Recreation, Park and Tourism Management APG Builds New Board

The Recreation, Park and Tourism Management Affiliate Program Group (RPTM APG) has a new board of directors that is working to reinvigorate existing programs and develop new ones that both connect RPTM alumni with each other and with the RPTM department.

The new board members, who will serve two-year terms, follow:

  • David Wells ’10, president of the APG, is promotions and community relations manager of the State College Spikes, a Single-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has been with the Spikes organization since 2009 and has been a full-time front office staff member since 2010. Wells served as the student director of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society during 2011. He resides in State College, Pa.
  • Anne Tubiolo ’10, president-elect of the APG, is an award-winning film producer-director for the National Park Service (NPS). Since 1985, she has assisted national parks across the country with their interpretive audiovisual needs for theater presentation and visitor center exhibits. Tubiolo also serves on an NPS accessibility committee working to ensure audiovisual media and park exhibits meet or exceed requirements for accessibility. Relocating to State College in 2006 allowed Tubiolo to complete a degree in RPTM at Penn State while continuing her NPS work via telecommuting. She is currently a mentor in the College of Health and Human Development Mentoring Program.
  • Cara Bell ’08, secretary of the APG, recently accepted the position of Recreation Program Manager at Fort Sill, OK, after completing the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Management Trainee program. Bell is from West Pittston, Pa., and currently resides in Lawton, OK. She completed her internship with the U.S. Navy Fleet and Family Readiness Program at Pearl Harbor, HI. In addition to military recreation, Cara also has experience in commercial, community, and outdoor recreation, and is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional though NRPA.
  • Lauren Richards ’10, treasurer of the APG, works in Dallas, TX, as a wedding and event coordinator for a catering company that also owns numerous venues. She also is planning her own wedding to her State College Area High School and Penn State sweetheart Cory Eck on May 26, 2012.
  • Cathy (Mills) Wegener ’81 has served as the superintendent of interpretive services for the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department since 1982. Her responsibilities involve overseeing the operation of the Berks County Heritage Center, which includes the Gruber Wagon Works, a National Historic Landmark, and the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center. A Certified Parks and Recreation Professional since 1989 and current mentor of a RPTM student, Wegener lives in Fleetwood, Pa., with her husband Bob, a 1979 Penn State alumnus (Forest Products). Their children Michael and Chelsea are both Penn State students.
  • Dan Sharapan ’95 is director of parks, recreation, and open space for Warwick Township in Bucks County, Pa. He has been a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) since 1997. Sharapan served on the APG’s inaugural board of directors and hopes to lend some experience to the current board.
  • Derek Dureka ’05 is director of parks and recreation at Upper Dublin Township Parks and Recreation in Fort Washington, Pa. He served in different roles with the department beginning in 2005 and became director in 2009. He is also president of GeoVentures Programming & Services, Inc., a company he co-founded in July 2008. GeoVentures offers outdoor, GPS-based recreational, team building, and educational programs for youth, teens, adults, colleges, school districts, and corporations.