Meet the mParks Staff!

Executive Director - Ann Conklin
Ann has been involved with the Michigan Recreation and Park Association as an active member since 1979; she served as Association Vice President in 1988 and 1993, and as Association President in 1989 and 1999. A 30 year veteran of the park and recreation field, she assumed an administrative role with mParks in 2011 following ten years as the Director of Canton Leisure Services. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Recreation from Central Michigan University, as well as the Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) designation.

Operations Manager - Justin Lippe 
Justin joined mParks in September 2008 after having served as the Community Education Director for Charlotte Public Schools. He also worked as a Recreation Coordinator for Burlington Parks & Recreation in Vermont and as a Recreation Programmer for Novi Parks & Recreation after receiving his bachelor's degree in Recreation Management & Policy from the University of New Hampshire. Justin manages mParks statewide programs and serves as the staff liaison to several committees. He currently resides in Williamston with his wife and three children.

Communication & Marketing Manager - Tina Berisha
Tina originally joined mParks in 2012 as a communications intern, transitioning to a full-time role as she finished her degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Michigan State. After more than two years with mParks, Tina explored the political world as a Field Organizer for a statewide campaign and then took over as the Communications & Community Outreach Specialist with the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness, all while assisting mParks with special projects, including Conference. Tina enjoys running, kayaking, cooking and traveling. 

Registrar - Aja Jenks
Aja (pronounced Asia) joined the mParks team in May of 2016. Aja's responsibilities include managing the membership database and membership renewals. She also acts as the liaison for USA Softball of Metro Detroit and assists with many other mParks projects. She received her Bachelor’s of Applied Art in Two-Dimensional Art and Art History from Central Michigan University. She has also received an Entrepreneurial Certification from Lansing Community College. Although her previous experience was primarily focused in after-school art education, she is very passionate about the outdoors and promoting a healthy lifestyle. She participates in several adult recreation leagues including softball and volleyball. She also enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time at her family’s lake house.

Special Projects Coordinator- Marilyn Troshak

Health & Wellness Coordinator - Kari Woloszyk
Kari joined mParks in January 2016. The majority of her research and professional experiences have focused on assessing and improving the reach and quality of health and wellness programs by uncovering, highlighting, and sharing best practices. In this position, she will continue to build on mParks' work with community partners to engage them in creating and promoting places for healthy and active living. Kari holds a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Promotion from Oakland University. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking and everything outdoors!

Special Projects - Jacquelyn Baker
After an 8-month role as mParks' communications manager, Jacquelyn transitioned to a part-time role managing special communication projects for mParks (such as the Premier Member Articles) to allow her to travel, starting with a backpacking trip through Europe in 2016 (thank goodness for WiFi). Before mParks, Jacquelyn worked for partner and member agency Michigan DNR, managing communication for Michigan state parks, trails, and waterways. When she's not helping others get moving and playing through her communications work in the parks and recreation industry, she's getting out and playing herself with yoga, bike riding, and any other recreational pursuit she can try.