Metroparks Speakers Bureau
One of the country’s leading regional parks systems, the Huron-Clinton Metroparks are a vital part of Southeast Michigan. And we’re pleased to make our expert staff available for speaking engagements to organizations, businesses and community groups across the area. If you’re looking for a speaker who can engage your organization on topics like the environment, STEM education and public health, we have what you need. Available speakers include, but are not limited to, the following or their designees:
Amy McMillan, Huron-Clinton Metroparks Director
Amy started her career in parks as an intern at the Metroparks, and has since been leading parks and recreation agencies for that last 25 years. Amy earned her Bachelor of Arts in recreation and parks administration and her Master of Science in administration both from Central Michigan University. She specializes in revitalizing parks systems in diverse and economically challenged urban communities as well as strategic planning and building community partners and foundation support, and has been with the Metroparks since April of 2018.
Michael Reese, Chief of Police
Michael Reese was named Chief of Police for the Metroparks Police Department in November 2015. Prior to his appointment with the Metroparks, Chief Reese spent 37 years with the Sterling Heights, Police Department. Chief Reese is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from Siena Heights University in Criminal Justice. Chief Reese is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and the FBI- Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-Leeda).
Ryan Collition, Chief of Natural Resources and Regulatory Compliance
Ryan has nearly two decades of experience as a Natural Resources Manager. He holds many professional certifications including wildland fire fighting, wetland delineation, and climate adaptation. Ryan works daily to maintain or restore some of the most unique and rare ecological systems found in the State of Michigan. For more information about the Natural Resources Department visit here.
Nina Kelly, Chief of Planning and Development
Nina earned her Master’s of Urban Planning (MUP) from Wayne State University in Detroit, and her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Social Science from Michigan State University. She is a proud member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and has been with the Metroparks since 2015. For more information on the Planning and Development Department, visit here.
Jennifer Jaworski, Chief of Interpretive Services
Jennifer earned her Masters of Science in Heritage Interpretation and Appropriate Tourism from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, and her Bachelor of Science in History and Anthropology also from Eastern Michigan University. She is a member of National Association of Interpretation and is a Certified Interpretive Guide. Jennifer has been working in this field at a variety of Michigan organizations since 1992 and has been with the Metroparks since 1999. For more information on the Interpretive Services Department, visit here.
Officer Parks, our K9 Officer, and his partner, Officer Green
Officer Parks is the K9 officer of the Metroparks Police. He will be starting formal training in the fall of 2019 to hone his skills of bomb detection and search and rescue. Until then, Parks is often found out in the parks working on obedience and socialization, and he is available to come to community events upon request.
Our presentations typically include an overview of the Metroparks and the work we do on environmental stewardship, recreation and education. We can also tailor a presentation to fit just about any topic on your meeting agenda.
To request a speaker for your organization, please fill out the form below.