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.
Donna Kuethe, CPRP
Ms. Kuethe has been a passionate park and recreation professional for almost 40 years. She has long served as the Recreation Director for the Town of Moultonborough, NH, leading growth in programming, capital facilities, and community initiatives. She has also been a tireless advocate, educator, and organizer at the local, state, and federal levels. She was the initial creator of the Operation Recreation Response (ORR) Project in New England, now a nationwide GP RED initiative, and previously served on the GP RED National Advisory Board. Donna brings a wide variety of public parks and recreation experience, as well as a fierce passion for the power and impact of parks and recreation.
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.
Robby Layton, PhD, FASLA, CPRP
Senior Research Associate and Treasure, Operating Board
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.
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 was founded by Axel Bishop and Robby Layton in 1981. Both are 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 37 years in 2018.
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 and Volunteers
Alaina Brandenburger, Marketing Manager
Since joining GreenPlay in 2009, Alaina has been an integral part of the marketing team. Responsible for organizing proposals and assisting with interview development, she has helped the team win several projects. Alaina holds a B.A. in Communication from Metro State University of Denver and an M.S. in Marketing from the University of Colorado Denver Business School. She is a skilled writer with experience in many platforms from social media to technical writing to Public Relations. A Colorado native with a fondness for the City and County of Denver, she frequently partakes in recreational activities in Denver parks, and is an avid supporter of the Colorado Avalanche and the Colorado Rockies.
Jana West, Accounting
Jana has 14 years of experience in Office Management and Administration. In addition to managing the office, she acts as our initial point of contact for positive client, alliance firm, staff and vendor interaction and coordination, and organizes and maintains office administrative, procedural, and financial systems to help run the firm. Her prior background in Graphics and Desktop Publishing accounts for the attention to detail that comes with being at the hub of office operations.
John Rainey, Designer, Web Wrangler
John is an experienced graphic/web design professional. Before joining GreenPlay, John served as Vice President and Associate Creative Director at Griff/SMC Marketing Communications. He was an active team member for multiple product launches, advertising campaigns and marketing programs for hundreds of projects. John has had his own freelance design business; worked as a Marketing Manager/Product Manager for a manufacturer; and was a Media Consultant for the Colorado Department of Education. John has a Masters Degree from California College of Art, a Bachelors Degree from Minneapolis College of Art & Design and recently received a Certificate in Web Development from Front Range Community College.
Becky Dunlap, Social Media, Web Designer
Instilled with a love for people and parks, Becky Dunlap embarked on a career in parks and recreation in the hopes that she could change lives through the power of play, health and wellness, and community relationships. While studying at the in the Warnell School of Forestry at the University of Georgia, she took an interest in developing her technical skills, learning website development, graphic design, and social media marketing on the side. Becky pursued an internship with the Athens Clarke County Water Conservation Office, where she took on a myriad of responsibilities, from leading interpretive programs, planning education and fundraising events, and managing the social media marketing for the program. Becky jumped into a management role shortly after joining the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation as a Facility Coordinator, supervising operations at the recreation centers and outdoor facilities. Her enthusiasm for the power of parks and recreation aligns naturally with Greenplay’s mission to help organizations dedicated to parks, recreation, and open space achieve community goals through high quality, dynamic, creative, and functional solutions.
For GreenPlay, Becky has served as a Research Assistant conducting nationally-focused and community specific trends and demographics analysis and as a Project Consultant assisting in all planning elements, with a focus on social media, marketing, cultural context, and innovative community outreach. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org