Department Faculty and Staff

Department Staff:

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Geraldine NicholsonAdministrative Support Coordinator II
SLN 4000A | (916) 278-3866 |
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Maggie HansenAdministrative Support Assistant II
SLN 4000 | (916) 278-6752 |
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Department Fax: (916) 278-5053

Department Faculty: Link to Faculty Office Hours

Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Beth Erickson

Professor | SLN 5024 | (916) 278-2816 |
Community Recreation Management
Internship Coordinator

Dr. Jamie Hoffman, CTRS
Assistant Professor | SLN 4012 | (916) 278-5021 |
Recreation Therapy Advisor and Coordinator
RT Internship Coordinator

Dr. Lisa Easterla
Associate Professor | SLN 4006 |
Recreation Majors Association (RMA) Advisor
Outreach Coordinator

Dr. B. Dana Kivel
Professor | LIB 4028 | (916) 278-4769 |
Community Recreation Management
Director, Community Engagement Center

Katherine Martinez, M.S.
Lecturer | SLN 4011 | (916) 813-0815 |

Dr. Katherine Pinch
Professor | SLN 4016 | (916) 278-6880 |
Park and Recreation Resource Management
Graduate Coordinator

Dr. David Rolloff
Professor | SLN 4046 |
Park and Recreation Resource Management

Dr. Greg Shaw
Department Chair & Associate Professor | SLN 4000B | (916) 278-2936 |
Commercial Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management
RPTA Minor Advisor 

Dr. Tony Sheppard
Professor | SLN 4014 |
Commercial Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management

Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Ernest G. Olson
Professor Emeritus | SLN 4032 |

Dr. Ernest G. Olson holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  He began his teaching career at California State University, Sacramento in 1978, following a teaching assignment at the University of Illinois and then San Diego State University.  In 2000 he was selected as the Outstanding Professor from the College of Health and Human Services.  He is the author of numerous articles and several books including Personal Growth and Development Through Leisure (Kendall-Hunt), Perspectives on Leisure (Kendall Hunt), and Finding the Calm Within:  How Leisure Can Help You Hang Loose in an Uptight World (Leisure Doc Publications).  He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the National Honor Society, and World Leisure Organization.  He is knowledgeable in Mandarin Chinese and active in international education.

Dr. Steven W. Gray
Professor Emeritus | SLN 4007 |
Dr. Steve Gray holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He came to Sac State in 1987 as a lecturer, and in 1989 received the Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award.  He achieved the rank of full professor in 1993, and served as the chair of the department for 10 years, from 1993-2003.  He has published numerous articles, and in the last five years has focused his research on recreational sports, making presentations in the area of team sport involvement, leadership of sports clubs, and physical fitness benefits of sports participation. He has been particularly focused on the sport of Rugby and how the growing professionalization of the sport has affected participants.  He was inducted into the San Diego State Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 for coaching the National Collegiate Rugby club Championship Team. He will always be our "Supreme Commander."   

Part-Time Faculty

Sal Arrigo, M.S.
Lecturer | SLN 4013 |
Adjunct Faculty, Gerontology Department, American River College
Founder, Fab 40's 5k Run/Walk to Benefit the Alzheimer's Association
Feature Writer, Messenger Publishing Group

Token Barnthouse
Lecturer |
Morale, Welfare and Recreation Director, Naval Air Station, Fallon, Nevada

Catharine Bening Stadler, M.S.
Lecturer | SLN 4009 |

Tamica Clement, M.S., CTRS
Lecturer | SLN 4030 |
Recreation Therapist, State of California Corrections
Owner, Moore Recreation Therapy and Consulting

Lindsey Dao, B.S., CTRS
Lecturer | SLN 4030 |
Lead Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Sutter Center for Psychiatry

Jason DeWall, M.S.
| SLN 4007 |

Cole Forstedt, M.S.
| SLN 4013 |

Cara Hoyt, M.S.
| SLN 4028 |

Arlene Krause, M.S., CTRS
| SLN 4020 |
Recreation Therapy
Adjunct Faculty, Gerontology Department, American River College

Bina Lefkovitz, M.S.
| SLN 4032 |

Tad Mackey, M.S.
Lecturer | SLN 4005 |
Recreation Aide, Therapeutic Recreation Services

Hunter Merritt, M.S.
Lecturer | SLN 4013 |
Study Manager, USACE Sacramento District Planning Division, Water Resources Branch

Troy Nichols, M.S.
| SLN 4007 |

Rebecca Niles, M.S.
Lecturer | SLN 4005 |

Andre Pichly, M.S., CPRP
| SLN 4009 |
Superintendent of Recreation, City of West Sacramento Parks and Recreation

Andrew Reddish, M.S.
Lecturer| SLN 4032 |

William Reliford, Jr., M.S.
Lecturer | (online only) |
Youth Enrichment Program Operations Supervisor, Hayward Unified School District

Terri Webster Schrandt, M.S.
Lecturer | SLN 4005 |
Owner, Windigen Consulting
Blogger and board sports enthusiast

Todd Sebastian, CPRP
Lecturer | The WELL, Room 1112 |
Assistant Director, Special Events & Informal Recreation at The WELL
Co-Owner and Forman of Festivities, Off The Chain Bike Bus Tours
Principal Consultant, KTS Business Services, Inc.

Chris Shannon, M.S.
Lecturer| SLN 4007 |

Mark Spring, J.D.
Lecturer | SLN 4005 |

Jennifer Taylor, M.S., CTRS
Lecturer | SLN 4030 |

Mandy Taylor, MSW
Lecturer | SLN 4032 |

Kenneth Williams, M.Ed.
Lecturer | The WELL, Room 1118 |
Coordinator, Climbing Wall and Group Facilitation at The WELL

Jael Young, M.S.
Lecturer | Peak Adventures, The WELL |
Director, ASI Peak Adventures

General Department Contact Information

Main Office location and phone number
SLN 4000 | (916) 278-6752

Department Fax:
(916) 278-5053

You may contact the department's main office phone number during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Someone will return your call at their earliest convenience.  

* Please note that advising visits should be made during faculty office hours (posted in the lobby each semester). Faculty members periodically change office hours due to scheduling conflicts.