SRTS 2017 Board Members:
Amber Arrington, CTRS, CDP – South Carolina
Amber Arrington is the Director of Community Programming at Martha Franks Retirement Community in Laurens, SC. She was hired on full time in 2016 after working as a consultant for the facility for 2 years. Prior to moving to upstate South Carolina, Amber worked as the Coordinator of Recreational Therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina, Institute of Psychiatry. Amber received her B.S. from Western Carolina University in Recreational Therapy in 2006 and is a Delta Zeta Alumnae. She is additionally certified as a Dementia Practitioner, Dementia Specialist 1 and Integrative Wellness and Life Coach.
Amber is a member of ATRA and was one of the contributing authors for Guidelines to Ethical Practice in Recreational Therapy. She has additionally worked on various task forces and committees with NCTRC including the Job Analysis Task Force Committee, Item Writing Committee and Passing Score Committee. She has presented at SRTS on creative expression and has been a guest lecturer at a local college on emotional intelligence and leadership. Amber is the current Secretary of SRTS and serves on various committees within the organization.
Locally, Amber is involved in her community and volunteers with her certified therapy dog, a miniature schnauzer named Kami. She is a member of the local artist guild and enjoys spending time in her studio, painting with acrylics as her preferred medium.
Hollyann Boyle, CTRS- South Carolina
Alumni Philanthropy Chair for Alpha Xi Delta
ATRA member and part of the ATRA Pediatric Treatment Network
Member of Autism Speaks
Staff Engagement and Development
Programming Coordinator for Psych pediatrics
Environmental Development for the Pediatric Psych ED
Paul Burchuk, CTRS- Virginia
Paul Burchuk is a United States Army Veteran and currently a Recreational Therapist at the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hampton, Virginia. Paul graduated from Old Dominion University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Tourism Studies with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation.
Paul started working in a community therapeutic recreation setting part-time in 2004 while attending ODU with the Norfolk Therapeutic Recreation center which later turned into a full time upon graduation. During his time with the Norfolk TRC, Paul worked with adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to include down syndrome, autism, and schizophrenia. In 2012, Paul worked at the James H. Quillen VAMC, Mountain Home, Tennessee. Paul also served as a member of the Polytrauma Treatment team during his time at Mountain Home. From August 2012 to present, Paul works on the SCI/D Unit at the Hampton VAMC. Paul works with inpatient Veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders in a long term care setting. Paul has also supervised many student interns while working at the Hampton VAMC.
Paul has presented multiple times at the Southeast Recreation Therapy Symposium on “The Therapeutic Benefits of Fly Fishing as a Treatment Modality” in which he was awarded the 2012 Ann James Award of Excellence. Paul has also received a grant for a putting green that was installed on the SCI courtyard for his Veterans. Paul was also selected by his peers at the Hampton VAMC for an I-CARE award for his dedication and commitment to his Veterans which was presented by the Hospital Director in August of 2016.
Fun Facts about Paul is his favorite day of the year is Halloween and usually always takes off work a few days early to get his haunted house ready for the trick or treaters. Paul also enjoys sports and currently is an assistant coach for the Hampton Roads Vipers travel fast pitch softball team.
Cliff Burnham, CTRS – Kentucky
Cliff Burnham graduated from Western Kentucky University. Cliff has been a certified recreational therapist for 18 years. For nine years he was a practitioner in the physical rehabilitation field working with CVA, SCI, joint replacement, and TBI clients.
Currently, Cliff is the Director of Recreational Services and a practitioner in the behavioral health field working with children, adolescent, and adult clients. His department offers a wide range of services including animal assisted therapy, aromatherapy, guided imagery, meditation, yoga, therapeutic art, leisure-based discussion/educational groups, outdoor behavioral health groups, and activity-based groups. Over time, he has been involved in a variety of organizations at the state, regional, and national levels that help to support and advance our profession.
Cliff has served as president of KATRA, Kentucky Area Therapeutic Recreation Association, at the state level; as chair and conference coordinator for SRTS, Southeast Recreation Therapy Symposium, at the regional level; and, as a practitioner board member for CARTE, Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education – a COA for CAAHEP, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, at the national level. He has also serve as the KY representative for the Joint-Task-Force between ATRA and NCTRC on state licensure – helping his professional colleagues draft and present a bill for state licensure. Cliff’s personal recreation time is spent in the outdoors adventuring through activities of hiking, backpacking, camping, canoeing and kayaking.
Rebecca Riedl Burnworth, MS, LRT/CTRS- North Carolina
A North Carolina native and double Pirate, Rebecca Burnworth graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Recreational Therapy and a MS in Recreation, Leisure, Facilities, and Tourism. Her career began at Pitt County Memorial Hospital (PCMH), now known as Vidant Medical Center, where she specialized in psychiatry. Mrs. Burnworth spent several years mentoring recreational therapy students through various practicums and internships in the behavioral health setting. As a faculty member in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at ECU, she coordinates and supervises recreational therapy internships and teaches in the ECU Lab School, a collaboration between East Carolina University and the Pitt County Public Schools. Rebecca is committed to the RT profession and has served as a member of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association and is Past President of the North Carolina Recreation Therapy Association. She currently serves on the North Carolina Board Recreational Therapy Licensure Internship Committee and recently joined the Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium Board of Directors. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys outdoor activities on the Pamilco River with her husband, two stepsons and their golden retriever.
Kevin Enright, CTRS – Georgia
Kevin Enright lives in Augusta, GA with his wife, Karen, and son, Judson. He has been a CTRS since May 1995. Although he has worked in mental health, he has always enjoyed working with people with developmental disabilities. He started the Special Olympics GA (SOGA) Augusta Stars team in 1995. He serves as their Local Coordinator and head coach, which is primarily adults with intellectual disabilities who live in and around Augusta. In 2003, Kevin was selected to be the Team USA Southeast coach for bocce at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland. His team of two athletes and two unified partners came home with gold, silver, and bronze medals. Also in 2003, Kevin was awarded the Special Olympics GA Outstanding Local Coordinator. In 2013, he was a finalist for the Special Olympics North America Coach of the Year. In addition to leading the Augusta Stars, Kevin also serves as a clinician for SOGA as he travels throughout the state teaching other coaches various sports. Since 2003, he has served as the lead bocce official for the SOGA Fall Games. Kevin believes it’s important to focus on the abilities of his athletes and build from there. When he’s not focusing on the next Special Olympics competition he enjoys darts, baseball, swimming, hiking and enjoying time with friends and family.
Laurence Evans, CTRS- Tennessee
Laurence Evans began serving on the Southeastern Recreational Therapy Symposium in 2017 after first presenting his seminar Using Improv Comedy And Its Underlying Concepts As A Treatment Modality In Recreational Therapy at the 2016 symposium.
Laurence started his second career after graduating, with a Bachelor of Science in Education, from the University of Tennessee Recreation Therapy program in 2014 at the “mature” age of 45. During his academic years he participated and led his fellow students in several of the RT department’s sponsored activity camps. Laurence was also honored to be chosen to give the commencement speech to the university at his graduation ceremony.
Laurence used his college practicums and internship to specialize in the care of persons diagnosed with dementia and other brain diseases and injury. After establishing his CTRS credentials he began working first in private practice then as the Director of an Assisted Living community specializing in dementia and stroke patient care. While in this position he assisted this national senior living community’s corporate office in rewriting the protocols and staff training manuals including a new chapter on “Milieu – creating a welcoming environment.”
At this time, Laurence is the Assistant Director of the Sevier Senior Center, and while this position is less clinical he as his office are involved in several therapeutic programs and community outreach programs that aim to serve adults with disabilities.
Jo Lewis, M.S., CTRS – Florida
Jo Lewis has served the older adult population since 1991, working in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and dementia specific communities. Jo earned her Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 1990 and her Masters in Geriatric Recreational Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2007. As well as serving on the board of the SRTS, Jo has been an active member of ATRA, serving as the co-chair for the Geriatric Treatment Network. Jo has presented on a number of topics related to older adults and benefits of recreational therapy. She has also co-authored Recreational Therapy: Treatment for Depression in Older Adults.
Maureen Meador, CTRS – Georgia
Maureen Meador works as recreational therapist at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. She received her BS degree in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from Clemson University in 1990. Prior to working in the area of physical rehabiltation, Maureen worked in the behavioral health setting for many years where she specialized in ROPES and used experiential education with patient populations as well as in the community setting. Maureen became a frequent presenter at SRTS beginning in 2002 and joined the board in 2015. She is the current chair. Maureen is a contributing author for Guidelines for the Ethical Practice of Recreational Therapy: A Training Manual published by ATRA.
Wayne Pollock, Ph.D., CTRS, FDRT – Virginia
Wayne Pollock is an Associate Professor at Virginia Wesleyan University, having moved into academia in 2000 after a 15+ year career working as a CTRS in various healthcare settings. Wayne received his B.S. from West Chester University, his M.S. from the University of North Carolina, and his Ph.D. from Old Dominion University. Wayne’s passion for helping improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities is exemplified in his work as a recreational therapist working with adults with intellectual disabilities and both adolescents and adults with mental illness and substance abuse problems. Current research interests involve measuring functional outcomes of individuals with dementia using a technology based intervention, evidence-based practices and promoting the ethical practice of recreational therapy. Wayne remains professionally engaged, serving on Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium and National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification boards of directors and was honored to be inducted as a Fellow into the National Academy of Recreational Therapists in 2014.
Thom Skalko, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS, FDRT – Kentucky
Thom Skalko Professor Emeritus of Recreational Therapy at East Carolina University and currently serves as the Sector Strategies Consultant – Healthcare for Kentuckianaworks, a workforce development board for the greater Louisville/Southern Indiana Region. He received his bachelors and masters’ degrees from the University of Georgia and his doctoral degree from the University of Maryland. Dr. Skalko has been practicing Recreational Therapy since 1974 with roles in health care and human service delivery including:
- Creator of the Recreational Therapy program at the Middle Georgia Community Mental Health Center
- Director of Recreational Therapy, Department of Psychiatry, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
- Director and developer of Child Life Services, Department of Pediatrics, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Director, and
- Director of the ECU Horizons Day Treatment Program.
Thom is a Founding Member and a past president (1992-93) of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA). He has served on numerous committees including Chair and co-Chair for ATRA Federal Public Policy Team, ATRA WHO- International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Team, Co-Editor of the ATRA Annual, and editor of the ATRA Newsletter among other roles. He is a Fellow of ATRA, and a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy for Recreational Therapy (NART). Skalko has over 30 awards for professional service and accomplishment.
Skalko’s scholarship includes over $1,300,000 in secured external funding, co-author of four books, several chapters, over 60 manuscripts in print and over 170 presentations at the international, national, regional, and state levels.
Thom has chaired or served on 38 graduate student thesis or dissertation committees. Recent projects include functional assessment of balance in older adults and intervention strategies to improve balance and prevent falls.
Thom is Past-President of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP – 2014 – 2017). He has also served as past Chair of the North Carolina Board for Recreational Therapy Licensure and served as chair of the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE) (2010-2015).
Beth Weiser, CTRS – South Carolina
Markeeta Wilkerson, M.S., CTRS – Kentucky
Markeeta Wilkerson CTRS is the Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor at Western State Hospital in Hopkinsville Ky. She has worked there for over 20 years. She attended Murray State University were she obtained a B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Services with a T.R. emphasis and a M.S. in Organizational Communications. She is also certified as a National WRAP (Wellness, Recovery Action Plan) Facilitator, A Certified Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Trainer, A Reiki Master and a Certified Public Manager. A Member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, GOAL Mayor Appointed Committee, Focus 21st Century Minority Leadership , Hopkinsville Leadership, ATRA, and KATRA. She has been writing professionally since 1990, conducts state Wide Mental Health and Recovery training. She was the 2003 Ann James recipient.
Kathy Williams, CTRS- Virginia
She is a 1987 graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. She began serving on the Southeast Recreation Therapy Symposium Board of Directors in 2017, she has presented at the symposium at various times since 2010.
She works with the City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation; she is the Recreation Supervisor of citywide Therapeutic Recreation Programs and Recreation Services for three community recreation centers. She began working with the department in 1985 as a part time staff in Therapeutic Recreation Programs and continued advancing in the organization to her current position. She has been instrumental in program development for the citizens of Virginia Beach with disabilities, one of the programs being Camp Explore a summer day camp that serves ages 6 – 21 with various diagnoses including Autism Spectrum disorder, ADD/ADHD, Down syndrome, learning disability, mild to profound intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, hard of hearing, visual or physical disability. She takes pride in her work as a CTRS and enjoys providing opportunities for individuals to try new activities, learn skills and for them to be successful in a supportive and fun environment. She doesn’t take the credit alone; she has a wonderful team of CTRS’s and part time para professionals that work alongside of her to make Virginia Beach a “Community for A Lifetime” for all individuals.
Kathy is a trained facilitator for the City of Virginia Beach and serves as member/ facilitator for the Safest City – Strategic Issue Team. She is also active with Virginia Cooperative Extension and has served as the Co-Camp Director of Virginia Beach 4-H Summer Camp since 1995. In her free time, Kathy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors and exploring new places.
During her professional career she has been active and held numerous leadership positions in various organizations:
- Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) member since 1989
- VRPS Board of Directors
- VRPS Annual Conference – Overall Co-Chair; Education Committee; Publicity Committee; Presenter
- VRPS Therapeutic Recreation Resource Group – Chair; Treasurer
- VRPS Eastern Service Area – Treasurer
- VRPS Strategic Plan
- Virginia Recreation and Park Society Distinguished Service Award 2007
- Virginia State Therapeutic Recreation Association (VASTRA) – member
- Mid-Eastern Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation – Publicity Chair; Presenter
- Virginia Beach Cooperative Extension Leadership Council
- Virginia Wesleyan College Accreditation Alumni Advisory Board
Pam Wilson, M.S., LRT/CTRS, FDRT – North Carolina
Pamela Wilson has been employed as the Clinical Director of Recreation Therapy at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center since 1978 where she manages inpatient, outpatient, and revenue sourced Recreation Therapy Programs in addition to Aquatic Therapy, Massage Therapy, Assistive Technology, Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Hospital School Program. Her interest in areas of grant writing, strategic planning, marketing, and student development makes her a frequent conference presenter. In addition to her clinical duties, she is an Adjunct Lecturer at of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Recreation Administration (TR Option) and is recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the National Academy of Recreational Therapy.
During her professional career she has held numerous leadership positions in state and national organizations including:
- Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium – Treasurer
- American Therapeutic Recreation Association – President, Treasurer, Public Policy Team
- American Therapeutic Recreation Foundation – Chair; Trustee
- North Carolina Board of Recreational Therapy Licensure – Chair
- North Carolina Therapeutic Recreation Certification Board – Chair; Secretary
- North Carolina Recreation Therapy Association – President, Secretary, Member-At-Large, Membership Services Coordinator
- North Carolina Alliance of Health Care Professionals – Member–At-Large
- North Carolina Recreation and Park Society – TR Division Chair, Ways/Means Committee
Pam has been recognized by her peers with several honors including:
- American Therapeutic Recreation Association – Distinguished Fellow Award; Presidential Award; Member of the Year Award; Advocacy Award
- Southeast Therapeutic Recreation Symposium – President’s Awards; Ann James Award
- North Carolina Recreation Therapy Association – Presidential Legislative Advocacy Award; Distinguished Member Awards; Presidential Award; Certificate of Excellence
- North Carolina Recreation and Park Society TR Division – Distinguished Individual Service Award
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Distinguished Alumni Award from the Curriculum in Leisure Studies
Angela Wozencroft, Ph.D., CTRS – Tennessee
Angela Wozencroft is an Associate Professor in the Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies department at the University of Tennessee (UTK). She received her Ph.D. from Clemson University in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. While at Clemson, she worked as a graduate student researcher/instructor and an adventure course facilitator at Clemson’s Outdoor Laboratory. Dr. Wozencroft received her B. A. in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario, a post graduate professional diploma in Gerontology from The University of Waterloo, and one in Therapeutic Recreation from Georgian College.
Dr. Wozencroft’s research examines issues impacting individuals working in Therapeutic Recreation and related areas such as the name of my field’s professional organization, professional title preferences (Therapeutic Recreation vs. Recreation(al) Therapy), spiritual wellbeing of Therapeutic Recreation professionals, and career mobility of women in recreation. Also, she is currently investigating the benefits and outcomes of the two service-learning programs offered in the Therapeutic Recreation concentration at UTK: Camp Koinonia and Project TRiPS (Therapeutic Recreation in Public Schools). Additionally, her research interests focus on marginalized groups of individuals such as minority and at-risk youth and the elderly. More specifically, she concentrates on at-risk youth and minority groups in team building and group initiative activities (e.g., ropes courses) and in the college setting.
Dr. Wozencroft is the program director for Camp Koinonia, Camp Oginali, Koinonia Retreat, and Vision Camp. She serves as a board member on the Koinonia Foundation board since 2008 and has been a member of the Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium’s board since 2016. Additionally, she serves on the American Therapeutic Recreation Association’s Research Committee and serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Recreation Therapy and the Therapeutic Recreation Journal.