Institute for Youth Leaders

Meet Our Staff

Christopher Edginton, Ph.D

R.J. McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership Studies

Christopher EdgintonEmail:  christopher.edginton@uni.edu

Christopher R. Edginton is the R.J. McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership Studies in the Department Health, Recreation and Community Services at the University of Northern Iowa. From 2004-2014 he served as the Secretary-General of the World Leisure Organization. Dr. Edginton is the founder of Camp Adventure Child and Youth Services, an award-winning services learning program operating in over 20 countries and serving 500,000 children and youth on an average basis. He is a member of the Academy of Leisure Sciences, American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, the American Leisure Academy, North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance and The World Leisure Academy.

Some of his awards include: Distinguished Service Award & Order of the Eagle Exemplar, United States Sports Academy; Distinguished Service Award, World Leisure Organization; Legend in Parks and Recreation, American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration; Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, State of Iowa Board of Regents; Charles K. Brightbill Alumnus Award, University of Illinois; R. Tait McKinzie Award, American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Distinguished Scholar Award, International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance; Honor Award, American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; National Literary Award, National Recreation and Park Association;  J.B. Nash Scholar Award, American Association for Leisure and Recreation; Honor Award, American Association for Leisure and Recreation; Distinguished Fellow Award, Society of Park and Recreation Educators.


Graduate Research Assistants

Marie E. Adebiyi, MBA, CNP Marie Adebiyi

Graduate Research Assistant

Ed.D. Candidate, Allied Health, Recreation & Community Services, University of Northern Iowa, USA

MBA., Tourism Administration, Kangwon National University, South Korea

BSc., Business Management, University of Buea, Cameroon

Certified Nonprofit Professional, USA.

Contact Information:

Email: elombmaa@uni.edu

Phone: 319-273-7965


Joyce Levington, MA Joyce Levington

Graduate Research Assistant

Ed.D. Candidate, Allied Health, Recreation & Community Services, University of Northern Iowa, USA

MA., Leisure, Youth and Human Services, University of Northern Iowa, USA

BA Family Services, University of Northern Iowa 

Contact Information:

Email: levingsj@uni.edu 

Phone: 319-273-2840


Graduate Research Affiliates

Brian Hadley, MNR

Graduate Research Affilliate 

Brian Hadley

Ed.D. Candidate, Allied Health, Recreation & Community Services, University of Northern Iowa, USA

MNR., Natural Resources, Utah State University, USA

BA., Botany, Weber State University, USA

Contact Information:

Email: brian.hadley@uni.edu

Phone: 319-273-7653


Carole N. Hansbrough, MA

Graduate Research Affiliate

Ed.D., Candidate, Allied Health, Recreation & Community Services, University of Northern Iowa, USA

MA., Interdisciplinary Studies, emphasis in Asian Art, History and Anthropology, Iowa State University, USA

BA., Humanities, University of Northern Iowa, USA

Contact Information:

Email: carole.edginton@uni.edu 

Phone: 319-273-2840


Dongyub Back, MA Dongyub Back

Graduate Research Affiliate

Ed.D. Candidate, Allied Health, Recreation & Community Services, University of Northern Iowa, USA

BSc. & Arts., Sports Medicine /Teaching Korean Language, Kyunghee University, Suwon,  South Korea

MA., Education /Physical Education, Myongji University, Seoul, South Korea

Contact Information:

Email: backd@uni.edu

Phone: 319-273-2840


Glynis Worthington, MBA  Glynis Worthington

Graduate Research Affiliate

Ed.D. Candidate, Allied Health, Recreation & Community Services, University of Northern Iowa, USA

MBA, Strategic Planning, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

BA, Marketing, Iowa State University, Ames Iowa, USA

Contact Information:

Phone: 319 - 273 - 2840

Email: gw521064@uni.edu


Michelle Cook

Graduate Research Affilliate

Ed.D. Candidate, Allied Health, Recreation & Community Services, University of Northern Iowa, USA

MA., Health Education, University of Northern Iowa

BA., Community Health Education, University of Northern Iowa

Certified Personal Fitness Trainer American College of Exercise

Contact Information:

Phone: 319 - 273 - 2840

Email: michelle.cook@uni.edu


Stanley Ebede, MA, CNP

Graduate Research AffiliateStanley Ebede Research Associate University of Northern Iowa

Ed.D. Candidate, Allied Health, Recreation & Community Services, University of Northern Iowa, USA

MA., Leisure, Youth and Human Services, University of Northern Iowa, USA

BA., English and Literary Studies, Anambra State University, Nigeria

Certified Nonprofit Professional, USA

Contact Information:

Email: ebedes@uni.edu


Younis Al-Hassan, MBA Younis Al-Hassan

Graduate Research Affiliate

Ed.D. Candidate, Allied Health, Recreation & Community Services, University of Northern Iowa, USA

MBA., Marketing, Wilkes Barre University, Pennsylvania, USA

BA., Operation and Quality Management, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

Contact Information:

Email: alhassy@uni.edu

Phone: 319-273-5941


Faculty Affiliates 

Chris Kowalski, Ed.D Dr. Kowalski

Associate Professor - Leisure, Youth & Human Services

University of Northern Iowa

Contact Information:

Phone: (319) 273 3528
E-mail: chris.kowalski@uni.edu


Elana Joram, Ph.D Elana Joram

Professor - Education Psychology & Foundations

University of Northern Iowa

Contact Information:

Phone: (319) 273 2717
E-mail: Elana.Joram@uni.edu


Julianne Gassman, Ph.DJulianne Gassman

Associate Professor - Leisure, Youth & Human Services 

University of Northern Iowa

Contact Information:

Phone: (319) 273 2204
E-mail: Julianne.Gassman@uni.edu


Michele Devlin, Dr.P.H Michelle Delvin

Professor - Health Promotion & Education

University of Northern Iowa

Contact Information:

Phone: (319) 273 5806
E-mail: Michele.devlin@uni.edu


Radhi Al-Mabuk, Ph.D Radhi Al-Mabuk

Professor - Education Psychology & Foundations

University of Northern Iowa

Contact Information:

Phone: (319) 273-2609
E-mail: Radhi.Al-Mabuk@uni.edu


Rodney B. Dieser, Ph.DRodney Dieser

Professor - Leisure, Youth & Human Services

University of Northern Iowa

Contact Information:

Phone: (319) 273-7775
E-mail:rodney.dieser@uni.edu


Shuaib Meacham, Ph.D Shuaib Meacham

Associate Professor - Curriculum & Instruction

University of Northern Iowa

Contact Information:

Phone: (319) 273 2629
E-mail: shuaib.meacham@uni.edu


Community Affiliates

Angela WidnerAngela Widner

Chief Executive Officer, Black Hawk County YMCA

Contact Information:

Phone: 319 233 3531 ext 205

E-mail: widner@blackhawkymca.org


Chuck Rowe Chuck Rowe Boy & Girls Clubs

Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley

 

Contact Information:

Phone: 319-234-2839

E-mail: chuck@cedarvalleyclubs.org


Daniel TrelkaDaniel Trelka

Chief, Waterloo (Iowa) Police Department

Contact Information:

Phone: 319-291-4340

E-mail: trelkad@waterloopolice.com


Lori Dale Lori Dale UNI CUE

Recruiter Advisor

University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE)

 

Contact Information:

Phone: 319-273-4772

E-mail:  lori.dale@uni.edu

 


Stacy Van Gorp, Ph.D Stacy Van Gorp

Executive Director, R.J. McElroy Trust

Contact Information:

Phone: 319-287 9102

E-mail: vangorp@mcelroytrust.org


Theron Montgomery Theron Montgomery

At-Risk Supports Coordinator, Cunningham School for Excellence 

Assistant Director, Impactt Foundation

Contact Information:

Phone: 319-290-9641

E-mail: icanimpactt@gmail.com


Tara Thomas Tara Thomas

Director of School & Community Relations, Waterloo (Iowa) Schools

Contact Information:

Phone: 319- 433 1803

Email: thomast@waterschools.org


Quentin Hart Mayor Hart

Mayor, City of Waterloo, Iowa

Contact Information:

Phone: 319 291 4301

Email: mayor@waterloo-ia.org