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 2021 GLPTI consists of the following individuals:

Name Title Agency/Employer
Dan Caraher (Chair-Elect) Landscape Operations Supervisor Deerfield Park District (IL)
Larry Hess (Chair-elect) Director Independence Township (MI) Parks and Recreation
Ginger Murphy (Past Chair) Deputy Director for Stewardship Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs
Brandt Baughman North Region Manager Indiana State Parks
Mark Young Owner Parks Forever Consulting
Jim O’Brien Park and Recreation Manager Department of Natural Resources, Recreation Division (MI)
Kristi Solberg Superintendent of Parks and Planning Wilmette Park District (IL)
James Andersen Interim Director City of Green Bay Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department (WI)