The National Association of Park Foundations is thrilled to welcome four new board members to our ranks: Carol Johnson, Mark McKinnon, Matthew Rosebrock, and Kelly Schmidt. Each brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and energy to the NAPF board.
Carol Johnson leads all community affairs partnerships, branding, communications and external relations for the largest regional park district in the U.S. She also serves concurrently as Executive Director of the Regional Parks Foundation, overseeing all private fundraising and a corporate governing board whose mission is to expand access to parks for under-represented communities. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from University of San Francisco, and a certificate from the Public Affairs Institute, affiliated with U.C. Berkeley. Carol serves as chair of the California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and Tourism, and Board Member for the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Center for Nature & Health Advisory Board.
Mark McKinnon joins the NAPF board with nearly 40 years’ experience in parks and recreation administration, programming and facility management in the Chicago metropolitan area. From 2006 through 2015, Mark served as the Executive Director of the Addison Park District and previously held positions with the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District and the Orland Park Recreation Department. Today, Mark is the CEO of Recreation Executive Consultants (REC), a consulting firm focusing on managing strategic and comprehensive plans, executive searches and staff teambuilding. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Bloomingdale, Illinois and are the proud parents of 3 great adults—one of which followed Mark into a career in parks and rec management.
Matthew Rosebrock has worked for the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission for the past 18 years primarily Managing the Festival and Event department for the Recreation Division. In August of 2019, he took the role of Business Development Manager managing all activities for the Charleston County Parks Foundation and the sponsorship and sales initiatives for the Commission. He is happily married to Marie and has an eager 18 year old daughter named Lucy. Matthew enjoys playing with his dog Henry, listening to music and playing sports like basketball and Frisbee golf.
Kelly Schmidt has worked in the field of parks, recreation and conservation education for more than 26 years, serving municipalities, non-profits and park districts in Florida, Colorado, Scotland, California, Texas and Washington. Kelly is a founding board member of the National Association of Aquatic Professionals and Vashon Island Parks and Recreation Foundation. Kelly is a graduate of the NRPA Director’s School. Academic achievements include her Bachelor of Science in Natural resources Recreation & Tourism from Colorado State University’s College of Natural Resources and her Masters of Science in Recreation and Leisure Service Administration and Management from Texas State University. Professionally, Kelly currently serves as the Parks and Community Services Director for the City of Dripping Springs, TX and resides in the same community she serves with her husband and two daughters.