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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 Coordinator I

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Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Jamie Hoffman, CTRS

Dept. Chair, Professor, RPTA Student Association Chair

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  • Office Hours: please email to schedule an appt.
  • Specialty & Interests: Recreation Therapy, Disability Awareness and Sensitivity, Inclusion, Adaptive Sports and Recreation, Faculty Knowledge Awareness and Perception of Students in Higher Education

Dr. Mary Breunig

Associate Professor, RA Academic Advisor

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  • Office Hours: Weds 11:30am - 1:30 pm & Thurs 11:00am-12 noon or by appt.
  • Specialty & Interests: Experiential education; Outdoor recreation; Community activism; Environmental and social justice

Dr. Christina Davis, CTRS

Assistant Professor, RT Academic 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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  • Office Hours: Weds 4-6 pm (zoom) & Thurs 12-1 pm (in person)
  • 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 Academic Advisor & Internship Coordinator

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  • Office Hours: Mondays 8-11 am (via zoom)
  • Specialty & Interests: Community recreation; outdoor leadership and natural resource management; technology and recreation; adaptive outdoor equipment for individuals with disabilities.

Dr. Jungyun Christine Hur

Associate Professor, HTM Academic Advisor

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  • Location: Solano Hall 4012
  • Phone: (916) 278-5025
  • Office Hours: On Sabbatical Fall 2023
  • 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, Academic Advisor

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  • Office Hours: Weds 12-1:30 pm (via zoom/by appt) & Thurs 12-1:30 pm (in person, walk in's welcome)
  • Specialty & Interests: Community & non-profit organizations; Social & environmental justice; Community engagement; Sustainable food systems and food sovereignty

Dr. B. Dana Kivel

Professor, RA Academic Advisor

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  • Office Hours: Mon/Weds 3-4:30 pm (via zoom) or by appt.
  • 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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  • Office Hours: Tues 10:30-11:45am & 1:30-3:15 pm
  • Specialty & Interests: Non-profit management; Advocacy; Civil rights for individuals with disabilities

Dr. David Rolloff

Professor, RA Academic Advisor

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  • Office Hours: On Sabbatical Fall 2023
  • 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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  • Office Hours: Weds 1-4 pm in person or zoom, email for appt.
  • Specialty & Interests: Commercial recreation; Tourism; Hospitality management, services, marketing; Consumer behavior; Statistical applications

Dr. Abhijeet Shirsat

Assistant Professor, HTM Academic Advisor, Graduate Coordinator

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  • Office Hours: Weds 1-3 pm
  • 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

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

Dr. Garrett Duncan

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  • Office Hours: Thurs after class at 5:50 pm an by appt.
  • Specialty & Interests: My passion for teaching is getting young people to really think critically about natural resources and energy.

Cole Forstedt, M.S.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Volunteer management; Grant writing

Ross Garner

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  • Office Hours: Tues 7:50-8:20 am
  • Specialty & Interests: Outdoor Leadership; Recreation Management; Group Dynamics and Facilitation; Recreation Planning; Guiding

Alivia Elder-Gok, CTRS

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  • Specialty & Interests: Recreation Therapy

Joshua Green, MBA

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  • Office Hours: Tues 3:45-4:30 pm or online by appt.
  • Specialty & Interests: Community Recreation; Hospitality; Policy & Legislation; Maintenance Operations & Asset Management; Public Finance

Angela Hernandez

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  • Location: Solano Hall 4007
  • Specialty & Interests: Recreation Therapy, Educational Psychology, and rehabilitative services for justice involved populations

Cara Hoyt, M.S.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Coaching

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

Mark Slaughter

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  • Specialty & Interests: Recreation Law

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: 41