Organization Structure

GP RED is privleged to have a very active Operating Board and Advisory Board to steer the direction of the organization. In addition we have a committed group of leaders who are intimately involved in the day-to-day activities of running the organization.


photo Robby Layton, PhD

Robby Layton, PhD, FASLA, CPRP
Executive Director

Rob’s interest has always focused on how the landscape of the public realm affects the lives of people. This has led to his involvement nationally towards helping communities understand, create, and manage their public spaces. A primary architect of the GRASP® methodology and founding partner of Design Concepts, a national landscape architecture firm, he is dedicated to perfecting the science and practice of measuring how the built environment affects the people who live within it. Rob travels throughout the world, presents at conferences, leads community workshops, and writes articles on the processes he has helped develop for improving the built environment.


Teresa Penbrooke, PhD, MAOM, CPRE
Director, Healthy Communities Research Group

Teresa brings substantial career experience and planning expertise to projects for large and small communities on a national level. She founded GreenPlay, LLC, in 1999, and has been integral in the research, quality, recommendations, and implementation of the innovations that GreenPlay contributes to the field. In addition to leading projects and the firm, Teresa teaches and researches best practices around the country. She is an Official Visitor Chair for the Commission on Accreditation for Parks and Recre­ation Agencies (CAPRA). Teresa co-founded GP RED in 2008. She now divides her time between special projects, academic endeavors, and administration of the firm.

Sponsors/Strategic Alliances

greenplay-logo-2 GreenPlay is an award-winning consortium of experts planning experts specializing in serving the needs of parks, recreation and open space agencies. GreenPlay acts as a management tool for agencies by organizing consultant teams that are responsive and understand the needs of administrators and their communities to provide services for park, recreation, open space, and related agencies. GreenPlay was established in Broomfield, Colorado in 1999, when Teresa Penbrooke, an experienced public parks and recreation professional, identified certain needs in the industry that were not being fully satisfied. She noticed that although many consultants serviced this industry, most focused primarily on narrow niches and specific services. This reality forced organizations to troll the landscape for a myriad of firms to complete separate tasks as well as to take on the burden of organizing these specialists into one cohesive team. In 2001, Chris Dropinski became a partner in the firm and now acts as Senior Principal and handles office administration.
design-concepts-logo-2 Axel Bishop and his partner, Robby Layton, founded Design Concepts in 1981, and are both still active in the firm today. Carol Henry joined them as partner in 1999 and is now the Managing Principal. Shanen Weber became Principal in 2009. The firm’s discipline is solely landscape architecture and planning, with a staff of 12 based out of their Lafayette, Colorado office. The firm maintains its focus on public spaces across Colorado; notably parks, trails and recreation, schools, campuses, destination playgrounds, city and town master planning (nationwide), drainage/wetland areas, and greenbelt-oriented development planning. Other projects have included historic preservation and churches. Design Concepts celebrated 30 years in 2011.
 rcc-logo Founded in 1983, RRC Associates is the recognized leader in consumer intelligence and strategic market research for the tourism and recreation industries. RRC Associates provides a broad range of market research, land use planning, real estate, customer satisfaction, and media and communications research services. Our focus is on providing high-quality, customized market research, planning, and analysis services to our clients. Our staff is an experienced group of professionals with rich perspective on research and tourism.The Children’s Environments Research Group (CERG) links university scholarship with the development of policies, environments, and programs to fulfill children’s rights and improve the quality of their lives. CERG has a broad concern with the fulfillment of children’s rights, and a more specific focus on the planning, design and management of children’s physical environments.


Support Staff & Volunteers

Alaina Brandenburger, Marketing Manager
Jana West, Accounting
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