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Princess Royale Hotel & Conference Center

Ocean City, MD

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Tuesday, April 12

10:00 AM

Golf Tournament and Awards Luncheon

Eagle’s Landing Golf Course

Entry Fee: $80 per player (early registration required) includes green fee, cart, prizes, luncheon, and beverages.


The shotgun start features a four-player scramble format. Special contests for Hole-In-One, Closest-to-Pin, Longest Drives, and awards for the top three teams. For further information, contact Phil Bryan at 410-313-1668 or


3:30 PM

MRPA TR Branch Mini Golf Tournament

Old Pro Golf, 136th Street

Entry Fee: $15 person/round


Fee includes tournament round, tee shirts and donation to Tommy Ross Memorial Fund.

Can your team become the 2016 Mini Golf Champions?  Trophies for First and Second place golfers. Please RSVP on the Conference registration form no later than April 5th.  Please do not send money; payment will be taken at Old Pro Golf.  More information, call (240) 777-6884 or email Trophies sponsored by Lamb Awards.



2016 Marketing & Communication Awards

April 12th – April 14th

The 19th Annual MRPA Agency showcase provides the opportunity for Maryland Recreation and Parks Agencies to showcase their talent, share ideas and recognize the best marketing and promotions materials in the state. Winning entries will be displayed and awards will be presented during at the Awards Lunch on Thursday, April 14, 2016.

For an entry form, visit Winning entries will be displayed and awards will be presented during the conference. All entries must be received by February 12, 2016 to be considered. For more information, contact Alexandria Wilson at


6:15 – 8:30 PM

General Membership Meeting

Keynote Address: Navigating our Future

Palmetto Ballroom

Delegates come together to kick off the 2016 conference.


Keynote Speaker

John Kennedy, John Kennedy Consulting

Prepare to embark on a new voyage with professional speaker, strategist and author, John Kennedy.  John has been delivering inspirational and informative presentations to Recreation & Parks agencies around the nation including Delaware, North Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, Illinois and Wisconsin. John will determine MRPA’s “True North” and help members evaluate their personal and professional vision that will in turn, meet the ever changing needs and expectations of our communities.  In addition, John will motivate attendees to grab the wheel and chart a new course for your organization, parks, facilities and programs. 


8:30 – 10:30 PM

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

Caribbean Hall

Join us in celebrating the many exhibitors at the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening. Many businesses and professional services are located in the exhibit hall for your convenience. Meet and support your exhibitors while using this time to also network with your colleagues. Follow your treasure map to discover prizes and free drinks. A cash bar will be available.


10:30 PM – 12:00 AM

College Tailgate

Opening Night Social

Schooner’s Lounge

College Night! It’s an old-fashioned tailgate party. There will be dancing and tailgating games to enjoy. A DJ will play the latest and greatest. Break out your college gear and represent your school. How much school spirit do you have?



Wednesday, April 13


9:00 – 10:30 AM

Past President and Director’s Breakfast

Eleuthera Room

This is a great opportunity for agency directors and past presidents of MRPA who return to the 2016 conference to share issues and activities that are affecting the parks and recreation field.

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Education Sessions

The One Hour Strategic Plan

.10 CEU Pending

John Kennedy, John Kennedy Consulting

John Kennedy is a consultant and strategist to the parks and recreation industry with a fantastic niche in strategic planning. His one-hour strategic plan session is a fast-paced example of his more comprehensive program of “moving mountains”. John takes a simple approach to the complex issues of vision, values and volition, and delivers a dynamic program to create your roadmap for the future. John will help the audience identify tactical and strategic outcomes and create a one, two and three year plan for “Change by Design”. 


RIP Recreational Youth Sports

. 10 CEU Pending

Byron Thompson, Sports Coordinator; Ricardo Rose, Sports Specialist & Paul Hall, Community Supervisor, M-NCPPC

Are recreational youth sports really dead? Before we scoop on the last shovel of dirt, can it be revived. This session will discuss the factors that work against youth sports, national initiatives to fight the trends and what can we do to breath life into youth sports. Please listen to our discussion and help us save recreational youth sports.


Predators and Public Parks/Pools: Can We Keep Our Children Safe Session

.15 CEU Pending

Shawn DeRosa, J.D., DeRosa Aquatic Consulting

We know people that prey upon children live lawfully in our communities. What steps should we take to minimize the chance of a sexual predator using our facilities as a means of getting close to children? Can you exclude known offenders from your pool? Is it reasonable to ask staff to assume responsibility for identifying potential pedophiles? Learn what the law requires you to do.


Therapy Dogs and Service Dogs:  There's a BIG Difference!

 .10 CEU Pending

Holly C. Parker, Recreation Therapist, National Institute of Health

The popularity of therapy dogs and service dogs has grown by huge amounts in our country over the past two decades.  Although the terms therapy dog and service dog are used interchangeably by many, there are significant differences in both the purpose and training of these dogs.  This session will explore these differences.  Participants will gain an understanding of the "Americans With Disabilities Act" as it relates to service animals and the accommodations that must be provided for service animals in your agency.


All Ages, All Abilities, All The Time Presented by Landscape Structures

.15 CEU’s Pending

John McConkey, Market Research and Insights Manager Landscape Structures

Parks today face the challenge of providing environments where all visitors can feel safe, secure and fully engaged.  Universal design increases usability, safety, health and social participation. Discover how applying the principles of universal design can ultimately contribute to social equity and social sustainability. Playground planners will provide practical examples of how to create park and recreation spaces that encourage health and wellness for individuals of all ages and abilities.



10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Hall

Caribbean Hall


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Education Sessions


The Future of Training Youth Coaches

 .15 CEU Pending

John LaMalva, Founder, Alpha Youth Sports

Several surveys of League Directors in recent years have identified that by far and away the #1 Opportunity for Improvement in youth leagues is to better train and prepare volunteer coaches.  Participants in this session will have an opportunity to learn what other league directors have been doing to try to improve in this area, and will be presented with a next generation model that evolves training from a generic, open-ended approach to an age specific, closed loop approach.  At the end of the session, there will be time for open discussion, including the key considerations in moving to a next generation model.


Painting Environmental Waters on Different Surfaces

.15 CEU Pending

Ariadne Gejevski, ariadnART / Stresslessart

Expand your knowledge by integrating art into the environmental painting of navigational waters. Participants will learn basic uses of acrylic paint and brush strokes that lead to furthering one’s knowledge. With each demonstrated stroke of the brush and various water painting techniques, each participant will create totally individual water related scenes applicable to one’s specific professional line of work. In addition, each participant will be introduced to the nature’s surfaces that can be useful and applicable in painting various water scenes as well as other nature related subject matter.


Summer Fun Camp Ideas

.15 CEU Pending

Sandra Cervini, Key Account Manager, S&S Worldwide

This hands on workshop will introduce you to the HOT NEW products for 2016.  You will make and take three new craft activities  you can use in your summer programs.  Learn about new themes and how to incorporate them into your summer program.  Participants will also learn how to play some new games.


Connecting City and Nature: Creating a Sustainable Natural Play Park

 .15 CEU Pending

Michele Potter, Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture, City of Gaithersburg; Nancy Striniste, Principal Landscape Designer, EarlySpace, LLC & Lauren Wheeler, Program Director, Landscape Design & Sustainable Landscapes, George Washington University

Current research confirms that there is tremendous value in connecting people of all ages to nature.  In this session we will learn about Constitution Gardens Park, the first municipal park in the state that focuses on nature play.  The park uses real tree parts, logs and boulders for climbing, and has an expansive sand play area, interactive water features, and abundant loose parts for building. In addition, it has gathering spaces for storytelling and musical performances.   Natural elements throughout the park encourage imaginative, cooperative, adventurous play.  The park is nearly 100% handicapped accessible and compliant with all relevant CPSI regulations.


Programming for Adults with Dementia -- A New Look

.15 CEU Pending

Cathy Vigus, Recreation Manager, Howard County Recreation & Parks

As society ages and more and more individuals are requiring services in the community in order to age in place, recreation professionals will need to tailor their programming to meet the growing needs of this population.  One of the concerns is the increasing number of individuals being diagnosed with a dementia-related illness and how to assist them in remaining in a community setting as long as possible.  A secondary concern is the caregivers.  Statistics demonstrate that the individuals with dementia are, on average, out-living caregivers due to the stresses placed upon caregivers.  Designing and implementing programs to meet the unique needs of those with dementia, while also addressing the quality of life needs of the caregivers presents many challenges.  This session will address these challenges, as well as provide basic information on the various types of dementia and its characteristics.  An outcomes-based program model currently being implemented that incorporates the Montessori Method of Programming for Adults with Dementia will be highlighted and discussed.


12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

All Conference Exhibitor’s Luncheon and Dessert

Lunch will be served in the Exhibit Hall.

Caribbean Hall

Silent Auction Baskets

The Silent Auction Baskets will be on display and open for bids.



1:30 – 2:00 PM  

NEW! Speed Sessions


Managers on Bikes: How to Manage Parks from a Bicycle

30 Minute Speed Session (no CEU)

Bill Tyler, Division Chief, M-NCPPC

Many agencies have Park Managers stuck behind desks struggling to stay in touch with what is going on outside their four walls.  Most Park Mangers find little to no time each month to inspect their trails and parks.  Learn how to become an agency with highly visible Park Managers who stay in touch with park users, WHILE improving personal health, reducing carbon footprint, increasing public visibility, and decreasing citizen generated maintenance requests.  This engaging session will show how one management team transformed from behind-the-desk-mangers to Managers on Bikes.    Bring a bike and join some of this innovative team on an optional bike ride immediately following this session.


The 5 C's to Dynamic & Informative Photography Using On Hand Technology

30 Minute Speed Session (no CEU)

Cassi Hayden, Senior Visual Media & Imagine Specialist, M-NCPPC

During this program we will discuss the importance of photography and how to make it work for you.  We will discuss on hand equipment such as cell phone cameras and useful apps, connecting with subjects, being creative, composition, and sharing.


Maintaining Skinned Infields Without Pesticides

30 Minute Speed Session (no CEU)

Kevin May, Park Manager, M-NCPPC

This program will describe the evolution of this infield maintenance system developed by staff of The Maryland- National Capital Park and Planning Commission local park ball-field team. They will gain the knowledge to enable them to use this system to reduce or eliminate pesticide use in their ball-field maintenance programs.


Safe Walk Home

30 Minute Speed Session (no CEU)

Miles Magbie, Recreation Specialist, Montgomery County Recreation Department

Safe Walk Home is a mentoring program that was brought about from issues occurring in a particular school community in Montgomery Village, MD.  Whetstone Elementary has over 75 students that walk home to a specific neighborhood in close proximity to the school.  Residents in the community complained of these students being a nuisance on their way home by littering, using foul language, fighting, knocking over trash cans, and destroying property.  To their defense, not all of these youth are elementary students, but middle and high school students as well.  The program is designed to provide positive high school mentors to walk the elementary students to their neighborhoods and engage in constructive conversations. As a result, many of these issues dissipated during the immediate after school hours as youth that participated in the negative behaviors saw a larger presence of older youth and adults.  In addition, elementary students felt more safe walking home and enjoyed the company of the teen mentors.


Program Planning and Religious Communities

30 Minute Speed Session (no CEU)

Kristen A. McCown, Frostburg State University/Jewish Theatre Workshop of MD

In Baltimore, there are whole communities of people who cannot participate in leisure offerings on Friday nights (for example) because of religious reasons. Rather than seeking out religious opportunities that are accessible to them, oftentimes these groups make their own leisure. Looking at other cities, however, one can draw the conclusion that if minority religious communities are asked to have a voice in leisure planning, that they will be more inclined to participate and this bond will form a stronger sense of community in their town or city. Through relevant statistics and anecdotal evidence, I can prove that these are conversations worth having.


2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Education Sessions


Good Sports: Best practices in Community Sports

.15 CEU Pending

Mac Slover, Regional Program Director - Sports & Current MARPSA President & Dave Ludington, Senior Recreation Program Supervisor, City of Gaithersburg

The Mid-Atlantic Recreation and Sports Alliance (MARPSA) is comprised of public and private recreation agencies in Virginia, Maryland and DC. A major emphasis is to communicate a consistent message that organizations and their players, coaches, and spectators will be held accountable to a code of conduct that promotes sportsmanship and keeps recreational competitive and non-competitive sporting activities in proper prospective. MARPSA  focuses on current awareness issues facing youth sports like concussions, athletic injuries, impact of youth sports, background checks, coaches certification, Best Practices on Health and Safety and Behavioral Management, Volunteers and more. MARPSA will continue to discuss important topics of the day as it strives to take the lead for youth sports related topics.


Be a "Soul' Recreator? Enhance Your Worklife with Passion and Creativity!

.10 CEU Pending

Kathy Garrity, Program Superintendent, M-NCPPC & Marybeth Dugan, Program Access Coordinator-M-NCPPC - Montgomery Parks

Have you lost that passion, depth and spirit in your work life? Obstacles and hurdles, including budget constraints, multiple priorites, deadlines and lack of support, in your everyday work program can limit creativity.  Identify ways to rekindle the "fun" in your daily leisure ventures by incorporating innovative twists, trends and themes into your programs and trainings. Gain tools to build and lead an inspired team by cultivating a workplace of innovation, courage and empowerment.  Join us for this engaging session and get back "that loving feeling" towards your profession! There will be plenty of interactive activities to help you reframe the way you think and create an energy in your work that heightens creativity, enhances passion and cultivates the courage to be a true "soul" recreator.

Engaging the Community: Inspiring creativity through the exploration of nature .10 CEU Pending

Stewart Seal, Countywide Youth Arts Coordinator, M-NCPPC

Engaging the Community: Inspiring Creativity Through the Exploration of Environmental Art. This workshop will provide insight into two community based art programs: Art on the Trials and Get to Know Your Wild Neighbour. Each program encourages participants to go out into nature and interpret their experience using found materials to create environmental art.  By using these natural materials, in the field for art installations, they will become works of public arts that will decay in time and change with the seasons. The presentation will provide samples of projects that were created with community and youth input and the methods used to engage each group. Each participant will have the opportunity to create a small sculpture using found material (provided by presenter) or write a poem using a template. Each project represents a project done in the field by youth participants. Passports for Art on the Trails sites is under development once completed visitors will be encouraged to photography themselves with the artwork and upload their location to M-NCPPC social media sites.


Plug In To the Sun: Reduce Carbon Footprint AND Save Energy!

 .10 CEU’s Pending

Joe O'Neill, Division Chief-M-NCPPC and Richard Anderson, Principal of CQI Associates

The benefits of developing a solar field are substantial both environmentally and financially. This project is consistent with your Department’s mission, sustainability policies and green initiatives. These projects help offset rising energy costs, reduce your “carbon footprint” and responsibly balance resources to meet environmental, social and economic needs.  Working with a private vendor under a “Site License Agreement” granting them the right to build operate and maintain the solar field for the exclusive purpose of generating electricity that will be sent to the energy company’s grid. MNCPPC estimates that their solar field will produce a cost savings of $120,000 per year for the 20 year term of the agreement.


Safety and Self-Defense Seminar

.10 CEU Pending

Dr. Clifford L. Thomas, President and CEO & Susan R. McCutchen, We Lead By Example. Inc / Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense

Dr. Clifford Thomas has taught safety and self-defense since the 1970s and has developed programs far beyond recreational martial arts. His curriculum is based on ongoing research and training and has been honed through practical application with thousands of martial arts students in the dojo, including those with developmental and physical disabilities, and with others of all ages in a variety of venues. We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems provides training and other activities in peer pressure prevention/conflict resolution, rape/domestic violence prevention, bullying prevention, senior safety, and home protection. This session will ensure that each person will gain knowledge that is practical in real-life situations.


Your Sports Facilities. Their Programs. Your Responsibility.

.10 CEU Pending

Kate Nematollahi, Marketing Director, National Alliance for Youth Sports

With a growing percentage of youth sports programs being operated by private organizations, recreation departments have the responsibility to ensure their philosophy and policies are properly communicated to and enforced by all outside user-groups. This session provides tools and insights to best handle the management of volunteer youth sports organizations. Whether your agency has one or 100 user groups, you must maintain control of your sports facilities. Not only for the safety and well-being of the young athletes in your care but also for the public perception of your recreation department. Remember, all programs on your fields are your programs.


3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Education Sessions


Innovation Camp

.15 CEU Pending

John Kennedy, John Kennedy Consulting

There is a difference between creativity and innovation and John Kennedy will drive that message home in this dynamic and interactive workshop.  Creating a culture of engagement and fun is key to a successful and creative work environment; however, we are charged as stewards of the taxpayer’s dollars to deliver a world-class customer experience as well. We need to balance “fun with funds” to constantly enhance and change the experience of our citizens.


Saving your "Cents" : Promoting Sensory Engagement

 .15 CEU Pending

Mary E. Bowie, CTRS, Therapeutic Recreation Manager & Nancy Pfeffer, Facility Director, M-NCPPC

Are you looking for  inexpensive, creative idea's to support participant engagement?  If  yes, we have the answers for you. Do your senses get overloaded?  Many people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulty processing everyday sensory information such as sounds, sights and smells.  Here, we will look at: Ways to engage participants in a multi-sensory environment The benefits of using a multi-sensory environment and how to create a low cost mobile sensory kit.


Communicable Diseases in Community Sports

.10 CEU Pending

Shawn DeRosa, J.D. DeRosa Aquatic Consulting

With over 150,000 Americans living with HIV and 350,000 living with AIDS, recreation and sports managers should expect that at least one of their players is HIV positive. But is your staff prepared to handle the responsibilities of managing the safety of the HIV positive athlete as well as that of other program participants? This session will highlight issues and resources available to help park and recreation professionals address these issues.

Failing Forward

.15 CEU Pending

David Carter, President, Carter Consulting Group & Growing Leaders

Everyone fails, it is a natural part of life. It is how we learn, grow, and improve in everything we do in life. For some people failure sets them back in their efforts to achieve their goals; others view it as a wonderful opportunity to try a new tactic. Fear of failure stops more people from even trying new things than you can imagine. Being in the parks and recreation business, we want to encourage people to try new recreational experiences even if they fail at first. This session is designed to help you see failure as a positive experience in life and will in turn, equip you with the knowledge to encourage both you and your community to try new life experiences.


3 Keys to High Quality, High Use Natural Grass Athletic Fields

.15 CEU Pending

Jerad Minnick, Lead Advisor, Natural Grass Advisory Group

Perception is that natural grass fields under high traffic are impossible to maintain.  Especially on a small budget that Parks Departments are working with.  But that perception is no longer reality!  Creative maintenance practices and innovative technologies have changed what is possible for high traffic grass fields. Even on a small budget.    This program simplifies the vast challenge of maintaining high traffic natural grass fields into "3 keys".  In those veys, the presenter will expand on the new possibilities of natural grass fields and motivate participants to “Think Different” about what is possible for their natural grass fields.



5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Branch Meetings The 2016-2017 officers will be inducted

Recreation & Leisure Services                             

Park & Resource Conservation

Therapeutic Recreation


8:15 PM

Donald Long Memorial Duck Race

Atrium Pool

The annual Duck Race to support the RALS Branch will be held at the Princess Royale pool. Adoptions are limited, so look for your friendly duck vendor early in the week.


9:00 PM – 1:00 AM                    

Prom Night

Conference Social and Silent Auction

Palmetto Room

It’s Prom Night! Break out your bridesmaid dresses and tuxedos or maybe an old prom dress and tuxedo shirt. You will have an opportunity to vote for conference superlatives and then dance the night away to music from yesterday and today. If you never attended prom, now’s your chance to make it happen.

Sponsored by SixFlags America



Silent Auction

Last chance to bid on the amazing Silent Auction Baskets. Bids close at 11:00 PM 


Thursday, April 14

9:00 – 10:30 AM

Education Sessions


Expense Management: Reduce costs but not quality!

.15 CEU Pending

Chris Nunes, Director of Parks & Recreation, The Woodland’s Township

Expenses management for our programs and facilities is an essential skill for any recreation and sport agency.  Participants will gain knowledge in the various methods in which to reduce costs through a variety of tips, tricks and techniques which range for supplies to staff.  Specific attention will be paid to programs and facility management and how to ensure that these savings can be sustained over the long term.  Most importantly participants will have the ability to reduce their cost of providing a service which can result in more profit or the ability to continue their vital services.


More than Unicorns and Rainbows: Engaging LGBTQ Teens

 .15 CEU Pending

Randy Wiger, Recreation Program Coordinator, Seattle Parks & Recreation

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer teens are coming out earlier, yet many face burdens so heavy that some take their own lives.  One burden we can change is making our programs ever more welcoming to these vulnerable populations.  How well do your teen programs serve LGBTQ youth?   Our recreation units had no programming specific to LGBTQ teens, no targeted outreach to these populations, and sometimes no understanding of why any was needed. Learn about the increasing trend of Transgender adults and/or teens to requesting accommodation in the use of public facilities, especially in changing areas for public swimming pools. This workshop is the story of how our department is changing its teen programs, with lessons learned to share on what's worked and what's next.


How Did You Ever Come Up With THAT Decision?

 .15 CEU Pending

Joe O'Neill, Division Chief-M-NCPPC & Dr Deborah Egerton, PhD, President,  Trinity Transitions Consultants

The workplace is full of daily interactions that require a level of clear thinking that leads to objective ethical decision-making. A great deal of management time can be consumed by the processing of personnel and/or customer complaints that arise from differing perspectives on a single circumstance. In this 90 minute session we will delve deeper into the differing perspectives that come into play based on personality types. When challenges are presented we often wonder: " How did you come to that conclusion?' or to be more blunt "That was the dumbest decision I've ever heard of !"


What They Did Not Teach You in College!

.15 CEU Pending

David Carter, President, Carter Consulting Group & Growing Leaders

Achieving the goal of obtaining a college degree is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Our colleges and universities do a wonderful job of educating students in their chosen career field. Unfortunately, they fall short of preparing students to be successful in the market place once they do graduate. Much has changed in the work place environment, and yet we are not preparing our younger generation how to be successful in a rapidly changing world. The rules have changed! Being successful is not about your GPA, but rather your ability to get along with other people as well as your willingness to continue to develop the “soft” skills that define your emotional intelligence.


Get Engaged! Including Everyone in the Park Design Process

.15 CEU Pending

Mr. Isaac Hametz,  Research Director, Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc.; Mr Tom McGilloway, Principal, Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc;  & Ms. Megan Griffith, Planner, Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc.

Stakeholder engagement is an invaluable step in planning successful park spaces—it builds social capital, leverages local capacity and reveals a wealth of knowledge which can be gleaned only by those most familiar with the area. In this session, speakers will share experiences of engagement conducted in a variety of project types, review different levels of stakeholder influence and reveal tricks for navigating an engagement process. Techniques for soliciting input are ever-evolving, and thinking outside the box will uncover creative new tools offering opportunities to reach larger, more diverse audiences. This session will consider key discussion points and techniques for advancing a project and carefully navigating difficult topics.


The Changing World of Aquatics

 .15 CEU Pending

Shawn DeRosa, J.D.,  DeRosa Aquatic Consulting

The world of aquatic recreation is ever-changing. Gone are competitive rectangular pools and “in” are free-form family leisure centers with interactive features. Stoic lifeguards poised upon tall perches are a thing of the past. Today lifeguards are walking and talking. Floatation devices, long banned at aquatic venues, are now offered free of charge to help prevent drowning. Come remember the past and explore the future of aquatics as we adapt to our changing environment: new budgets, new demographics, and new ideas.


10:45 – 11:45 AM

Education Sessions


The Importance of Self Reflection for Supervisors and its Impact on Organizational Culture

.10 CEU Pending

Natalie Smart, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist III, M-NCPPC

Self-reflection is a powerful tool that will help you become a better supervisor at any level of supervision. A good supervisor needs to have a clear understanding of the areas in which they excel, while also being able to revisit and review the areas in which they need to grow. Self-reflection requires a deeper level of thinking in order to produce real and tangible results. This session focuses on students diagnosing their own supervisory skills, as well as identifying the dynamics of the supervisor/employee relationship.


Television and Recreation?!  What?!  #2

.10 CEU Pending

Tina Shupp, Recreation Programmer & Debbie Jaco, Volunteer, Carroll County Recreation & Parks

In the spirit of the competitive cooking show "Chopped" and other television programs current and past, this session will offer you ideas and give you examples of how to take what people watch on tv and use it in your program ideas.  Hollywood Game Night, Family Feud, Smarter than a Fifth Grader, Minute to Win It, and Jeopardy are a few we will use examples of.  Many shows can be adapted for any age range, any type of site and any size group.  Come and be a contestant, share ideas, and take a few ideas home to try at your workplace.


From Horse-drawn Carriages to City Commuter Routes: Urban Watershed Revival in the Chesapeake Bay

.10 CEU Pending

Amanda Matheny, Senior Natural Resources Specialist; Erin McArdle, Project Manager & Matthew Harper, Aquatic Ecologist-Montgomery County Parks

The Sligo Creek watershed of the Northwest Branch drains over 6,000 acres of highly urbanized land across Silver Spring, Maryland. The entirety of this watershed was developed prior to the modern environmental movement and during a time when parkways were being developed as scenic, recreational driving routes with narrow buffers that allowed for vistas of this indisputably beautiful creek.

Theft From Public Facilities

.10 CEU Pending

Jeffery Coe, Sergeant, Sabrina Pirtle, Corporal & Sarah Mikalauskas, Sergeant, M-NCPPC Park Police

Theft From Public Facilities will help facility personnel to recognize suspicious people/situations by understanding how a thief selects his/her target.  Our program will also help staff understand criminal behavior.  Once you can recognize criminal behavior  it's easier to "harden" your facility and train your staff on what actions to take.


Reading the Tells - Learning How to Read Body Language

.10 CEU Pending

Jerry Balistreri, Trainer

Reading the Tells is a powerful training seminar that gives you practical techniques, tools, and strategies for understanding and using non-verbal communication for the highest impact and effectiveness.  Become a highly respected, highly influential, and highly successful communicator!  Whether you are a teacher, counselor, manager, principal, supervisor, sales rep, attorney, or HR professional, the degree of career success you enjoy is virtually dictated by your skills in communicating with others on the job.


12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Awards Lunch

Palmetto Room

Join us for lunch and the Showcase Awards, which recognize some of the best marketing and promotion materials in the state. Select Maryland Recreation & Parks Association awards will be presented.


2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Education Sessions


Skateparks: The Changing Face of the Skatepark User

.10 CEU Pending

Aaron Spohn, President-Spohn Ranch Skateparks

Skatepark design is constantly evolving to meet the needs of communities.  Applying past history with new data collection gives recreation leaders the necessary tools to plan for the future.  This session will identify the new users and address how to plan for the future.


Let's Move!: Join the Movement in Establishing a Healthy Community

.10 CEU Pending

Sarah Shrimplin, Program Manager, US Department of Health and Human Services & Jennifer Jennings, Community Health, Fitness and Aquatics Supervisor, Annapolis Recreation & Parks

Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) is a key component of First Lady Michelle Obama's comprehensive Let's Move! initiative, which is dedicated to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. The National League of Cities (NLC) has launched a project to help local elected officials address the policy and environmental factors that contribute to childhood obesity. LMCTC calls upon local elected officials and their Parks & Rec leadership to adopt long-term, sustainable, and holistic approaches that promote improved nutrition and increased physical activity in their communities.


Special Events: The Do's, The Dont's, the Maybe's

.15 CEU Pending

Chris Nunes, Director of Parks & Recreation, The Woodland’s Township

Everybody loves a parade...unless you have to clean up after it! Special events have a positive and negative impact on our community, but the positives can be maximized while the negative attributes of them can be minimized. The goal of this session is for attendees to develop approaches to manage their events and other's wishing to use parks and public properties in the areas of permitting, logistics, risk management, marketing and evaluation. Come learn how to have a parade without sacrificing your park and department


How to Survive an Active Shooter Event

.10 CEU Pending

Rick Proctor, Sergeant, VIAT Counsulting, LLC

Active shooter events have become common in American society as they occur not only in schools but also in houses of worship, movie theaters, malls, airports, college campuses, military installations, etc. The participants of the proposed presentation will learn response options to increase their chance of survival during an active shooter event, not only at work, but anywhere they find themselves in life. The information will be supported by the participants studying past school shootings where there is evidence lockdown as a stand-alone response failed. Upon completion of the session, the participants will feel empowered and will be convinced the response options they learned will far better increase their chance of survival if the unthinkable occurs at their place of employment. The participants will be encouraged to return to their towns and share what they learned with their employees, thus preparing them for the unthinkable.


Maryland Live Scan Vs. National Standards

.10 CEU Pending

Chris Goodman, Executive Director, SSCI

Do you issue facility use permits? Are you concerned about keeping known “high-risk” individuals from gaining access to children on public facilities under your control? Pitfalls uncovered and policies in place help keep the deep pockets of public agencies protected from substandard background screening procedures.



3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Education Sessions


The Future of Your Department: Planning for Tomorrow

.15 CEU Pending

Chris Nunes, Director of Parks & Recreation, The Woodland’s Township

Succession planning in parks and recreation field has been negated management tool, however the profession is facing a large segment of its leadership beginning to retire. These retirements require departments and commissions to review their internal human capital so that they can be fully prepared. This session will focus on succession planning at all levels of an organization and how to implement planning through developing an understanding of your current and future tasks, competencies at all levels of an organization and ways to develop staff that are economically feasible in an agency.


I love My Job, It's the People that Drive Me Crazy!

.15 CEU Pending

Joe O'Neill, Division Chief, M-NCPPC & Dr Deborah Egerton, PhD, President, Trinity Transitions Consultants

Part 1 - In today's workplace where we work with many different types of people creating workplaces that work well at all levels of the organization presents daily challenges.  In this 90 minute workshop we will explore the varied aspects of working with different personality types and look at how certain personalities can contribute to organizational productivity and success.  You will identify your lead personality style.  This interactive session will include group discussion about best practices and specific interventions that help support each type in their development and growth.


Rising Through the Ranks

.15 CEU Pending

David Carter, President, Carter Consulting Group & Growing Leaders

Career advancement does not just happen.  It requires a concerted effort to plan for and execute precise moves that allows a person to advance in their career in an orderly fashion over their lifetime. Personal and professional growth requires small intentional and deliberate acts on your part each and every day. Planning your career and taking responsibility for investing in your growth is your responsibility and should never be left up to others. Success comes to those who are willing to work for it and discipline themselves in growing in their knowledge and skills.  The parks and recreation field has many wonderful opportunities for career advancements. Learn how to plan for your future and achieve the life you have always dreamed about having.

 Charting Your Course: Creating a Leisure Action Plan

.15 CEU Pending

Sheema Hai, Adjunct Faculty, CCBC

As recreation professionals we all know the recreation adds to the quality of life of both individuals and communities. It is our job to be  thinking about the leisure needs of others, but what about ourselves? Do we remember to fulfill our own interests, dreams, and needs with active leisure pursuits? Are we practicing what we preach and growing in our own leisure? This session is for those who want to begin to improve their own leisure lifestyle and make active leisure a means of personal growth and balance in their own life.



6:30 – 9:00 PM

Captain’s Gala

Conference Banquet and Association Awards Ceremony

Palmetto Room

Join us for the dinner banquet and the installation of our President and Association Officers, as well as honor Peggy Mark at her closing dinner. We will also be recognizing special accomplishments and contributions to the parks and recreation profession. Recommended dress: coat and tie for gentlemen and appropriate dress for women.

Table reservations will be accepted at the registration desk, Tuesday through Wednesday.


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