About

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.
She recently finished up a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management, to better understand how to serve those in the various populations that recreation is utilized.

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 at 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.

A recreation professional should have a strong understanding of their own leisure interests & needs. Kate loves reading for leisure, crafting, blogging, and exploring museums.

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

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

Certifications
EssentiALZ: Dementia Care Professional Certification – 2017
Activity Professional Board Certified – 2018 (AP-BC)
Certified Nonprofit Professional Certification (in progress)    
NCTRC [CTRS] board examination (in progress)

Organizations: 
The American Therapeutic Recreation Association; Active Member

  • Currently serving on the Student Development Committee & head of Student Outreach 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