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2020-2021 MRPA Executive Council

All of the committees are behind the great membership benefits that MRPA offers. There is plenty of room for involvement on each committee, connect with a Committee Chair today!


Awards Committee - Work with a representative of each Branch or focus area, the membership, the President, Board and Council to recognize members quarterly and annually at the State Association Conference. Evaluate and recommend changes to the awards as warranted.

Co-Chair: Matthew Purkins

Baltimore County Recreation & Parks
Work: (410) 887-1938


Co-Chair: Corey Smith

M-NCPPC - Prince George's Co.

Work: 301-408-4330


Conference Committee - Planning of the MRPA Annual Conference for professionals, volunteers, board members and vendors from across the state and region. Offer a variety of educational sessions on areas of interest to the parks and recreation profession, networking and acknowledge outstanding accomplishments of both departments and individuals through annual awards.


Co-Chair: Emily Lawrence

M-NCPPC - Prince George's Co.

Work: (301) 446-3428


Co-Chair: Jake Chesnutt

M-NCPPC - Prince George's Co.

Work: (301) 773-8885


Finance Committee - Monitor the long range financial plan. Prepare periodic (minimum of annual) status reports on the association's investment funds. Work with the executive director to develop specifications for conducting the annual audit/review/compilation and where applicable, interview potential auditors. Meet with accountants to discuss the management letter of the association's fiscal practices. Act as an advisor to the executive director and executive board in financial practices, policies and procedures.


Chair: Michele Potter
Asbury Communities

Legislative Committee - Develop a network and procedures to track and monitor state-wide legislation prior to and during the Maryland General Assembly session. Develops a list of issues and concerns for the upcoming legislative session. Determines strategy for communicating issues to the appropriate parties; maintains a log of pending legislation including a brief description of each bill, its sponsor/s, committee assignment, hearing date and status. Leads discussions during the session to review and develop a course of action and develop and implement testimony strategy for each bill based upon committee consensus.


Chair: Kathy Burley

Harford County Parks & Recreation


MRPA Leadership Institute - This recent MRPA initiative is intended to develop future leaders in Recreation and Parks who will take on leadership positions within their organization and in the Maryland Recreation and Park Association. this 6-month program meets for a full day once a month, focusing on various areas of leadership.


Co-Chair: Todd Johnson

M-NCPPC - Prince George's Co.


Co-Chair: Henry Coppola

M-NCPPC - Montgomery Parks


Marketing Communications Committee - Assist in the promotion of activities of the association including general membership meetings and workshops, training and education programs, the annual conference and distribution of association news through print and electronic media.


Chair: Desire DeGrange

Frederick County Parks & Recreation

Work: (301) 600-2391


Social Media - Coordinate the efforts of all social media outlets disseminating information pertaining to trainings, event highlights, member experiences and upcoming events.


Chair: Shelby Bowers

M-NCPPC - Montgomery Parks

(Work) 240-315-6964


Member Engagement and Outreach Committee - Develop an annual marketing plan, to include a timeline, for membership retention and new member recruitment including specific recruitment campaigns and promotions. Foster development of a network and opportunities for "Young Professionals" ages 21-35 to develop as future members of the MRPA leadership. Evaluates membership fees and benefits and recommends changes as warranted. In coordination with the MRPA office review and revise membership information to reflect approved changes.


Chair: Jennifer Jennings

City of Annapolis Recreation & Parks

Work: (410) 263-7958


Professional Certification Board - Establishes approval process and approve all CEUs for MRPA educational sessions, including Annual State Conference sessions.


Chair: Chuck Kines

M-NCPPC - Montgomery Parks


Professional Learning Community Committee

Co-Chair: Carrie Sprinkle

Frederick County Parks & Recreation

Work: (301) 600-1666


Co-Chair: Derrick Thompson

City of Rockville Recreation & Parks

Work: (240) 314-8652


Professional Standards Committee -  Promotes and encourages professional certification among the membership through active continuing education by recreation and park professionals, volunteers and citizen advocates.

Chair: Bill Offutt

Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks

Work: (410) 222-7317


Scholarship Committee - Reviews and recommends revisions to establish criteria for scholarships, receives applications through the MRPA office, investigates the merits of each application and make recommendations for the provision of scholarships for individuals who meet the established criteria. Scholarships may be available for trainings including the MRPA and NRPA annual conferences, the MRPA Leadership Academy, and/or other trainings, certifications and internships whereby it benefits both the individual and MRPA.


Co-Chair: Amanda DeFilippo

Montgomery County Recreation

Work: (240) 777-8086


Co-Chair: Jenny Morgan

Baltimore City Recreation & Parks

Work: (410) 844-2593


Sponsorship & Resource Development Committee - Raise funds for the operation of the Association, including scholarships and employment of paid personnel which may be appointed by the Board of Directors. Works with volunteers state-wide to coordinate golf tournaments, the silent auction and other activities for the benefit of the association.


Co-Chair:  Nancy Pfeffer

M-NCPPC - Prince George's County

Work: (301) 627-2828  

Co- Chair: John Kennedy
M-NCPPC - Montgomery Parks

Work: (301) 495-2495


Training and Education Committee - Coordinates training opportunities for MRPA members, offering quality training and education options. The committee is comprised of representatives from various disciplines such as Aquatics, Facilities, Parks, Sports, Therapeutic, etc. Promotes professional certification through nationally recognized certifications such as CPRP, CPRE, and aggressively continuing education by recreation and park professionals, volunteers and citizen advocates. Create educational tracks/modules for various levels of the membership (such as Budget & Finance, Supervision, a Program Summit, Parks Maintenance, etc.)  


Co-Chair: Tara Eggleston-Stewart 

M-NCPPC - Prince George's Co.



Co-Chair: Shawn Beaumont

M-NCPPC - Montgomery Parks

Work: (301) 563-7570


Social Justice/Inclusion/Racial Equity Committee - The social justice, inclusion, and racial equity initiative reinforces our commitment to be a welcoming community where all our members are treated with respect and dignity and provided with opportunities to succeed. This initiative will establish a Racial Equity and Social Justice Advisory Committee that will include MRPA members.


Co-Chair: Dr. Maureen Dougherty

Let's Go With Dr. Mo

(Mobile): 240-446-3961


Co-Chair: Bill Tyler

M-NCPPC - Prince George's Co.




Updated 4/16/2020




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