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Student Officers

Accessibility and Interaction for All 

     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 2020/2021 academic year are listed below. Click their names for more information.

Georgia Teare - Student Board President

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

Georgia Teare is a third 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 research focuses include sport event leveraging for host community benefits, and youth sport participation. Before starting her Doctoral studies, Georgia worked as the Engagement Coordinator in the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Waterloo, where she facilitated numerous professional development opportunities for students, staff, and faculty. She quickly realized her passion for graduate student professional development, and had the opportunity to continue to do work in this area through serving on the 2018-19 and 2019-20 NASSM student boards, leading the faculty-mentor initiative and student symposium, respectively.

Jeff Farr - Student Board Representative (Faculty-Mentor Initiative)

Jeff Farr
School Affiliation
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Email
Jrfarr2@illinois.edu
Advisor
Drs. B. Christine Green and Jules Woolf

Jeff Farr is entering his fifth (and hopefully final) year at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently a doctoral candidate. His research interests focus broadly on how families and youth sport are related, with a desire to make youth sport opportunities more accessible, enjoyable, and successful for youth sport organizations, participants, and their families. He received his Bachelor’s of Journalism and M.S.Kin from the University of Texas at Austin. The 2020-21 academic year will be Jeff’s 2nd time serving on the NASSM student board. He previously served as the Student Social representative for the 2020 NASSM conference. He currently lives in Austin with his wife of 2 years, Casey, and stepdaughter, Abby, who will graduate from High School in 2021.

Erika Gray - Student Board Representative (Student Symposium Initiative)

Erika Gray
School Affiliation
University of Ottawa
Email
egray42@uwo.ca
Advisor
Dr. Eric MacIntosh

My name is Erika and I will be heading into the first year of my PhD at the University of Ottawa in September! My research interests include gender equity and equality in sport, senior leadership, women and girls in sport, body image/shame, and physical literacy. My thesis project investigated the perceptions that undergraduate students’ studying sport management may have of the barriers that women face to advance to senior leadership positions in their careers in the sport industry. I enjoy being involved around campus in student experience and within my faculty. I am excited to be involved with NASSM this year on the student board. I look forward to providing the best experience possible to members at the Student Symposium this conference. A fun fact about me is that I am training for an Ironman! 

Ashley Ryder - Student Board Representative (Student Social and Luncheon)

Ashley Ryder
School Affiliation
The Ohio State University
Email
ryder.50@osu.edu
Advisor
Dr. Brian Turner

Ashley Ryder is entering her third year at the Ohio State University; she is a doctoral candidate and graduate teaching associate. She earned her B.S. in Sport Administration, M.S. in Sport Management and M.Ed. in Health and Physical Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has not previously served as a member of the NASSM Student Board, but she is looking forward to the opportunity to do so in the coming year. Ashley’s research interest includes diversity and inclusion in sport and youth sport. Outside of university-life, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Lauren Hindman - Student Representative (Diversity Committee)

Lauren Hindman
School Affiliation
UMass Amherst
Email
lhindman@umass.edu
Advisor
Dr. Nefertiti A. Walker

Lauren is a PhD Candidate in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at UMass Amherst. Her research interests include organizational behavior, diversity, and inclusion, with a focus on organizational cultures and the experiences of women in sport organizations. She is a recipient of the UMass Amherst Graduate School’s Research Enhancement and Leadership Fellowship, and has received grants funding her dissertation research from NASSM and the UMass Graduate School. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she had more than a decade of marketing and management experience, most recently as the Senior Director of Marketing for the Texas Stars (AHL). She received her BA from Indiana University and her MS from Drexel University.

 

Kerri Bodin - Student Representative (Conference Committee)

Kerri Bodin
School Affiliation
University of Ottawa
Email
kbodi036@uottawa.ca
Advisor
Dr. Marijke Taks

Kerri Bodin is a PhD student at the University of Ottawa in the School of Human Kinetics. She completed her BKin at the University of British Columbia, and her MA at Western University. Her MA research was on the role of the Canada Games in the Canadian sport system. Her PhD research will be on policy objectives of non-mega sports events, and event impact on host community residents. Kerri has served as the student representative on the NASSM Marketing and Communications Committee for the past two years. In her spare time she enjoys connecting with family and friends both near and far, and spends time running and cycling.

 

Swarali Patil - Student Representative (Marketing and Communications Committee)

Swarali Patil
School Affiliation
Western University
Email
spatil6@uwo.ca
Advisor
Dr. Allison Doherty

Swarali Patil is a PhD Candidate at Western University in the School of Kinesiology. She completed her BA at Coventry University, UK, and her MA at Western University. Her MA research was on examining the capacity of national sport organizations in Canada to implement initiatives to involve girls and women in sport. Her PhD research is focused on building capacity for women in sport, to ensure women receive meaningful opportunities as athletes, coaches, officials, and administrators. Swarali has volunteered/worked for various sport organizations, including the BBC and the 2012 London Games. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, watching different sports and movies, and traveling.

 

Ehren Green - Student Representative (Strategic Planning Committee)

Ehren Green
School Affiliation
University of Louisville
Email
ehren.green@louisville.edu
Advisor
Dr. Meg Hancock

Ehren R. Green is a second year Ph.D. student in the Educational Leadership and Organizational Development program with an emphasis in Sport Administration at the University of Louisville. Her research interest is in leadership and organizational practices in the sport industry. She has over 10 years of work experience at various intercollegiate athletic departments and in organizational development/leadership training roles in corporate and higher education organizations. Ehren earned her undergraduate degree is in Exercise Science and Wellness from Ball State University and two master’s degrees in Sport Administration and Educational Leadership Studies from West Virginia University. In her spare time, Ehren plays and watches sports of all kinds with her husband and two boys.