Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) Announces New Executive Board

By Rebecca Maguire posted 05-28-2024 13:39


The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) is proud to unveil the 2024-2025 board of directors.  The board members bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their respective roles, embodying SORP's dedication to promoting excellence in the outdoor recreation profession.

The composition of the executive board is as follows:

  • President: @Michael Bradley, Ph.D. – Department Chair, Arkansas Tech University

  • Vice President: @Drew Pollak-Bruce  – Founder & Principal, CRP Planning + Design

  • Secretary: @Monika Derrien, Ph.D. - Research Social Scientists, USDA Forest Service

  • Treasurer: @Lisa Luokkala  - Executive Director, Superior Hiking Trail Association


The remainder of the board consists of:

  • @Anne Marshall – Recreation Resources Director, Tennessee Parks and Conservation Bureau

  • @Bess Perry, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

  • @Chris Zajchowski, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, University of Idaho

  • @Lara Jacobs, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Researcher, Michigan State University

  • @Dakota Anderson – Recreation Coordinator, City of Boulder Open Spaces & Mountain Parks

  • @Glenn Haas, Ph.D. – Principal, Haas and Lovejoy Protected Area Advisors

  • @Luke Fisher – Trail Policy Manager, Continental Divide Trail Coalition

  • @Whit Patterson – Outdoor Recreation Planner, Bureau of Land Management

  • @Michael A. Hill – Program Manager and Landscape Architect, USDA Forest Service

  • @Rex Turner – Outdoor Recreation Planner, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands

  • @Tyler Thompson – Research and Evaluation Analyst, Three Rivers Park District


This esteemed group of professionals will lead SORP in its mission to promote the personal and professional growth of outdoor recreation professionals, provide resources and networking opportunities, and advocate for sustainable recreation practices and conservation efforts. 

"We are thrilled to welcome our new executive board members," said @Rachel Franchina, Executive Director of SORP. "Their diverse backgrounds and deep commitment to outdoor recreation will be instrumental in guiding SORP towards continued success and impact in the outdoor industry."

The introduction of the 2024-2025 board marks an invigorating phase for SORP, reinforcing its commitment to empower individuals and organizations dedicated to outdoor recreation, conservation, and related endeavors. 

For more information about SORP and its initiatives, please visit

The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) is dedicated to promoting the personal and professional growth of outdoor recreation professionals. SORP provides resources, networking opportunities, and advocacy for individuals and organizations working in outdoor recreation, conservation, and related fields.

Photo from Board Reunion on May 5, 2024