Meet RLS Faculty

We have three full-time faculty members leading our program and several others who teach classes in their area of expertise.

Dr. Dale Connally

DaleDr. Connally is a former Christian camp director and active with several national recreation ministry organizations.

  • RLS 2389 Leadership and Facilitation in RLS
  • RLS 3302 Program Planning in RLS
  • RLS 4395 Principles of Church Recreation
  • RLS 1396 Introduction to RLS
  • RLS 4V94 Internship in RLS

Dr. Chris Wynveen

CWynveenDr. Chris Wynveen's professional recreation experience includes over 10 years of youth camp experience, including 2 years as a scout camp director. He also has interests in the human dimensions of natural resource management, particularly in coastal conservation and aquatic recreation. Dr. Wynveen leads a study abroad program in Australia.

  • RLS 3396 Field Lab in Leisure Services
  • RLS 4331 Meaning, Culture and Philosophy of American Landscape
  • RLS 4392 Professional Issues and Practices in Leisure Services
  • RLS 2301 Camp Counseling and Administration
  • RLS 4391 Leisure Service Management
  • Bears Abroad Australia

Dr. Kelli McMahan

KelliRMNPDr. Kelli McMahan’s professional background is in both public and campus recreation - specifically outdoor adventure programs. She holds numerous certifications in outdoor adventure leadership. Dr. McMahan instructs a 21-day intensive in outdoor leadership each May.

  • RLS 2388 Leisure Lifestyle and Well-Being
  • RLS 3301 Leadership and Theory of Outdoor Adventure Programs
  • RLS 4396 Leisure Services for Persons with Disabilities
  • RLS 2201 Recreation Leadership and Challenge Course Facilitation
  • LF 1160 Beginning Rock Climbing
  • Minimester Intensive in Outdoor Leadership

We look forward to helping you explore your place in the recreation and leisure service profession, and to help you maximize your academic potential in our classes. We are a highly personal, relatively small program. Our faculty members are dedicated to investing in the lives of our students.