Professional Award of Merit

This is the highest professional award given by WPRA to an active Association member. The nominee MUST hold current professional certification by the National Recreation and Park Association as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP). Nominees are judged on specific accomplishments and service performed for the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association and the leisure services profession. Recipients of the Professional Award of Merit are not eligible for the George Wilson Service Award. 

Guidelines in choosing The Professional Award of Merit:

  • Group #1:
    • WPRA Board Member
    • WPRA Committee Chairperson National and Regional Officer WPRA Section Board Member Student Section Advisor
  • Group #2:
    • WPRA Committee Member
    • Special Events and Activities Contributor of Articles to Professional
    • Magazines
  • Group #3:
    • Professional Accomplishments and Job Performance

Professional Award of Merit Recipients

2020 Darren Marsh 1994 Mike Williams
2019 Marge Klinzing 1993 Steve Thompson
2018 Scott Jaquish 1992 Roger Kist
2017 Holly Glainyk 1991 Tony Bruno, Doraine Schindler
2016 Craig Hoeppner 1990 Stan Dorff
2015 Kathy Gruentzel 1989 Gary Anderson
2014 Kelly Valentino 1988 Elizabeth Dick, Robert Tank
2013 Ray Maurer 1987 Gene Park
2012 Bill Lecker 1986 Caroline Pipke
2011 Marty Kosobucki 1985 Mel Wade
2010 Sue McDade 1984 Charles Drayna
2009 Joe McLafferty 1983 Don Brick
2008 Cyndi Keller 1982 William Houtz
2007 Marianne Pigeon 1981 Chester Miller, August Revoy
2006 Ron Grall 1980 Alan Domer
2005 Steve Scharrer 1979 Larry Denyes
2004 Juliene Hefter 1978 Ernest Goranson, Joseph Leszcynski 
2003 Al Schaefer 1977 Richard Cooper
2002 Rick Beattie 1976 Dr. George Wilson
2001 Bill Landvatter 1975 Ruth James
2000 Bill Faherty 1974 Bill Anderson, Alice DeBower
1999 Robert Holling 1973 Gerald Smith
1998 Jacqueline Schweitzer  1972 Dr. H. Clifton Hutchins
1997 Thomas Blotz 1971 John Lorimer
1996 Robert Rundle 1970 Phyllis Lee
1995 Fred Jungers, Ken Van Es   1969 Pat Dawson, Clarence Emigh