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Meet Our Trainers

Playworks trainers bring years of experience in education and youth development and an ongoing commitment to safe, healthy and inclusive play for all children.

Read more about why our trainers are experts in play.

Deb Sugerman, P.h.D

Deb Sugerman comes with 20 years of experience teaching in higher education, where she trained educators to design youth programs and lead activities with elementary and middle school students. She also ran a consulting business where she trained adults in group facilitation skills...
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Eben Dower

Senior National Trainer Eben Dower has recently moved to New York City from San Francisco and is thrilled to bring big time play to the Big Apple. Eben has been with Playworks for 5 years - starting as an AmeriCorps coach in DC and San Francisco, the National Recruiter in Oakland, and is now entering his second year on the rapidly growing Training Team...
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Kristina Walden

Kristina Walden joined the Playworks Training Department in 2012 with a decade of experience working in youth development, both as a human/social service provider and as an educational trainer. She also has a wealth of experience facilitating interactive diversity workshops, as a peer educator and independent training consultant...
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Louis Marquis

A Wisconsin native and life-long Packer fan, Louis spent three years with Playworks, working for schools in the greater Los Angeles area. He started off with Playworks as an Americorps coach on the playground – drawing on years of experience working in outdoor leadership settings as well as classrooms – before becoming a Program Manager. Wanting to move closer to family...
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Michael Tran

Michael Tran got introduced to Playworks back in 2008 as a Flex Coordinator. He continued as a full time Program Coordinator at an East San Jose school from 2008-2010 and recently served as a Program Manager. Throughout his time with Playworks he has developed a great passion for play and what it can do to bring people together, as well as a pretty mean pirate accent...
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Sean Keelan

Sean Keelan began with Playworks in 2011 as a mid-year hire program coordinator in Baltimore; in 2012 he served as a Program Manager in Baltimore, and is now the Trainer for the Greater Baltimore Region.  Sean is thrilled to bring his commitment to Youth Development, love for the game, and knowledge of Playworks to everyone he meets...
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