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Careers and Networking

Community recreation & youth development

Students graduating from the Community Recreation & Youth Development program might find careers in such settings as:

Nonprofit Youth Serving Agencies (Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA, YWCA, 4-H, Boy & Girl Scouts, Girls INC.)

Public Entities (Municipal Park & Recreation Departments, Community Centers, Senior Centers, After School Programs, Community Youth Services).

Juvenile Justice Systems

Special Events Management

Military Recreation

Campus Recreation

Youth Ministry

CRYD Professional network:

Robert Ceccolini, Director, Cheshire Parks and Recreation Department
Bill DeMaio, Director, New Britain Parks and Recreation Department
Pamela Gery, Director, North Branford Recreation and Senior Center
Alison Harle, Executive Director, Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association
Robert D. Levine, Director, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Trees, City of New Haven
Rick Maynard, Director, Guilford Parks, Recreation, and Seniors Department
Jim O'Rourke, Executive Director, Greater Waterbury YMCA
Jack Ribas, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lower Naugatuck Valley
Chris Silver, Director, Manchester Office of Neighborhoods and Families

therapeutic recreation

Students graduating from the Therapeutic Recreation program might find careers in such settings as:

Acute Care Hospitals

Psychiatric Hospitals

Residential Facilities

Long-Term Care, Skilled Nursing Facilities

Adult Day Care Facilities

Corrections Facilities

Municipal Recreation Departments

Non-Profit Agencies

Wilderness Adventure Programs 


Jim Shea, CTRS, Supervisor of Recreation Therapy, Albin Center for Rehabilitation, Bridgeport Hospital
Steve Fredette, CTRS, Supervisor of Recreation Therapy, Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital
Barbara Yard, Supervisor, Connecticut Department of Public Health
Mary Jo Archambault, CTRS, Recreation Therapist, Hospital for Special Care
Angie Field, CTRS, Therapeutic Recreation Director, St. Anne Grimes Health Center, St. Raphael's Hospital
Karen Lamy, CTRS, Supervisor of Recreation Therapy, Yale-New Haven Child Psychiatric Hospital

Tourism, Hospitality, & Event Management

Students graduating from the Therapeutic Recreation program might find careers in functions and settings such as:


Convention services

Event management

International travel planner

Event Planner

Social media marketing

Tourism marketing

Wedding planner

Convention Centers

Federal, state, or local governments

Recreational facilities

Retreat centers

Tourism and visitors bureaus


At SCSU, there is an emphasis on students developing professional ties in their chosen fields of study. The THEM Advisory Committee is a group of business owners and professionals who have successful careers in the tourism industry in the State of Connecticut, as well as internationally. Students will learn from Advisory Committee members, gaining real world knowledge of the philosophies they study in their programs.

Connecticut Connections

Barbara Cieplak-Migani, Marketing Director, CT Office of Tourism
Katherine Jacox, Owner/Executive Consultant/Wedding Planning, Paisley Events, LLC
Randy LeGrant, Executive Director, Geovisions
Paul Rosa, Team Leader, GoGo Worldwide Vacations
Katherine Morales, Front Office Manager, Delamar Greenwich Harbor
Kay Schreiber, Owner, Kay’s Tours
Veronica Kastukevich, Owner, Custom Travel
Sue Hendrique, Director of Business Development, CT Conventions and Sports Bureau
Amanda D'Aiuto, Student Program Manager, Tourism Cares
Victoria Hamm, Director of Recruiting, Resort Intern Connection

International CONNECTIONS

Kate Yala, Kalu Yala Independent Study Abroad and Entrepreneurial Internships
Ashley Visser, CEO, President, Touch The Road Travel

Southern Connecticut State University PROGRAM ADVISORS

David Starky, Associate Director, John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts
Eric Simms, Associate Director of Michael J. Adanti Student Center & Conference Services
Janet Klicsu, Assistant Director of Adanti Student Center and Coordinator of Conference Services