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!“


Clay Barber

Clay Barber

  • BS in Recreation and Park Management from East Carolina University
  • Research Interests: Sustainable tourism and resource management of Eastern North Carolina and the Outer Banks
  • GA work: Forthcoming
  • Post graduation plans: Forthcoming
  • Please visit my LinkedIn profile
Nigel Barefoot

Nigel Barefoot

  • BS in Marketing, East Carolina University
  • Thesis: Consumer's purchase behavior and the importance of being local with respect to the craft brewing industry
  • Center GA work: N/A
  • Post graduation plans: work on a corporate board as Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Please visit my LinkedIn profile
Chris Hetland

Chris Hetland

  • BS in Global Justice and Policy with a minor in Middle Eastern Communications and Migration, James Madison University
  • Research Interests: Sustainability policies in local government. Current research is to determine local government officials' perceptions of sustainability and the triple bottom line. 
  • Also pursing Masters in Public Administration
  • Post graduation plans: To work for a nonprofit or with local government
  • Please visit my LinkedIn profile
Lucy Hurtado

Lucia Hurtado

  • Hospitality Management, Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador
  • Thesis: A business plan for a treehouse retreat
  • Center GA work: Data Analysis with State Tourism Office
  • Post graduation plans: Forthcoming
  • Please visit my LinkedIn profile
daniel johnson

Daniel Johnson 

  • BS in Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Health, Western Carolina University
  • Research Interests: The implementation of sustainability in facilities design, planning and management. Currently serving as project coordinator for an EPA funded study of energy efficiency and lean operational practices at breweries and wineries. 
  • Project: ECU's first annual sustainability report
  • Center GA work: Sustainable Foods and Rural Tourism in Eastern NC
  • Post graduation plans: Pursue PhD
  • Please visit my LinkedIn profile
Jeremy Maxik

Jeremy Maxik

  • BS in Recreation and Park Management & BA in Philosophy, East Carolina University
  • GA work: Tourism Development in the Town of Windsor, NC; Grant Writer Assistance; Recreation Director, Town of Windsor
  • Current businesses: Mad Max Motors; Stella Solar Solutions; Consulting Max, LLC; Windsor Micro Creamery; Black Beard's Eco-Adventures and Equipment Rental
  • Post graduation plans: Governor of North Carolina
Julia McNeill

Julia McNeill

  • BS in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Conventions and Special Events and a minor in Business Administration, East Carolina University 
  • Thesis: Forthcoming
  • Center GA Work: Forthcoming
  • Post Graduation Plans: To work for a destination marketing organization or possibly pursue my PHD
  • Please visit my LinkedIn profile

Chelsea Midgett

Chelsea Midgett

  • BS in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with Minor in Business Administration, NC State University
  • Research Interests: Micro-entrepreneurship  and entrepreneurship within Latin America with a focus on the creation of small-scale sustainable eco-lodges and the implementation of eco-tourism practices. Also, determining the status of these developments within North Carolina and which regions are succeeding and why.  
  • Also pursuing Masters in Business Administration
  • Post graduation plans: Work as an associate at a sustainability oriented travel agency and eventually open an Eco-Resort along the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
  • Please visit my LinkedIn profile

Sara Phelps

  • BS in Business Administration, East Carolina University
  • Thesis: Forthcoming
  • Center GA work: Community Outreach and Advisory Council
  • Post graduation plans: Maintain current position as Marketing Director, Eastern 4-H Center
  • Please visit my LinkedIn profile
Georgette Ponder

Georgette Ponder

  • Bachelor of Science - UNC at Greensboro in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism with a minor in Business Administration in 2005.
  • Research interests - recycling behavior including reusing and upcycling and zero waste policy and management.
  • Family project - Unnatural Resources Fair, is an annual competition created to inspire creativity and ingenuity within the community to find new purposes for materials that would otherwise be thrown away after one use.
Michala Rose

Michala Ritz

  • BS in Health Education. University of NC Wilmington
  • Research Interests: Health behaviors, perceptions, motivations and barriers to increasing efficient travel. This research is primarily looking at students, faculty and collegiate club sports members who have "Pledged to Travel Green: and are currently following the ECU Travel Care Code. Also interested in sustainable food systems and the important stakeholders within those systems with the intent of benefiting the current development of the Pitt County Food Council.
  • Center GA work: Travel Care Code Initiative
  • Please visit my LinkedIn profile
Lindsey Sing

Lindsey Sing

  • BSBA in Marketing, East Carolina University
  • Also pursuing MBA
  • GA work: College of Business, Career Services
  • Post graduation plans: Forthcoming
  • Please visit my LinkedIn profile
Charis Tucker new

Charis Tucker 

  • BS in Elementary Education and Masters in Adult Education, East Carolina University
  • Research Interests: The relationship between African-Americans and tourism, and the phenomena of volunteer tourism and travel clubs.
  • Thesis: Exploring the attitudes and behaviors of African-American tourists
  • Center GA work: Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism (RESET) Initiative 
  • Post graduation plans: open non-profit to educate and inspire minorities in tourism
  • Please visit my LinkedIn profile

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