Virtual Education: A Change in Culture: Fully Integrating CAPRA Accreditation

When:  Jan 25, 2023 from 13:00 to 14:30 (ET)
January 25, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET | 0.1 CEUs 
Virtual Education: A Change in Culture: Fully Integrating CAPRA Accreditation

Pattie Roberts, Deputy Director, Port St. Lucie Parks and Recreation
Kelly Boatwright, Senior Project Manager, Port St. Lucie Parks and Recreation
CJ Keester, Recreation Manager - Athletics, Port St. Lucie Parks and Recreation

What happens when agency achieves CAPRA Accreditation? What now? Learn how one agency integrated CAPRA Accreditation throughout their Re-accreditation journey. Developing section-by-section Action Plans, monthly reviews by Section, Section final reports presented to the CAPRA Team annually, PSLPRD created their CAPRA CO-LAB to further integrate accreditation.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how one agency developed CAPRA section-by-section action plans to assist section owners and their teams with maintaining pace in updating EOC for their respective CAPRA Section
  • Identify and fully developed plans to review all 10 sections monthly, throughout years 1-5 of re-accreditation.
  • Define how one agency developed their CAPRA Co-Lab, which is a two-year professional staff development plan.
About Pattie: Pattie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Arizona State University. As Deputy Director for the City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department, Pattie is responsible for administrative and business services. Her responsibilities include serving as CAPRA Coordinator for national re-accreditation. Pattie is an advocate for volunteerism and was instrumental in the development of the City of Port St. Lucie Volunteer Program in 2009. Home to Pattie is Wisconsin. She is an avid reader and is passionate about the written word. Pattie and her husband lost their son, Danny, on August 18, 2018, due to an opioid overdose. Pattie is a staunch advocate in the field of substance abuse disorder to eradicate the stigma associated with this devastating disease.
About Kelly: Kelly Boatwright graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism. She has been working as a Project Manager for the City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department (PSLPRD) for over four years and was recently promoted to Senior Project Manager. Prior to her work with the City of Port St. Lucie, Kelly worked as a civilian Project Consultant for the Department of Military Affairs Florida National Guard and a Data Specialist contractor with E.I. Dupont. Kelly became a Certified Park and Recreation Professional in 2018 and has been afforded the opportunity to collaborate on the PSLPRD 10-Year Master Plan, develop a diverse portfolio of park and trail construction projects, and serve as a PSLPRD CAPRA Coordinator. 
About CJ: After graduating high school, CJ Keester spent the next 8 years handing money to various educational institutions in exchange for degrees and certifications he will likely never utilize. CJ fortuitously stumbled across the parks & recreation profession in 2010, when he began employment with the City of Boca Raton. Alas, shorts and sneakers… ‘The Dream Job’ does exist. Now with the City of Port St Lucie, a newly CAPRA accredited department, CJ is a part of a team that is looking to further train staff on CAPRA Sections, and keep the department on track for reaccreditation. CJ is honored and privileged to share everything he has learned about preparing your department for reaccreditation with his parks and recreation colleagues at the esteemed FRPA Annual Conference. 


Charla Lucas
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