Lessons from the Legends:Shattering Stereotypes and Glass Ceilings Alike

imageIn parks and recreation, our interactive session displays a history of expanding professional responsibility carried out by women in the care and nurture of a profession. From a Nobel Prize-winning social worker, to Legends advanced parks and recreation through extensive periods of growth and development, women have played a significant role in advancing the cause of parks and recreation. Of all the AAPRA Legends, approximately 1 in 5 are women. Considered together, their stories shatter stereotypes of women’s work and glass ceilings alike. This “Lessons from the Legends” session illustrates the contributions of many women in parks and recreation fields, through a discussion with Legends and a video montage of many contributions.

Kelly Bricker, PhD

Professor and Director, Parks Recreation and Tourism, University of Utah

Dr. Bricker is a Professor and Director of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah, located in the College of Health. She completed her Ph.D. research with the Pennsylvania State University, where she specialized in sustainable tourism and protected area management. She has research and teaching interests in ecotourism, sense of place, community development, natural resource management, value of nature-based experiences, and the impacts of tourism.  She has authored and edited books on sustainability, which highlight case studies in tourism meeting environmental and societal issues in Sustainable Tourism & the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change; educational texts focused on adventure education in Adventure Programing and Travel for the 21st Century and graduate education in De-Mystifying Theories in Tourism Research; and most recently, relevant to current projects, co-edited This Land Is Your Land: Toward a Better Understanding of Nature’s Resiliency-Building and Restorative Power for Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families (Sagamore Publishing, LLC). Dr. Bricker serves the boards of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee of the United Nations World Tourism Organization 10YFP for sustainable development, and the Tourism and Protected Area Specialist Group of the IUCN. With partners in OARS and her husband, she developed an ecotourism operation called Rivers Fiji.

Keri Schwab, PhD

Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Dr. Schwab has considerable experience presenting at local, regional, state, and national conferences, including several NRPA congress presentations. She has been an inextricable part of the Lessons from the Legnds work.

Karla Henderson, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, North Carolina State University

Karla A. Henderson, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University. Karla has given numerous presentations throughout North America, South American, Europe, Asia, African, and Australia and published regularly in a variety of journals in the field. She has written or co-edited several books and is a Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences, American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administrators, and the World Leisure Academy. Karla enjoys volunteering at Rocky Mountain National Park, hiking, being amused by her two cats, playing in a community band, and travelling.

Jane Adams

Retired Executive Director, California Park & Recreation Society

Jane H. Adams is a highly motivated and organized professional with thirty years of association management experience with state and national park and recreation non-profit organizations. Jane possesses strong communication and leadership skills along with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. 


Jane retired as the Executive Director of the California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) in Sacramento, California in May 2014. As one of the largest park and recreation professional organizations in the country, CPRS provides the leadership to advance the positive impact and value of the profession on society. 

Fran Mainella

President, Fran P. Mainella Consulting, Inc.

Fran P. Mainella was the first woman Director of the United States National Park Service and served from 2001-2006. She was a Presidential Appointment by George W. Bush, which required confirmation of the Senate. She is a Visiting Scholar at Clemson University in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management and Co-Chair of the US Play Coalition. Prior to her time as Director and at Clemson, she served as Florida State Park Director from 1989-2001, serving three governors. She also currently serves as Treasurer for the Children and Nature Network Board of Directors. She is also a board member for the National Park Trust and an international speaker on the Value of Play and Reconnecting with the Outdoors.


Lessons from the Legends
09/26/2018 at 4:15 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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