Department Chair

Dr. Samuel Lankford


Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Fine

Dr. Lawrence Jay Fine, Professor

Phone: 559.278.2629











Dr. Michael Mahoney, Associate Professor

Dr. Nancy Nisbett, Professor

Dr. Jason Whiting, Assistant Professor


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Lankford, Samuel

Phone: 559.278.2624










Part-Time Faculty

Justin ButchertJustin Butchert

Office: PHS 136

Phone: (559) 278-2838


Position: Lecturer

Teaches:  Lifelong Learning in the Natural Environment; Commercial Recreation & Tourism; Recreation, Parks and Tourism Marketing; Supervision and Administration Recreation Parks and Tourism; Internship in Recreation Parks and Tourism.

Professional Background: Owner and Manager of Kings River Expedition since 1981

Interests and hobbies:  Photography/videography, kayaking, snowboarding, skydiving, and most outdoor sports.  Mr. Butchert lives in Clovis with wife Julie and three daughters.


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Office: PHS 121

Phone:(559) 278-2838


Position:  Lecturer and E.D.G.E Challenge Course Manager

Teaches: Lifelong Learning in the Natural Environment; Adventure Based Programming; Yosemite Experience; Research and Evaluation; Legal and Financial Aspects.

Professional Background: Branch Manager for Wells Fargo, and Manager and Outdoor programs Director for California Outfitters, 7 years.

Interests and Hobbies: Hang gliding, Telemark skiing, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, winter & summer mountaineering, road and mountain biking, and running.


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Samara Trimble

Office: PHS 121

Phone: (559) 278-2838


Position: Lecturer

Teaches:  Diversity and Inclusive Recreation Practices.

Interests and hobbies:  Playing the piano, gardening, skiing, horseback riding and most any other outdoor activity.  Samara lives in Visalia with husband Shaun and two children.


Brandon Taylor                   

Office: PHS 227          

Phone: (559) 278-2629       


Position: Lecturer

Teaches: Programming in RPT, Special Event Planning.

Interests and Hobbies:  Basketball, Golf, Watching my kids participate in their leisure pursuits, and cooking great BBQ.


Administrative Support Coordinator

Email:Mrs. Selena Winchell

Department Office Hours

The Recreation Administration Office in PHS 121 is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters. The office is closed for lunch from 12:00 to 1:00pm.

During the summer, the office is open from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm and is closed for lunch from 12:00 to 12:30 pm.

The main office phone number is 278-2838.

The department chair and other faculty will be in the office on very limited basis during the summer months. If you need assistance, please contact Mrs. Selena Winchell at the phone number or email above.