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.



Cindy Heath, Executive Director

Cindy Heath has thirty years experience in public parks and recreation leadership and community planning and facilitation. She presents nationally on building healthy communities, community connectivity through trail systems, and active transportation. Cindy has been a Rails To Trails Conservancy Scholar representing the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living By Design Upper Valley Partnership, and helped draft the New Hampshire Healthy Communities Foundation Healthy Eating Active Living Statewide Plan. She has served as Adjunct Faculty at Colby Sawyer College in New London, NH, teaching Recreation Facility Design & Maintenance. Cindy is a member of the National Complete Streets Coalition Speakers Bureau, and a reviewer for the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Cities program. Cindy works locally in New Hampshire promoting healthy eating/active living and active transportation initiatives.


Teresa Penbrooke
Director, Healthy Communities Research Group

Teresa Penbrooke brings substantial career experience and planning expertise to projects for large and small communities on a national level. She founded GreenPlay 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 in agency administration and planning at national and state conferences, associations, universities, and for individual agencies. Teresa is on the Board of Regents and is the curriculum chair for the Reitz Marketing and Revenue School Planning and Management Institute. She is also an Official Visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

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
John Rainey, Designer, Web Wrangler