In 2011, after spending nearly five years working in the field of Wealth Management that concluded a stint of over thirteen years in professional office environments, I shifted my professional focus toward my ongoing passions in nonprofit development at the intersection of recreation, education and natural resource issues.

In 2013 I graduated from The University of Montana College of Forestry with honors by completing a B.S in Parks, Tourism and Recreation Management with a Nature Based Tourism focus and a minor in Non-Profit administration. These programs equipped me with the tools to be effective at utilizing the mechanisms of recreation, tourism, and environmental education toward often disparate stakeholder objectives:  stakeholder interests often align where their positions do not. 

I am currently a Graduate Assistant at the University of New Hampshire pursuing a M.S. of Recreation Policy and Administration. My graduate research includes projects focused upon the role of “the self” in determining recreation preferences as they relate to risk perceptions, as well as the role that the self plays in mediating the impacts of natural experiences upon environmental stewardship values. I have also been working closely on municipal recreation needs assessment projects and helping to guide stakeholder input through collaborative input sessions and focus groups.

These trajectories of inquiry have helped me better understand multiple factors in motivating recreation,volunteer and stewardship behaviors among participants and communities, as well as how to navigate the interests of diverse sets of stakeholders relevant to common resources.

Within this trajectory of inquiry, I hope to better equip recreation and environmental education professionals with an understanding of the role of “the self” in motivating recreational, volunteer and stewardship behaviors among participants and community stakeholders. Understanding stakeholders is the key to serving them. 

2014-2015 | University of New Hampshire | Durham, NH 
M.S. Recreation Management and Policy: Recreation Administration

  •  Awarded Graduate Assistantship
  •  Co-Instructor for Wilderness Issues in American Society Course Spring and Fall 2014: 220 students
  • Northeast Recreation Research Symposium Presenter Cooperstown, NY 2014
  • Colloquium project: Exploring the role of Personality, Risk, Motivations and Recreation Preferences
  • Viral Marketing Project
  • New Hampshire 4-H State Volunteer Survey 2014
  • Moultonborough, NH Municipal Recreation Needs Assessment: survey, focus groups & town hall meeting
  • Exeter, NH Municipal Recreation Needs Assessment Survey: focus groups & town hall meeting
  • GPA: 4.0

2011-2013 | University of Montana | Missoula, MT
B.S. Parks Tourism & Recreation: Emphasis in Nature Based Tourism | Minor in Non-Profit Administration

  • Russell M. Nagle Scholarship Recipient
  • Leadership Award Scholarship Recipient
  • Montana Recreation & Parks Association Scholarship Recipient
  • Irene Evers Undergraduate Research Scholarship Recipient
  • UMCR Research Symposium Presenter
  • Americorps / Montana Campus Corps Team Member
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Dean's List [3.8 GPA] 

2000-2002 & 2009-2010 | John Wood Community College | Quincy, IL
A.A. Psychology

  • Awarded Academic Tuition Waiver
  • Graduated with honors [3.6 GPA]