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We have initiated our 2020-2021 Board of Directors! Check it out below to get to know us!

We continue to work vigorously towards building our membership. As our membership base grows, we will be opening more opportunities for members to get involved in the mission of GTRA by serving on committees. 

The GTRA BOD will also continue to pursue Recreation Therapy Licensure in the state of Georgia alongside Representative Jan Tankersley. We have made some great progress towards this goal, but there is still a long way to go. Check our Licensure Updates tab for the newest information!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT


BRIANNA PANOSIAN, CTRS

Education: B.S. Recreational Therapy, East Carolina University, 2017 

Population Expertise: Older Adults

Contribution to RT: President-Elect for Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association 2019-2020. Secretary for the Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association 2018-2019.  Activity & Volunteer Coordinator at Sunrise Senior Living at Huntcliff Summitt II. Presenter of "Telling the Whole Story: Assessments of Older Adults in all Domains" at ATRA National Conference 2019. Presenter of "Put Granny in the Game: Evidenced based Adapted Sports Research Project" ATRA National Conference 2018.


PRESIDENT-ELECT


KATHRYN MITCHELL, MS, CTRS

Education: B.A. Psychology, Minor: Political Science, Clemson University, 2015; M.S. Recreational Therapy, Clemson University, 2017 

Population Expertise: Older Adults

Contribution to RT: Recreation Therapist SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center Atlanta, GA. Recreation Therapy Director at HCR ManorCare in Marietta, GA. Presenter of "Telling the Whole Story: Assessments of Older Adults in all Domains" at ATRA National Conference 2019. Co-Chair of Older Adults Section of ATRA 2019-2020. Evidence-Based Practice Chair of Older Adults Section of ATRA 2017-2019. Presenter of "Put Granny in the Game: Evidenced based Adapted Sports Research Project" ATRA National Conference 2018. Published in American Journal of Recreational Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation Journal, and ATRA Winter Newsletter

SECRETARY


ELIZABETH COWARD, CTRS

Education: B.S. Recreation, Emphasis: Recreational Therapy, Minor: Psychology, Georgia Southern University, 2018

Population Expertise: Veterans/Mental Health, SCI

Contributions to RT: Recreation Therapist at Charlie Norwood VAMC, SCI Unit in Augusta, GA. Two years experience with persons being treated for mental health needs in Columbia, SC. 


TREASURER

KAROLYNE BELL, MA, CTRS

Education: M.A. Recreation Administration from the University of Mississippi; B.S. Therapeutic Recreation, University of Southern Mississippi;    

Population Expertise: Higher Education, Clinical Mental Health, Community Settings; Youth and Veterans with Physical Disabilities

Contributions to RT: Manager of Adaptive Sports and Recreation for BlazeSports America. Wheelchair Tennis Instructor. Adaptive Swim Instructor. Certified Yoga Teacher.


MEMBER AT LARGE

KASEY LAWTON, CTRS

Education: B.S. Recreation, Emphasis: Therapeutic Recreation, Minor: Child and Family Development, Georgia Southern, 2019

Population Expertise:  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation/Pediatrics

Contributions to RT: Student Representative for the Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association 2019-2020. Student Representative for the Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association 2018-2019. Georgia Southern University's Student Therapeutic Recreation Association Secretary. Recreation Therapy Teaching Assistant under Dr. Brent Wolfe, CTRS.


MEMBER AT LARGE

MEAGAN DUNCAN, CTRS

Education: B.S. Recreation, Emphasis: Recreation Therapy, Georgia Southern University, 2019

Population Expertise: Older Adults & Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Contributions to RT: Student Representative for the Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association 2019-2020. Certified Adaptive Golf Coach through GSGA. Created a system for standardized assessment data analysis.


STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE


KT NEELY

Education: Senior. B.S. Recreation, Emphasis: Recreational Therapy, Minor: Gerontology, Georgia Southern University, 2021 

Population Expertise: Older Adults

Contributions to RT:  Board Member of Student Therapeutic Recreation Association 2017-2020. Volunteer Athlete Caregiver for Kyle Pease Foundation.


PAST PRESIDENT

KELSEY SHULL, MHA, CTRS

Education: B.S. Therapeutic Recreation, Minor: Political Science, Georgia Southern University, 2012; Masters in Healthcare Administration, University of Scranton, 2020

Population Expertise: Veterans/Behavioral Health 

Contribution to RT: President of the Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association 2019-2020. Recreation Therapist at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA, 6 years. President-Elect for the Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association 2018-2019. Member-At-Large for the Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association 2017-2018. Veterans section member for American Therapeutic Recreation Association's Federal Public Policy Team. American Therapeutic Recreation Association Nominations and Elections committee 2018-2020.


CONSUMER REPRESENTATIVE - JEREMY MADDOX

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