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Student Officers

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     The student board acts on behalf of students across North America throughout the year and is their voice at the executive council meetings leading up to each NASSM conference. The student board organizes and hosts a meeting for all student delegates to attend during the annual conference. What distinguishes a great student experience from a good student experience is in large part due to the interactive nature of the conference. Part of the board's responsibility is to ensure that each conference offers a positive social environment for networking, professional development sessions, and workshops where students can meet, interact and learn from practicing sport managers and professors in the field of sport.

Your NASSM Student Officers for the 2018/2019 academic year are listed below. Click their names for more information.

Walker Ross - Student President

Walker Ross
School Affiliation
University of South Carolina
Email
wjross@email.sc.edu
Advisor
Dr. Haylee Mercado

Walker Ross is a third-year doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina. He received his BA in Environmental Ethics and Policy from the University of Portland (UP) and his MS in Kinesiology from the University of Georgia. He has worked in marketing, promotions, and event management in the UP Athletic Department and for the Portland Timbers/Thorns. As well, he has taught physical education and coached water polo at the University of Georgia. Previously, he has served as a member of the NASSM Student Board for the 2017-18 year. His research interests focus on environmentalism, sustainability, and ethical issues in the management of sport events with a particular emphasis on mega events.

Jennifer Gellock - Student Board Representative (Student Symposium)

Jennifer Gellock
School Affiliation
Virginia Commonwealth University
Email
gellockjl@vcu.edu
Advisor
Dr. Brendan Dwyer

Jennifer Gellock was born and raised in Westfield, Massachusetts. She earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Tampa in 2012 in Exercise Science with a concentration in Physical Education. She continued her education at Saint Leo University earning her Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Business in 2014, while also serving as the Lion’s assistant women’s basketball coach. After receiving her degree, Gellock joined the Student-Athlete Services staff at Central Michigan University as an academic advisor where she worked with both volleyball as well as the track and field programs. She directly oversaw the tutorial program, NCAA Life skills, and ChAMP mentor program. Her time at CMU gave her a hands-on experience that ignited a passion in recognizing the educational experience college athletics provides for student-athletes and those who serve them.

Dominique Kropp - Student Board Representative (Student Social)

Dominique Kropp
School Affiliation
University of Kansas
Email
dominique.kropp@ku.edu
Advisor
Dr. Jordan Bass

Dominique Kropp is a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences at the University of Kansas. She is currently a 2nd year Ph.D. student in sport management. Dominique graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Administration and Spanish from the University of Nebraska Kearney.  While pursuing a Master of Arts degree in sport management from Washington State University, Dominique worked as Interim Compliance Coordinator in the University of Nebraska Kearney athletics department.  Upon completion of her Master’s Degree, Dominique moved from Kearney, NE to Lawrence, KS to pursue her doctoral degree.  While her passion lies in teaching, Dominique also enjoys tutoring student-athletes at the University of Kansas and conducting research in regard to student-athlete academics.  In her free time, Dominique loves spending time with friends and family (including her 3 cats), cooking, and watching sports. 

Georgia Teare - Student Board Representative (Faculty-Mentor Initiative)

Georgia Teare
School Affiliation
University of Ottawa
Email
gtear027@uottawa.ca
Advisor
Dr. Marijke Taks

Georgia Teare is a first year PhD student at the University of Ottawa, School of Human Kinetics. She completed both her BA (Recreation and Sport Business, Tourism Option), and her MA (Recreation and Leisure Studies) at the University of Waterloo. Her MA research focused on the demonstration effect of elite sport events, and her doctoral research will focus on leveraging sport events for community sport participation benefits. Georgia has held several positions in the Department of Athletics and Recreation at the University of Waterloo throughout her two degrees. She has also worked as the events and engagement coordinator in the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Waterloo. Outside of university-life, Georgia enjoys volunteering for local sport events, travelling, and spending time outdoors.