About Us

The US Play Coalition is a partnership to promote the value of play throughout life. We are an international network of individuals and organizations that recognize play as a valuable and necessary part of a healthy and productive life. Our membership is diverse – including educators, parents, physicians, health scientists, park and recreation professionals, psychologists, landscape architects and many more. Membership is free, and simply requires a declaration of shared commitment to the value of play.

Executive Director

Co-Founders and Co-Chairs

  • Brett Wright

    Former Dean, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, Clemson University

  • Fran P. Mainella

    Former National Park Service Director and Visiting Scholar Clemson University

Steering Committee

  • Jodie Adams

    NRPA Past President, Missouri State University Faculty, Retired Director of Springfield - Greene County Park Board

  • Joel Agate

    Assistant Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies, SUNY College at Brockport

  • Larry Allen

    Professor, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University

  • Joan Almon

    Alliance for Childhood

  • Wayne Freimund

    Chair, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University

  • Joe Frost

    Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus, University of Texas

  • Stephen Hamelin

    President & CEO, Vortex Aquatic Structures

  • Teri Hendy

    President, Site Masters Inc.

  • Tom Kalousek

    Director, Safe Play for All

  • Ingrid M. Kanics

    Kanics Inclusive Design Services LLC

  • Kenneth S. Kutska

    Executive Director, International Playground Safety Institute, LLC

  • Tony Malkusak

    President and Landscape Architect for Abundant Playscapes, Inc.

  • Martin LeBlanc

    Co-Founder and Advisor to Children and Nature Network

  • Sarah Lisiecki

    Marketing Communications Specialist, BCI Burke

  • Danielle Marshall

    Executive Director, Playworks Maryland

  • Tom Norquist

    Senior Vice President Product Development/Sales & Marketing - PlayCore/GameTime

  • Eric W. O’Brien

    Chairman, O’Brien & Sons, Inc.

  • Lynn Pinoniemi

    Director of Marketing, Landscape Structures

  • Peggy Riggs

    Co-Director of Brio2 Solutions, Retired Deputy Supt of Springfield Public Schools

  • Megan Shropshire

    Manager of School Health
    Greenville Health System
    Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy

  • Dee Stegelin

    Professor Emeritus, Early Childhood Education, Eugene T. Moore School of Education, Clemson University

  • Michael Suk

    Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery, Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA

Coalition Advisors