Celebrating a Legacy:
Inspiring Communities to Play
May 2- 5

WRPA 2017 Annual Conference & Trade Show Schedule
*schedule is subject to change

Tuesday, May 2   |  Pre-Conference 
12:00 PM

Golf Tournament
Exotic Pests and New is Not Always Better

Nature as Therapy
Perennial Magic

Wednesday, May 3rd   |  Conference & Trade Show
8:00–9:00am Registration


Welcome & Keynote Speaker: James Bird Guess 


Break  |  Visit Exhibitors

Educational Sessions

Win Big in the Business of Fitness

Kimberly Shelton
Amy Kirk

Success Story: Passing of a $64.3M Park Bond

Leroy Eadie
Ted McGregor
Juliet Sinisterra

Secrets to Teaching Like a

Jim Reiser

Social Equity: It's a Pillar and the Future of Our Profession

Tiffany Johnson
Brenna Clausen

Out of the Tee Box

Larry Gilhuly
Jeff Gullikson
Karen Armstead
Steve Kealy

Focus on Playgrounds

Molly Deter
Scott Liebelt

Leading without a Title: Influence, Inspire & Infect

James Bird Guess

12:00–1:45pm Lunch  |  Visit Exhibitors
Educational Sessions
One Step at a Time: Creating A Walking Program

Kevin Witte
Sarah Sandquist
Todd Cort
Why Signs Don't Work

Steven Starlund
American Red Cross Aquatics: Updates & Improvements

Brian Hoffmeister
Structural Racism Part I

James Lovell
Using Planning to Align Services with Community Need

Dave Lewis
Jeff Bransford
Austin Hochstetler
Compost Use and Organic Recycling in Parks

Edward Wheeler
Leadership Virus

James Bird Guess

3:00–3:30pm Break  |  Visit Exhibitors
Educational Sessions
The Keys to Growing Private Donations

Carol Neupert
Heather Beebe-Steven
Engaging Communities in Building Inclusive Play Destinations

Lindsay Richardson
Preschoolers Can Swim!

Jim Reiser
Structural Racism Part II

James Lovell
Inclusive Rec: Integration Tips and Techniques

Kim Indurkar
Mary Boyle
All Things Turf: Best Practices for Responsible Turfgrass Management

Mike Greene
Time Well Spent: Life Lessons from Creative Dates

Barb Brock
6:00–9:00pm Evening Social
Thursday, May 4th   |   Conference & Trade Show
8:00–9:00am Registration
Educational Sessions
Make Smart Hires: what you need to know for PT & Seasonal hiring

Angela Hayes
Time Well Spent: Benefits of a Digital Detox

Bob Brock
Stock Options: Growing a Better Tree Canopy Asset

Angel Spell
Jeff Perry
Youth Sports: Keeping Kids in the Game

Jeff Hagen
Katie Jones
Michael Locke
CJ Stanford
Jared Behl
Retain, Maintain and Grow Seasonal Staff

Pete DeQuincy
How Parks Build Healthy Communities

Heleen Dewey
A Marketing Plan in 6 Easy Steps

Dylan Packebush
10:15–11:00am Break  |  Visit Exhibitors
11:00–12:00pm Networking Meetings
12:00–1:45pm Lunch  |  Visit Exhibitors
Educational Sessions
Building Organizational Culture: Communication, Trust, Integrity

Mike Terrell
Don't Get Trapped: Techniques for Lawsuit Defense

Dr. Paul Green
What's Up with SCORP?

Jeremy Jostad
Matthew Chase
Jeremy Schultz
This is Not Your Parents' Senior Center

Holly Peterson
The 60-Second Drill: Building Better Scenarios

Pete DeQuincy
Reimagining Riverfront Park

Caroline Wallace
Who's your Audience?

Dylan Packebush
3:00–3:15pm Break  |  Visit Exhibitors
Educational Sessions
Leading Optimistically

Jeff Price
Risk Management for Managers

Dr. Paul Green
Building a Master Naturalist Training Program

Curtis Kukal
Basketball Never Stops - And Neither Does Spokane Hoopfest

Matt Santangelo
Bailee Neyland
Submersion Protocols: How to Deal with a Drowning

Pete DeQuincy
Special Event Showcase

Sarah Sandquist
Megan Worzella
Pam Barrett
Nicole Wieb
Touring the Evolving Riverfront Park

Guy Michaelsen
Garrett Jones
5:00–6:00pm Pre-Banquet Social
6:00–8:00pm Awards Banquet
Friday, May 5  |   Conference & Trade Show
 9:00–10:15am  Closing Keynote Speaker: Phillip Tyler