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Sr. Vice President, Training & Development


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Barbara Heller joined SGR in 2017 as Senior Vice President and works out of SGR’s Boston office. Barbara specializes in Servant Leadership Implementation, Strategic Planning, I-OPT Workshops, Parks and Recreation Recruitment, and Live Training.

Barbara is well known throughout the parks and recreation industry for her expertise in leadership, innovation, and best practices. She frequently appears at state and national conferences and has a reputation for delivering excellent content with passion and energy.

Barbara was director of two park districts in the Chicago area and worked for large park systems in Maryland, Virginia, Texas, and Illinois where she was renowned for her leadership qualities and successfully designing work cultures that created high performance. While with the Elk Grove Park District, Barbara won the Lincoln Award Commitment to Excellence, a Malcom Baldrige state quality award program.

Barbara holds a Master in Public Administration from the American University, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Parks, from Pennsylvania State University.