Alumni Highlight

Erin Green Erin Green, Alumni highlight

Erin Green, 2013 alumni, is on the path to a very successful career. This is what she had to say about her current position and her MS-ST program experiences:

“I have just completed my first six months working as an associate at McCabe World Travel in McLean, Virginia, just out of the Washington DC metro area. We are a full service travel agency that specializes in both international and domestic travel. As a member of t he Virtuoso luxury travel consortium, we have preferred relationships with hotels, tour operators, and cruise lines around the world and are able to offer exclusive benefits and amenities, as well as unique travel experiences to our clients. It has been both interesting and exciting to see that sustainability takes an important role in much of the luxury hotel market. Nearly every representative for the various hotels or tour operators that come to speak to us mentions the efforts their property makes in sourcing locally, whether it be food, decor for the hotel, or hiring local community members, and the environmental initiatives their property features. The travel industry clearly understands the importance of sustainability in tourism and I am very pleased to be starting out at a time when an issue so important to me is in focus. My degree in Sustainable Tourism brings me to the table with a very unique perspective which has already provided me with exciting opportunities in my role at McCabe and I look forward to seeing how it will open more doors in the future!“


Nigel Barefoot

Nigel Barefoot

  • BS in Marketing, East Carolina University
  • Thesis: Forthcoming
  • Center GA work: N/A
  • Post graduate plans: work on a corporate board as Chief Sustainability Officer
Chris Hetland

Chris Hetland

  • BS in Global Justice and Policy with a minor in Middle Eastern Communications and Migration, James Madison University
  • Thesis: Forthcoming
  • Also pursing Masters in Public Administration
  • Post graduation plans: To work for a nonprofit or with local government
Lucy Hurtado

Lucia Hurtado

  • Hospitality Management, Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador
  • Thesis: Forthcoming
  • Center GA work: Data Analysis with State Tourism Office
  • Post graduation plans: Forthcoming
daniel johnson

Daniel Johnson 

  • BS in Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Health, Western Carolina University
  • Thesis: Forthcoming
  • Center GA work: Sustainble Foods and Rural Tourism in Eastern NC 
  • Post graduation plans: Pursue PhD

Sara Phelps

  • BS in Business Administration, East Carolina University
  • Thesis: Forthcoming
  • Center GA work: Community Outreach and Advisory Council
  • Post graduate plans: Maintain current position as Marketing Director, Eastern 4-H Center
Michala Rose

Michala Ritz

  • BS in Health Education. University of NC Wilmington
  • Thesis: Forthcoming
  • Center GA work: Travel Care Code Initiative
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Charis Tucker 

  • BS in Elementary Education and Masters in Adult Education, East Carolina University
  • Thesis: Forthcoming
  • Center GA work: Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism (RESET) Initiative 
  • Post graduate plans: open non-profit to educate and inspire minorities in tourism
Katelyn Wright

Katelyn Wright

  • Recreation & Leisure Studies (concentration in commercial recreation & tourism), East Carolina University
  • Thesis: Forthcoming
  • Center GA work: TA for Hospitality Leadership
  • Post graduate plans: Help build tourism development on Lake Gaston; build family catering company

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