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.
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.
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.
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 Resort and Spa. Upon completion of her internship, Stephanie continued to serve as the Assistant Recreation Manager before being promoted to the role of Recreation Manager for the property. Although Recreation is where her passion stems from, Stephanie has always been drawn to connecting with guests of the resort which led her to her current role in Guest Services, as the Front Desk Supervisor. She continues to carry what she has learned through recreational programming,into her daily interactions to ensure guests are satisfied with their overall experience within the resort.
Stephanie joined RCRA in 2013 and is looking forward to continuing growing while on the Board of Directors. Through her membership, Steph has assisted the Ways & Means Committee, Membership Committee and served a student scholarship recipient.
Assistant Professor and Assistant Department Chair
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 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.
Joshua Carroll is an outdoor enthusiast who has spent many years professionally and personally engaged in endeavors such as backpacking, climbing, cycling, sailing, surfing and snowboarding that have brought him to some very interesting locations and moments in life. He is an Associate Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism at Radford University and his teaching and research focus on sustainable, nature-based tourism and how this can be used as a pathway toward positive community and economic development as well as ecological integrity. He presented his first research paper at RCRA in 2013, and was immediately struck by the organization’s committed and welcoming members, and the exceptional opportunities for linking students with professionals in the field through internship and job placements. Josh is honored to join the organization as Director at Large and looks forward to the future.
Jana graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Nutrition and Fitness/ Athletic Training and spent 17 years in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer, sales manager, group fitness manager, program manager, and owner before finding her way into the field of recreation. She has been at Kiawah Island Golf Resort for 6 years as an instructor, Marketing Coordinator, Assistant Program Manager, and is currently the Recreation Program Manager. She oversees the Kiawah Island Triathlon, Kiawah Kids Triathlon, and the Kiawah Island Marathon as well as the camp programs, art studio, fitness, and all public events. Jana has been involved in RCRA for 3 years, including presenting at the 2017 National Conference in Sunriver, OR. She is looking forward to assisting RCRA in its growth and mission to serve and support the field of commercial and resort recreation on the Board of Directors.