GreenPlay’s CEO Teresa Penbrooke finishes her PhD!

Teresa L. Penbrooke, who founded GreenPlay in Colorado in 1999, has recently completed all requirements to receive her PhD in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, through the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Formal graduation takes place on December 15, 2017.

Penbrooke’s area of expertise is in research and teaching for parks and recreation management, outdoor recreation, health, and community systems planning. She has a BS in Kinesiology, and Masters in Organizational Management. She started her PhD studies at NCSU in January 2014, continuing to work full-time leading GreenPlay and contributing to GP RED, while she completed full-time studies and research/teaching assistantships for almost four years. Her doctoral dissertation is titled, Local Parks and Recreation Agencies Use of Systems Thinking to Address Preventive Health Factors. Her advisor was Michael B. Edwards, PhD, along with Jason N. Bocarro, PhD, Karla A. Henderson, PhD, and J. Aaron Hipp, PhD, as committee members. Her summary abstract and full dissertation can be obtained here.

Going forward, Penbrooke plans to continue to help leading GreenPlay’s ever-growing consulting practice (over 450 projects so far! – see In addition, she hopes to help develop a graduate-level parks planning, design, and management certificate program for NCSU, teach and guest lecture for associations and universities, and continue research through GP RED (

Most of all, she is looking forward to combining all of these activities into working “only one full-time job,” leaving more time for her very supportive husband, family, friends, travel, writing, and personal re-creation of body, mind, and spirit. She can be reached at

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GreenPlay Consultants Author Article for National Magazine

Don Jones, PhD, Project Consultant for GreenPlay, LLC, is the lead author of an article in the November 2017 issue of Parks & Recreation Business magazine. The article, titled A Real Balancing Act, is about using a Balance Scorecard to determine whether a your parks and recreation agency is hitting its mark. “While all organizations are under pressure to meet their budgets, not-for-profit parks and recreation departments are, by definition, not subject to making a profit. Having said that, we are seeing a shift in accountability for the public sector with more communities wanting to know exactly what they are getting for their tax dollars,” says Dr. Jones in the article. John Drew and John Rainey, from GreenPlay, also contributed to the article.

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Article for National Magazine

Dylan Packebush, MBA, CPRP, Project Manager for GreenPlay, LLC, has an article in the May 2017 issue of Parks & Recreation Business magazine. The article, titled Developing A Strategic Marketing Plan is an introductory guide to creating consistent messaging to reinforce your agency’s brand. “As parks and recreation services look for ways to build relationships with communities,” observes Packebush, “marketing becomes an essential business tool in today’s industry. Even if an agency doesn’t have a marketing staff, it is constantly communicating with potential users. It is in an agency’s best interest to proactively develop these strategies.” GreenPlay offers a wide range of Business and Marketing consulting services.

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