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The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

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Denise Adam Denise Adams

  • Hometown: Springfield, VA
  • Education: Appalachian State University, B.S., Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management
  • Specialty Area: M.S.
  • Hobbies: Basketball, soccer, cooking, hanging out with friends, & experiencing new adventures

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Chris Adrian Chris Adrian

  • Hometown: Schaumburg, IL
  • Education: Coastal Carolina University, B.S., Rec and Sport Management/Communication
  • Specialty Area: MS Online Program - Community Recreation Management/Sport Camps
  • Hobbies: Golf, reading, beach, soccer, movies

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Mohammad Alazaizeh Mohammad Alazaizeh

  • Hometown: Jordan
  • Education: Yarmouk University, Jordan, B.A. and M.A., Conservation and Management of Cultural Heritage
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Heritage Tourism, Heritage Preservation, Heritage Resources Management, Visitor Management
  • Hobbies: Traveling and being outdoors

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Nidal Alzboun Nidal Alzboun

  • Hometown: Jerash
  • Education: University of Jordan, B.A., Geography; M.A., Geography
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Sustainable tourism, tourism supply chains
  • Hobbies: Reading, volleyball and outdoor recreation

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Yuting An Yuting An

  • Hometown: Beijing, China
  • Education: Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, International Economy and Trade
  • Specialty Area: M.S. Tourism
  • Hobbies: Traveling

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Jarrett Bachman Jarrett Bachman

  • Education: University of Georgia, B.S., Geography (Atmospheric Science); MEd, Sport Management; MNR, National Resource Recreation & Tourism
  • Specialty Area: PhD., Travel & Tourism
  • Hobbies: Hiking, mountaineering, golf, disk golf, UGA sports, racquetball, traveling, soccer, Colorado

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Sara Baral

  • Hometown: Wyckoff, NJ
  • Education: University of Delaware, B.S., Health Behavior Science; Minors: Leadership & Leisure Service Management
  • Specialty Area: M.S., Parks & Recreation
  • Hobbies: Hiking, intramurals, volleyball

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Hope Brewer Hope Brewer

  • Hometown: Liberty, SC
  • Education: North Greenville University, B.S., Sport Management
  • Specialty Area: M.S., Community Recreation
  • Hobbies: Sports, coaching, traveling

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Jennifer Calabria

  • Hometown: Buckhead, GA
  • Education: Furman University, B.A., Health Sciences; Clemson University, MLA., Landscape Architecture; MCRP, City & Regional Planning
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Tourism
  • Hobbies: Coaching, running, yoga, clay

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Image of Heetae Cho Heetae Cho

  • Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
  • Education: Yonsei University, B.S., Physical Education with a Minor in Sport and Leisure; M.S., Sport and Leisure
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Sport Tourism
  • Hobbies: Basketball, tennis, weight training

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Craig Colistra Craig Colistra

  • Hometown: West Chester, PA
  • Education: West Virginia University, B.S., National Resource Economics with a Minor in Spanish; East Carolina University; M.S., Park and Recreation Management
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Community Development
  • Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, playing guitar, reading, cooking

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Jesy Cordle Jesy Cordle

  • Hometown: Lewis Center, OH
  • Education: Toccoa Falls College, B.S., Outdoor Leadership & Education
  • Specialty Area: M.S., Therapeutic Recreation
  • Hobbies: Climbing, whitewater kayaking & canoeing, backpacking, soccer

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Guliz Coskun Guliz Coskun

  • Hometown: Turkey
  • Education: University of Bogazici, B.S., Tourism Management; University of IULM , M.S., Hospitality Management
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Travel and Tourism
  • Hobbies: Photography, cooking, videogames

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Joe Crosby

  • Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
  • Education: Clemson University, B.S., Sport Management/Business Administration; M.S. Commercial Leisure
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Financial sustainability in youth sport and fitness. Youth development thru sport aquatics and event planning
  • Hobbies: Anything fitness, swimming, weight lifting, MMA, and Sci-Fi

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Megan Elizabeth Davis Image of Megan Davis

  • Hometown: Charleston, SC
  • Education: B.S., Clemson University, Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management
  • Specialty Area: M.S., Community recreation
  • Hobbies: Hiking, being on the lake, volunteering

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Gina Depper Gina Depper

  • Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
  • Education: UC San Diego, B.A., Bio Anthropology & History; University College, London, M.S. Human Evolution & Behavior
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Parks and Conservation Area Management
  • Hobbies: Going to the gym, baking, reading, watching movies, wine tasting

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Margie Earnest Margie Earnest

  • Hometown: Lakewood, OH (originally) / Red Lion, PA
  • Education: York College of PA, B.S., Recreation and Leisure Administration
  • Specialty Area: MS Online, Conservation and Outdoor Recreation
  • Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, biking, reading

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Kate Evans Kate Evans

  • Hometown: McComb, IL
  • Education: University of Illinois, B.S., Leisure Studies; Clemson University, M.S., Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Community Recreation
  • Hobbies: Doing anything outdoors

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Nakisha Fouch

  • Hometown: Coshocton, Ohio
  • Education: The Ohio State University, B.S. Econ; Brevard College, B.S. Ecology/Math; Clemson University, MCRP, City Regional Planning
  • Specialty Area: Natural Resource/Conservation GIS/Remote Sensing

Travis Furbee Travis Furbee

  • Education: West Virginia, B.S., Sport Management
  • Specialty Area: MS Online, Athletics, leadership
  • Hobbies: Family time on the lake, golfing

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Trey Glover Trey Glover

  • Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
  • Education: Catawba College, B.S., Sports Management
  • Specialty Area: MS Online, Travel & Tourism Management
  • Hobbies: Sports and traveling

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Craig Goodman Craig Goodman

  • Hometown: Decatur, IL
  • Education: Illinois State, B.S. & M.S., Recreation Administration
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Community recreation
  • Hobbies: Listening to music, watching sports, grilling, playing fantasy sports

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Brenna Goodwin Brenna Goodwin

  • Hometown: Winchester, TN
  • Education: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, B.S. Animal Science, Psychology Minor
  • Specialty Area: M.S. Recreational Therapy specifically animal-assisted therapy
  • Hobbies: Going to the lake, working out, cooking

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Jim Grainger Jim Grainger

  • Hometown: Conway, SC
  • Education: Horry Georgetown Technical College, A.S. Golf Course Management; USC-Coastal Carolina, B.A., History
  • Specialty Area: MS Online, Travel & Tourism Management
  • Hobbies: Family, landscaping, golf

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Janet Gunnels Janet Marie Gunnels

Marsha A. Ward ’79 Fellowship Endowment for Play

  • Hometown: Newnan, GA
  • Education: Auburn University, B.A., Public Relations
  • Specialty Area: MS, Travel & Tourism / Special Events
  • Hobbies: Reading, running, skiing (water & snow), cheering on my Auburn Tigers! War Eagle!

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Rebecca Hammer Rebecca Hammer

  • Hometown: Cedar Hill, TX
  • Education: University of North Carolina, Wilmington, B.A., Parks and Recreation Management
  • Specialty Area: MS, Military Recreation
  • Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, reading

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Cindy Hartman Image of Cindy Hartman

  • Hometown: Muenster, TX
  • Education: Texas A&M, B.S., Environmental Geosciences/Minor in Meteorology; Clemson University; M.S., Travel and Tourism
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Community Recreation
  • Hobbies: Travel, road trips, new experiences, going to the lake and being outdoors

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Matthew Hughes Matthew Hughes

  • Hometown: San Antonio, TX
  • Education: Texas A&M University, B.S., Agriculture Development; Hawai'i Pacific University, M.S., Sustainable Development
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Tourism and outdoor recreation social worlds; Tourism planning and development
  • Hobbies: Swimming, traveling, cooking, and video games

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Sanghoon Kang

  • Hometown: South Korea
  • Education: Seoul National University, Master of City Planning; Michigan State University, M.S. Tourism with a specialization in Global Urban Studies
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Tourism
  • Hobbies: Hiking, traveling

Sunju Kim

  • Hometown: Seoul, Korea
  • Education: Sangmyung University, B.A., Geography; Kyonggi University, M.A., Event & Convention Management
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Event management, sustainable tourism, community tourism
  • Hobbies: Hiking, cooking

Bernard Kitheka Bernard Kitheka

  • Hometown: Asheville, NC
  • Education: Moi University, B.Sc., Wildlife Management; Miami University, M.EnS., Environmental Science
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Environmental Sustainability, Technology and Tourism Management
  • Soccer, outdoors, Scrabble

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Youn Suk Kong Younsuk Kong

  • Hometown: Korea
  • Education: Silla University, BS., Tourism Management; Kyonggi University, M.S., Tourism Management
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Ocean tourism development
  • Playing tennis

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Carolyn "Austin" Langley Image of Austin Langley

  • Hometown: Burlington, NC
  • Education: Vanderbilt University, B.A., Music
  • Specialty Area: M.S., Community, Recreation, Sport & Camp Management
  • Hobbies: Running, biking, rock climbing, reading, hiking, camping, and backpacking

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Lorraine Lobascio Lorraine Lobascio

  • Hometown: Lake Bluff, IL
  • Education: University of Illinois, B.S., Advertising; M.S., Advertising
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Travel & Tourism
  • Hobbies: Travel, photography, swimming, music

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April Maxwell April Maxwell

  • Hometown: Newport News, VA
  • Education: Clemson University, B.S., PRTM - Travel & Tourism
  • Specialty Area: MS Online

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Sarah "Christman" McPherson Image of Sarah

  • Hometown: Burlington, NC
  • Education: UNC-Greensboro, B.S., Community and Therapeutic Recreation with a Minor in Sociology
  • Specialty Area: M.S., Community Recreation and Youth Development
  • Hobbies: Coaching, hiking, camping, traveling, volunteering

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John Thomas Mgonja John Thomas Mgonja

  • Hometown: Same, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • Education: Sokoine University of Agriculture, B.Sc., Food Science and Technology; Wageningen University, M.Sc., Food Quality Management
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Service quality in the hospital industry
  • Watching movies, Football (soccer)

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Zach Miller Zach Miller

  • Hometown: Santa Clara, CA
  • Education: CSU Chico, B.S., Natural Resources/Environmental Education/Interpretation
  • Specialty Area: M.S.
  • Hobbies: Birding, backpacking, hiking, snowboard, natural history

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Karen Moede Karen Moede

  • Hometown: League City, TX
  • Education: Clemson University, B.A., Early Childhood Education
  • Specialty Area: M.S., Community recreation
  • Hobbies: Dance/working with children

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Carla Mora-Trejos Carla Mora-Trejos

  • Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Education: UNED-Costa Rica, B.S., Natural Resources Management and Protection; Clemson University, M.S. Conservation of Nature with the Community
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Park and Conservation Area Management
  • Hobbies: Hiking, climbing, reading, kick boxing

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Sarah Morrison Sarah Morrison

  • Hometown: Greer, SC
  • Education: Clemson University, B.S., Biological Sciences
  • Specialty Area: M.S., Parks and Conservation Areas
  • Hobbies: Hiking, cooking, cycling, singing

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Moriaso Nabaala Moriaso Nabaala

  • Hometown: Narok, Kenya
  • Education: Moi University, B.Sc., Wildlife Management; University of Kent-UK, M.Sc., Conservation Biology
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Protected Area Management
  • Hobbies: Athletics, traveling, Christian music

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James Nampushi James Nampushi

  • Hometown: Narok, Kenya
  • Education: Moi University, BTM, Ecotourism; Clemson University, M.PRTM, Sustainable Tourism
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Tourism/Leadership (integrating tourism; communities and conservation)
  • Hobbies: Travel, reading and music

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Kristin Neff Image of Kristin Neff

  • Hometown: Akron, OH
  • Education: Samford, B.S., Exercise Science; University of Tennessee at Knoxville, M.S., Therapeutic Recreation
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Recreational Therapy
  • Hobbies: Running with my dog, yoga, cheering on the Tigers!

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Carmen Nibigira Carmen Nibigira

  • Hometown: Bujumbura, Burundi
  • Education: University of Brighton (UK), B.A. (Honors), Travel Management; University College of Birmingham, M.A., Tourism Destination Management
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Human resources development in tourism in developing countries
  • Hobbies: Reading, writing, hiking, and traveling

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Scott Ogletree Image of Scott Ogletree

  • Hometown: Marietta, GA
  • Education: University of Georgia, B.S.Ed., Recreation Resource Management; Clemson University, M.S., Landscape Architecture
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D. Parks & protected areas, International conservation, trail development
  • Hobbies: Music, mountain biking, design, travel an boating

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Gail Orem Gail Orem

  • Hometown: Hockessin, DE
  • Education: University of Delaware, B.S., Exercise and Sport Science; West Chester University of Pennsylvania, M.S., Sport Administration
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., International Sport Tourism
  • Hobbies: Rowing

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W. Kirby Player

  • Hometown: Bishopville, SC
  • Education: Clemson University, B.S., Agricultural Education/ Communications; M.PRTM, Travel and Tourism/Human Resource Management
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Obesity and Lifestyle Change
  • Hobbies: Outdoor recreation, entrepreneurship, nutrition

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Joseph Rainwater-Cummings Joseph Rainwater-Cummings

  • Hometown: Bowdon, GA
  • Education: Clemson University, B.A., Modern Language
  • Specialty Area: MS Online, Travel & Tourism
  • Hobbies: Golf, role-playing (tabletop)

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Chelsea Schwabe Chelsea Schwabe

  • Hometown: New Berlin, WI
  • Education: North Carolina State University, B.A., Communications, PR; Nonprofit Studies
  • Specialty Area: M.S., Community Recreation Management & Youth Development
  • Hobbies: Singing, camping, hiking, throwing pottery

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Alana Seaman Alana Seaman

  • Hometown: Ralston, NE (& Lake Tahoe)
  • Education: College of St. Mary, B.A., English/History; University of Illinois, B.S., Rec, Sports, Tourism
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Heritage Tourism/Tourism at historic sites
  • Hobbies: Snow skiing, wakeboarding & running with my dog!

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Bryan Senn

  • Hometown: Rock Hill, SC
  • Education: Clemson University, B.S., Community, Recreation, Sport and Camp Management; Minor in Business Administration
  • Specialty Area: M.S., Community Recreation
  • Hobbies: Outdoor sports

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Agnes Sirima Agnes Sirima

  • Hometown: Moshi, Tanzania
  • Education: Sokoine University of Agriculture, B.S., Wildlife Management; Wageningen University and Research Center, M.S., Resource Ecology and Community Conservation (Leisure, Tourism and Environment)
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Park and Protected Area Management
  • Hobbies: Swimming, hiking, walking, camping, traveling, music

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Brandi Smith Brandi Smith

  • Hometown: Birmingham, AL
  • Education: University of Alabama at Birmingham, B.S., Psychology (Honors; Developmental & social psychology); M.PA., Public Policy
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Night Sky Preservation; Parks/Protected Area Visitor Behavior; Place Attachment; Any aspect of National Park Service & Society; Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management
  • Hobbies: Travel, PS, hiking, star gazing, show/train dogs, painting and other art, photography -- tons more! (John Denver and David Bowie related travels as well)

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Edwin Sabuhoro Edwin Sabuhoro

  • Hometown: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Education: National University of Rwanda, Bachelor of Law, majoring in environmental law; University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, M.Sc. Conservation and tourism
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D. Greater Virunga Transboundary Landscape Conservation and community livelihood change
  • Hobbies: Football, swimming, reading

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Gypsey Teague Gypsey Teague

  • Hometown: Pendleton, SC
  • Education: Clemson University, M.Ed.
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Economic Tourism
  • Hobbies: Steam Punk, golf

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Jennifer Thomsen Jennifer Thomsen

  • Hometown: Randolph, NJ
  • Education: Clemson University, M.S., Wildlife & Fisheries/ Biology
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., International Park Management & Ecotourism
  • Hobbies: Anything related to wildlife and the outdoors, traveling

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Jenna Tyler Jenna Tyler

  • Hometown: Louisville, KY
  • Education: Indiana State University, B.S., Recreation and Sport Management
  • Specialty Area: M.S., Community Recreation Management
  • Hobbies: Fishing, camping, knitting

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Anna Virgo Anna Virgo

  • Hometown: Atlanta, GA
  • Education: Georgia State University, BBS, Business Management
  • Specialty Area: MS Online, Community Recreation
  • Hobbies: Rowing, running, gardening

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Kellie Walters Image of Kellie Walters

  • Hometown: Roseville, CA
  • Education: San Diego State University, B.S., Kinesiology; Colorado State University, M.S., Exercise Science
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Body image, self-esteem in young girls/women; psychosocial
  • Hobbies: Sports, gym, playing with my 2 pups, spending time with my husband

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Dustin Wilson Dustin Wilson

5th George B. Hartzog, Jr. Fellow
  • Hometown: Madison, AL
  • Education: Western Carolina University, B.S., Parks and Recreation management; M.P.A, Management
  • Specialty Area: Ph.D., Parks and Conservation Area Management, National Park Management
  • Hobbies: Cycling, running, backpacking, hanging out with my wife and daughter

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Olivia Young Olivia Young

  • Hometown: Brunson, SC
  • Education: USC - Columbia, B.S., Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism
  • Specialty Area: MS Online, Recreation, Management, Tourism
  • Hobbies: Boating, shrimping, reading, woodworking

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