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Ph.D. Student Directory


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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

Michaela Birek (they/them)

Michaela Birek (they/them)

Newark Valley, NY 

Western Carolina University BS in Recreational Therapy, Psychology minor; Clemson M.S. in PRTM

Recreational Therapy, Spirituality, LGBTQ+, Eating Disorders 

I have two dogs and two cats. My wife and I love to take the dogs hiking and kayaking. I'm also a musician. I primarily play guitar, violin, and piano, and I enjoy singing. I also love reading a good book on a beach. 

Ashley Bowen

Saratoga Springs, UT

Brigham Young University, B.S., Recreation Management & Youth Leadership with option in Therapeutic Recreation and certificate in gerontology; Indiana University, M.S., Recreational Therapy

Recreational therapy

Family time, soccer, snowboarding, traveling, hiking, camping 

Jungah Choi

South Korea

Ewha Womans University, B.A. Sport Science; Seoul National University, M.A. Sport Management

Sport Tourism


Tyler Cribbs

Buffalo, NY

Eckerd College, B.A., Biology and Environmental Studies (double major); Kansas State University, M.S., Park Management and Conservation 

Visitor Use Management, Ecological Restoration 
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
Clemson PRTM PhD student Dani Dagan.

Dani Dagan

Los Angeles, CA

U.C. Santa Cruz, B.A., Environmental Studies; Kansas State University, M.S., Park Management and Conservation

Parks and conservation area management

Hiking/backpacking, rock climbing, cooking 
Clemson PRTM Ph.D. student Margaret Domka

Margaret Domka

Stevens Point, WI

Milwaukee Area Technical College, A.S. Front-End Web Development; University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, B.S. English, Spanish, Secondary Education; Concordia University Wisconsin, M.S. Organizational Leadership and Administration; Northwestern University, M.S. Information Design and Strategy with an emphasis in Data Science and Analytics


Community Recreation and Sport Management (Focus Area: Mental Health in Sport)


Refereeing soccer from youth through professional and international levels, running, kayaking, and numerous other outdoor active adventures 

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

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
Sarah Fisher

Sarah Fisher

Columbia, MD

Arizona State University, B.S., Recreation Management with emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation; Cal State San Bernardino, M.A., Integrative and Holistic Education, Recreational Therapy

Recreational Therapy

Music, reading, theatre, my Kids' activities, spending time with family and friends 
Clemson PRTM PhD student Benjamin Fowler

Benjamin Todd Fowler

Atlanta, GA

UNC Asheville, B.A., Spanish/Biology; UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, M.S., Natural Resources/Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Parks and conservation area management (PCAM), recreational stewardship, natural resource management and leadership, GIS applications for visitor use management (VUM)

Wife and son, water trails, camping, coffee, burritos 

Jennifer Kinch Garcia

The Woodlands, TX

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

Sean H. Gartland

 Chicago, IL

Florida State University, B.S., Leisure Services & Studies: Recreation Therapy Emphasis; Columbia International University, M.Div., Cross-Cultural Studies; Carroll University, M.Ed., Adult Continuing Education

Wilderness/adventure therapy, veterans, first-responders, PTSD, recovery, spirituality 

Kayaking, canoeing, beach/ocean activities, writing, spiritual care of self and others, coffee 
Clemson PRTM Ph.D. student Seth Gibbons

Seth Gibbons

Winston-Salem, NC

Lees-McRae College, B.S., Wildlife Biology w/ a Minor in History; East Carolina University, M.S., Biology w/ a Concentration in Environmental and Organismal Biology


Parks and conservation area management, interpretation, messaging, stewardship, norms of behavior in natural areas


Nature walks, kayaking, aquarium keeping, fermenting, 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
Clemson PRTM Ph.D. student Will Henderson

Will Henderson

Brevard, NC

Arkansas State University - Digital Communication


Social media usage of theme-park visitors / Social media analytics

Coffee shops and traveling 
Clemson PRTM Doctoral Student Akiebia Hicks

Akiebia Hicks

Ellaville, GA

Georgia Southwestern State University, B.A., History/Education, University of West Georgia, M.P.A., Public Administration/ Budgeting

Intersectionality between parks and policy

Script writing and playing keyboard/other instruments 
Taylor Hooker

Taylor Hooker

Virginia Beach, VA

Old Dominion University, B.S., Parks, Recreation and Tourism Studies with emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation; Clemson University, M.S., Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Recreational Therapy

Recreational Therapy, Veterans health 

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

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
Abbey LaMee

Abbey LaMee

Atlanta, GA 

Georgia Southern University, B.S. in Recreation, Recreation Therapy emphasis, Child & Family Development Minor; Clemson University, M.S. in PRTM, Recreation Therapy emphasis

Traumatic brain injury, disorders of consciousness, inpatient rehabilitation 

Cooking, napping, hiking, playing with my pups! 

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
Clemson PRTM Doctoral Student Olivia McAnirlin

Olivia McAnirlin

Newport, ME

Colby-Sawyer College, B.S., Exercise Science; Miami University, M.S., Sport Leadership with Sport Psychology Specialization

Parks and Recreation

Hiking, cooking/ baking and reading 
Susan McCool

Susan McCool, MS, CTRS

Lee, FL

Florida International University, B.S. & M.S., Sports, Recreation Management: Recreation Therapy Track; North Florida Community College, A.A., General Studies

Recreational Therapy

Swimming in springs, hiking, gardening, animals, fishing, hunting, spending time with family
Clemson PRTM PhD student Jason Morgan.

Jason P.T. Morgan

Chico, CA

California State University, B.S., Recreation Administration, Community and Commercial Recreation and Tourism; M.A., Recreation Administration

Child and youth programs, summer camps, occupational solar exposure, military recreation

Hiking, cooking/ baking, crochet, travel 

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
Clemson doctoral student Young Suk Oh

Young Suk Oh

South Korea, Seoul

Seoul National University, B.S., Physical Education; Seoul National University, M.S., Sport Management

Sport Management, Sport Consumer Behavior, Adaptive Sport, Corporate Social Responsibility, Youth Sport

Golf, tennis, soccer, travel 
Michelle O'Hara

Michelle O'Hara

Canton, MA

Quinnipiac University, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology; Springfield College, Master of Education in Therapeutic Recreation Management/Child Life

Recreational therapy, family studies, child development, community reintegration

Traveling, indoor cycling, running, hiking, cooking, concerts, Boston sports and spending time with family and friends 
Alexandra Oudheusden

Alexandra Oudheusden


Westport, CT

Pennsylvania State University, B.A., Theatre Arts; Southern Connecticut State University, M.S., Recreation and Leisure Studies, Recreational Therapy Focus 


CAM (Yoga, pain management, stress and coping), adaptive sports

Middle eastern dancing, singing, outdoor leisure and ITS (Improvisational Tribal Style Dance)

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

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
Edwin J. Rivera-Guzman

Edwin J. Rivera-Guzman

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (Living in MD)

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez Campus, B.A., Physical Education; Springfield College, M.Ed., Recreation Management

Recreation of the Latinx population, diversity in summer camps, outdoor recreation experiences for Latinx participants as a leisure experience 

Canoeing and outdoor living skills, adventure video games with a meaningful story, spending time with his family and friends, and meeting new people and everything Star Wars 

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

Allie Thomas

Corpus Christi, TX (living in San Marcos)

Texas State University, B.S., Recreation Administration 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

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 associational administration
Lindsay Welch

Lindsay Welch 

Fairfax, VA

Radford University (B.S.) Recreation, Parks and Tourism, Outdoor Recreation Concentration & Clemson University (M.S.) Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Recreational Therapy

Recreational Therapy  

Swimming, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, and spending time with my family and dogs 
Clemson PRTM doctoral student Patricia Whitener

Patricia Whitener

Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC

Clemson University, B.S., Environmental and Natural Resources, M.S., Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

Youth Development Leadership

Gardening, kayaking, hiking, backpacking

Randee Wood

Randee Wood

 Jones, OK

University of Central Oklahoma, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology/Exercise and Fitness Management; Texas State University, Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure Services, Therapeutic Recreation

 Recreational Therapy

Exercise, watching sports, and being with my family 

Michelle Yadon

Indianapolis, IN

Indiana University, B.S.R. in Recreation with an emphasis in Recreational Therapy and a minor in Theatre 

Recreational therapy, impact of recreation on communities and drama therapy

Hiking, exploring new cities, baking, performing and watching live theatre, riding in our communities