Marriott Vacation Club
MARGO TIGHE – PRESIDENT
Margo has worked for Marriott Vacation Club for the past 12 years. Her current role is in the
corporate office in Orlando as part of the Resort Experience team. She is responsible for the
recreation programs at Marriott's 54 resorts worldwide. Prior to this she held positions with MVC
in South Lake Tahoe, California at Marriott’s Timber Lodge and Grand Residence Club as
Director of Recreation, and in Breckenridge, Colorado at Marriott’s Mountain Valley Lodge as
Activities Manager. Her degree is in Recreation and Tourism with an emphasis in Therapeutic
Recreation and a minor in Adventure Travel and Tourism Development from Winona State
University. Relevant experiences include: recruiting interns, developing recreation programs
strategies and ideas, leading teams, planning events and engaging guests.
> Board Chair – Social Committee
> Board Member – Conference Program Committee
> Board Member – Ways and Means Committee
Director of Recreation
and Golf Club
PAUL SHOCKLEY – PAST PRESIDENT
Paul Shockley started his career working at a city Parks and Recreation Department in Leesburg, VA after graduating from George Mason University, he spent six years at Kiawah Island Golf Resort as an activities coordinator, beach services manager and the recreation program manager. Paul oversaw the resort's holiday and special events, teen and family programs, Kamp Kiawah, beach services, arts and crafts, fitness programs, as well as the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon and Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon. In May 2016 Paul accepted the Director of Recreation position at Keswick Hall and Golf Club. Paul oversees all aspects of the Recreation department including: the Tennis & Aquatic Centre, Fox Den Art Studio, Camp Keswick, holiday and special events, corporate events, bike rentals, archery and paddleboarding. Paul has been involved with RCRA since 2010 and has served on the board of directors since 2014.
> Board Chair – Conference Planning Committee
> Board Chair – Vendor’s Committee
> Student Scholarship Committee
Sales & Special
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
MARILOU WELLING – PRESIDENT-ELECT
Marilou Welling has developed her career at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort over the last six years since her graduation from Slippery Rock University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Resort Recreation Management & Tourism. She has worn many hats in her time with the company including Segway Tour Guide, Social Recreation Manager, F&B Outlet Supervisor, Banquet Captain, Recreation Coordinator, and her most recent: Group Recreation Sales & Special Events Manager. Marilou enjoys planning, teaching, and producing recreation team building events and specializes in handling anything for resort clients that they might consider "out of the norm." In her free time, Marilou loves the outdoors, going on unique adventures, and continuing to learn new things every day. This is Marilou's first term serving on the RCRA board and she could not be more enthusiastic to grow her membership with the association that inspired her to continue pursuing her recreation profession over the last decade.
Omni Interlocken Golf Resort & Spa
SHANNON RYAN – SECRETARY
Shannon Ryan is the Recreation Manager at the Omni Interlocken Golf Resort & Spa in Broomfield, Colorado. She has 10 years of experience in hotel and timeshare Recreation programming, and has worked prior for Wyndham Vacation Club and Bluegreen Vacations. She has 8 years of fitness programming experience, and is a licensed Zumba® fitness, and certified Les Mills Body Pump™ instructor. Shannon has been an active member in RCRA since 2015. She has been a presenter for the RCRA National Conference, and also a moderator for the Industry Panel. She has also been involved with the Ways & Means Committee. Shannon is very excited to serve as your 2018 Secretary, and looks forward to helping continue the success of the organization.
Chatham Bars Inn
STEPHANIE MALONE – TREASURER
Stephanie is a 2015 graduate of Slippery Rock University with a degree in Resort, Recreation and Hospitality Management and a minor in Business Administration. Her passion for the field is the connecting to piece to RCRA from which she obtained her practicum at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and Internship at Chatham Bars Inn. Upon completion of her internship, Stephanie served as the Assistant Recreation Manager for two seasons at Chatham Bars Inn and more recently has been promoted to the role of Recreation Manager. Stephanie joined RCRA in 2013 and is looking forward to continue growing while on the Board of Directors. Through her membership, Steph has assisted the Ways & Means Committee, Membership Committee and served was a student scholarship recipient.
KYLE SMITH – DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE
Kyle Smith is a Parks and Recreation Consultant at Recreation Resources Service, a technical assistance agency for public parks in North Carolina. He holds a B.S. in Recreation Management from Appalachian State University and is currently working on his M.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University. Kyle has been involved with RCRA for many years and directs his efforts towards student recruitment and engagement.
> Board Chair – Approved Internship Sites
> Board Chair – Award’s Committee
Assistant Professor and Assistant Department Chair
Grand Valley State University
SCOTT ROOD – DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE
Scott Rood is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Department Chair in Grand Valley State University’s Hospitality & Tourism Management program. He has taught introductory, commercial recreation, hospitality and tourism marketing, food and beverage management, capstone, and applied research courses. He worked as General Manager, Operating Partner and Area Manager in the commercial recreation industry. Scott has owned and managed various café locations. He has experience in the regulatory side of the industry having served on the State of Michigan’s Carnival and Amusement Safety Board; and experience with destination marketing organizations, as former Vice-President of the Grand Haven Visitor’s Bureau. He is a former council member for the City of Norton Shores, MI and former president of RCRA.
> Board Chair – Educator’s Committee
> Board Member – Conference Program Committee (Research Symposium)
> Board Member – Journal of Tourism Insights
> Board Member – Assist with Treasurer & Quick Books
> Board Member – Post conference survey, Absentee ballots, editing documents
BRIAN BEVACQUA – DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE
Brian Bevacqua graduated from Green Mountain College in 2010 with a dual degree in Adventure Education and Youth Development/Camp Management. After a brief stint as an outdoor educator at a YMCA camp he opened his own recreation outfitter business. Over the course of a year this business morphed into a non-profit whose mission was to foster healthy lifestyles and leadership skills through adventure programing. Brian ran this organization for 3 years, reaching many youth, teens, and adults across the twin states of New Hampshire and Vermont. Finally ready to settle down, Brian joined the ranks at the Quechee Club in 2014 as their Recreation Programs Coordinator. He worked hard to increase programing across all age groups, lengthening the camp day and providing a host of new and unique recreational opportunities. In December of 2016 Brian was promoted to the Recreation Manager, and just completed his first summer as the head of the department. It was through the Quechee Club that he found the RCRA, and immediately knew he wanted to be a part of this great organization. He attended his first two annual conferences in 2015 and 2016, and decided to join the Board for 2018. He is excited to see this organization grow. In addition to serving the RCRA, Brian serves as a director at large for the Vermont Parks and Recreation Association and as the committee chair for Visit a Park Day with the National Parks and Recreation Association’s Young Professional Network.
Eastern Washington University
MATTHEW CHASE – DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE
Dr. Matthew Chase is a professor of Recreation and Tourism Management at Eastern Washington University. He also serves as co-chair for the Department of Physical Education, Health, and Recreation. Dr. Chase has been working in the field of higher education for over 28 years. He began his career as a university outdoor programmer and was eventually promoted to the position of Dean of Students. In 2000, he left student affairs and began a second career in academics. Prior to his employment in higher education, Dr. Chase worked for the National Park Service as a Mountaineering Ranger. During the winter season he was employed as a professional ski patrolman. Dr. Chase also served in the United Sates Air Force as a Pararescueman. Over the years, Dr. Chase has pursued activities such as high altitude mountaineering, backcountry skiing, and whitewater kayaking. Today, in his late-50s, Dr. Chase is still active in the outdoors and continues to coach and mentor young people who are interested in becoming outdoor leaders. Dr. Chase speaks regularly to audiences around the region and country on topics such as leadership and community development, generational differences, change management, balance in our personal and professional lives, and a whole host of topics related to outdoor leadership, risk management, and safety.
Resort and Commercial Recreation Association
31 Ocean Reef Drive, C101-114
Key Largo, FL 33037