An internationally recognized leader, consultant, and healthy campus specialist with over 25 years experience in higher education. In addition to her consulting role, Kathleen is currently serving as the Executive Director of Recreational Sports at The Ohio State University. Prior to this, Kathleen was Assistant Vice President for Campus Life & Executive Director at Washington State University with a broad portfolio of student life programs, services, and facilities. On campus, Kathleen spearheaded many new initiatives including the first multi-unit student funded well-being program in the country as well as the first automated bike share program on a college campus in North America.
Kathleen served as President of NIRSA* (2013-14), concluding nine continuous years of board and governance commission leadership roles during a successful repositioning of NIRSA in higher education and a vital force in the development of “healthy people and healthy communities”. Kathleen is a catalyst for inspiring cultural and organizational change while maximizing opportunities within the built and natural environments.
Kathleen’s passion, leadership and expertise is well recognized within post-secondary in Canada and the U.S. One of her recent areas of specialty is working with multiple associations for broader collective impact strategies including NIRSA, ACHA, NASPA, CACUSS and other active living, recreation and sport organizations and ministries.
An industry leader for more than 25 years, Chris consults with the lens of an upstream healthcare specialist. Chris transitioned to consulting following more than fifteen years as the Director of Recreation at Mount Royal University where he was a Student Affairs and Institutional leader. In that role he was responsible for the development and operation of the Recreation Centre on behalf of the physical education faculty, varsity athletics and a comprehensive recreation program with a balanced educational, service and entrepreneurial approach.
Chris has been a NIRSA* volunteer in a number of capacities including as a member of the Board of Directors. He also led the “Canada In Motion” initiative that resulted in the formation of the new NIRSA Canadian Region in 2017. Chris is also an active presenter and participant in the parks and recreation and active living sectors in Canada, including currently serving as the Principal for the Active Alberta Coalition.
Chris’ strengths include researching and synthesizing ideas into coherent strategy and action. He is a convenor, facilitating and engaging other leaders to envision and create a future of well-being for healthier people and healthier communities. Chris is a champion for the value of recreation, sport and active living as foundational to individual wellness and community well-being.