About – What The Rec


Katherine Darcangelis, is the founder/creator of What The Rec resource and development tools website. She is currently a full time recreational therapist working in a long term care facility in Syracuse, New York.
While working, she is finishing Masters degree in Nonprofit Management conferring in October 2018 with an emphasis in advocacy, community relations and marketing strategies.

Along with this, she also holds a strong background in Therapeutic Recreation and Human Development; with an emphasis in gerontology. She has a passion for the geriatric field, and a strong desire to propel the recreation/activity profession(s) forward and be on the forefront of geriatric care services. She is a member of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, serving on the Student Development Committee, and is head Marketing Liaison. Her work has been published on ATRA as well as other recreation platforms, and her What The Rec Facebook community is growing daily.

With her knowledge, experience and skill set, she aims to provide you will a resource that empowers you to build the best programs, departments and nonprofit agencies catered to your clients.

Mission: To provide Recreation & Activity professionals meaningful resources to enhance geriatric care.
Vision: A world in which geriatric recreational programming is on the forefront of healthcare.

BA Human Development – SUNY Oswego – 2014
Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation – SUNY Cortland – 2018
MA Non Profit Management – Adler University Fall 2018

EssentiALZ: Dementia Care Professional Certification – 2017
Certified Nonprofit Professional Certification (in progress)
Activity Professional Board Certified – Sept. 2018
NCTRC [CTRS] board examination (in progress)

The American Therapeutic Recreation Association; Active Member

  • Currently serving on the Student Development Committee & head of Social Media Marketing for the SDC

The New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association; Active Student Member
Rho Phi Lambda; Parks Recreation & Leisure National Honor Society Member
Psi Chi; American Psychological Association National Honor Society Member

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