Conference Education Committee (CEC)

The CEC is one of the most important committees of WRPA! We are responsible for recruiting, selecting, and coordinating enriching, relevant educational sessions for the Annual Conference and Fall Summit.

Our Mission: To offer practical, innovative, and coordinated educational opportunities to enhance professional development within WRPA consistent with NRPA's program standards.

We aim to have a dedicated diverse committee that is representative of the WRPA membership and are always seeking new committee members!

WANTED: Volunteers

  • Are you passionate about professional development?
  • Does the idea of developing robust, exciting learning experiences for your peers excite you?
  • Have you ever walked away from a conference or learning opportunity and thought "I really wish there was a session that touched on XYZ topic, that would have been great!"?

If you answered yes, then the Conference Education Committee might be a perfect fit for you! The CEC is searching for a wide variety of volunteers to help build programming that is relevant to all facets of recreation and parks, including: 

  • Professionals from a multitude of industry program areas
  • Representation from all association districts
  • Members with varied levels of experience in the field

For more information or to join this committee, please contact Sarah Olson at [email protected] or Jennifer Papich at [email protected].

Important Committee Dates:

  • Spring annual kick-off conference call on May 24, 2019
  • Active recruitment for speaker proposals through September 15, 2019
  • Annual in-person committee meeting for selection day October 21, 2019

Given the specialty of this team, committee members typically onboard for one year and remain active on the committee for several years thereafter.

Committee Members

Co-Chairs

  • Sarah Olson, City of Lynnwood
  • Jennifer Papich, City of Spokane

Additional Committee Members

  • Kari Bachle, City of Bothell
  • Shelley Brittingham, City of Bellevue
  • Chuck Cuzzetto, Peninsula Metropolitan Park Dist.
  • Ryan Griffith, City of Spokane
  • Hailey Heath, City of Vancouver
  • Cailin Hunsaker, City of Renton
  • Marianne Johnson, City of Shoreline
  • Jackson Lee, Kitsap County
  • Tracey Perkosky, City of Bothell
  • Jefri Peters, City of Tacoma
  • Rose Ploeg, City of Mount Lake Terrace
  • Billie Schmidt, Kitsap County
  • Leandra Shelton, City of Tacoma
  • Bridget Verhei, City of Si View
  • Colin Walker, City of Bellevue