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Program Faculty

Dr. Natalia Buta

Dr. Natalia Buta

Ph.D. Natural Resources Recreation

University of Florida

E-mail: nbuta@frostburg.edu
Phone: 301-687-4458

Experience and Areas of Expertise in the field:

Coordinator, FSU Graduate Program

  • Conducted extensive research work in various setting focusing on natural resource recreation planning and management, including studies at Retezat National Park in Romania and El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico.
  • Extensive experience working with various non-profit organizations (e.g. Romanian Scout Organization, Multiple Sclerosis Organization, Habitat for Humanity, Home Ground, Evergreen Heritage Center).
  • Collaborated on various projects with the recreation and parks department for the City of Frostburg and the City of Cumberland. Currently serving on the Advisory Board for the Cumberland Parks and Recreation Department and Savage River State Forest, MD.
  • Experience in marketing, provided consulting services for two ecotourism agencies in Romania.
  • Graduate Assistant at the University of Florida and Central Michigan University.
Focus Areas:

Community Recreation, Natural Resources Recreation Planning and Management, and Ecotourism.


Course(s) Taught in the Graduate Program:

RECR 681 - Research Methods and Evaluation in RPM
RECR 683 - Thesis Preparation


Joined the graduate program in 2012


Personal Hobbies:

Hiking, backpacking, canoeing, running, and travel.

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Diane and Dr. Buta Diane Skiing Diane Skiing Dr. Buta at overlook


Dr. Diane Blankenship

Dr. Diane Blankenship

Ed.D. Sport and Recreation Management
Temple University

E-mail: dblankenship@frostburg.edu
Phone: 301-687-3192

Experience and Areas of Expertise in the field:

Associate Professor of Recreation and Parks Management at FSU, began career with the Girl Scouts as a water front staff member, attended Radford University for undergraduate in Recreation and several years later earned a Master’s Degree in Recreation and Leisure Services. Worked as a recreation therapist with people who had developmental disabilities and as Professional Boy Scout in the Washington DC beltway communities. Worked 9 years for the Department of the Army in Germany and Virginia running recreation centers and outdoor recreation programs.

Focus Areas:

Special Events, Planning, Service Learning, Research and Leadership.


Course(s) Taught in the Graduate Program:

RECR 611 - Concepts and Foundations of Leisure


Joined the graduate program in 2014


Personal Hobbies:

Outdoor activities- mud runs, zip lining, biking, walking and creative hand crafts- knitting

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Diane and puppy Diane - mud run Diane and friends


Dr. Tinelle Bustam

Dr. Tinelle Bustam

Ph.D. Natural Resources Recreation
University of Florida

E-mail: tbustam@frostburg.edu
 

Experience and Areas of Expertise in the field:

District Ranger (currently on detail), USDA Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest, Mt Pinos Ranger District, CA Public Services Staff Officer, USDA Forest Service, El Yunque National Forest, PR

Past positions with the USDA Forest Service include; Recreation Planner, USDA Forest Service, CA and Recreation and Lands Officer, USDA Forest Service, CA. Also instructed undergraduate courses at the University of Florida, served as the Recreation Coordinator for the city of Concord, NH and worked as a residential administrator for Abrio Youth and Family Services, AZ.

Focus Areas:

Recreation planning and management, ecotourism, partnerships, and leadership


Course(s) Taught in the Graduate Program:

RECR 651 - Organizational Behavior and Leadership in RPM


Joined the graduate program in 2014


Personal Hobbies:

White-water paddling, skiing, and traveling with my husband.

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Tinelle and friend Tinelle snowmobiling Tinelle with lizard Tinelle rafting


Beahta R. Davis

Beahta R. Davis

MS, Parks and Recreation Resource Management
Frostburg State University

BS, Human Development and Social Policy
Northwestern University

E-mail: brdavis@frostburg.edu

Experience and Areas of Expertise in the field:

Currently Chief-Recreation Services for Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks. 14 years experience with Baltimore County.

Focus Areas:

Community Recreation and Working with Volunteers


Course(s) Taught in the Graduate Program:

RECR 655 Current Management Issues in RPM


Joined the graduate program in 2013


Personal Hobbies:

Traveling, Hiking, Cooking.

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Beahta and friend Beahta and friends Beahta touring


Tom Donlin

Thomas L. "Tom" Donlin, MA, CRPE

MA, Public Administration
Bowie State University

BS, Health and Physical Education
Pennsylvania State University

E-mail: tld3535@comcast.net tldonlin@frostburg.edu
Phone: 443-995-9079

Experience and Areas of Expertise in the field:

Currently Executive Director, Maryland Recreation and Parks Association. Thirty-one years in parks administration, primarily on the County government level with 3 years with the State Department of Natural Resources

Course(s) Taught in the Graduate Program:

RECR 652 - Fiscal Management in RPM
RECR 653 - Communications and Organizational Decision Making in RPM


Personal Hobbies:

Sailing, Cycling, and Photography.

Joined the graduate program in 2011

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Diane and Dr. Buta Diane Skiing


Dr. Maureen Dougherty

Dr. Maureen Dougherty

Ph.D. Parks and Recreation Resource Science

West Virginia University

E-mail: mdougherty@frostburg.edu
Phone: 443-840-4603

Experience and Areas of Expertise in the field:

Coordinator CCBC Satellite Campus
Former Recreation Director
Extensive experience in campus and outdoor recreation

Focus areas:

Women's studies, outdoor adventure, and staff
Training and Development

Personal Hobbies:

Camping, Skiing, Swimming, Home Improvements & Pottery

Joined the graduate program in 2004

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Dr. Dougherty's Family  Dr. Dougherty


Dr. Robert Kauffman

Dr. Robert Kauffman

Ph.D. Recreation

University of Maryland College Park

E-mail: rkauffman@frostburg.edu
Phone: 301-687-4474

Experience and Areas of Expertise in the field:

Chair, FSU Department Park & Recreation
National expert in boating safety
Area of expertise in the outdoors and resource management

Course(s) Taught in the Graduate Program:

RECR 641 - Managing Open Space Resources


Personal Hobbies:

Whitewater canoeing, canoe camping, rafting.

Joined the graduate program in 1997

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Diane and Dr. Buta Diane Skiing


Eric Legg

Eric Legg

College of William and Mary, BA, 1996

Wake Forest University, MA, 1997

United States Sports Academy, MSS, Sports Studies, 2005

University of Utah, PhD Student, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, current

Email: ericlegg@gmail.com or welegg@frostburg.edu

Experience and Areas of Expertise in the field:

Six years of full-time experience in parks and recreation with focus in sports programming and marketing.  Regular presenter at NRPA and other conferences on social media marketing or 10 and under tennis.  Have taught courses in marketing, facility management, financial management, facility design, sport communication, and social issues in sports.  Current research interests - sense of community, parental involvement in youth sport



Course(s) Taught in the Graduate Program:

RECR 654 - Developing Promotional Information Systems in RPM


Personal Hobbies:

Tennis, hiking, basketball

Joined the graduate program in 2012

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Eric Legg


FSU Contact: Dr. Natalia Buta
  301-687-4458
nbuta@frostburg.edu