Stephanie T. West, PhD., graduated from Auburn University in 1990, completed her Master of Science degree in 1993 with a major in Recreation Administration from Georgia Southern University, and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Sciences from Teas A&M University in 2004. Deb was on the Recreation Management faculty at Appalachian State University for 17 years until she retired in 2020 as an Emeritus Professor. She is currently Director of the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management. She has contributed over 100 articles and presentations in national and international journals and conferences. She has lead national, regional and state professional associations, as well as university committees and community boards. She received academic awards including the prestigious Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching from Appalachian State and college awards for both research and teaching. In her roles with local park and recreation advisory boards and related non-profits, she authored a trail grant in Bryan, TX that earned her community $100K, was instrumental in seeing Watauga County build its first ever community recreation center, and secured NC DOT support for including the East Boone Connector (aka greenway). Dr. West’s research has focused on health equity, the allocation of resources, and the promotion of LTPA. She rode her bike across the country in 2014, among other memorable rides. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and spending time with friends and family.