Committee List

Below is a list of opportunities to help lead the direction of your professional association. Some are related to the Strategic Plan and others are general committees/workgroups/task forces of the Association.  We have provided you a description of each as well as an estimate of the time commitment for each. If you would like to volunteer with one of these groups, email Eleanor with the name of the committee or workgroup and your full contact information. Of course, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.


Awards Committee

This committee reviews the Association awards program, reviews awards submissions, and approves awards to be presented at the Annual Conference.

Time commitment:  A preliminary meeting is held via conference call in the Fall.  The first review session is in early March (expect a 10 hour commitment to review applications), and the second review session is in early May (expect a 10 hour commitment to review applications).  The committee holds all meetings via zoom.

2022-2023 Chair -  Charlotte Presensky, Palm Beach Garden

Development Committee

The Committee will be responsible for creating a fund raising component of the Association.  This would be non-dues revenue generation plan to assure the Association’s future financial stability.

Time commitment:  Meetings will be via conference call.  Estimate maximum of four calls each lasting one hour.

2022-2023 Chair – Fred Couceyro, Coral Gables

2023 Conference Committee

The Annual Conference Committee plans and oversees the delivery of the Association’s premier educational and networking gathering for the membership.  Subcommittees include Exhibit Hall, Registration, Host and Hospitality, Fitness, Marketing, Volunteer Coordination, Speaker Check In and CEU Processing, Service Project and others that may be necessary.  For most subcommittees, we seek multiple chairs to make the workload more convenient.

Time commitment:  The Committee usually meets on-site at the conference location in the Fall (if we are repeating a conference site, this on-site meeting would be in July).  All other meetings are held via conference call.  Specific time commitment is dependent on the subcommittee, however most work is done on-site at the event.  Committee members are expected to be on-site at the conference location Saturday afternoon before conference kicks off on Monday.

2022-2023 Chair – Bobby Sparks, Tallahassee

Editorial Committee

The Editorial Committee helps to prepare articles and content for the FRPA Journal and the Covering the Bases Newsletter. Time commitment: One meeting each quarter by phone or online conference. Possible gathering or authoring of articles.

Membership Workgroup

The Membership workgroup is a critically important group of dedicated individuals.  You will be an ambassador for all things FRPA.  Members will be familiar with all Association offerings and programs.  These individuals must be “sold” on FRPA and willing to talk to others about the FRPA experience.  You are the face of FRPA as much as the Board and Staff. 

Time commitment:  All workgroup meetings are held via conference call.  Time for other activities for networking, connecting and socializing will be minimal (30 minute sessions – maybe 3 in the coming year), and fully supported technologically by FRPA

2022-2023 Chair – Shannon Ryan, Plantation

Membership Meetings and Events Task Forces
FRPA depends heavily on our valued volunteers.  Don’t have time to serve on a committee with recurring responsibilities?  Then this may be where you belong.  Ambassadors for this responsibility will be the face of FRPA at membership meetings and events.  You will assist in greeting attendees, promoting upcoming events, welcoming members from diverse backgrounds, and assisting the meeting/event host wherever needed.
Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee encourages members to nominate themselves or others for the election of the FRPA Executive Board and oversees the election process. Upon conclusion of the nomination period, the Nominating Committee puts forth a slate to the Board for elections. Per FRPA Bylaws, this committee is chaired by the Past President.
2022-2023 Chair – Kevin Kirwin, Martin Co

Training and Education Committee

This committee has two branches.

Conference Education Sessions 
This branch reviews and selects proposals for the annual conference, taking care to select sessions that are representative of all the facets that the park and recreation profession entails. This group will also actively help recruit new speakers for the Conference.
Time commitment: This committee meets virtually to review proposals for the 2023 Conference sessions. 

State Education Meetings and Trainings
This committee works with FRPA staff in the content selection and development of workshops delivered on a regional basis and assists in visioning for future training and development needs. The hope is to have representation from North Florida, Central Florida West and East, Southwest Florida, and Southeast Florida. 
Time commitment: This group will meet together virtually at first and then break up into regionally separate meetings to plan education events. There is often a meeting of this Committee in conjunction with the Retreat (lodging and meals covered by FRPA).

2022-2023 Chair – Danny Barcia, Miami Dade Co

Young Professionals Workgroup

This workgroup is responsible for actively recruiting young professionals to become engaged with FRPA.  The group works as an advisory group to assist the Association on developing creative ideas to attract and retain our younger professionals.  This could include developing ideas for networking events, generating conference educational sessions geared at reaching the younger professional, and serving as a sounding board for new concepts to reach this all important audience.

Time commitment:  Meetings via conference call.  Estimate calls every other month lasting one hour, and follow up assignments.

2022-2023 Co-chairs – Pete Bartosik, Seminole; Brooke Spruell, Haines City

Strategic Plan Pillar Workgroups

These are workgroups that integrate FRPA's Strategic Pillars, charged with the responsibility of implementing strategic plan initiatives within the health; community building; environmental resiliency and sustainability; and economic impact and development pillars.  If you want to be part of planning the future of the field, these are the workgroups for you.

Time commitment:  All meetings are held via conference call.  Workgroup members may be asked to attend the annual planning retreat if the strategic plan is to be reviewed (lodging and meal expenses covered by FRPA).

Community Building 2022-2023 Chair - Robert Mattes, Pinecrest
Economic Impact and Development 2022-2023 Chair – Rebecca Schnirman, Palm Beach Co
Environmental Resiliency and Sustainability 2022-2023 Chair – Barbara Stalbird, St Petersburg
Health Workgroup 2022-2023 Chair – Pattie Roberts, Port St Lucie