Grant Staff is composed of four graduate students from the University of Tennessee, who have very witty senses of humor but take their jobs very seriously.
Ashlee Almaroad, CTRS
Ashlee is from the small town of Blountville, Tennessee in the heart of NASCAR country (go Dale – #3 on the track but #1 in our hearts). She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors degree in Therapeutic Recreation in the spring of 2014, but decided to stick around to complete her Masters degree because five years as an undergraduate just wasn’t enough. She did her final internship in a behavioral health setting and thoroughly enjoys that aspect of our field. Ashlee loves putting party hats, clothes, and bandanas on her dogs almost as much as she loves various holidays… just wait until you see the office at Christmas. She tries her best to enjoy the little things in life, including: Sonic Happy Hour, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Netflix, mixed cheese bings, warm cookies, good music, and a good book.
Macie Parsons, CTRS
Macie Dean Parsons crowd surfed her way to Knoxville from Franklin, Tennessee, where it is said they can still hear her cackle from Rocky Top. Macie graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation and is now a second year graduate student in the Master’s program. She was affectionately known as “Wo Staff” serving as Dr. Wozencroft’s right-hand woman for the 2014-2015 school year. A Camp Koinonia veteran, Macie has decided to make the most of her experience and share the benefits of Camp K with the world for her Master’s thesis. Macie has an undying love for The Lord, music, food, cooking, taking a bite of other people’s food, and laughter, but most of all BACON. She currently resides in The Fort with her beloved polar bear, Poley – how does a polar bear survive in East Tennessee, you ask? He is a plush toy, but don’t tell her that.
Patrick hails from his homeland of Spencer, Tennessee (we know; you have never heard of it either). He was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Van Buren County High and has continued his journey of awesomeness by being one of the coolest guys you probably don’t know. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation in the summer of 2015 and could not resist the urge to come back for graduate school and more student debt! Patrick completed his internship at the Norris Health and Rehabilitation Center in Andersonville, TN which solidified his passion to work with the geriatric population and pursue the specialty certification. He loves our camp programs, but has also developed an undeniable passion for anything involving video games, exploring the beauty of nature, road trips, Cici’s Pizza, and “The Hobbit” or “Lord of the Rings”. Yes, you can take him to New Zealand to tour Hobbiton.
Anna Ross Palmer
Likely because of the Vol’s late success in the SEC, Anna has returned to her hometown of Knoxville,TN after graduating from Samford University with her Bachelor’s in Fitness and Health Promotion. Though her name is longer than she is tall, don’t underestimate this girl. She is full of passion for many things. Some of these being Therapuetic Recreation and personal fitness. #Flex #Gainz Closely followed by a deep love for her labradoodle Brewster, breakfast food, fishing in the Keys, mustaches, eating popcorn for dinner, and anything involving bacon, mango, or avocado. She is so dedicated to TR that she has decided to endure even more schooling to obtain her Master’s in TR keeping her from her one true love, sleep.