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Student Officers

Accessibility and Interaction for All 

     The student board acts on behalf of students across North America throughout the year and is their voice at the executive council meetings leading up to each NASSM conference. The student board organizes and hosts a meeting for all student delegates to attend during the annual conference. What distinguishes a great student experience from a good student experience is in large part due to the interactive nature of the conference. Part of the board's responsibility is to ensure that each conference offers a positive social environment for networking, professional development sessions, and workshops where students can meet, interact and learn from practicing sport managers and professors in the field of sport.

Your NASSM Student Officers for the 2015/2016 academic year are listed below. Click their names for more information.

Kyle Rich - Student President

Kyle Rich
School Affiliation
Western University
Email
krich6@uwo.ca
Year
4rd year doctoral candidate

Kyle is a PhD candidate at Western University in London, Ontario. His dissertation research includes a Participatory Action Research project with the Municipality of Powassan looking at the role(s) and understanding(s) of sport and recreation and its management in rural community development. Prior to Western, Kyle attended the University of Ottawa where he completed a B.Sc. in Human Kinetics (French Immersion) and an M.A. where his research examined discourses and organizational culture in the Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program. Kyle has also worked on research projects with non-profit organizations to examine understandings of participatory sport events on the acculturation processes of Newcomers to Canada (The Community Cup) as well as the leveraging of sport events for social change, particularly in/for LGBTQ communities (PridehouseTO). Kyle also enjoys teaching both on and off campus where he works as a Instructor for the Teaching Support Centre (Western University) as well as an Instructor Trainer for the Lifesaving Society and Canadian Red Cross.

Katie Reifurth - Student Board Representative

Katie Reifurth
School Affiliation
University of South Carolina
Email
reifurth@email.sc.edu
Year
2nd year doctoral student
Advisor
Dr. Matt Bernthal

Katie Reifurth is a 2nd year doctoral student at the University of South Carolina.  She received her BA from Northwestern University in Psychology and her MS from the University of Texas at Austin in Kinesiology.  She spent two years working in the Sport Marketing Department at Northwestern University while working towards her BA and spent a year interning with Spurs Sports & Entertainment during her MS.  Her research interests are focused on team loyalty and child fan development.

Mark A. Slavich - Student Board Representative

Mark Slavich
School Affiliation
Virginia Commonwealth University
Email
slavichma@vcu.edu‎
Year
3rd year doctoral student
Advisor
Dr. Brendan Dwyer

Mark Slavich is a third-year doctoral student at Virginia Commonwealth University. Mark studies sport consumer behavior, with a focus on food in sports. Other interests include sport tourism, distant fans, and alumni groups. Born in New Orleans and raised in Trussville, Ala., Mark earned a B.S. in Marketing from LSU in 2009 prior to obtaining his Master’s in Sport Management from LSU in 2011. Prior to beginning his Ph.D., Mark worked for the Sports Information departments at LSU and Middle Tennessee. When away from his studies, Mark enjoys traveling, cooking (and of course eating food), reading, and watching sports, especially his alma mater. 

Kayla Smith - Student Board Representative

Kayla Smith
School Affiliation
University of Northern Colorado
Email
kayla.smith@unco.edu
Year
2nd year doctoral student

I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Sports Administration program at the University of Northern Colorado. I have a M.S. in Athletic Administration from Central Washington University. I work in the athletic department at UNC as an intern and I am currently an instructor of record for UNC. My hobbies are watching football and spending time with my family and friends. I also like to participate in dance activities and outdoor pursuits. I am interested in policy, initiatives, and administration for athletic departments and my research reflects this.