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. Regents 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. Regents are appointed to one three year term and are eligible for reappointment to another three year term. The Board of Advisors for the 2017 GLPTI consists of the following individuals:

Name Title Agency/Employer
Mary Beth Thaman (Chair) Director City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts (OH)
Ginger Murphy (Chair-Elect) Assistant Director for Stewardship Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs
Jim O’Brien (Past Chair) Park and Recreation Manager Department of Natural Resources, Recreation Division (MI)
Brandt Baughman Property Manager, Indiana Dunes State Park Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs
Alan Buckenmeyer Park Operations Manager City of Rochester Hills (MI)
Dan Caraher Landscape Operations Supervisor Deerfield Park District (IL)
Jim Eby Capital Projects and Contractual Services Manager Batavia Park District (IL)
Mark Young Owner Parks Forever Consulting
James Anderson Interim Director City of Green Bay Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department (WI)