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NCRPA is led by our members through engagement with the Board of Directors, Committees, and Advisory Groups. The continued success and longevity of the association relies on the efforts of members from across North Carolina serving in leadership roles. Committee members serve a term of three years. Most committees meet virtually with periodic in-person meetings. Applications for open committee positions are available year round.


The Advocacy committee works with staff to promote the profession to elected officials and the general public. This committee meets as needed.  


Current Members:

  • Gerard Harvey, NC A&T

  • Gina Carmon, Davidson

  • Kaitlynne Temple, High Point University 

  • Shawna Tillery, Greensboro


Citations & Awards

Committee members carry out the selection process of individuals and programs to receive the Association awards.  The committee meets 2-3 times annually and presents the awards at the NCRPA Conference.

Current Members:

  • Aaron Davis, Mebane

  • Cindi King, Morrisville

  • Dennis Vestal, Greenville

  • Lisa Wolff, Retired - Burlington

  • Zach White, Pender County


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

The DEI committee plays a crucial role in creating an equitable association where all individuals feel valued, respected, and empowered to contribute to their fullest potential. This committee helps organize sessions to raise awareness and provide resources on topics related to how the parks and recreation profession can be inclusive when serving all community members.

Current Members: 

  • Almira Marshall, Durham

  • Carlie Reed, Winston-Salem

  • D’Leeshia Lee, Goldsboro

  • Garrett Bryant, Clinton

  • Rukea Womack, Durham

  • Taylor Ford, Holly Springs



This committee is responsible for the planning and monitoring of NCRPA’s fiscal policies and procedures, reviews the financial needs of the Association, and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors.  The committee meets as needed.

Current Members:

  • Tanner Deisch, Chapel Hill

  • RaShirley Santiago, Elizabeth City/Pasquotank County

  • Maria Munoz-Blanco, Garner



The Procedures Committee is tasked with crafting and upholding the association's By-Laws and Manual of Procedures. It proposes amendments, updates, and revisions to these documents to the Board of Directors and may undertake additional duties as delegated by the Board of Directors.  This committee meets as needed.

Current Members:

  • Bonnie Fitz, Warren County

  • Deb Jordan, ECU

  • Gil Aguirre, Gaston County


Professional Development 

The Professional Development Committee orchestrates, advertises, and assesses programs aimed at enhancing professional knowledge, leadership, and management capabilities. Its primary focus is on fostering the professional advancement and growth of NCRPA members and ensures education opportunities are relevant. This committee meets virtually each month and once per year in person.

Current Members:

  • Braxton Patterson, Wilson

  • Megan Young, Garner

  • Quentin Jones, Morrisville

  • Kira Stewart, Raleigh

  • Allen Jackson II, Marshville

  • John Rife, High Point


Each committee selects an individual to represent them in the nominations process. This group recruits and reviews the applications for Board and Committee members.  Their recommendation is presented to the Board for review and acceptance.  

 Nominations and Applications are accepted year round

Committee members drive our success.
We appreciate you!

Volunteer for a Committee

I decided to volunteer for the NCRPA committees, so I can have input on what is happening on the state level, and to help gain knowledge of how things work on many different levels for different departments across the state. I wanted to bring my unique real-world experiences to the committees and the association, such as military, athletics, law enforcement, and outdoor education. Volunteering was a great experience for me; I feel it helped move my Parks and Recreation career forward at a faster pace.

Keith Dodson

Committee Volunteer, Chapel Hill


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