Professional Development Committee


Identify, recommend, and oversee all education provided by WPRA with a long range vision of providing the highest quality education to park and recreation professionals at a variety of education and networking events throughout the year.

Annual Duties: 

  1. Oversee the work of all Professional Development Subcommittees.
  2. Work with all Sections, Regions, and Committees to ensure a long-range plan for education provide by WPRA is diverse and fresh.
  3. Manage and aid in coordination of the overall calendar of all WPRA events. 
  4. Assess and implement NPRA educational resources, themes, and initiatives as appropriate.
  5. Aid all Subcommittees in establishing appropriate participation rates for events.

2022 Committee Members: 

  • Chair: Rebecca Price
  • Past Chair: Andrew Rossa
  • Pre Chair: OPEN
  • Subcommittee Member - Leadership Academy: Ron Grall
  • Subcommittee Member - Conference: Megan James
  • Subcommittee Member - Conference: 
  • Aquatics Section Representative: Melody Escato
  • Park Section Representative: Seth Westberg
  • Recreation Section Representative: Bridgette Hermanson
  • Young Professional Section Representative: Ryan Pawlisch
  • Board Liaison: Shelly Strasser - President 

PDC Subcommittees: