Our Instructors

Kevin Hoffman, ARM

As the former Director of Member Services at the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA), Kevin gained extensive insight and experience in the field of playground risk management during his 24 year career. A principle area of responsibility was developing risk management programs for the over 1000 playgrounds within the PDRMA membership. In addition, Kevin has authored publications on playground risk management and was extensively involved in the development of the Playground Maintenance Technician program.

Additional Professional Connections: Risk Management Association (PRIMA), the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA), and Association of Governmental Risk Pools (AGRIP).

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.

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.