2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


ADA and Aquatics: Ensuring Everyone Enjoys Your Pool

  • Identify portions of the ADA regulations that apply to public aquatic centers
  • Identify the various means and apparatus to provide ADA access for patrons

Justin Caron, MBA, Vice President, Aquatic Design Group

Building Park Champions

  • Suggest ways to approach elected and opinion leaders and develop the relationships to build them into champions while avoiding political and legal pitfalls
  • Discuss tactics that help to develop a case that makes park advocacy a winning scenario for community leaders

Robert Doyle, General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District
Rosemary Cameron, MPA, Public Affairs Consulting
Deb Callahan, Executive Director, Bay Area Open Space Council

Career Development for Emerging Professionals

  • Examine the aptitudes and attitudes hiring managers look for in potential candidates and how you can enhance your own marketability
  • Suggest a variety of benefits of having a mentor, building your own personal network and demonstrating effectiveness in the modern workplace

Moderated by Darin Loughrey, Community Services Manager, City of Irvine, Program Lead, CPRS Conference Committee
Justin Fernandez, Community Services Program Coordinator, City of Irvine
Morgan Gonzalez, Recreation Services Program Coordinator, City of Irvine
Tiarra Warner, Recreation Supervisor, City of Beverly Hills

Eat Smart, Play Hard: Engaging Kids in Health Education

  • Identify HEPA standards that can be applied to your existing programs
  • Articulate how your programs are an indispensable part of the childhood obesity epidemic, and link recreation to healthcare

Manuel Gonzalez, District Manager, City of San Diego
Johnny Chou, Area Manager II, City of San Diego

Financial Considerations of Park and Recreation Systems

  • Discuss the total cost of ownership of park and recreation systems
  • Evaluate park operations from a revenue and expenditure standpoint to understand the cost of service

Michael Svetz, MS, CPM, Principal, PROS Consulting
Stephanie Sanders, PLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect & Park Planner, North of the River Recreation and Park District

Four Steps to Improve Youth Sports Coaching

  • Analyze a proactive approach to managing volunteer youth sports coaches to ensure that everyone is on the same page
  • Summarize the elements required to develop policies for evaluation and accountability of volunteer youth sports coaches

Lisa Licata, MBA, CYSA, Senior Director, National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS)

Leadership Strategies to Build a Strong Team

  • Identify critical factors in hiring and training needed to develop successful and productive team members
  • Examine strategies that empower team members through mentorship, guidance and data

Vahid Shababi, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, PerfectMind

Skate Parks – Community Asset or Future Liability?

  • Identify and understand potential users to establish the goals and objectives of the project
  • Explain how to achieve success through design, including a discussion on crime prevention through environmental design and selection of amenities such as fencing, lighting, restrooms, seating or cameras

Pamela Galera, PLA, LEED AP, ASLA, Principal Project Planner, City of Anaheim
Aaron Spohn, President, Spohn Ranch, Inc. Custom Skate Parks

Strategies for Reinvigorating Difficult Park Sites

  • Examine creative solutions to turn difficult sites into park assets
  • Generate strategies to building unique partnerships that support implementation and expand capacity

Kat Superfisky, ASLA, ESA, Associate / Urban Ecologist; Co-founder and Executive Director, MIA LEHRER + ASSOCIATES; Grown in LA
Meredith Reynolds, Park Development Officer, City of Long Beach
Tom Gibson, ASLA, Landscape Architect, City of Los Angeles

Strategies to Maximize Performance through Positive Culture Generation

  • Analyze existing workplace culture
  • Suggest strategies that assist in the design and implementation of a positive work environment

Nigel Pugh, Recreation Supervisor - Tennis Operations, City of Fremont

The Nameless Leader – Know One, Be One, Show One

  • Identify major issues related to leadership behaviors in a municipal setting
  • Explain rules of engagement for better leadership

Lydie Gutfeld, MPA, Community Services Manager, City of Mission Viejo

Today’s Struggles in Hiring and Retaining Part-time Staff

  • Explain strategies on informing potential part-time applicants on the value of working in the Parks and Recreation profession
  • Discussion with other agencies on how they handle recruiting, hiring and retaining part-time staff

Lisa McPherson, Recreation Supervisor, City of Dublin