Rachel’s experience include a wide range of expertise including urban design, military facilities, civic projects, transportation, and education projects but with a main focus on parks and recreation open spaces. Her parks and recreation experience includes projects ranging from small pocket parks in urban, high-density areas, to playgrounds, children’s gardens, to full sports complexes and regional parks planning. As a certified playground safety inspector and a certified inclusive play design specialist, she brings technical knowledge in playground safety, inclusive play, accessible design, and universal access techniques. Her work on playgrounds and parks seeks to create “children places” that spark an experiential awareness of the outdoor environment. In addition, she applies extensive knowledge of universal and ADA access and site security standards to the design of outdoor spaces at college campuses, military bases, and civic projects.


  • “Creating Sustainable Communities Through Park and Recreation Master Planning”, Illinois Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference, author and presenter

Public Service

  • University Heights Center Playground Community Build, University Heights Center
  • The Paw Project-Washington, volunteer
  • Garden Stewards Volunteer Program, Arboretum Foundation

Continued Education

  • Inclusive Play Workshop, PlayCreation and Landscape Structures
  • NRPA Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course
  • Accessible Play Areas Advanced Session Webinar, Accessibility Online
  • Accessible Hospitals and Medical Care Facilities Advanced Session Webinar, Accessibility Online
  • Association of Professional Landscape Designers Annual Symposium, APLD WA
  • Ethnobotany of Native Plants, Washington Arboretum Foundation