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Ph.D. Student Directory


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Em Adams

Branson, MO

Brigham Young University, B.S. Biology; M.S. Recreation Management

Recreation therapy, yoga interventions

Yoga, music, photography, storytelling

Mahmoud Rebhi Khalee Al arab

Amman, Jordan

Hashemite University, B.A., Tourism Guidance/Sustainable Tourism; University of Turin, M.S., World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development

Protected Areas, Tourism Management, Local Communities

Katrina Black

Katrina Black

Columbia, SC

University of South Carolina, B.S., Biology; Walden University, M.S., Public Health; University of South Carolina, Certified Health Education Specialist, Health Communication Certificate

Youth development, community development, event planning, tourism management, camps and recreation

Yoga, traveling, eating good food, hiking, family time

Michael Blacketer

Richland, WA

University of Washington, B.A. Community and Environmental Planning; Conway School of Landscape Design, M.A. Ecological Design

PCAM, social-ecological systems, urban parks and greenspace

Gardening, hiking, cooking, dogs

Jungah Choi

South Korea

Ewha Womans University, BA Sport Science; Seoul National University, MA Sport Management

Sport Tourism


Thomas Clanton

Darlington, SC

Clemson University, B.S. PRTM, CRSCM; Texas A & M, M.S. Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Science

CRSM/Youth Development
Willis Culler

Willis Culler

Chapin, SC

Clemson University, B.S., Agriculture and Applied Economics; SC State University, M.S. Agribusiness

Agritourism, community and economic development

Family, soccer dad, lake activities, watching sports

Ali Dubin

East Greenbush, NY

University of Vermont, B.A. Art History, Anthropology; SUNY Cortland, M.S. Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies

Camp, accessibility, empowering children with severe food allergies

Hiking/walking with her dog, reading terrible romance novels, going to the dog park, collecting gluten free/dairy free recipes
Katie Dudley

Katie Dudley

Carrollton, IL

Southern Illinois University, B.S., Journalism/Creative Writing; Texas State University, M.A., Mass Communication- New Media


Boating, hiking, spending time with her dog and husband

Peter M. Ezra

Morogoro, Tanzania

Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), M.S., Tourism Management; Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), B.S., Wildlife Management.

Community based tourism, volunteer tourism, and park management

Playing soccer, volleyball, watching soccer, traveling to new destinations
Jessica Fefer

Jessica Fefer

Freeport, ME

University of Vermont, B.S., Environmental Studies; University of Maine, M.S., Human Dimensions of Forest Resources

Parks and protected area management, outdoor recreation, visitor use and preferences in natural areas

Running, training for a long distance race, hiking, biking, reading, going out with friends
E'Lisha Fogle

E'Lisha Fogle

Charlotte, NC

Virginia State University, B.S., Hospitality Management; University of North Texas/CATIE, M.S., International Sustainable Tourism

Travel and tourism

Public speaking, international cultural engagement, Latin dance, peer mentoring

Jennifer Kinch Garcia

The Woodlands, Texas

West Texas A&M, B.S., Biology; Strayer University, M. Ed., Curriculum & Instruction

Informal learning centers (zoos, aquariums, and nature centers) for learners with disabilities

Playing with her dogs and husband, traveling, gardening, reading
Parisa Hadiandenkardi

Parisa Hadiandehkordi

Tehran, Iran

Tehran University, B.S. Physical Education & Sports Science; Kharazmi University, M.S. Sport Management

Youth Development

Playing badminton

William "Hunter" Holland

Rutherfordton, NC

Appalachian State University, B.S., Experiential Education, Minor in Communication Studies; Ohio University, M.S., Recreation and Sport Pedagogy

Human behavioral theories, learning transfer, community recreation

Skiing, mountaineering, caving, climbing, shark fishing, backpacking, studying, coffee, chess, traveling

Anup K C

Syangja, Nepal

Tribhuvan University, B.S., Environmental Science; Tribhuvan University, M.S., Environmental Science; Tribhuvan University, M.A. Economics;

Conservation, ecotourism and socioeconomic development

Listening to music, watching sports, jogging
Karleisha Coleman Kakraba 

Karleisha Coleman Kakraba

Richmond, CA

Grambling State University, B.S., Therapeutic Recreation; California State University, San Bernardino, MPA, Master of Public Administration; Georgia State University, Certificate, Hospitality Administration

Youth Development in Leisure Contexts

Indoor/outdoor Games, event Management, and jazz festivals

Erin Kegley

Charlotte, NC

Charleston Southern University, B.S., Kinesiology/Biology; Liberty University, M.A., Human Services Health and Wellness

Community Recreation, Sport and Camp Management

Playing in an adult softball league, golf, tennis, racquet ball, camping, paddle boarding, hanging with the pups, and traveling to disney

Lindsey Kirshbaum

Stitzer, WI (lives in Onalaska)

University of Wisconsin Platteville, B.S., Physical Education/Health Education; University of Wisconsin La Crosse, M.S., Therapeutic Recreation

Recreational Therapy

Running, hiking, and spending time with family and friends
Tori Kleinbort

Tori Kleinbort

Chicago, IL

Sarah Lawrence College, B.A., Environmental Studies and Marine Biology; Duke University, M.E.M., Coastal Environmental Management

Sustainable tourism, cultural and environmental conservation and awareness through tourism, cultural identity while traveling, environmental education and awareness

International travel, scuba diving, tall ship sailing, singing, teaching, cooking

Ellen Koppa

Central, SC

Mzumbe University, B.S., Economics; Leeds Beckett University, M.S., Project Management


Reading, movies, traveling, singing, and dancing
Katie Krafte

Katie Krafte

Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina, B.A., Biology/Education; Miami University, M.A., Zoology

Conservation (community-based), human/wildlife conflict

My dog, traveling, scuba diving, reading, Carolina basketball

Deborah (Debbie) Logan

Brevard, NC (living in Sylva, NC)

Western Carolina University, B.S., Recreation Therapy; Clemson University, M.S., PRTM - Recreational Therapy

Recreational Therapy

Hiking, gardening, and camping

Summer Matics

Covington, VA (living in Salem)

Radford University, B.S., Parks, Recreation, and Tourism w/emphasis in Recreational Therapy; Liberty University, M.A., Professional Counseling

Recreational Therapy

Acrylic painting, binging netflix with her husband, playing with her two children
Peter Mkumbo


Iguguno, Singida, Tanzania

Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), B.S., Wildlife Management & Conservation; Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), M.S., Tourism Management/Environmental Conservation & Management

Tourism marketing

Outdoor recreation activities

Kaitlin Daly Mueller

Cleveland, Ohio

Slippery Rock University, B.S. Therapeutic Recreation; Indiana University, M.S., Recreational Therapy

Older adults, fall prevention, quality of life for people with illness/disability
Ingrid Nyonza Nyakabwa

Ingrid Nyonza Nyakabwa

Kampala, Uganda

Makerere University, B.S. Tourism; Clemson University, M.S. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management 

Travel and tourism, conservation and protected area management

Music, traveling, reading, movies, spending time with family and friends
Scott Ogletree

Scott Ogletree

Marietta, GA

University of Georgia, B.S.Ed., Recreation Resource Management; Clemson University, M.S., Landscape Architecture

Parks and protected areas, international conservation, trail development

Music, mountain biking, design, travel, and boating

Young Suk Oh

South Korea

Seoul National University, BA Physical Education; MA Sport Management

Youth Development through Sport, Recreational Sport

Golf, badminton, tennis, soccer 
Lisa Olsen

Lisa Olsen

Malvern, IA

University of Northern Iowa, B.A., Leisure, Youth and Human Services; Southern Illinois University, M.S., Recreation Administration


Hanging out and spending time with friends and family, hiking, swimming, boating, grilling

Gail Orem

Hockessin, DE

University of Delaware, B.S. Exercise and Sport Science; Westchester University, M.S. Athletic Administration

CRSM, Sport and Moral Development, Sport for Development and Peace

Rowing, relaxing with her dogs
Jaesung Park

Jaesung Park

Incheon, South Korea

Korea University, B.S., Physical Education; Southern Illinois University, M.S., Recreation

Recreational therapy

Soccer, tennis, skiing

Tania Santiago Perez

Veracruz, Mexico; Miami, FL

Florida International University, B.S., Exercise Physiology; M.S. Recreation and Sport Management

Recreational therapy

Running, cycling, swimming, outdoor activities, scuba diving, adventure sports, triatholon, and travelling

Brian Peterson

San Diego, CA

University of San Diego, B.S. Biology, Minor in Chemistry; University of Utah, M.S. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism

GIS analysis of visitor use, management of parks and protected areas

Backpacking, trail running, and reading

Alicia Pola

Arleta, CA

San Francisco State University, B.S., Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration, Minor in Counseling; Temple University, M.S., Recreation Therapy

Recreational Therapy

Painting, running, camping, playing with her dog, hiking

Audrey Rivers

Austin, TX

Texas State University, B.S. Healthcare Administration;  M.S. Therapeutic Recreational Specialist

Recreational Therapy

Fishing, Hunting, Writing, Drawing, Painting, Dance Workouts

Alex Sandoval

Durham, NC

Appalachian State, B.S. Recreation Management; Southern Illinois Carbondale, M.S. Recreation Administration

Youth Development

Working out, healthy cooking, hiking/outdoors, spending time with family and friends


Devyani "Dev" Singh

Mumbai, India

Mithibai College, B.S., Zoology Institute of Science, Mumbai University, M.S., Environmental Sciencehibai College, B.S., Zoology

Conservation education, nature-based tourism, community-based conservation

Traveling, bird watching, cooking, music

Austin Souto

Scottsdale, AZ

Wheaton College, B.A., Psychology; M.A., Christian Formation and Ministry, Outdoor Adventure Leadership Concentration


Rock climbing, backpacking, fly fishing, board games, reading

Lauren Stephens

Aiken, South Carolina

University of South Carolina Aiken, B.S. Secondary Education, Mathematics; University of Oklahoma, M.P.W. Professional Writing

Youth Development Research

Running, college football, writing
Janine Sutter

Janine Sutter

Easley, SC

Mt. Vernon College, B.A., English/Human Resources; Clemson University, M.S. Agriculture

Youth Development

Raising cats, fostering puppies, medieval re-creation

Allie Thomas

Corpus Christi, TX (living in San Marcos)

Texas State University, B.S., Recreation Administation w/ emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation; M.S. Recreation and Leisure Services

Recreational Therapy

Playing with her children and hiking with her husband; anything outdoors

Felipe Bertazzo Tobar

Joinville, Brazil

Univille University, B.S., Law; Univille University, M.S., Cultural Heritage and Society

Sport heritage, sport tourism

Playing soccer and tennis, watching sports

Heather Torphy

Bloomington, IN

Indiana University, B.S. Therapeautic Recreation; M.S. Recreational Therapy

Recreational Therapy

Yoga, exercise, travel, family time

Lauren Townson

Roswell, GA

Georgia Southern, B.S. Health Science; North Carolina State, M.S. Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management


Traveling, being outdoors, spending time with two dogs, and spending time with family

Andrew Waters

Hendersonville, NC

UNC Chapel Hill, B.A. English/Psychology; UNC Greensboro MBA Business Administration


Writing, kayaking, nonprofit assocational administration

Marc Zaremski

Norwalk, CT

Indiana University, B.S., Kinesiology and Sociology

Adaptive sports, accessibility, and assistive technology

Exercising, sports, movies, food, craft beer, dogs