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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

PRESIDENT


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




PRESIDENT ELECT

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


SECRETARY

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


TREASURER

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


STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

ISABEL CULPEPPER

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


PAST PRESIDENT

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


CONSUMER REPRESENTATIVE - JEREMY MADDOX

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Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association

PO Box 24021
St. Simons Island, GA 31522

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