Ahrens Playground Advocate of the Year
The Ahrens Playground Safety Advocate of the Year recognition is given to an individual who has made many contributions to playground safety. This year, two individuals are being recognized as Ahrens’ Advocates of the Year, Dr. Donna Thompson and Dr. Susan Hudson.
Donna Thompson, PhD is an acknowledged national and international expert in the field of playground development and safety. She has more than 20 years of experience teaching, writing, and researching about playgrounds. She has done numerous presentations on playground development, including television interviews on ABC's Good Morning America; CBS's Early Edition; and NBC's Today show. Dr. Thompson served on several national committees and boards that have influenced decisions related to playground safety and was a consultant for numerous groups on planning playgrounds.
Susan Hudson, PhD is also a nationally and international expert in the area of playground safety. She has made numerous presentations on playground design and safety, and is the author and co-author of over 100 articles concerning playgrounds. Dr. Hudson has held numerous leadership and committee assignments in national professional organizations, including the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the National Recreation and Park Association. She held an endowed professorship at the University of Northern Iowa.