Michele Whiteaker’s FunOrangeCountyParks.com blog is the unofficial authority on play in Orange County. Her degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from UCI’s School of Social Ecology first introduced her to the importance of play in a child’s development. As a young mom, she was tricked into serving as President of a 90-member MOMS Club where she planned play dates and learned much from witnessing 90 different styles of parenting. The national nonprofit, KaBOOM, named Michele “Playmaker of the Month” in December 2008. She acts as a volunteer Ambassador for Nature Rocks and runs a family Nature Play Club because she’s enthusiastic about bridging families from playgrounds to nature play. Michele’s published a binder full of parenting articles for newspapers and local magazines. Her biggest honor, by far, is being married to the best guy in the whole world and all the fun time spent as “Play Mom” to her son (8) and daughter (5).