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2015 MRPA Awards



2015 MRPA Award Recipients

  • MRPA Member of the Year Award
    MaryEllen Venzke
    Member of the Year Criteria --
    * Must be an active member of MRPA, who has contributed significantly to the goals and objectives of MRPA during the current year
    * Must display exemplary service to MRPA

  • Retired Life Award
    Christine Brett
    Retired Life Criteria --
    * Retired professional who was active in parks/recreation & leisure services field for a minimum of 20 years
    * MRPA member for a minimum of 15 years, ten of which involves active participation

  • Community Volunteer Award
    Bill Walmsley
    Howard Kohn
    Jon Korin

Community Volunteer Award Criteria --

* An individual recognized for outstanding service to a local/comunity park, recreation or leisure program   within the state
* Emphasis on leadership and/or significant contribution to an activity or program
* Only service during the past five years considered
* Need not be an MRPA member

  • Group / Organization Award
    Suitland Civic Association
    Group/Organization Award Criteria --
    * Volunteer group/organization within the state which has contributed outstanding service within the past two years to the parks, recreation and leisure profession

  • Landscape Site / ASLA Award
    M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation - Prince George’s County - Park Planning and Development
    Landscape Site/ASLA Award Criteria --
    * Presented to a public or private agency for their contributions to a natural or designed park landscape in the state
    * Must submit a maximum of ten pictures and include a 1000 word (maximum) description of project
    * Must be usable for recreational purposes with the primary emphasis on landscape design
    * Need not be an MRPA member
    * Judged on: accessibility, aesthetics, uniqueness of design, vandal resistance, appropriate relationship to the setting, economy of design, quality of design, maintenance consideration, popularity

  • Agency Volunteer Award
    Lenora Harper
    Agency Volunteer Award Criteria --
    * An individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to a park and/or recreation agency within the state
    * Only service during the past two years will be considered
    * Need not be an MRPA member
  • Writing, Research or Audio Visual Award

Jonathan Ryan
  Writing, Research or Audio Visual Award Criteria –

  •  Citation Award


            David J. Goodwin




PARC Branch

  • Planning & Design with Environmental Protection in Mind
    City of Gaithersburg
    Governor’s Stream Restoration Challenge Team.

  • Creative Programming Award
      Todd Holmes

  • Creative Maintenance Category
    M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation - Prince George’s County

  • Service Award
    Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks

RALS Branch

  • Innovative Program Award
    Christy Irving

  • Innovation Program Award
    Anne Arundel Department of Recreation and Parks
  • Innovation Program Award
    Darilyn Marinelli
  • Committee of the Year
    Ron Strickler

  • Member of the Year
    Carolyn Ryan

  • Outstanding Recreation Professional
    Leigh Ann Eckenrode
  • Outstanding Recreation Professional
    Christy Turnbull
    Steve Carter
    Stephen Parks

TR Branch

  • Innovative Program Award
    M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation
    Prince George’s County

  • Chairperson's Award
    Emily Lawrence, CTRS
  • Committee of the Year Award
    Training and Education Committee
    Betsy Thompson, Co-Chair
    Laura Wetherald, Co-Chair

  • Committee of the Year Award
    Education Committee
    Kayode Lewis, Co-Chair
    Betsy Thompson, Co-Chair

  • Presidential Recognition Awards
    Terri Hilton
    Barbara Lages
    Sandi Trent
    Laura Wetherald
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If you have any questions regarding MRPA awards, please contact the Awards Committee Chair:

       Wanda Ramos
       M-NCPPC - Prince George's County
       Work: (301) 218-6717


       Joan Brooks

       Queen Anne's County Recreation Division

       Work: (410) 758-0848 ext. 4709

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