2011 Annual Conference Presenters


"Political Aspects of Community Recreation" - Tony Collins
Mr. Collins is the Director of Parks and Recreation in the city of Gahanna, OH. A graduate of OU in 1994, Mr. Collins will share with attendee’s observations from the profession of community recreation in the past 15 years. Session topics will include: undergraduate class & degree choices, graduate school, your first job, understanding the politics, mentors, professional association membership and career advancement.
"International Opportunities in Recreation" - Giles Lee
Mr. Lee is the current Prime Minister of Student Activities at Hocking College. He will be presenting on Recreation Inspiration. Within this presentation Superhero Giles Lee will give you a rare glimpse behind the cape with some inspiring words of recreation wisdom to plan your life, career, and afterlife
"Judgement & Decision Making among Alpine Climbers" - Alan Rousseau
Alan completed an undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in Leisure Service Management.  After his undergraduate work he moved to Washington state to work as a mountain guide.  He has climbed many places from Northern Alberta to Ecuador; including ascents of numberous large walls in Yosemite and countless committing alpine climbs in the North West.
"Water, Hydrate or Die!" - Steven Foy
Steven is a first year graduate student at Ohio University in the Recreation Studies program researching the social interaction between adventure guides and adventure guests.  Steven has spent the better part of the last six years engaged in recreation both as a pursuer and provider with interests in whitewater sports, rock climbing, skiing and backpacking.
"Five Rivers MetroParks: Uniting the Community with Outdoor Recreation through a Strategy of Access" - Amy Dingle
Amy is a graduate of Ohio University who studied Recretaion Studies and Communications.  She continued on to Graduate School where she held a Graduate Assistant position doing an assessment and case study for creating the Outdoor Pursuits program.  She is an avid paddler and enjoys skiing, mountain biking and many other outdoor recreation activities.
"Dazed & Confused? Meshing Academics with an Assistantship" - Bill Singleton
Bill completed an undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in Sport Management and Business Administration. Upon completion of his bachelor's he worked as the Assistant Coordinator of Facilities at the University of Vermont for a year.  He is currently the Facility Personnel Graduate Assistant at the Ping Center and a graduate student in the Recreation Studies program here at Ohio University.
"Economic Issues of Community Rec" - Leann Castillo

Leann Castillo, CPRP, OU graduate, 1994 . Works at the Centerville-Washington Park District as the Program Manager and serves on the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Board of Directors as the Vice President and Annual Conference Committee Chair. Leann will speak about the wise use of resources during these tough economic times. Learn how Parks and Recreation Agencies around Ohio are using innovative ideas and process to make the most of their limited budgets.

"Mismeasure of Adventure Rec " - Joe Crowley

Joe Crowley is a current graduate student in the Recreation Department here at OU. His undergraduate degree hails from Loyola University in Maryland where his passion for adventure and the outdoors really took root. His presentation will engage the attendees in an open discussion around the current recreation trend of "commodification of adventure" and the ethical dilemma behind using the image of risk to sell a product to consumers where risk is not necessarily present. Are we cheating our own field?

"Youth & Sport " - Sherri Huckleberry

Ms. Sheri Huckleberry is an integral faculty member in the Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy in The Patton College of Education and Human Services.  She is the program coordinator for the online Master’s of Coaching Education program.   Athens, Ohio became home (for a second time, she earned an MSPE-Athletic Administration in 1999) in the fall of 2007 as she began to pursue a terminal degree from the Patton College of Education and Human Services at Ohio University. Her area of study is in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Studies and emphasis in Coaching Education.  As a doctoral candidate, her research focuses on the commitment and self-efficacy of youth sport coaches.  She also has interest in the impact of deliberate play on the retention of youth sport participants, and the evaluation and assessment of coaching education programs. She is also involved with the Soccer for Education and Cultural Exchange program, a partnership program between Ohio University and PLAY SOCCER. The two-way educational exchange program provides coaching education and training to youth sport coaches in South Africa, Ghana, and Senegal. In exchange, the coaches travel to Ohio University to take part in Kids on Campus activities and PLAY SOCCER program initiatives.

"Collaboration With Different Agencies " - Jason Shamblin

Jason Shamblin, the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Reynoldsburg. Reynoldsburg, also known as "The Birthplace of the Tomato" is an eastern suburb of Columbus with a population of 33,000. Prior to joining the administration in Reynoldsburg Jason was a dedicated team member of the Parks and Recreation Departments in Grove City and Gahanna, Ohio. Jason started his career administering Outdoor Education programs for the YMCA in Akron.

"Guiding " - Mike Pond

Mike earned a B.S. in Expeditionary Studies from Plattsburgh State (NY), an outdoor leadership major with a strong emphasis in technical skills. He is an outdoor educator and mountain guide, and is currently a graduate student at Ohio. Mike’s climbing and guiding pursuits have taken him throughout the American Southwest, Cascades, Canada, Alaska, and South America, including first ascents in the Cascades and BC Coastal Range. He has a strong passion for long, esthetic alpine climbs and loves sharing that passion with others.

"Camps " - Chris Lukas & Jake Preston

Chris Lukas is from a "Mistake by the Lake" suburb, Mentor, Ohio.  Chris received a B.S. in Park and Recreation Management 45 minutes from home at Kent State University.  He is recently married with plans to volunteer with the Peace Corps early next year with his wife, Katie. His life goals include starting a family and working in a career that allows him to contribute to the betterment of youth through quality recreation and education.  Chris’ hobbies include playing sports, reading, rock climbing, traveling, and camping.