Session Presenters

Michelle Hepler – Director of Parks and Recreation, Iredell County NC — Let’s Get Started!

Dr. Stephanie West – Professor, Appalachian State University, Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education — Staying Current and Remaining Relevant

Dr. Joy James, Assistant Professor, 
Appalachian State University, Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education — The Many and Nested Facets of “Her” in Leadership

Lisa Wolff – Recreation Superintendent, Burlington NC Parks and Recreation — Work/Life Balance-Your Ratio

Catrina Alexander – Director of Parks and Recreation, Mount Airy NC — Work/Life Balance, Lessons Learned

Teresa Penbrooke – CEO, Greenplay & GPRED, and Ph.D — Networking is a Lifestyle

Sackeena Gordon Jones, Transformation Edge — Regaining Your Leadership Momentum

Julie Boland, VP of Membership & Certification, NRPA — Full Circle: Success Through Building Others Up

Sara Burroughs, Sage DesignValue of a Personal Mission Statement… Don’t Have One? Let’s Get Started!

Speed Session Presenters

Dina NeeleyMusco LightingSpeaking Up! How to Assert Yourself Effectively



Dale Smith – Former Parks and Recreation Director, Rocky Mount NC; CEO, Smith Management and Consulting ServicesWhat You Should Stop Doing!

Linda Smith – Assistant Parks and Recreation Director, Chapel Hill NC —Preparing to Lead/Manage People

Vonda Martin – Park Planner, Greensboro NC — What’s Your Superpower?

Panel Discussion Guests

Kelly Gaines – Greensboro Parks & Recreation Commission
Barbara Jones – City Manager, Mount Airy NC
Diane Sauer – Director of Parks Recreation & Cultural Resources, Raleigh NC