Leadership Training Institute

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What to Expect at LTI

Leadership Training Institute (LTI) is a premiere program for leadership development for professionals in the parks & recreation field. It is an exclusive opportunity to expand their awareness, involvement, and potential for growth. This 2.5 day program is designed to enhance the talents of, and renew a sense of commitment among current and emerging leaders in the field.

At its core, the LTI experience is focused on promoting networking throughout the training - 're'connecting this year to other leaders in the field is critically important as we all continue to navigate these waters.

LTI is located at the Wintergreen Resort which is on top of a mountain. Attendees are encouraged to carpool throughout the Institute and are cautioned of steep and curvy rural roads as well as the changeable weather conditions. You will be housed in smoke free coed homes with the intention of networking, group interaction, and teamwork. The retreat-style housing includes a single occupancy room with a shared bathroom with hall mates (generally of the same sex). Attendance at all education, social, and house activities are mandatory during throughout the Institute.

LTI 2022

Wintergreen Resort!

April 25-27, 2022


Early (6/25/21-11/30/21)



Regular (12/1/21-1/31/22)



Late (2/1/22-until full)



fees include education sessions, lodging, meals, CEUs, etc.


Continue your leadership journey with LTI...

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Proven Career Advancement 

Over 90% of Directors & Upper  Management personnel in Virginia Parks & Recreation Departments have graduated from LTI

Beautiful Setting

LTI takes place at Wintergreen Resort & utilizes mountain top housing and amenities

Fun Educational Sessions 

LTI prides itself in offering fun, interactive & educational games, activities & presenters centered around bringing out the leader in you

Networking Opportunities 

Meet other professionals from around the state to make lasting relationships, share ideas, improve your self confidence and begin forming a support group to last throughout your career


Earn CEU's to help maintain your certifications or to help get you on your way to becoming certified


Registration fees are inclusive of condo accommodations (single occupancy bedroom) plus meals, educational and interactive sessions, CEUs, etc.

Don't take our word for it... read what LTI graduates have said...

"LTI provided real-world information and applications to take back to my (area). Loved the energy and intentionality of the sessions, presenters and LTI planners.  I was challenged and inspired, and hope that with this information and knowledge that I can take it back and make a difference."

    • 2018 graduate



"My experience at LTI was incredible! I feel more confident and motivated as a manager.  I'm so grateful to have made the connections I did and to have learned so many useful skills and tips to take back with me to my work environment.  Stay open and this experience will change you!"

    • 2018 graduate

LTI Sponsorship Opportunities

The Leadership Training Institute (LTI) is a semi-annual conference targeting Leaders in the Park and Recreation Field throughout Virginia. The Institute, part of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS)…

  • has served as an important training for some of the brightest leaders in the Recreation field since 1985!

  • VRPS was one of the first state organizations in the country to establish this groundbreaking model leadership program that is often replicate by others in the profession.

  • Over 90% of Directors and Upper Level Management working in Virginia’s Parks and Recreation Departments have graduated from LTI.

Your company can become a part of this innovative institute by becoming a sponsor. Monies donated to LTI will be used to support activities that further the program in order to keep costs to the participants at a minimum, including:

  • Securing National Speakers and session leaders

  • Providing educational tools for participants

  • Promotional materials such as t-shirts, bags, and binders

  • Meals and programs

  • Other logistical support such as signs and materials

The attendees at LTI are often purchasing agents for their departments and have influence on product and service choices. Sponsors have a unique opportunity to present their products and services to Recreation Professionals from across the state.

Click here for a listing of sponsorship levels and their corresponding benefits.

A BIG Thank you to last year's Sponsors!

Leadership Training Institute 2021 was presented by:

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Eldon James

LTI Committee

Kelley Herbert, CPRP

James City Co. Parks & Recreation
(757) 259-5372

AJ McCage

Hopewell Recreation & Parks
(804) 541-2353



James Mickle, CPRP, CPSI

Norfolk Parks, Recreation & Open Space
(757) 441-1440

Claire Richardson, CPRP, CPSI

Nelson County Parks & Recreation
(434) 263-7133

Cindy Roeder

Herndon Parks & Recreation
(703) 435-6800

Art Thatcher

Green Play, LLC
(757) 592-3103

LaTanya Turner, CPRP

Isle of Wight Parks & Recreation
(757) 357-5951

Matt Spruill

VRPS Board Liaison
Colonial Heights Recreation & Parks
(804) 520-9392