GreenPlay operates as a consortium of experts, working closely with many nationally recognized management and technical professionals in a variety of fields.
GreenPlay develops consulting teams that consist of top industry professionals from around the country. We will personally evaluate your situation and determine which of our team specialists will work best for your staff and community to achieve success and meet your expectations in a timely fashion.
We also work with other industry experts and leaders from around the country. Whatever your unique need entails, we can put together a qualified team of professionals to accomplish your goals.
Here are a few of the Consultants current working with GreenPlay:
Sylvia Allen, Special Project Consultant
Sylvia Allen, President of Allen Consulting located in Holmdel, NJ, has run her business for 36 years. Her marketing and public relations firm has produced more than 100 events per year and raises more than $1 million worth of sponsorships for her clients each year. She was on the faculty at New York University for 20 years and has taught seminars on sponsorship and sales around the world.
Considered one of the world’s sponsorship experts, she is the author of HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT SPONSORSHIP SALES and A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO SALES SUCCESS. Allen has received numerous awards and honors, including being named to the International Festivals and Events Association Hall of Fame; honored as one of the Top 50 Women in Business in New Jersey; named Garden State Woman of the Year; and was recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award for her work with Sylvia’s Children, a 501(c)3 organization she founded 11 years ago to help orphans in Uganda.
Oh, and 2012 in her spare time, she bought a 1903 Opera House in Northern Minnesota where Judy Garland got her start! (www.allenconsuslting.com, www.sylviaschildren.org, www.thebutlerbuilding.org)
Kim Bailey, MA, Project Consultant
Kim has over 15 years of experience in public parks and recreation programming, planning, and management, has held leadership roles in both government and the non profit sector, and is known for her ability to identify strategic alliances, develop community partnerships, and drive innovation. Kim served as a member of the Mayor’s cabinet to manage Denver Parks and Recreation (one of the larger public park systems in the country) with over 250 urban parks and parkways covering 4,300 acres and over 14,000 acres of mountain parks. In addition, she has been instrumental in leading Outward Bound Inc., the nation’s foremost nonprofit delivering active-learning expeditions, implanting their strategic vision for growing program delivery sites (Centers) in urban communities.
Tom Diehl, CPRP, Project Consultant
Tom Diehl is a Recreation and Athletics Management Professional with over 30 years of experience at both public and private institutions. While Tom has concentrated on program and facility enhancement, his general expertise includes strategic and master planning, feasibility studies, employee and customer satisfaction evaluations, capital and operational planning, budgeting, resource management, procurement/contract administration, equipment specifications, risk management, construction management and historical renovations. He has experience in the management of recreation programs, aquatic facilities and cemeteries and amenities in the public sector as well as volunteer management, crisis response and marketing/branding. Much of his work has been focused on collegiate-level projects. He has extensive experience with recreation and athletics programming, community relations, and special events management. He has successfully overseen capital projects valued up to $60 million.
Becky Dunlap, CPRP, Project Consultant, Research/Marketing Assistant
Instilled with a love for people and parks, Becky Dunlap embarked on a career in parks and recreation in the hopes that she could change lives through the power of play, health and wellness, and community relationships. While studying at the in the Warnell School of Forestry at the University of Georgia, she took an interest in developing her technical skills, learning website development, graphic design, and social media marketing on the side. Becky pursued an internship with the Athens Clarke County Water Conservation Office, where she took on a myriad of responsibilities, from leading interpretive programs, planning education and fundraising events, and managing the social media marketing for the program. Becky jumped into a management role shortly after joining the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation as a Facility Coordinator, supervising operations at the recreation centers and outdoor facilities. Her enthusiasm for the power of parks and recreation aligns naturally with Greenplay’s mission to help organizations dedicated to parks, recreation, and open space achieve community goals through high quality, dynamic, creative, and functional solutions.
For GreenPlay, Becky has served as a Research Assistant conducting nationally-focused and community specific trends and demographics analysis and as a Project Consultant assisting in all planning elements, with a focus on social media, marketing, cultural context, and innovative community outreach. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert A. Easton, Special Project Consultant
Mr. Easton is a recently retired Park and Recreation Executive Director with 31 years of supervisory and management experience. His career history has involved all aspects of park and recreation administration with a focus on parks and open space development and management. Bob joined GreenPlay, LLC as a contracted management consultant in 2008 and is currently working with GreenPlay on the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update for the Town of Erie. Bob was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado and is a lifetime resident of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties.
Danny Hopkins, MBA, Project Consultant
For more than 30 years Danny has served in several leadership positions in the open space, parks and recreation profession since 1988. His experience includes management of open space, trails, and conservation lands, knowledge of park maintenance and operations, golf course, aquatic, and professional sports facility design, construction, maintenance, and operations, special event and athletic tournament production, grant writing and alternative funding initiatives.
Prior to coming to GreenPlay Danny worked as an independent private consultant providing services in master planning, financial planning, feasibility studies, staff training, and sports marketing. Danny has been successful in developing strong professional relationships with local government professionals and community leaders with the focus on finding creative solutions to each of their community’s unique challenges.
Gareth Jones, PhD, Special Project Consultant
Gareth holds a PhD in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University (NCSU), where he also earned his graduate certificate in Geospatial Information Science (GIS). He earned his MS and BS in Sport and Recreation Management from Temple University, with a minor in General Business Studies. Gareth has also worked in a variety of roles in the public, non-profit, and private sector, primarily in the areas of sport and recreation management, youth development, and community capacity building. Drawing on a diverse set of methodological approaches, Gareth’s work aims to identify unique spatial and social characteristics of communities that contribute to healthy lifestyles and positive development outcomes. In particular, he is interested in using GIS to build comprehensive inventory systems and resource maps for recreational services and programs. Using data queries, spatial selection, and a variety of other analytical tools in ArcGIS Desktop, Gareth helps administrators and planners identify optimal locations and gaps for community assets. He also sometimes utilizes more rigorous spatial statistics (i.e., spatial regression, hot spot analysis, grouping analysis) to assess the spatial and attributional characteristics of those assets. Gareth can also draw on social network analysis to study the relationships in communities, using UCINET Software and R for networks and models. His research has been presented at a variety of domestic and international conferences, published in both academic and trade journals, and garnered recognition from professional organizations. Gareth was recognized by the Academy of Leisure Sciences with the prestigious Future Scholars Award in 2012. Gareth is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Temple University where he works primarily in the Sport Industry Research Center (SIRC). When not teaching or conducting his own research, he lends his knowledge and expertise to GreenPlay and GP RED as a Special Projects Consultant to help communities.
Keri Konold, CPRP, Project Consultant
Keri is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) with experience in public open space, parks, recreation, golf course, and cemetery management for three public agencies since 2007. Keri has a passion for public land management, integrating roles for health and agriculture, balancing conservation and use, and improving working relationships for all involved. She also has served as a member of the City of Lafayette, CO’s Open Space Advisory Committee. Keri received a BS in Anthropology at Kansas State University, with a focus in accounting. Keri’s business acumen and abilities for quick discernment of key issues match with her professional people skills, making her an ideal consultant on a variety of types of projects. Prior to joining GreenPlay Keri worked as a Community Relations Officer and Budget Analyst for the City of Boulder, CO; Recreation Programs Manager for Carbon Valley Parks & Recreation District, CO; and Senior Administrative Assistant for the Lafayette Parks, Open Space and Golf Department in Colorado. Keri has done post-graduate course work in Public Service Leading, Education, and Development. She is Certified in Effective Public Participation; and ArcGIS.
Keri’s skills and passion are related to the intersection of public land management for parks and open space, access, conservation, inclusiveness and diversity.
Dylan Packebush, MBA, CPRP, Project Consultant
Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Dylan brings a wide-range of experiences to GreenPlay. His career in recreation began in sports, building an expertise in logistics and operations through his work in collegiate athletics and the non-profit sector. He chose to earn his MBA at the prestigious Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at University of Oregon where he worked as a business and market strategy consultant. His projects ranged from the formation of a 501(c)3 to grassroots marketing campaigns to market segmentation and analytics. Dylan transformed his life through his own access to recreation, and he looks to provide those same opportunities to others. He holds a deep-rooted belief in improving communities through the access to arts, education, and sports. This is exemplified by his work with organizations such as Denver Urban Scholars, O Heroes, Movember at the University of Oregon, the Women in Sports Business Symposium, Special Olympics Alaska, and Anchorage Opera. Dylan’s passion for life, new experiences, and people is reflected in his commitment to GreenPlay and its clients.
Dan Seder, MBA, CPRP, Project Consultant
Dan is a Parks and Recreation Professional with 25 years in the industry. Dan has extensive experience in facility operations and management, aquatics, community programming, special events, team building and recreation programming. Throughout his career, Dan has had an emphasis on recreation facility and aquatic management. He has overseen and operated the grand opening of a multi-million dollar aquatic facility which won the URPA facility of the year award, organized and developed a new Parks and Recreation department from the ground up, coordinate the opening of a senior/community center and created multiple youth and adult recreation and aquatic programs in the community. Dan has participated on various community boards and local government agencies, been an active member Utah and Nebraska’s state parks and recreation associations, and been a part of a community recreation facilities master plan collaboration group.
Lisa Wolff, MSL, CPRP, Project Consultant
Lisa is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) with broad experience in the field of local government, primarily in recreation and parks. Spanning a 30-year career, Lisa’s foundation within the profession has developed partnership programs throughout her career in both financial giving and facility development across numerous spectrums. With a strong background in this area, Lisa has fostered projects and sponsorships exceeding $2 million dollars in funding and additional partnerships. Recently, Lisa has worked closely to help develop and maintain community-based initiatives that are focused in the area of health and wellness. Her philosophy begins with building and investing in healthy environments within a community to create new conversations for stronger and more viable change for the quality of life!