiliency is another term often used — but what is resiliency and why should you be thinking about it when developing/redeveloping parks? Making decisions regarding the location of parkland, the use of those lands, the placement of infrastructure and overall park design will be critical in the coming decades. This discussion will give you a good idea of how climate change will be affecting parks and recreation departments, what jurisdictions around the country are doing to be more resilient, and how you describe these changes and their effects to elected officials and the public.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Understand how climate change is affecting communities and parklands.

    Discuss how parklands assist municipalities with resilience.

    Identify practical steps to "futureproof" parks for long-term sustainability, recreational use, natural resource protection and climate change mitigation.

     

    Speakers:

    Chris Matthews

    Division Director, Mecklenburg County (North Carolina) Parks and Recreation

    Chris Matthews is the division director for nature preserves and natural resources for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation in North Carolina. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and a Master of Science degree in applied ecology and conservation biology. His professional interests include habitat restoration, fisheries, stream restoration and protected species management. Matthews speaks regularly at NRPA Annual Conferences and instructed at the NRPA Green School.

     

    Jai Cole

    Chief, Park Planning and Stewardship Division, M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks, Maryland

    Jai Cole has 20 years of experience in parks and recreation and is currently the chief of the Park Planning and Stewardship Division for M-NCPPC, Montgomery County Department of Parks in Maryland. Cole supervises natural resources, park and trail planning, natural surface trail implementation and cultural resource stewardship for the 38,000-acre, six-time NRPA Gold Medal Award-winning park system.

  • Open or CloseUsing Park Master Plans to Drive Equity Goals (Track: Planning, Design and Maintenance)

    10/28/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Planning, Design and Maintenance

     

    A system-wide park master plan is a tool that can help us understand the history and current barriers to park access and set a vision and plan to remove these inequities and ensure parks and open spacse are providing the most benefit to communities. This session will provide key practices to creating a system-wide park master plan that advances fair and just access to high-quality parks. The session will then dive into helpful case studies to give attendees practical examples.

     

     

    Speakers:

    Rachel Banner

    Director of Park Access, NRPA

     

    Diane Jones

    Director of Landscape Architecture, University of Texas at Arlington College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs  
    Principal Landscape Architect, Design Jones LLC

  • Open or CloseWalk This Way: Get More People Moving (Track: Health and Wellness)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Health and Wellness

     

    Walking is the best medicine. Just about every media report about the benefits of exercise ends with a suggestion to start walking. Doctors are prescribing it. In 2015, the Surgeon General of the United States issued a Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities to get more people active. Parks provide an excellent venue for walking, however, according to a 2018 RAND survey, parks tend to be underutilized for physical activity, especially for moderate to vigorous exercise and for adults and seniors. Walking is a welcoming way to engage these populations — and others. It’s accessible to all bodies from the fit to the unfit, young to old, healthy weight to obese alike. In addition to the health benefits that participants gain, walking and talking together build a sense of camaraderie. When this experience is rooted in the park landscape, that camaraderie grows into community. Discover low-cost ways to get more people — of all fitness levels — walking in your parks and recreation areas.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Come away with a toolbox of walking programs, resources and knowledge to create and implement low-cost walking programs that generate more foot-traffic in parks.

     

    Speakers:

    Michele Stanten

    Sole Proprietor, MyWalkingCoach.com

    Michele Stanten is a walking coach, author, consultant and creator of MyWalkingCoach.com. Stanten is author of Walk Off Weight, Walk Your Way to Better Health, The Walking Solution. She has created numerous walking/fitness programs, including audio workouts, for organizations such as Avon, Silver Sneakers and Prevention magazine. She is an ACE-certified fitness instructor and a former board member of the Every Body Walk Collaborative coordinating committee member. Stanten has presented at the ACSM Fitness Summit, Walking Summit and ACE Symposium.

     

  • Open or CloseWE GOT ENGAGED! Tips for communicating effectively with your part-time workforce (Track: Career Development)

    10/28/2020 1:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Career Development

     

    This session will focus on tackling the challenges of effectively communicating with large numbers of part-time employees in an efficient manner that encourages collaboration, mentorship, cross-training and employee development. Attendees will learn about the benefits of creating a part-time advisory council, embracing the unique talents found in a diverse department, while exposing the part-time workforce to the varied and wide-ranging careers that can be found under the parks and recreation umbrella. Interactive discussion topics will include lessons learned from an array of communication and efficiency barriers, best practices suggestions for managing today's part-time employee, and tips for how to prepare for the future of increased service demands balanced with staffing challenges.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Be able to effectively communicate with diverse and spread-out part-time staff.

    Know how to create a productive part-time leadership council.

    Become more efficient with your time and resources while building morale and improving employee relations.

     

    Speakers:

    Adam Blackmore

    Recreation Superintendent, City of Henderson (Nevada) Public Works, Parks and Recreation

    Adam Blackmore is the recreation superintendent with the city of Henderson Department of Parks and Recreation in Henderson, Nevada. In his position, Blackmore manages 800 part-time staff and he has created numerous programs to engage with the workforce. He has been in the park and recreation industry for 13 years. Blackmore received a Master of Arts degree in sports management from Indiana State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation administration.

  • Open or CloseWhat Happens When the World's Most Powerful Navy Stays At Home (Track: Recreation and Sports Programming)

    10/28/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Recreation and Sports Programming

     

    COVID-19 hit our Navy communities hard. People were mandated to stay home, basic services were closed and people were searching for a recreation outlet. Navy MWR responded by encouraging community members located on 70 bases from around the world to "Stay active/Stay informed/Stay connected" by accessing the resources on the "Navy MWR at Home" website and other platforms. Resource categories include: Cooking, Entertainment, Fitness, Kids, Library, Recreation, Virtual Travel, Social Services and more. The entire MWR team provided content for worldwide virtual programs and resource opportunities. The Navy MWR Esports Program was created in real time to provide sailors opportunities through competitive sports using video games. There were 12 tournaments scheduled over 10 weeks, and the tournaments were broadcast live on the newly created Navy MWR Twitch channel. The tournaments drew a crowd of more than 1.55 million live views and corporate sponsorship was secured to offset the costs.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Understand the process used for rethinking program delivery on a global scale.

    Developing real-time partnerships to create programming and support program delivery costs.

    Understanding how a “community” spread around the world can be unified through virtual programming.

     

    Speakers:

    Refugio Orozco

    Marketing Director, Navy

     

    Brooke Haley

    Community Recreation Program Manager, Navy MWR

  • Open or CloseWhat Makes a GREAT Day at Work? The 3 Cs of Work Satisfaction (Track: Leadership and Management)

    Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

    Track: Leadership and Management

     

    At times during your career, perhaps while driving home (or before falling asleep) you likely have reflected back at the end of the workday and thought to yourself, “Now that was a GREAT day at work!” Ever wonder what made it such a great day? Has anyone ever studied this? Are there common factors to these GREAT days from which we can learn? The answer, of course, is YES and it involves the three “Cs.” Just what are these magical "Cs" you ask? Discover them — and how you can help to create ideal "GREAT day" conditions for your team.

    Learning Outcomes:

    Discover the common factors known as the three "Cs" that can help to create the feeling of a GREAT day at work, and how these factors can be woven into the work culture and the daily routine of employees.

     

    Speakers:

    Michael Kirschman

    Director, Virginia Beach (Virginia) Parks and Recreation

    For the past 25 years, Michael Kirschman has presented at countless state and national conferences. He has instructed for 7 years at Supervisors Management School and for 2 years at Green School, and currently he is an instructor for Directors School.

  • Open or CloseWhy Parks and Recreation Are Key Factors in the Support of Mental Health Initiatives (Track: Health and Wellness)

    10/29/2020 1:30 p.m. EDT

    Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

    Track: Health and Wellness

     

    Mental health issues throughout the United States continue to be a growing problem. The park and recreation field can play a significant role in offering services and support for those who experience challenges. Research has indicated the benefits individuals derive from a walk in the woods, working out, riding a bike or practicing mindfulness, among the myriad services we offer. The session will provide an overview about the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and its efforts in providing resources and support, both nationally and locally. NAMI can provide a variety of support services for individuals of all ages. In addition, the session will share details of best practice park and recreation agencies that are working in partnerships or offering their own programs in support of improving the wellness and emotional health of individuals in their communities. Discuss how to get started to become a leader in your community.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    Discuss mental health issues and statistics related to mental health challenges in the United States.

    List examples of worldwide efforts of cities, towns, and park and recreation agencies offering in support of providing resources for mental health challenges.

    Discuss audience examples of efforts currently being done by audience members' agencies.

     

    Speakers:

    Barbara Heller

    Manager/Practice Lead, BerryDunn

    Barbara Heller has 40 years of industry experience, including 30 years working for park and recreation agencies and 12 years as a consultant in the field, focusing on strategy, organizational development, leadership development and best practices related to knowledge management and measuring organizational performance.

     

    April Chambers

    Vice President, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)