Faculty & Staff


Our Mission

“The Department of Recreation, Tourism and Therapeutic Recreation educates future professionals, through traditional as well as experiential methods, to deliver outdoor adventures, recreation and tourism experiences, and therapeutic recreation services in an organized, ethical and sustainable manner. By emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of our field, our future professionals are encouraged to build partnerships, engage in service opportunities, and provide safe and enjoyable experiences that will develop an enduring ethos of healthy lifestyles for all persons.”

Lorene Olson, Ph.D., CTRS, Internship Coordinator
James Reidy, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Roger Riley, Ph.D.,  Professor & Department Chair
Begum Aybar Damali, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Dave Wright, Ph.D., Assistant Professor 
Eric Barnard, MS, Instructor
Thomas Fassbender, Instructor
Pamela Eyden, Instructor
Jennifer Gantzer, Instructor: jgantzer@winona.edu
Bahieh Wilkinson, Instructor: bwilkinson@winona.edu
Marijo Reinhard, Administrative Assistant