Professor Lois A. Brink, MLA
Professor Brink’s knowledge and experience of playground development—coupled with her 30 years as a landscape architect—is critical to other similar initiatives. During her stewardship of Learning Landscapes, a $50 million design and construction initiative that completed 96 redeveloped elementary schoolyards in the fall of 2012, the organization made substantial progress in multiple school districts in Colorado and across the country. Professor Brink spent last year as a national advisor for the Space to Grow schoolyard redevelopment initiative in Chicago. Professor Brink is currently examining the sustainability of schoolyard redevelopment through four other efforts: 1) Providing technical assistance to the Philadelphia Water Department’s Office of Watershed’s Green Schools Campaign, 2) IPLAY, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant studying change in physical activity levels in children, 3) an evaluation of Chicago Public Schools Learning Garden Pilot program, and 4) Healthy Kids Healthy Scores, a feasibility study that examines site-based farming at Denver Public Schools.
Eve Kutchman holds a M.Ed. and a BS with an emphasis in exercise physiology from Cleveland State University. She has over 15 years of experience in promoting physical activity through childhood obesity intervention programs, coaching, teaching and fitness center management. Eve became involved in research in 2004 when she joined the Healthy Kids, Healthy Weight Team at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Starting as the exercise physiologist and later taking over as the program coordinator, Eve was instrumental in writing both the assessment protocols along with the curriculum intervention program in this clinical weight management program for children ages 5-18.
In Spring 2010 Eve joined the IPLAY research team at the University Of Colorado and is the current project manager as well as the research manager for the Active Environments at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Eve’s specialty is translating research findings into practices that benefit communities, particularly school environments.
IPLAY Study Coordinator