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What Clients are Saying
I have worked with Barbara Heller on numerous projects. Barbara excels in listening to her clients and working with them on establishing strategic plans that uniquely work for each client’s organization. Barbara has been in your shoes as a highly successful parks and recreation professional and agency director. She understands that a successful strategic plan needs to work for your agency both in the present and in the future to be implemented. I highly recommend her work and her commitment to client service.
Ron Vine - President of Leisure Vision
Actually, she owes all of her success to us. If it weren’t for her mother and me, there would be no Barbara Heller
Russell Ruhf
Barbara Heller is a uniquely talented consultant in the field of Parks and Recreation. Thanks to her many years of diverse experience as a leader in the field, she can effectively evaluate business issues, develop operational improvement strategies and communicate with diverse stakeholders.

Barbara is well respected for her ability to assist organizations in improving their service delivery systems, creating strategies to increase desired business outcomes and facilitating dynamic learning sessions for staff at all levels of an organization. Her quick mind and sense of humor are greatly appreciated by all who have the chance to work with her.

In Virginia Beach, Barbara improved our organizational awareness of important customer touchstones. She challenged and re-energized staff and provided them with the resources by which to improve business processes making it even easier to participate in our programs and facilities. I am confidant Barbara can do the same for your organization.
Cindy Curtis
Director - Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation
Working with Barbara will exceed your expectations in every way! You will find the quality of her service and commitment to your needs to be second to none. And as a bonus, she’ll throw in a dose of her unique humor to make the experience absolutely pleasurable, thought provoking, and innovative! Do yourself a favor and partner with Barbara Heller!
Lori Smeby
Assistant Director - Allen, TX Parks and Recreation Department
Barbara Heller is arguably the best consultant we have worked with in the past 15 years. No question her contributions helped us set the course for winning two National Gold Medal Awards. Staff, park commissioners and residents have expressed their happiness in working with Barbara. She has a unique ability to connect with people, to bring out their best ideas, and to synthesize their input into an understandable, usable and achievable form. At the Carol Stream Park District, we have had very good success utilizing Barbara’s skills and insights, and wholeheartedly recommend her to other agencies.
Arnie Biondo
Executive Director - Carol Stream Park District
List of Projects

Strategic Plans
  • Carol Stream Park District, Il
  • Oakland Township, Michigan operational and program assessment as part of a strategic plan
  • South Suburban Special Recreation Association
  • Blue Valley Recreation Commission, KS
  • Waukegan, Park District, Il
  • Vernon Hills Park District, Il
  • City of Kettering Parks Recreation and Cultural Arts, Ohio
  • Northbrook Park District, Il
  • Park District of Highland Park, Il
  • Lake Bluff, IL

Master Plans
  • Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • Durango, Colorado
  • Wheeling, Il
  • Clive, Iowa in partnership with Genus Landscape Architects
  • Ottawa, Kansas
  • Henderson, Nevada
  • Warrenville, IL
  • Waukee, Iowa in partnership with Genus Landscape Architects

Operational Assessments
  • Orangevale, CA Recreation and Park District
  • Fair Oaks, CA Recreation and Park District
  • Rancho Cordova, CA Recreation and Park District
  • Broward County, FL
  • Kentucky State Parks, employee focus group program, program and marketing assessment

Marketing/Recreation Program Assessments
  • Mecklenburg County NC
  • Aiken, S C
  • Maricopa County AZ
  • Western DuPage Special Recreation Association

Staffing Assessment
  • Columbia, MO

Financial Feasibility and Pro Forma
  • Palatine Park District, Il
  • Carol Stream, Il
  • Lincolnwood, Il
  • Kalispell Montana

Needs Assessments
  • Plainfield Park District, IL
  • Bloomingdale Park District, IL
  • Olympia Fields Park District, Il
  • Lake Bluff Park District, IL
  • Rolling Meadows Park District, IL

Staff Training
  • Glen Ellyn Park District, IL
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Carol Stream Park District, IL
  • Park District of Oak Park, Il
  • Geneseo Park District, IL
  • Northbrook Park District, IL
  • Johnson County, KS

Recent Speaking Engagements
  • NRPA Congress 1995-2004, 2006-2010
  • Revenue and Management School Estes Park CO 2006
  • Illinois IAPD/IPRA State Conference 2006-2010
  • Virginia Recreation and Park Society 2010
  • Northern Illinois Association of Fire Districts 2010
  • Revenue Management School Oglebay W VA 2009
  • Reitz Marketing and Revenue School CA 2008
  • Virginia Green Conference 2009
  • Park District of Oak Park 2010
  • Ohio Recreation and Parks Society State Conference 2011
  • CA Southwest State Conference 2011
  • TRAPS State Conference 2011
  • NJRPA State Conference 2011