Board Members

Board of Advisors

The Board of Advisors determine programs, objectives, curricula, related applied field research, fees, and issues that should be addressed by the Great Lakes Park Training Institute. Board members maintain the highest possible knowledge of industry and professional trends; state and constituency needs for development and training; and practical and professional leadership needs for park operation and management activities. This knowledge allows members to evaluate, recommend, and guide the Institute as knowledgeable representatives of their agencies/states. Board members are appointed to one three year term and are eligible for reappointment to another three year term. The Board of Advisors for the 2022 GLPTI consists of the following individuals:

Name Representing Title Agency/Employer
Larry Hess (Chair) Michigan Superintendent of Parks Independence Township (MI) Parks and Recreation
Kristi Solberg (Chair-elect) Midwest Institute of Park Executives Superintendent of Parks and Planning Wilmette (IL) Park District
Dan Caraher (Past Chair) Illinois Landscape Operations Supervisor Deerfield (IL) Park District
Brandt Baughman Ex-Officio Deputy Director Indiana State Parks
Jim O’Brien At-Large Park and Recreation Manager Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Recreation Division
Rowdy Perry State Parks Park and Recreation Manager Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Recreation Division
Michael Rae Indiana North Region Manager Indiana State Parks
Allen Patterson Wisconsin Milwaukee Program Associate The Conservation Fund
Randy Auler Ohio Director of Parks and Recreation City of Westerville (OH)