Scholarships & Awards

There have been many outstanding parks and recreation professionals who have earned awards from, and as a member of, the WRPA throughout its “official” 37 years as an organization. Paul Westedt was the recipient of the first WRPA Fellow Award in 1975. A total of 34 professionals have received the Fellow Award (13 of which are still active WRPA members). There was not a Fellow Award recipient in 1979, 1989, and 2009. In 1984, Dan Barks became the first WRPA professional to receive the NRPA Midwest Fellow Award. A total of 11 WRPA professionals have received the NRPA Midwest Fellow Award. Howard Dunbar was the first recipient of the WRPA Citation Individual Award, an honor he received in 1980. 28 individuals have received the WRPA Citation Award over the years, and three of those have gone on to receive the NRPA Midwest Citation Individual Award. Janet Jahn was the first WRPA member to receive that award in 1985. A total of 18 groups have received that WRPA Citation Organization Award, and three of those went on to receive the NRPA Midwest Citation Organization Award. In 1997, Sheridan Athletic Association became the first to receive the regional award.

Through the years, the WRPA has been able to provide scholarships to its’ professionals to encourage continuing education. Many professionals have taken advantage of the opportunities to further their professional lives, and the WRPA has been fortunate to have had business partnerships provide some of those opportunities. Great Western Park & Playground first began providing scholarships in 1978, and 28 individuals have benefited from their generosity. Children’s Play Structures has provided a scholarship since 2005, and six individuals have benefited from their donation. Two scholarships are provided by the Association, both in memory of former WRPA professionals. The Scott Sessions and Paul Petzoldt Memorial Scholarships are funded by the WRPA through the silent auction held each year at the State Conference. A total of 25 WRPA have received the Scott Sessions Memorial Scholarship that was established in 1994, and 11 have received the Paul Petzoldt Memorial Scholarship that was started in 1999.

2016 - Kari Kivisto
2015 - Paul Harrison
2014 - Rick Manchester
2013 - Brad Hatch
2012 - Brenda Roosa
2011 — Julie “JJ” Huntley
2010 — Dale Boedeker
2008 — Sara Felix
2007 — Donnie Bjorhus
2006 — Steve Liechty
2005 — Rob Schoeber
2004 — April Ginest
2003 — Don Nykodym
2002 — Richard Bridger
2001 — Rick Mansur
2000 — Kevin Skates
1999 — Carolyn Griffith
1998 — Dave Silovich
1997 — Molly Wilhelm
1996 — Jim Sessions
1995 — Carol McCoy
1994 — Richard Wright
1993 — Don Reynolds
1992 — Dave McCormick
1991 — Roger Moellendorf
1990 — John Keck
1988 — Conrad Melius
1987 — Dennis Poppinga
1986 — Mike Bemis
1985 — Jerry Logemann
1984 — Dennis Griess
1983 — Dan Barks
1982 — Bob Gibson
1981 — Dave Romero
1980 — Scott Sessions
1978 — Orland Ware
1977 — Ruth Moe
1976 — Jim Davison / Paul Petzoldt
1975 — Paul Westedt
2016 - Brad Raney
2015 - Jim Wollenburg
2014 - Adam Gibson, Recreation
2014 - Brad Hatch, Aquatics
2013 - Kari Kivisto, Recreation
2013 - Chuck Parquet, Aquatics
2012 - April Ginest, Aquatics
2011 — Kevin Murphy, Parks
2010 — Doug Meade, Recreation
2010 - Derek Roosa, Parks
2009 — Debbie Wheeler, Recreation
2007 — Sandra Bott, Recreation
2006 — Allan Wilson / Delos Searle
2005 — Donnie Bjorhus
2004 — Paul Prevedel / Steven Peter Cole
2003 — Dale Boedeker
2002 — Jerry Parker
2001 — Brad Hatch
1999 — Judy Justesen
1998 — Todd Feezer
1996 — Ron Smith
1995 — Jay Wiechman
1994 — Kelly Eates
1993 — Dan Mika
1992 — Terrence Luttrell
1991 — Jim Sessions
1990 — Dan Cooley
1989 — Kevin Skates
1988 — Rick Mansur
1987 — Conrad Melius
1986 — Eric Peterson
1985 — Tracy Novak
1984 — Alan Kieper / Rod Tarullo
1983 — Don Bessler
2016 - Chase Judd
2015 - Blaise Grant
2014 - Angela Emery
2013 - Sandra Bott
2011 — Ken Konicek
2010 — Gary Wolfe
2009 — Dottie Krauss
2007 — Karen Barber
2006 — Kim Allen
2005 — Steve Kyriopoulos
2004 — Jon Moore
2003 — Gregory Kent
2002 — Jackie Stone
2001 — Tom Frisbee
2000 — Dave Hammond
1999 — Stephen Barnes / Richard "Dick" Tann
1998 — Art Shanley
1997 — Kathleen Hemry
1996 — Paul Petzoldt
1995 — Jerry Hansen
1994 — John Erickson
1992 — Larry Larson
1991 — Don Reynolds
1990 — Tim Isabeli / Steve Liechty
1989 — Sara Felix
1988 — Mary Wakefield
1987 — Jim Lemp
1985 — Lew Diehl
1984 — Janet Jahn
1981 — Albert Pilch
1980 — Howard Dunbar
2016 - Cody Rotary
2015 - Green River Arts Council
2014 - Bear River Outdoor Recreation Alliance (BRORA)
2013 - Doug Jaeger, Associated Pool Builders
2011 — B.E.A.R. Project, Inc.
2010 — Green River Horse Corral Committee
2009 — Green River Green Belt Task Force
2008 — Tree Advisory Board (Green River)
2004 — Green River Chamber of Commerce
2003 — Central Wyoming Softball Association
2002 — Wyoming Racquetball Association
2000 — Cody Rec. Foundation
1999 — Casper Leisure Services Advisory Board
1998 — Gillette Hockey Association
1997 — Sheridan Athletic Association
1994 — Shoshone Recreation District - Cody
1993 — Powell Rec. District
1992 — Ed Kelly & John Freeman
1991 — Cody Elementary School
1990 — Powell Rec. District
1989 — Sheridan Recreation District Board
1988 — Casper Parks & Recreation
1980 — Gillette Parks & Recreation
2014 - Catherine Duncombe/Brad Hatch
2013 - Donnie Bjorhus
2012 - Kari Kivisto
2007 — Carol McCoy
2006 — Todd Thibodeau
2005 — Rick Mansur
2002 — Dave Romero
2001 — Terrence Luttrell / Carol McCoy
1999 — Gary Thorson
1998 — Ralph Holen / Jack Frappert
1997 — Gary Thorson
1996 — Carol McCoy
1993 — Teri Royer
1991 — Mike Bemis
1990 — Janet Jahn / Kenneth Kurtz
1988 — Senator Malcolm Wallop
2006 — Mike Bemis
2005 — Dennis Griess
2016 - Don Reynolds
2016 - Bob Churchich
2015 - E Scott Sessions
2014 - Mike Bemis
2014 - Dave McCormick
2013 - Jack Frappart
2013 - Janet Jahn
2013 - Dave Romero
2012 - Kenneth Kurtz
2012 - Dennis Poppinga
2011 Dale Boedeker
2010 Walt Bratton
2008 Donnie Bjorhus
2007 Rob Schoeber
2002 Carol McCoy
2001 Dave McCormick
2000 Roger Moellendorf
1994 Mike Bemis
1989 Dennis Poppinga
1987 Dave Romero
1984 Dan Barks
2007 — Kim Allen
1986 — Senator Malcolm Wallop
1985 — Janet Jahn
2004 — Green River Chamber of Commerce
2001 — Cody Rec. Foundation
1997 — Sheridan Athletic Assocation
2014 - Amber Anderson
2010 - Katie Duncombe
1996 - Jim Sessions
2005 — American Red Cross Recognized WRPA
2016 - Jen Haines
2015 - Sara Felix
2014 - Marilee Jackson
2013 - Kari Kivisto
2012 - Jennifer Phillips
2011 — Jim Wollenburg
2010 — Jay Sanford
2009 — Richard Bridger
2008 — Jill Russell
2007 — Richard Bridger
2006 — Jill Harkness
2005 — Jill Russell
2004 — Richard Bridger
2003 — Jill Russell
2002 — Brenda Roosa
2001 — Melanie Barnett / Carol McCoy
2000 — Terrence Luttrell
1999 — Cyndi Schamburg
1998 — Lori Spearman
1997 — Paul Harrison / Richard Wright / Monte Thayer / Deanne Carrigan / Cyndi Schamburg
1996 — Dan Mika / Pam Dillinger
1995 — Kelly Humphreys
1994 — Richard Bridger / Dan Mika / Ron Smith
2016 - Jenni Phillips
2015 - Marilee Jackson
2014 - Sara Felix
2013 - Richard Bridger
2012 - Jennifer Haines
2011 — Richard Bridger
2010 — Kevin Sadler
2009 — Donnie Bjorhus
2008 — Colby Stenerson
2007 — Walt Bratton
2006 — Dale Boedeker
2005 — Richard Bridger
2004 — Kimberly Morrison
2003 — Amy Donegan
2002 — Don Nykodym
2001 — Richard Bridger
2000 — Don Reynolds
1999 — Darin Budak
1998 — Richard Bridger
1997 — Terrence Luttrell
1996 — Richard Bridger
1995 — Kerry Struckman
1993 — Don Nykodym
1992 — Larry Larson
1991 — Dan Mika
1987 — Tom Norris
1985 — Rob Schoeber
1984 — Janet Head
1983 — Teri Royer
1981 — Kathy Condos
1980 — Jerry Westling
1979 — Don Bessler / Ruth Sims
1978 — Cathy Purvis
2015 Mike Estes
2014 John Dunne
2013 Jared Lustig
2012 Kelly Bower
2011 Marilee Jackson
2008 Shannon Youmans
2007 Delos Searle
2006 Don Reynolds
2005 Don Nykodym
2004 Don Nykodym
2003 Brandon Forbush
2002 Mike Estes
2001 Terrie Fair
2000 Susan Ward
1999 Todd Feezer / Susan Ward
2016 - Kim Castener
2015 - John Dunne
2014 - Brad Raney
2013 - Brenda Roosa
2012 - Dale Boedeker
2011 — Tracy Pape
2010 — Angie Johnson
2009 — Walt Bratton
2008 — Walt Bratton
2007 — Kari Kavisto
2006 — Delos Searle
2005 — Richard Bridger
2013 - Darrin Davis