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Committees & Regional Groups

These groups provide opportunities for engagement and leadership positions on specific regions of Michigan and on specific parks and recreation topics. Contact the listed chairpersons for more information about a group. Meeting dates are posted at www.mparks.org/events.

Committees

Ways and Means Committee Chair
Eric Sheffer
President
Penchura, LLC
889 Old US 23
Brighton, MI 48114
Phone: 810.229.6245 / Fax: 810.229.6256

mParks Staff Contact: Clay Summers

Governance Committee Chair
Jeff Muck, CPRPP
Director
Novi Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services
45175 W. 10 Mile Rd.
Novi, MI 48375
Phone: 248.347.0400

Public Policy Committee Chair
Arnold Weinfeld
Director, Urban Policy Initiatives University Outreach and Engagement
Michigan State University
219 S. Harrison Rd., Room 93
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517.355.4572

mParks Staff Contact: Clay Summers

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Chair
Lisa Bryant
Director
1201 Livernois
Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: 248.544.6767

mParks Staff Contact: Clay Summers


WIRED (Women In Recreation Education & Development Sub-Committee)
Angela Dove
Director
Haslett Community Education
1590 Franklin St.
Haslett, MI 48840
Phone: 517.339.8155

mParks Staff Contact: Tina Nowakowski

Awards Sub-Committee Chair
Chad Stevens, CPRP
Director
DeWitt Area Recreation Authority
1401 W. Herbison Rd.
DeWitt, MI 48820
Phone: 517.482.1293

mParks Staff Contact: Tina Nowakowski


Hall of Fame Sub-Committee Chair
Jon LaFever
Deputy Director
Lansing Parks & Recreation
46000 Summit Parkway
Canton, MI 48188
Phone: 734.394.5460

mParks Staff Contact: Clay Summers

Professional Development Committee Chair
Timothy Church
Executive Director
Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority
925 W. Grand River
Howell, MI 48843
Phone: 517.579.28608

2021 Conference & Trade Show Chair
Danielle Richardson, CPRP
Recreation Services Manager
Battle Creek Parks & Recreation
35 Hamblin Ave
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Phone: 269.966.3431

Certification Chair
Jennifer Tucker, CPRP
Executive Director
West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation
4640 Walnut Lake Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 4832
Phone: 248.451.1906

mParks Staff Contact: Justin Lippe



Networks & Focus Areas

Park Resources Focus Area Chair
Brad Brenske, CPSI
Park Operation Supervisor
St. Clair County Parks & Recreation
200 Grand River Avenie, Suite 107
Port Huron, MI 48060/> Phone: 810.989.6960

mParks Staff Contact: Justin Lippe

Trails Focus Area Chair
Melissa Buzzard
Trails & Parks Millage Program Coordinator
Ingham County Parks Department
121 E. Maple
Mason, MI 48854
Phone: 517.244.7195

mParks Staff Contact: Justin Lippe

Facilities Focus Area Chair
Evan Sweet
Facility Specialist
Canton Leisure Services
46000 Summit Parkway
Canton, MI 48188
Phone: 734.394.5460

mParks Staff Contact: Justin Lippe

Health & Wellness Focus Area Chair
Ethan Engel
Athletic Coordinator
Livonia Parks & Recreation
15100 Hubbard St.
Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: 734.466.2414


Archery Focus Area Chair
Bryan Farmer, CPRP
Deputy Director
Farmington Hills Special Services
28600 W. Eleven Mile
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Phone: 248.473.1805

mParks Staff Contact: Justin Lippe

Aquatics Focus Area Chair
Nicole Gerhart, AFO
Recreation Supervisor
Grosse Pointe Woods
20025 Mack Plaza
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
Phone: 313.343.2408

mParks Staff Contact: Justin Lippe

Programming Focus Area Chair
Melissa Nawrocki, CPRP
Recreation Programmer
Oakland County Parks & Recreation
2800 Watkins Lake Rd.
Waterford, MI 48328 Phone: 248.858.5267

mParks Staff Contact: Justin Lippe

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Directors Focus Area Chair
Kendall Klingelsmith, CPRP
Director
City of Petoskey
101 East Lake St. Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: 231.347.2500

mParks Staff Contact: Justin Lippe

Youth & Teen Focus Area Chair
Hannah Fogarty, CPRP
Recreation Specialist
Farmington Hills Special Services
28600 W. Eleven Mile Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Phone: 248.473.1802
mParks Staff Contact: Justin Lippe

New Professionals Focus Area Chair
Keith Kooperman
Facility Manager
Saline Parks & Recreation
1866 Woodland Dr.
Saline, MI 48176
Phone: 734.429.3502 x2503

mParks Staff Contact: Justin Lippe

Past Presidents Focus Area Chair
Stu Alderman
Executive Director
Grosse Pointe Neighborhood Club
17150 Waterloo
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
Phone: 313.885.4600 / Fax: 313.457.2457

mParks Staff Contact: Clay Summers

Marketing Focus Area Chair
Krashawn Martin
Recreation Supervisor
Wyoming Parks & Recreation
1155 - 28th St. S.W.
P.O. Box 905
Wyoming, MI 4950
Phone: 616.530.3164


mParks Staff Contact: Tina Nowakowski

mParks Foundation President
Ron Davis
Director
Oxford Township Parks & Recreation
20 W. Burdick, PO Box 170
Oxford, MI 48371
Phone: 248.628.1720

mParks Staff Contact: Clay Summers

Student Focus Area Chair
William Keppen, CPRP
Recreation Supervisor
Livonia Parks & Recreation
15100 Hubbard St.
Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: 734.466.2415

mParks Staff Contact: Clay Summers




Regional Groups

Coverage area is Oakland and Livingston counties, and Highland Park.

President
John Haney, CPRP
Recreation Program Supervisor
Oakland County Parks & Recreation
2800 Watkins Lake Rd.
Waterford, MI 48328
Phone: 248.858.7759

Coverage area is southern and mid-Michigan.

President
Crystal Smith, CPRP
Recreation & Event Coordinator
Eaton County Parks & Recreation
133 Fitzgerald Park Dr.
Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Phone: 517.627.7351 x7350

Coverage area is Macomb county and northeastern area of Metro Detroit.

President
Chris Galatis
Director of Parks & Recreation
City of Grosse Pointe Farms Parks & Recreation
350 Lakeshore Rd.
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
Phone: 313.343.2405

Coverage area is downriver Detroit area.

President
Amy Walker
Recreation Supervisor
Livonia Parks and Recreation
15100 Hubbard
Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: 734.466.2410

Coverage area is all of northern Michigan.

President
Kendall Klingelsmith, CPRP
Director
City of Petoskey
101 East Lake St. Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: 231.347.2500

Coverage area is all of West Michigan.

Contact
Darrin Duistermars
Director
Holland Charter Township
353 N 120th St
PO Box 8127 Holland, MI 49422
616.395.0178