Our Instructors

 

Fred Cahill, CPSI

Fred is a CPSI who has twenty years of public school playground experience. He works in Risk Management for the 11th largest public school district in the U.S. where he provides playground safety training for the school district staff. He is directly involved in all aspects of playground maintenance from approving plans for new installations to auditing and investigating playground accidents. During his 15 years in facilities services, Fred has managed new installation and replacement playground projects, and has been responsible for maintaining 323 playgrounds located at over 100 facilities.


Al J. Heraghty, CPSI

Al currently serves as Academic Chair/Professor of Health & Physical Education at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, New York. Prior to this role he was the Fitness & Aquatics Director and Head Lacrosse Coach at Suffolk County Community College.

Additional Professional Connections: Al is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) credentialed by the National Recreation and Park Association and is also certified by the National Program for Playground Safety. He currently serves on the Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces, and Facilities committee with American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM).


Bill Hooker, CPSI, ARM

Bill Hooker is the Education and Training Supervisor for the Park District Risk Management Agency, an intergovernmental risk pool in Illinois. In addition to developing, presenting, and overseeing education and training, his responsibilities include risk management consulting, accident investigation and project management. He has presented nationally on a wide range of risk management, park and recreation, human resources and safety topics. Past experience includes work at school, park and recreation, municipal and insurance organizations. He is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) and has over 28 years of experience in playground safety including: audits, inspection, installation, consultation and accident investigation. Bill was an integral part of the initial design team for the Playground Maintenance Program (PMT). He also serves as an instructor and agency liaison to the Eppley Institute regarding program updates.

Additional Professional Connections: Wood Dale Park District in Illinois, Wood Dale School District in Illinois, City of Bloomington, Illinois, Park District Risk Management Agency of Illinois


Tom Kalousek, CPSI

Tom Kalousek has been an active professional in the realm of park maintenance and supervision for over 40 years. In 1978 he became the Superintendent of Maintenance at the Rockford Park District in Illinois. He worked at Rockford for a total of 21 years, during which time he became Director of Park Services and managed all capital planning, maintenance, land acquisition, police services, and special event services. Since leaving Rockford Park District, Tom has held several other professional positions. Tom was asked in 1995 to be an instructor for the NRPA National Playground Safety Institute (NPSI) Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course. He continues to teach as an instructor for the CPSI and has taught internationally, including courses in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Germany.

 
Additional Professional Connections:  ASTM International committee member, ASTM public playground committee, Winnebago County Forest District of Northern Illinois, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, US Play Coalition steering committee


Kenneth S. Kutska, CPSI

Since retiring from the Wheaton Illinois Park District, Ken works an independent consultant and expert witness in many areas of safety specializing in play spaces for children. He also volunteers for various organizations involved in the play and playground industry. He currently is Executive Director of the International Playground Safety Institute, LLC. He is an instructor for the Eppley Institute Playground Maintenance Technician program and the NRPA Certified Playground Safety Inspector Program worldwide.  He has spent more than 40 years working at the ground floor of many playground safety and maintenance initiatives.

 
Additional Professional Connections:  Co- Founder of the NRPA CPSI Certification Program, US Play Coalition founding member, Past President National Park and Recreation Association, member American Academy of Park and Recreation Administrators, International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association Voice of Play, and the ASTM International Subcommittee Chair of F15.29 for public playground equipment.


Antonio (Tony) Malkusak, PLA, CPSI

Tony Malkusak is a Landscape Architect receiving his degree from the University of Illinois. He started his career in parks & recreation and brings over 33 years of experience in creating & maintaining safe outdoor public environments. Since 2011, Tony is president and Landscape Architect for Abundant Playscapes where he lives his passion for play through his work. Tony specializes in three areas of play. The first is in playground safety. Besides being an instructor and trainer for the PMT, he has been an instructor for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Program since 2000, Tony also does on-site playground audits, inspections and is a certified Triax operator to test playground safety surface impact attenuation performance. The second is inclusive play design, where he spent 10 ½ years as director of design for a United States national not-for-profit organization whose mission was to create inclusive play environments. His award winning inclusive designs had a profound impact on the lives of millions of children and families. The third area is creating nature-inspired play environments. Tony has taken his love of the natural environment and his passion for play to create many environments where nature children of all abilities grow, learn and play inspired through nature.

Additional Professional Connections: Tony currently is a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials International Sub-committee F15.29, an outside reviewer for PlayRight Inclusive Play Space Guide, and is on the US Play Coalition’s Advisory Board.


Steve Plumb, CPSI

Steve Plumb has been an active and committed leisure service professional for more than 45 years. He is owner of Grandview Recreation Services, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in maintenance management, expert witness consulting, and training services for public agencies. Steve has worked as an Instructor for the National Recreation and Park Association’s Certified Playground Safety Inspector Program since 1999, and as an Instructor for the Playground Maintenance Technician program sponsored by the Park District Risk Management Agency and the Eppley Institute at Indiana University since the program’s inception in 2010.

 
Additional Professional Connections:  Leon Younger & PROS, Elmhurst Park District, Glenview Park District, Aurora University, ASTM Committee member, Maintenance Management School Board of Regents.


Greg Smith, CPSI

Greg Smith has been involved in park and playground maintenance and staff supervision for over 40 years. In 1978 he interned at Glen Hills park in western Wisconsin. The following summer he became a crew leader for the USDA Forest Service with the Youth Conservation Corps program. From there it was on to Ramsey County Parks and Recreation in Minnesota where he worked in the Maintenance and Operations division until 1994. The Bismarck (North Dakota) Parks and Recreation District was his next employer where he served as Park Operations Manager until his promotion in 2011 to Operations Director. He worked in Bismarck for over 21 years until his retirement in 2016. In addition to his duties as Operations Director, Greg also was the Park District’s Safety and Risk Management Coordinator.

Additional Professional Connections: Greg was asked in 2009 to be an instructor for the NRPA National Playground Safety Institute (NPSI) Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course. He continues to teach as an instructor for the CPSI program.