Western Carolina University – Hinton Named President-Elect of Recreational Therapy Organization

By Marlon W. Morgan

Jennifer Hinton, right, talks to recreational therapy students.

Jennifer Hinton, professor and director of the recreation therapy program at Western Carolina University, was recently named president-elect of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association.

Hinton will be sworn in at ATRA’s annual conference Sept. 10-13. She will serve one year as president-elect, followed by one year as president and one year as past president.

“I feel like I’ve gained the experience and skills necessary over my career to continue to drive our national agenda and initiatives forward – and my goals are to do just that,” Hinton said. “I strongly believe in ATRA’s vision and mission. I, too, envision a world where everyone has access to recreation therapy and I strive to empower recreation therapists. I want to strengthen the profession that I love and this is a clear way for me to use my abilities to do so.

Hinton is currently the chair of ATRA’s Quality Internship Subcommittee. Past leadership positions include at-large member of the Recreation Therapy Education Accreditation Committee and chairman of the board of the National Therapeutic Recreation Certification Board.

It also serves three local agencies. She is an active board member of youth receiving behavioral health care services, a consumer advocate for adults with developmental disabilities, and chair of the Jackson County Trails and Greenways Committee.

Hinton received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Kent State, Indiana University, and Clemson University, respectively. She has been a Certified Recreational Therapeutic Specialist for over 30 years and is licensed in North Carolina.

Virginia S. Braud