The National Advisory Board members are experts in their respective fields. Utilizing their knowledge, insight, and experience, they provide Eppley Institute with respected information to provide guidance and feedback regarding the Institute’s future.
The primary purpose of the NAB is to give the Eppley Institute Executive Director and staff advice about strategic directions with respect to how the Eppley Institute can best advance its mission, services, and programs into “best practices” that are viable and sustainable. Find our National Advisory Board members below.
Jane Adams is a highly respected professional with thirty years of association management experience with state and national park and recreation non-profit organizations. Jane served as the Executive Director of the California Park & Recreation Society in Sacramento, California from 1983 to 2013. As one of the largest park and recreation professional organizations in the country with over 4200 members, CPRS provides the leadership to advance the positive impact and value of the profession on society. Jane now serves as the Executive Director of the American Academy of Park & Recreation Administration. Jane actively seeks opportunities to advocate for the profession at the state and national levels to develop collaborative relationships to achieve professional and organizational goals. Jane is also a frequent speaker to local, state and national organizations; speaking before audiences of 20 to 2,000.
Education: Graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, and Master’s Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
Glen Alexander’s career in the National Park Service began in 1967, when he became a park ranger at Grand Canyon NP. For the next 27 years, he served in positions of increasing responsibility, from chief ranger to assistant superintendent to superintendent, at a variety of NPS parks. In 1994, he left the NPS to become director of Ohio State Parks. In his first retirement, Glen moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he operated a consulting practice and served as executive director of the National Association of State Park Directors. He was called back to Ohio in 2003 to serve as assistant director (COO) of Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources until his latest retirement in 2007.
Education: M.B.A., Business, University of Chicago
Professor Robert L. Fischman teaches environmental law, administrative law, public natural resources law, water law, wildlife law, and an advanced environmental seminar at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. As an adjunct professor at the university’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, he teaches a capstone seminar and a course on biodiversity conservation policy. He is a co-author of the leading casebook on public land and resources law. He has written on public land management, endangered species recovery, environmental impact analysis, federalism, and global climate change.
Education: J.D., Law, University of Michigan
Greg Lindsey is a Professor at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration in 2015. He specializes in transportation and environmental planning and management and currently is involved in several projects related to non-motorized transportation and trail use. He published more than 175 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, technical reports, and popular articles.
Education: PhD, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 1992.
Vicky J. Meretsky
Dr. Vicky Meretsky teaches conservation biology, climate change impacts on natural resources, graduate statistics, and graduate capstone courses. She has been with IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) since 1997 and holds affiliate appointments in the Department of Biology, the Maurer School of Law, the Integrated Program in the Environment, the Russian and Eastern European Institute, and the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resources Center. Dr. Meretsky serves as director of SPEA’s Scholars of Global Citizenship Program, is a member of the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching, and is science advisor to the Nature Conservancy and the Sycamore Land Trust in Indiana. She also serves on the Technical Advisory Committee on Herpetofauna for the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife. Dr. Meretsky’s current research agenda includes conservation planning on public lands, impacts of state and federal planting policies on managed relocation under climate change, and methods of improving teaching and training of graduate students of science and policy. She has won numerous awards for excellence in teaching. Before coming to IU, Dr. Meretsky worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a research biologist studying endangered species and ecosystem management in the Grand Canyon.
- Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1995
- M.Sc., Statistics, University of Arizona, 1993
- M.Sc., Wildlife Ecology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, 1988
- B.Sc., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1980
Tony Mobley is dean emeritus of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Indiana University, a role in which he served for 26 years, making him the university’s longest-serving school dean. Before coming to IU, Tony was a faculty member at Western Illinois University and Pennsylvania State University. Throughout his career, he has been a leader in the park and recreation field in various academic and board positions. Currently, he is executive director of the National Recreation Foundation.
Education: Re.D., Leisure Behavior, Indiana University
Dr. Rasul Mowatt is an Associate Professor in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Studies at Indiana University. Dr. Mowatt is a distinguished Trustees Teaching Award recipient. His research focuses on leisure behavior, leadership, social justice, cultural studies, and critical pedagogy.
Education: Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
William D. Ramos is an associate professor in the Department of Health & Wellness Design, as well as the director of the Aquatics Institute at IU Bloomington. He is also a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, ZAC Foundation and U.S. National Water Safety Action Planning Committee. His research agenda focuses on how engaging with aquatic environments impacts the human experience and ultimately quality of life through examining factors, including drowning prevention, water safety, management and service delivery, physical activity, recreational water illnesses, and general affordance/access issues.
- Indiana University, Ph.D., Leisure Behavior, Minor: Law, 2012
- Indiana University, M.S., RPTS, 1998
- Indiana University, B.S., Kinesiology, 1989
John Seibert has been an integral part of the park and recreation profession in Northern Indiana since 1980. Currently serving as Director of Valparaiso Parks and Recreation, John has served in leadership capacities in city government, as well as the Indiana Park and Recreation Association. He also served as Adjunct Professor in the College of Business Administration at Valparaiso University. Though John grew up in Texas, he has been an Indiana resident since the 1980’s and has served as a city administrator, as well as leader of many critical community agency and non-profits organizations. In 1997, John was awarded the Outstanding Professional for the state of Indiana. He currently serves as a member of IU’s Recreational Sport Management National Advisory Board.
Education: MS, Recreation Administration, Indiana University
Brett Wright is Professor and Interim Dean, College of Health, Education and Human Development at Clemson University. He is former Chairman, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Clemson University. Dr. Wright is a behavioral scientist working on environmental issues. As such, he has published extensively on the human dimensions of natural resources management in national and international journals and has conducted social science research for the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, state fish and wildlife agencies, and local park and recreation organizations. He has served as Principal Investigator on numerous research projects focused on training and workforce development for the National Park Service, including most recently, an analysis of training needs for the NPS’s Division of Visitor and Resource Protection and the Division of Interpretation and Education.
Education: Ph.D., Recreation & Resources Development, Texas A&M University