We are vigorously working 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 is also continuing to pursue Recreation Therapy Licensure in the state of Georgia. We have the steadfast support of 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
KELSEY SHULL, CTRS
Education: B.S. Therapeutic Recreation, Minor: Political Science, Georgia Southern University, 2012; pursuing: Masters in Healthcare Administration, University of Scranton
Population Expertise: Veterans/Behavioral Health
Contribution to RT: Recreation Therapist at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA, 6 years; 2018-2019 President-Elect for the Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association; 2017-2018 Member-At-Large for the Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association; Veterans section member for American Therapeutic Recreation Association's Federal Public Policy Team
BRIANNA PANOSIAN, CTRS
Education: B.S. Recreational Therapy, East Carolina University, 2017
Population Expertise: Older Adults
Contribution to RT: 2018-2019 Secretary for the Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association; Activity Director at Sunrise Senior Living at Huntcliff Summitt II; Intern at HCR ManorCare
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
KEELI RIGDON, CTRS
Education: B.S. Child and Family Development and Therapeutic Recreation, Georgia Southern University, 2013
Population Expertise: Behavioral Health
Contributions to RT: Recreation Therapy Director at St. Simons-By-The-Sea; Internships completed at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA and University of Florida Health in Jacksonville, FL.
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: 2018-2019 Student Representative for the Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association, 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: Certified in Adaptive Golf through GSGA; Created a system for standardized assessment data analysis
Education: Senior. B.S. Recreation, Emphasis: Recreational Therapy, Georgia Southern University, 2020
Population Expertise: enjoys Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Veterans, and Individuals with SCI and TBI.
Contributions to RT: Recreation Therapy Teaching Assistant under Sandra Rangel, MS, CTRS. ATRA member. Attended the ATRA Conference 2018. Completed practicums at Shepherd Center, Brooks Rehab, and volunteered at the Adventure Skills Workshop
SANDRA RANGEL, MS, CTRS
Education: M.S. Therapeutic Recreation, University of Tennessee, 2008
Job: Adjunct Professor at Georgia Southern University in the Therapeutic Recreation program; Recreation Therapy Director at Coastal Harbor Health Systems in Savannah, GA (previous).
Population expertise: Behavioral Health
Contributions to RT Profession: 2018-2019 President of Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association; 2017-2018 Secretary of Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association