Advisory Councils

The Department maintains advisory councils representing its specialization areas.  These councils are comprised of industry leaders in tourism management, recreation and park management, youth development, parks and conservation, community development, and event planning and management.  The advisory boards are pivotal in helping us… 

  • ensure that we are teaching “cutting-edge” curricula that optimally meets the needs of our students and the industries we serve
  • secure professional opportunities and quality internships for our students,
  • understand evolving continuing education needs of professionals
  • understand evolving needs of industry for research
  • connect with giving opportunities for donors

Community Development

Cecilia Giusti, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, Texas A&M University

Debbie Eller, Community Development Program Manager, City of College Station, TX

Joanne Ducharme, Director of Community Development, Montgomery County

Jose Quintana, President Advent GX, Bryan, TX

Danielle Harris, Assistant Dean for Student Success, College of Agricultural Sciences, Texas A&M University

Community Recreation and Park Administration

Linda Cornelius, Parks & Recreation Director, Bryan, TX

Jay Daniel, Consultant, Martindale, TX

Larry Pressler, Retired, College Station, TX

David Schmitz, Parks & Recreation Director, College Station, TX

Parks and Conservation

Mary Bomar, Director, National Park Service (ret.)

Dean Bibles, State Director, Bureau of Land Management (ret.)

Tim Bradle, Supervisor, Water Surface Operations Programs, Lower Colorado River Authority

Kevin Cheri, Superintendent, Buffalo National River, Arkansas

Deborah Cowman, Director, Brazos Valley Museum

Stacey Dicke, Director, New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Dept.

Russell Fishbeck, Deputy Director State Parks Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Jamie Hackett, Superintendent, Bastrop/Buescher state park complex

Walt Dabney, Former Director, State Parks Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife

Greg Henington, Owner, Far Flung Outdoor Center, Terlingua

Pamela Scaggs, Lead interpreter and volunteer coordinator, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park

Professional Event Manager Certificate Program

Gregg Bennett, Professor, Health and Kinesiology

Doug Burns, Manager: Hospitality & Event Services for the University Center Complex

Marc Chaloupka, Director of the Annenerg Presidential Conference Center

Bill McKinley, Director of Benz School of Floral Design & Senior Lecturer, Horticulture

Tracy Rutherford, Assistant Professor, Agriculture Education

Skip Wagner, President/CEO of 12th Man Foundation TAMU

Ms. Becky Wade, Marketing & Development for MSC OPAS

Jennifer Martin, Marketing Director of TAMU Athletics

Tourism Management

Paul Serf, Former TTIA President

Robert Starnes, Entrepreneur

Carson Watt, Former RPTS Extension

Travis Wuest, Natural Bridge Caverns

Hunter Goodwin, Oldham Goodwin Properties

Shannon Overby, B/CS CVB

Youth Development

Chris Boleman, Program Director, Texas 4-H Youth Development

Liana Lowey, Executive Director, Voices for Children CASA of Brazos Valley

Kurt Podeszwa, Camp Director, Camp for All

Ron Rolett, President Boys & Girls Club of Brazos Valley


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