Teresa Penbrooke founded GreenPlay LLC in 1999 and continues as CEO of the firm, leading completion of over 450 community master plans and related planning efforts around the U.S.
She is also secretary, lead faculty, and director of the Healthy Communities Research Group for GP RED.
Penbrooke has been integral in the research, quality, recommendations, and implementation of innovations for the field of parks and recreation.
She recently finished her PhD in parks, recreation, and tourism management at North Carolina State University while working full time, and she continues to teach and help update curricula there and for other universities.
She also teaches and researches best practices in agency administration and planning for national and state conferences and individual agencies.
She was previously curriculum chair for the Reitz Marketing and Revenue School Planning and Management Institute.
She is also an official visitor chair for the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).
Penbrooke has been a primary author and editor for both the second and third editions of this guide.