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Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration College of Health & Human Services

Meet Us


Krystle Peay

Administrative Support Coordinator II

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MaVie Ivashkevich

Administrative Support Assistant II

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Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Samantha Blackburn

Department Chair, Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Community Program Planning and Administration, Community Health

Dr. Mary Breunig

Assistant Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Experiential education; Outdoor recreation; Community activism; Environmental and social justice

Dr. Christina Davis, CTRS

Assistant Professor, RMA Advisor & RT Internship Coordinator

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  • Specialty & Interests: Recreation Therapy, Biofeedback, Mental Health Interventions, Optimal Performance Training

Dr. Lisa Easterla

Professor, Minor Advisor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Research background and interest in fear of crime in parks as it pertains to environmental design in parks and sociable spaces, creating healthy and safe parks, and women's constraints to leisure.

Dr. Beth Erickson

Professor, RA Internship Coordinator

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  • Specialty & Interests: Community recreation; outdoor leadership and natural resource management; technology and recreation; adaptive outdoor equipment for individuals with disabilities.

Dr. Jamie Hoffman, CTRS

Associate Professor, On Sabbatical Spring 2022

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  • Specialty & Interests: Recreation Therapy, Disability Awareness and Sensitivity, Inclusion, Adaptive Sports and Recreation, Faculty Knowledge Awareness and Perception of Students in Higher Education

Dr. Jungyun Christine Hur

Associate Professor, HTM Academic Advisor

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  • Location: Solano Hall 4012
  • Phone: (916) 278-5025
  • Specialty & Interests: Social Media and Hospitality, Hospitality and Event Management, Hospitality Marketing, Service Management, Destination Management & Branding, Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Industry Analysis

Dr. Leah Joyner

Assistant Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Community & non-profit organizations; Social & environmental justice; Community engagement; Sustainable food systems and food sovereignty

Dr. B. Dana Kivel

Professor, Director of Community Engagement Center

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  • Specialty & Interests: Community recreation (non-profit and municipal); Leisure and identity; Leisure and ideology - issues of gender, sexuality and race.

Arlene Krause, M.S., CTRS


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  • Specialty & Interests: Non-profit management; Advocacy; Civil rights for individuals with disabilities

Dr. David Rolloff


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  • Specialty & Interests: Resource management in recreation, wilderness and Park stewardship; Environmental policy; Recreation planning; Outdoor leadership

Dr. Anthony Sheppard

Professor, HTM Program Coordinator

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  • Specialty & Interests: Commercial recreation; Tourism; Hospitality management, services, marketing; Consumer behavior; Statistical applications

Dr. Abhijeet Shirsat

Assistant Professor, HTM Faculty Advisor, Graduate Coordinator

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  • Specialty & Interests: Hospitality; Hotel management; Food tourism; Services and experiential marketing; Restaurant management

Part-Time Faculty

Dr. Catharine Bening

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  • Specialty & Interests: Working with youth - college level athletes; community services for at-risk populations

Jason Blessinger, M.Ed.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Campus Recreation

Scarlet Boggs, M.S.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Outdoor Recreation

Dr. Hyunsuk Choi

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  • Specialty & Interests: Hospitality, Event Management, Hospitality Technology, Service Learning, Data Analytics, Hospitality and Tourism Education, Hotel Management, Consumer Behavior

Dr. John Cusick

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  • Specialty & Interests: Sustainable Tourism; Geography

Lindsay Dao, M.H.A., CTRS

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  • Specialty & Interests: Recreation Therapy

Jason De Wall, M.S.

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  • Specialty & Interests: California State Parks; Law enforcement

Cole Forstedt, M.S.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Volunteer management; Grant writing

Alivia Gok, CTRS

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  • Specialty & Interests: Recreation Therapy

Cara Hoyt, M.S.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Coaching

Heather Kopf, M.S., CTRS


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Tad Mackey, Ed. D, RTC

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  • Specialty & Interests: Educational Leadership, Campus Recreation Programming, Facilities Management and Informal Recreation

Hunter Merritt, M.S.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Leisure theory; Recreation programming; Outdoor education; Experiential education; Leadership development; Environmental education and sustainability

Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn

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Abigail Morrissey, M.A.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Guiding; Outdoor Leadership; Expedition Planning; Group Facilitation; Therapeutic Recreation; Adaptive Recreation; Social & Environmental Justice

Troy Nichols, M.S.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Youth Leadership, Community Development, Diversity/Inclusion/Justice Initiatives, Community Recreation for Underserved Populations.

Andre Pichly, M.S., CPRP

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  • Specialty & Interests: Community recreation; Facility operations; Agency accreditation; Leisure education; Parks & Recreation management; Professional certification; customer service

Andrew Reddish, M.S.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Campus recreation, Professional training and development, Recreation programming, Leadership development

William Reliford, M.S.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Community recreation; Youth leadership

Chris Shannon, M.S.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Community development; Sports and recreation

Garrett Werner

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  • Specialty & Interests: outdoor education; group facilitation

Jennifer Wilson, M.S.


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Jael Young, M.S.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Community recreation; Outdoor leadership and natural resource management; Technology and recreation; Adaptive outdoor equipment for individuals with disabilities

Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Steve Gray

Professor Emeritus

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  • Specialty & Interests: Management and administration of recreation agencies; Computers and computer applications; Sports management; Campus recreation; Commercial recreation; Rugby coaching

Dr. Ernest Olson

Professor Emeritus

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  • Specialty & Interests: Culture; Leisure education
Total Members: 40