Full-Time Faculty

Dr. L-Jay Fine, Professor

Dr. Samuel Lankford, Professor

Dr. Michael Mahoney, Associate Professor

Dr. Nancy Nisbett, Professor

Dr. Jason Whiting, Assistant Professor

Part-Time Faculty

Justin 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.


Ryan Soares

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.



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 124         

Phone: (559) 278-2513      


Position: Lecturer, Advisor of the Community Recreation and Youth Services emphasis and Coordinator of the Serving at Risk Youth Certificate.

Teaches: Programming in RPT, Special Event Planning.

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