Hey There, I'm Becky.
I’m a Certified Parks & Recreation Professional, a project consultant for BerryDunn, and the founder of Let’s Talk Parks.
I’ve always had a love for people and parks – and a knack for learning and teaching technology. With Let’s Talk Parks, I’ve been able to combine my favorite things to provide training and resources to Parks & Recreation Professionals.
When I realized that I could work in Parks & Recreation
as a career, everything changed.
I had no clue in college that providing parks and recreation programs and facilities was a “real” job. I was surprised to know that there was an entire career path that was dedicated to improving the quality of life in my community. After I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Natural Resources, Recreation and Tourism, my entire world changed as I decided to pursue my passions.
I worked for six years in public parks and recreation, with jobs ranging from camp counselor, to recreation assistant, to zoo docent (that was fun!), to customer service team member, to facility coordinator.
These experiences allowed me to experience the true value of what we do. But along the way, I also realized the barriers, politics, and red tape we face when working in local government. I saw how far behind we were in technology, productivity, and efficiency.
It became my mission to help young professionals raise the bar in their agencies - ultimately becoming change makers and leaders in the field.
So, What is Let's Talk Parks?
Let’s Talk Parks is an evolving resource to inspire Park and Recreation professionals to raise the bar in their agencies so that they can make a positive difference in their communities.
We point professionals in the field to the right resources, innovations, and products to help improve their agencies’ operations.
The weekly podcast – with over 100+ episodes – has been downloaded over 26,000 times, empowering hundreds of listeners each week to innovate, experiment, and ultimately change the way they think about their impact within parks and recreation
👆 Plus, meet your podcast hosts!
Ready for some fun facts?
I love my little park-loving family
Our weekends are spent visiting new parks, exploring playgrounds, and camping in the great outdoors in our pop-up. We try to get out as much as possible and just enjoy each other’s company. I prefer a simple lifestyle and that’s what we have 🙂
My Favorite Outdoor Activity is E-Biking
You either love them or you hate them, and I LOVE E-Bikes! My favorite morning consists of a bike ride to our neighborhood coffee shop and a pitstop at a local playground. Another fun fact? I’m pretty sure my son will be a better rider in like 3 months.
We Packed Up Everything and Lived in a Camper for 18 Months
I wouldn’t be a millennial if I didn’t sell everything and embrace #vanlife, amiright? I learned a LOT of valuable lessons along the way, visited a ton of local, state, and national parks, and completely opened my eyes to new cultures and perspectives.