11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


5 Steps to Kickstart a Healthy Parks Healthy People Initiative

  • Communicate how healthcare organizations, park managers and community organizations can collaborate to promote the use of outdoor activity and time in nature for improved health with easy-to-use tools and resources
  • Discuss how to use local parks and open spaces to fulfill a prescription for outdoor activity

Mark Wilkinson, Executive Director, Santa Barbara County Trails Council
Jill Zachary, MPA, Parks and Recreation Director, City of Santa Barbara

Building Better Relationships by Turning Conflict into Conversation

  • Discuss the nature of conflict, its root causes and the steps to manage conflict productively
  • Practice skills and obtain tools to tap the positive aspects of conflict within a group and open up conversation 

Jim DeLizia, Consultant, Trainer, DeLizia Consulting

Career and Leadership: An Administrator Panel Tells All

  • Discuss optional strategies that may help in positioning yourself effectively for a career adjustment
  • Communicate career tips for organizational re-alignment, staff changes, and policy maker demands

Shannon K. DeLong, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Downey
Julie Roman, Community Services Director, City of Stanton
Mark Leyman, Parks and Recreation Director, City of Manhattan Beach

Facilitated by Pamela Passow, Director, City of Downey

From Storming to Performing: Innovative Team-Building Activities

  • Discuss ways to lead your staff through three types of engaging, team-building exercises
  • Generate familiarity with team development stages

Tricia Hall, Aquatics Supervisor, Highlands Recreation District
Lizy Campbell, Recreation Coordinator – Aquatics, Cosumnes Community Services District

How to Price Your Sponsorship Offerings

  • Determine the value of all elements (tangible and intangible) within your park and recreation programs
  • Develop a sponsorship pricing matrix that will affirm the value of the sponsorship to the buyers

Sylvia Allen, President, Allen Consulting, Inc

Operation Intern

  • Develop an internship program unique to your agency for a 10-15 week intern
  • Discuss best practices with agency stakeholders, onsite supervisors and school administrators

Nicole Acquisti, MS, CPRP, Recreation Supervisor, City of Burlingame
Ben Dieterle, Recreation Coordinator, City of Foster City

Park Development – Ten Steps to a Successful Project

  • Explain the park development process from inception to completion as it relates to management of the process and provide an understanding of the steps to a successful project
  • Discuss the role and responsibilities of the project manager

Doug Grove, RLA, LEED AP, Principal Landscape Architect, RHA Landscape Architects - Planners, Inc
Tara Gee, CALA #3868, Park Planning & Development Superintendent, City of Roseville

Partnership. Innovation. Impact – Everyone Can Identify With Healthy Aging (Just added)

  • Explain current programs to support older adults, and adults with disabilities to build the ability to live and age well with dignity and independence
  • Summarize effective service coordination, care transition, and evidence-based health and self-management models, programs and practices coordinated by the Partners in Care Foundation and how you can adopt them

June Simmons, President/CEO, Partners in Care Foundation
Dianne Davis, Senior Director, Health Self-Management Services, Partners in Care Foundation,

Research to Practice: Innovating Evidence-Based Outdoor Play Environments

  • Describe at least 3 research-based design strategies and considerations for promoting high-quality, outdoor play destinations that intentionally focus on child development
  • Identify best practice design principles to play environments that have been purposefully designed to promote physical activity, inclusion and nature immersion

Jennie Sumrell, MED, Director of Education: Programs, Partnerships and Professional Development, PlayCore

Responding to Extreme Weather with Alternative Work Crews

  • Identify projects in your parks that can be accomplished with alternative work crews
  • Convince your decision makers that alternative work crews have a high return on investment for your organization and the community

Tiffany Margulici, Grants Manager, East Bay Regional Park District
Dania Stoneham, Recreation Areas Unit Manager, East Bay Regional Park District
Adam Cope, Job Training Manager, Civicorps School

Staff Management 101 – The Leadership Evolution

  • Define what circumstances drive good staff to leave
  • Discuss effective practices of good management and transformational leadership

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

What’s New…and What Can I Do About It?

  • Examine what is driving change today and how agencies are responding to these challenges
  • Discuss public agency application by exploring trends in recreational programming, demographics, our employee pool, marketing and management

Chris Dropinski, CPRE, Senior Principal & Managing Member, GreenPlay, LLC and GP RED