Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

RPTA Advisory Board

RPTA engages in regular conversations with industry leaders and alumni to ensure its programs are preparing students for their chosen professions. RPTA advisory board members are leaders in their industries who are tasked with the following duties: 

  • to assist RPTA faculty in reviewing and updating its curriculum when needed;
  • to guide RPTA in identifying and soliciting internship opportunities for students;
  • to update RPTA faculty on industry best practices and trends; and,
  • to aid RPTA in recruiting and mentoring students. 

 Advisory board members fulfill these duties by regularly corresponding with faculty and/or the department chair. They also assist in recruiting and mentoring students by sharing positive information about WIU and RPTA through their professional services. 


  • Matt Cerone, Marketing Coordinator - Newport Industries
  • Tracey Crawford, Executive Director - Northwest Special Recreation Association
  • Scott Crowe, Director of Recreation - Huntley Park District
  • Abby Gamsu, Front Office Manager - Pineapple Hospitality Company
  • Maureen Gilbert, Coordinator - DRES - University of Illinois
  • Keith Jacobs, President - Experiential Systems, Inc.
  • George Johnson, President/CEO - Johnson Development Company, LLC
  • Cody Kamp, Facility Manager - Fox Valley Park District
  • David King, Executive Director Prairie Hills Resource Conservation & Development
  • Joan Kranovich, Director of Sales Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Ken Kutska, Executive Director - International Playground Safety Institution, LLC
  • Rachel Lenz, Executive Director - Macomb Park District
  • Brian Meyer, Director of Recreation and Facilities - Arlington Heights Park District
  • Tom Miller, Director of Sommer Park - Peoria Park District
  • Kathy Morse, Recreation Therapist - Leisure for Consulting
  • Cayla Nord, Communications and Events Coordinator - Family Resources, Inc.
  • Emily Randell, NSA Bahrain MWR Aqautics Manager - US Navy
  • Joe Roselieb, Director, Residential & Auxiliary Facilities - Western Illinois University
  • Karl Schmidt, Amusement Director - Angry Birds Park
  • Kristin Terry, Director - Macomb Downtown Development
  • Chuck Thomas, Assistant Director - Recreation Services University of Iowa
  • Adrianna Tuszynski, Recreational Therapist - Liberty Health Care at the IDHS Treatment and Detention Facility
  • Lisa Ward, Owner - Magnolias
  • Nick White, Recreation Director - Missouri S&T Student Recreation Center