KRPA 2018 Featured Breakout Speakers

Darron Boatright
Director of Athletics, Wichita State University

Darron Boatright was named Director of Athletics on Aug. 26, 2016 after serving as the department's chief operating officer, then interim director, since April 2015. As director of the department, he will have full responsibility for its teams, contracts and personnel, reporting to President John Bardo.

He spent five years as Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations at Wichita State University. His background includes 19 years in college athletics in both coaching and administration. Boatright joined the Wichita State staff in September 2010 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he had served as Associate Athletic Director for Development beginning in November 2009. Boatright's duties include the supervision and leadership of marketing, development, fundraising, corporate sponsorships, radio/TV broadcasting, media relations, ticket operations and day-to-day oversight of the men's basketball and baseball programs for WSU Athletics. At UAB, Boatright focused on development and donor relations while managing the day-to-day operations of the "Blazer Club." This annual giving and priority seating program generated funding for student-athlete scholarships, capital projects, facility improvements, enhancement of sport programs and general operating budget.

The native of Benton, Ky., served as Associate AD for External Affairs from 2005-08 at Murray State University where he had administrative oversight of baseball, men's and women's golf and all spirit groups. Boatright also had administrative oversight of marketing and promotions, athletic development, the "Racer Club" priority seating program and ticket operations.

Boatright was a member of the University of Alabama basketball coaching staff from 1998-2005 and was part of four NCAA Tournament teams and two NIT teams while serving as Director of Basketball Operations. The Crimson Tide made an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2004 and an NIT championship game appearance in 2001. Also at Alabama, Boatright served as Special Campaigns Director in the Office of Athletic Development. While serving as a student assistant coach at Murray State from 1995-98, Boatright was part of three conference championship teams that participated in two NCAA Tournaments and made one NIT appearance. Boatright earned a bachelor's degree from Murray State in 1998, graduating with a double major in political science and history. He earned a master's degree in Higher Education Administration at Alabama in 2004.

Boatright and his wife Kim have four children: Fletcher, Maddie, Zoe and Sarah Frances.

Shawn DeRosa
DeRosa Aquatic Consulting

Shawn DeRosa
is one of the nation’s leading experts in aquatic risk management. A frequent speaker at national conferences, he brings over 25 years’ experience in aquatics. For 10 years Shawn played a key role in NRPA’s National Aquatic Conference and Management School. He served for three years on NRPA’s board of directors for the Aquatic Facility Operator program and was twice the Conference Chair for the Association of Aquatic Professionals. The owner of DeRosa Aquatic Consulting, Shawn provides training programs and consulting services to recreation providers across the country. Shawn frequently serves as an expert witness on both plaintiff and defense matters. The developer of Practical Pool Management PLUS, a nationally-recognized pool operator certification program, Shawn has been twice named one of top 25 people in the world of aquatics.  His knowledge of the aquatics industry combined with his experience as a consultant, attorney and expert witness help bring practical experience to all of his training programs. In addition to his work within the field of aquatics, Shawn is a Senior Associate Director of Campus Recreation at The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Marché Fleming-Randle
Senior Assistant Dean, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Marché Fleming-Randle is a senior assistant dean for the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and assistant to the president for diversity. She is the college liaison for student services planning and implementation, encompassing undergraduate recruitment activity, the enrollment process, and matriculation to degree completion. She consults with faculty and students on academic issues, including administrative withdrawal, coordinating the representation of the college at admissions programs, representing the college with Kansas community colleges, and analyzing student data. She is also an Ethnic Studies lecturer. Her research and academic interests include mental health, substance abuse, child and youth programs, educational leadership, and diversity. She is an author, motivational speaker and public intellectual.

Senior Assistant Dean Fleming-Randle’s hobbies include listening to her favorite musician, Prince; bowling with friends; reading an enlightening book; talking with her father, James Sr., about social issues; and spending quality time with her husband, Aron, and her only sibling, James Jr. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

David Carter

David Carter has been speaking at the local, state, regional, national, and international level for over thirty years. As a former parks and recreation director, David is devoting his encore career to ensuring that the profession continues to advance by not only speaking at conferences but also by developing a new leadership development firm dedicated towards the career advancement of every local government employee. David’s newest firm “Growing Leaders,llc” is a personal growth and leadership development firm and as such David has advanced in his own encore career by studying under the nations #1 leadership expert for the past six years. As a founding member of the John Maxwell Team, David has grown as a leadership development expert and brings that knowledge to the members of the parks and recreation profession.

David has spent his entire career in the parks and recreation field and has worked at the federal, state, county, and city government level. He also worked for The Trust for Public Land as the director of Conservation Finance for the Southeastern United States. David has taken his wide range of experiences and has combined them with his past five years of extensive study in leadership development to offer contemporary leadership educational opportunities taught using the latest in adult pedagogy methodology and understanding in how adults best comprehend new knowledge. Additionally, David has been an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University for the past twenty years.

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