With nearly 40 years of varied and progressively responsible parks and recreation service, Arnie has built a large portfolio of skills and knowledge. Biondo is a nationally recognized and respected professional who will contribute years and varieties of experience and knowledge. He is a sought-after speaker, presentor and workshop facilitator. His background includes winning two National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence, membership in the Academy of Park and Recreation Administrators, and, former chair of the renowned Revenue Sources School.
Biondo earned a Master of Arts in Leisure Services Marketing and Management from DePaul University, Chicago after achieving a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Park Management from the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Well known throughout the industry for her expertise in leading park and recreation agencies and her commitment to innovation and best practices, Barbara operates outside of the typical parks and recreation industry mindset. Her experience was grounded in her work for large systems in Maryland, Virginia, Texas and was director of two park districts in the Chicago land area. She was renowned for her leadership qualities and successfully designing work cultures that created high performance.
Barbara has frequently appeared at state and national conferences during the last 20 years. She has a reputation of delivering excellent content and making presentations interesting through humor and outlandish antics. Her work is defined by high energy, passion, and a strong connection with clients.
Her particular areas of expertise include strategic and master planning, public facilitation, staff training, operation and program assessments, feasibility studies, and service quality. She has implemented dozens of strategic plans and includes the Balanced Scorecard approach to strategy. She has a specific interest in embedding innovation in the government sector and has presented nationally on the topic of innovation.
She developed content for the National Recreation and Parks Association Leadership Certification program. She is also on the faculty of NRPA’s Director’s School.
She is a huge Nittany Lion fan, having done her undergraduate work at the Pennsylvania State University and completed her graduate degree in Public Administration at the American University in Washington DC.
Dannielle is a Senior Consultant with Heller and Heller Consulting, Inc. She provides general consulting support for master planning, strategic planning, recreation program assessments, and develops reports. Dannielle has worked for three park and recreation agencies in various levels of management roles. At each agency, she has implemented strategies to improve efficiencies in recreation services, program planning, and fiscal management. She is a member of the National Recreation & Park Association, the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association and is a past conference presenter for both agencies. Dannielle graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelors Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies and has earned a Masters Degree in Recreation Administration from Indiana University.