While attending Western State College of Colorado for my undergraduate degree, my passion for outdoor recreation blossomed. I was fortunate that the recreation classes I completed included a number of field work experiences. This included: ice climbing up frozen waterfalls, building winter snow caves at the top of a 16,000 foot mountain, river rafting through the Grand Canyon, and planning skateboard contests.
I have been teaching sport management courses for the past 8 years and have experience instructing at Southern Maine Community College, Southern New Hampshire University, and Daniel Webster College. The courses that I have taught include: Introduction to Sport Management, Foundations of Sport, Facility Management, Sports Law, Economics & Finance in Sport, Sports Information, and Legal Issues in Sport.
In addition to my education and teaching experience, I am also the owner of a recreation business and a non-profit executive director. I am the founder and executive director of Wahine Kai International (www.wahinekai.org) and the goal of the 501(c)7 is to promote amateur women's surfing across the country and soon around the world. We have chapters set up across the country and we currently have 200 paid members. I am very proud of what we have accomplished over the past 12 years.
My research focuses on gender inequality in alternative sports. It is the idea that women feel "less than" men while participating in sports such as surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding and why this happens that interests me. I am currently working on my doctorate dissertation which focuses on the surfing experiences of women in southern California.
Gender and Sport