Leadership Development Academy - Applications Open!

December 7-8, 2023

PRPS Office, State College, PA

Lead Facilitator: Lori Hoffner, Professional Speaker, Trainer and Consultant - Supporting CommUnity, Inc.

PRPS Facilitators:

Tim Herd, CPRE - CEO
Niki Tourscher CPRE, CPSI - Director of Training

The academy is geared towards up and coming leaders in recreation and parks or related fields who want to increase their personal capacity for leadership and efficacy. This training, while focusing on developing emerging leaders, will also benefit current leaders who wish to improve their skills and effectiveness.  The academy is a 15-week program that features self-guided lessons, a 2-day workshop and assigned team and personal projects.  The program uses John C. Maxwell’s book, The Five Levels of Leadership as a roadmap for participants to increase their influence and progress as a leader.

PRPS encourages all of our Districts and Learning Networks to seek out and sponsor either emerging or current leaders who may benefit from this academy.  Applicants can either be sponsored by their agency, PRPS district, or self-apply.  Spots are limited!

Full details and application here! 
Applications are due by August 31, 2023. 

Class of 2022:  Ally Spielman, CPRP, Amanda Bartell, Beth Perkowski, Danielle Schneider, DeAnna Martin, Heavenly Smith, Jay Cerkan, John Cooney, CPRP, Kayla Harbert, Kyle Ripka, Lisa Pearsall, Marissa Duffy, Marissa Haynes, Michael Plish, Robert Jackson, CPRP, Rob Vandegrift, Stephanie Gradel, CPRP

Class of 2021: Ashley Broudy, Courtney Meehan,  Devon Serena, 
Jennifer Fean, Kelsey Najdek, Megan Prusienski

2022 past attendee quote

"It not only gave me a roadmap for personal and professional leadership, but it also forced me to take an honest, hard look at myself.

I am now moving toward becoming a more influential leader as a result"

                                         Robert Jackson, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation 

Class of 2019: Andrew Winker, Lynne Pomietlarz, Tyler Walker,
Amanda Sekanic, Josh Green, Paula Willis, Joshua Bell