Leadership Training Institute



LTI Committee

AJ McCage, CTRS - Chair

Henrico Recreation & Parks

Shawn Hopson, CPRP - Co-Chair 

Chesapeake Parks, Recreation, & Tourism

Shanta Bynum
Suffolk Parks & Rec 
Brian Gannon

Reston Community Center

Art Thatcher, CPRP

Berry Dunn

Emmy Houck

Town of Ashland 

Angie Sims, CPRP, CPP

James City County Parks & Recreation

Zach Dillon

Wytheville Parks & Recreation

Brittany Waltz

Chesapeake Parks, Recreation, & Tourism 

Matt Spruill, CPRP - Liason
Colonial Heights Recreation & Parks 

LTI 2024 - Wintergreen Resort!

April 14-16, 2024 

Registration Rate


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


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.


  • 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
  • CEU's - Earn CEU's to help maintain your certifications or to help get you on your way to becoming certified
  • Inclusive - 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."

"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!"

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors!