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Data Analysis with State Tourism Office
Chris HetlandChris is from Stephens City, VA, in the Shenandoah Valley. He obtained his BS in Global Justice and Policy with a minor in Middle Eastern Communities and Migration from James Madison University. In his spare time, Chris enjoys fishing, golfing, and the general outdoors. In addition, Chris has a unique talent as a home brewer. Chris has a keen interest in working with a nonprofit or local governmental entity one day.
EPA research on pollution prevention/ NC Green Travel
Travel Care Code
Michala has her BS in Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She was born in Oswego, NY and raised south of Charlotte in Mineral Springs, NC. Michala has five amazing sister ranging from 24-13 years old. She has had the opportunity to travel to four different countries (Sweden, Iceland, Norway, and Ghana) with study abroad programs at UNC-Wilmington and ECU. Michala loves to snowboard during the winter and surf during the summer. Most of all, she cannot wait to see the rest of the world. Michala's work at the Center focuses on the Travel Care Code Initiative and its Pledge to Travel Green area.
Race, Ethnicity and Social Equity in Tourism (RESET) Initiative
Charis was born and raised in Chesterfield, VA. She joined the Pirate family as an education major earning an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education (2003) and a Master's degree in Adult Education (2011). Charis' membership to an international travel club spurred her desire to turn her passion into a profession. After learning about the varied travel experiences of other minority members, she was intrigued to find out more about the field especially as it relates to African Americans and how she could assist others in traveling more. The Center's RESET Initiative seemed to be the perfect fit!