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WRPA 2016 Annual Conference & Trade Show Schedule
*schedule is subject to change

Tuesday, May 3rd Pre-Conference Activities / Pre-Conference Institutes
Golf Tournament 
3:005:00pm Paintball Battle (CANCELLED)
5:00pm-7:00pm Evening Social
Wednesday, May 4th Conference & Trade Show
8:00–9:00am Registration



Welcome & Keynote Speaker: Colleen Hacker, Ph.D.


Educational Sessions

Community in
Crisis: Lessons Learned and Prevention Suggestions

Tara Mizell,
City of Marysville
Mark Thomas,
City of Marysville
Jon Nehring,
City of Marysville

Evaluating the User Experience

Nancy Kartes
, Bellevue Parks & Community Services
Colin Walker, Bellevue Parks & Community Services

The Ins and Outs of Synthetic Turf Infill Products

Robert Harding,
D.A. Hogan & Associates, Inc.

Successfully Hosting Multi-Sport Adventure Races in Public Parks

Todd Elsworth,
Recreation Northwest
Lance Romo,
City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation

That would NEVER happen in my Camp!

Katie Johnson,
American Camp Association
Disrupting Habitual Ways of Thinking

Tracey Lovejoy,
Lovejoy Consulting
11:45am–1:00pm Lunch in Arena / Visit Exhibitors
Educational Sessions

Recovering from Disaster: the Whitehorse Trail Two Years After the Slide

Tom Teigen,
Snohomish County

The Park Planner's Dilemma: Natural Areas & Recreation

Steven Starlund,

Kitsap County Parks
Arno Bergstrom, Kitsap County Parks
The Art of Mentor Leadership

Adriano Eva,
Spokane Parks and Recreation

Learning to Ride the Wave of Change

Tracey Lovejoy, Lovejoy Consulting
Janet Williams Hepler,
Highline Coaching and Consulting

Writing for the Web

Shelly Smith,
Seattle Parks and Recreation

Community Partners for Community Events

Marianne Johnson,
City of Shoreline
Regan Farmer,
City of Spokane

Melissa Mackelvie, Evergreen East Mountain Bike Alliance
Dog Park Stewardship: Owners, Oversight and Ongoing Management Strategies

Dianne Canafax,
Kitsap Animal Rescue & Education (KARE)
Everett Parks Off-Site Session

Tour lasts from 1 - 4:45PM
2:15-3:00pm  Break in Arena & Visit Exhibitors
Educational Sessions

Blue Ribbon Community Events: The Key Ingredients

Peggy Doering,
Carol Carter,
City of Spokane Valley
Jennifer Papich, City of Spokane Valley
Urban Tree Planning and Care

Ryan Fowler,
City of Kirkland
Ensuring Youth Programs Meet Washington's New Quality Standards

Jody Rosentswieg,
School's Out Washington
Collaborative Trips & Tours: Seniors and Beyond

David Schmidt,
City of Federal Way
Rocky Kirwin, City of Auburn

Building an Inclusive Community

Preeti Shridhar,
City of Renton
Annual Banquet Pre-Social in Arena with Exhibitors!

Annual Banquet & Awards Presentation

8:00-9:00pm Post-Banquet Social at Ynot Sports Pub and Grub
*This is will be a no-host networking event
Join us after the banquet on Wednesday night at the Ynot Sports Pub and Grub and help celebrate the recent award winners! Located directly across the street from Xfinity Arena, the Ynot has a terrific atmosphere and is kid friendly until 9:00pm. Also, you don’t want to miss out on bragging rights as they will be hosting goldfish races that night! For more information on the Wednesday social email Jeremy Oshie at and don’t forget to check out their website.
Thursday, May 5th Conference & Trade Show
8:30–9:00am Registration



Welcome & Keynote Speaker: Ben Klasky

Break in Arena and Visit Exhibitors

Educational Sessions

Using Health Data to Power Results

Sarah Olson,
Lynnwood Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department
George Kosovich,  Verdant Health Commission

Sizing up Your Leadership Style: Tips to Improve Effectiveness

Kathleen Carie, 
Context International

Transforming Parks through Imaginative Play

Dennis Meyer,
The Portico Group
Jacob Dumler,
The Portico Group
Sherry Smith,
The Portico Group

Auditing to Improve Aquatic Staff Performance

Jeff Fryer,
River Road Park and Recreation District

Grassroots Partnerships: The Key to Unlocking Your Fundraising Potential

Jeff Milkes, Portland Parks & Recreation
Noxious Nightmares: Invasive Plant Identification and Management Strategies

Sasha Shaw,
King County Noxious Weed Control Program
12:00–1:15pm Lunch in Arena / Visit Exhibitors 
Educational Sessions
The Perfect Storm: New Stormwater Requirements & Long-Term Maintenance

Brice Maryman, 
SvR Design Company
Lolly Kunkler, SvR Design Company
The Parks & Recreation Prescription

Marielle Harrington, Lynnwood Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts
Keri Moore, Snohomish Health District
Creating Inclusive Communities through Sports

Morgan Larch,
Special Olympics Washington
Heather Reddington,
Metro Parks Tacoma
Conducting a Community Needs Assessment on a Shoestring Budget

Tom Powers,
City of Eugene Recreation
Diversity is Our Strength:  Developing Bellevue’s Diversity Advantage Plan

Elaine Acacio,
City of Bellevue
Mark Manuel,
City of Bellevue

Jennifer Mechem,
City of Bellevue

Dealing with Drought: Making Tough (and Smart) Choices

Karen Galt,
Seattle Parks and Recreation

Lynnwood /
Snohomish Aquatics Facility Off-Site


Tour is from 12:15 - 4:00PM

2:30-2:45pm  Break 

Educational Sessions

More than Unicorns and Rainbows: Engaging LGBTQ Teens

Randy Wiger,
City of Seattle Parks and Recreation
Volunteer Screening, Orientation and Placement: Risk Management

Patrick Tefft,
City of Kirkland
Play on! Promoting Physical Activity Across Generations

Tom Norquist, 

Take Two Hikes & Call Me in the Morning

Jon Smith,
Association of Washington Cities

Reimagining the Business of Recreation

Caroline Wallace,
Washington State Play and Parks Structures

Conference Concludes

Thank you to our Sponsors!




In-Kind Sponsor


This conference was made possible in part through the support of the TPA Fund of Snohomish County, WA