Annual Conference & Trade Show

March 19 - 21, 2017

Holiday Inn by the Bay-Portland

Sunday, March 19

6:00 - 9:00 pm - Bowling social at Easy Day in South Portland

($30 fee includes bowling, shoes, & food)

Monday, March 20

8:00 am Registration Begins

8:00-9:00 am Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:30 am Students Meet in the Exhibit Hall

9:00-10:15 am Educational Sessions

Coaching the Coach: Building the Four C’s of Coaching Success

Bob Barcelona, Ph.D, Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire

You’ve recruited your coaches and are ready for a successful youth sports season.  Now what?  This session will discuss the four C’s of successful youth sport coaches – character, competence, confidence, and credibility – and the ways that youth sport leaders can build a program to help coaches develop each.   

The Power of ME: Marketing To A State For All Seasons

Brian Corcoran, CEO and Founder at Shamrock Sports and Entertainment

We have all heard the expression -- "if it is to is up to ME".  Leveraging the untapped potential of our natural resources, ME (Maine) provides a state for all seasons. Join Brian Corcoran as he provides strategic insights on how to put more marketing horsepower behind your programs.

The Ultimate Frisbee Movement- How to Bring The Next Big Sport To Your Community

Nicole Welch, Vice President, Maine Ultimate and Victoria Morales, Ultimate Frisbee Coach, South Portland

What is the buzz about? Ultimate Frisbee is one of the fastest growing sports in the state of Maine, and Maine Ultimate is going to show you how to make this an easy addition to your recreation program line-up. You probably already have the necessary equipment in your closet! Ultimate is a fast moving sport, with the strategic movements of soccer combined with the aerial excitement of football. You will walk away from this session with practice and skill plans, literally in your hands, that will aid you in running your own spring Ultimate Frisbee program. Be prepared to move in this active session!

10:15-11:00 am Exhibitor Social

Support your MRPA Conference Sponsors! Come visit and socialize and get a chance to win great prizes!

11:00-12:15pm - Conference Keynote

Superhero Leadership- Leading vs Managing

Gina Trimarco, Chief Results Officer, Pivot10 Results

Leaders are visionaries who see the BIGGER picture with a desire to inspire and motivate. Managers are caught up in the day-to-day tactical activities that need to get done. In this exciting keynote, Gina Trimarco will teach the 5 E’s of excellent leadership - Encourage, Educate, Empower, and Entertain. Learn the differences between “leading” and “managing” and understand the power of delegation and staying focused on the important versus the urgent. This presentation will be interactive and experiential!

12:15-2:00 pm Lunch

MRPA Annual Meeting (Meeting Material) & Recognition of MRPA Past Presidents - including Exhibitor Prizes

2:00-3:15 pm Educational Sessions 

Coping With Chaos: Organize Your Office!

Wendy Rubin, Director at Coventry Recreation Department, Connecticut

Do you still use a Rolodex? Join Wendy Rubin as she jumps into the future of office organization, as she outlines strategies and tools available to keep your space organized, at the office and at home! This session includes time management tips, methods to manage workflow, as well as the use of technology or organizing and decluttering. Participants will walk away being able to examine their work space and workflow to determine obstacles to us their time efficiently.

Burnout or Commitment?  The Choice is Ours! 

Bob Barcelona, Ph.D, Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire

What are the factors that lead to sport burnout?  What are conditions that foster sport commitment?  Come join us for a discussion on how to avoid the burnout trap and how to foster commitment to sport and physical activity.  Take away practical strategies based on age and developmental levels and a toolkit for enhancing youth sport programming.


Mind the Gap-Managing Multiple Generations

Gina Trimarco, Chief Results Officer, Pivot10 Results

Millennials this. Gen X that. And why are the Boomers still working here?  There's so much noise about the generations not understanding each other.  The generational challenges in the workplace can be remedied with proactive communication, intentional empathy and clear business goals.  In this interactice session, Gina Trimarco will share an overview of how to understand and engage employees and co-workers who are "not like us."


3:15-3:30 pm Students Meet in the Board Room (2nd Floor)

3:30-4:45 pm Educational Sessions

The Recreation Professional’s Role in Strategic Master Planning

Wendy Rubin, Director at Coventry Recreation Department, Connecticut

Prepare your department for the future by learning the importance of the Master Plan. It’s hard to know what to expect until you go through the process yourself! This session will take you step by step through the process, starting with determining needs, through developing project scope, RFP’s, and firm selection. Learn to avoid pitfalls when planning by learning how to involve stakeholders early in the process, and identify the strategies and steps needed to make your plan useful, realistic, and manageable.

Waterfront Safety- Standards for Success

Heidi Pare, WSL, LGI – General Manager                                           at Michael Phelps Skill Center

How does your department’s waterfront protocols match up to the recommended standards? Join Heidi Pare, certified lifeguard and swim instructor, for a presentation that will show the latest standards in water safety, and how to best prepare your summer camp staff for the upcoming season. What should ratios be at the water’s edge? Is a buddy system effective? Should a municipal summer camp have paid lifeguards? You will leave this session with a better view on what your waterfront procedures should look like.


Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation

Deb Maxfield, Marketing and Development Director,  Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation believes leisure is essential to everyday life! In this session, you will learn about free adaptive programs and equipment that are offered across the state of Maine. This session will also showcase examples of adaptive sports equipment during the presentation. Come educate yourself on opportunities that can help suit the needs of people in your community!

4:45 -5:15 pm Students Meet in the Board Room (2nd Floor)

5:00-6:00 pm Exhibit Hall Social

6:00 - 8:00 pm Dinner & Annual Awards Reception

8:00 - 9:00 pm   Evening Activity



Tuesday, March 21

7:30-8:30 am Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:45 am Educational Sessions

Legislative Update: A Parks and Recreation Perspective

Kristin Collins, Attorney, Preti-Flahery, Augusta Office

How will the recent passes in Maine’s Legislation effect your department? Kristin Collins, Attorney at Preti-Flaherty, will educate attendees on the minimum wage increase and the legalization of marijuana. Join the conversation on how these changes will affect recreation and parks departments, as well as what other municipal departments around the state are adapting to these changes.

Expanding your Game Bank

UMAINE Machias Students

Come experience a range of activities to take back to your department that will keep your staff and program participants on their toes! Session participants will actively engage in a variety of ice breakers, name games, and team building initiatives. By increasing their knowledge of games and activities, recreation professionals will keep program participants active, encourage social bonds, and aid in developing life skills. Get ready to laugh your socks off!

CONTRACTING SERVICES: When and How to Manage Independent Contractors

David J. Pinsonneault, CSFM, CPRP, DPW Director, Lexington DPW

Join David Pinsonneault in his follow up presentation on how to best manage independent contractors. Participants in this session will learn tips to help assess staff capabilities, time management of a project, develop bid specifications, and to help figure out when and how to bid out various projects. Come learn the nuts and bolts of managing independent contractors from bid procedures to job inspections and project evaluation.

9:50 -11:05 am Educational Sessions

Creating a Way Cool Organization

Barbara Heller, President, Heller and Heller Consulting, Inc, LLC

The parks and recreation world is an exciting place, so let’s create a work environment that reflects that! Attendees will learn how to lead their organization in the creation of excellence, focusing on building an inspiring place to work. Learn how to hit the re-set button with your staff, and create an environment in which your employees will want to climb out of bed and come to work each morning!

Recreation Rules – Rights Understood, and Legal Education Sampler

Karen B. McPhee, PhD, CTRS, Therapeutic Recreation Manager, City of Portland & Karen Seymour, Recreation Supervisor, CPRP, CPSI, City of Portland

The RULES presentation is geared toward municipal recreation providers who are looking for guidance in integrating their youth programs, notably before-and-after school and summer camps. Behavior guidelines as related to inclusion and the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) requirements under Title II, Public Services, as well as the cornerstones of behavior management through the development of behavior rubrics, will be discussed. The goal of the presentation is to provide information that will help attendees understand their obligations when offering programs in different settings.



Denise Macaronas, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

Laughter Yoga is a simple yet very powerful form of exercise that everyone can do anywhere and anytime.  Certified, Laughing Yoga Instructor Denise Macaronas has been teaching classes in Portland and Falmouth since 2011. Learn how to laugh for no reason at all and gain all of the health benefits laughter has to offer. No previous experience necessary! the Yoga portion involves breathing exercises; no Yoga poses will be taught and no mats are needed. All exercises are done either in a chair or standing. Leave the class with joy in your heart and feeling happy and relaxed with more knowledge about this great self-care program!

11:30-12:45 pm Endnote: 

A Team Based Approach-You Don't Have to Hug It Out!

Barbara Heller, President, Heller and Heller Consulting, Inc, LLC

How do you align work processes and methods around your professional team? Decisions are best made when those affected by the decisions are involved in the process! Barbara Heller from Heller and Heller Consulting explains the importance of team and facilitation skills, types of teams, and creating success for team decision making.

Well known throughout the industry for her expertise in leading park and recreation agencies and her commitment to innovation and best practices, Barbara operates outside of the typical parks and recreation industry mindset. Her experience was grounded in her work for large systems in Maryland, Virginia, Texas and Illinois and was director of two park districts in the Chicago land area. She was renowned for her leadership qualities and successfully designing work cultures that created high performance.


12:45-2:00 pm Lunch with Exhibitor Raffles