Jamie Rae Walker, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Extension Specialist
Jamie Rae, Associate Professor & Urban & Municipal Parks Specialist at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, has an extensive background in park & recreation administration, environmental psychology, citizen input, park planning & policy. She enjoys assisting local advocates in implementing evidence-based & locally driven practices to support strong parks, connectivity, & open spaces. She currently leads the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences Urban &Municipal Parks Extension outreach program –offering technical assistance, facilitation, and continuing education to empower community leaders, boards, park practitioners, and volunteers across Texas. Extension team members work with leaders & citizens to identify their local assets & link them to the relevant tools necessary to for them to develop feasible and locally driven plans, programs, parks, and places that contribute to their community’s overall health, economy, and green infrastructure.
Valerie Jauregui, Project Coordinator, Working on Wellness Environments
Valerie Jauregui is currently managing the Working on Wellness Environments initiative for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – a project in cooperation with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention High Obesity Program. She has experience in both the nonprofit and government agency sectors with an emphasis on communication. Her two most recent projects have focused on assisting community leaders and organizations develop the capacity and partnerships instrumental in identifying and implementing key interventions to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables land local physical activity opportunities. Valerie has an interdisciplinary background in community development and outreach as well as communication. She has worked at both community agencies such as the City of McAllen Parks and Recreation Department, Family Endeavors, Disability Services at Texas A&M, the Texas A&M School of Dentistry, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension as well as media outlets: the Eagle Newspaper (Bryan, Tx) and the Onda Local de Andalucia (Seville, Spain).
Valerie holds a degree in International Studies from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in Public Service and Administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Ms. Jauregui was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Kelsey Coats, Masters Student
Kelsey Coats, a current Master of Regional Planning student at Cornell University and graduate of Texas A&M University’s Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences program, has an interdisciplinary foundation in community parks and open spaces. Prior to attending Cornell, Kelsey worked for the Children’s Museum of Houston, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension’s urban and municipal parks community outreach program.
Kelsey has experience in participatory action research, diverse and inclusive citizen engagement, environmental psychology, and evidence-based community planning, programming, and place-making. She has worked with over nine rural and urban communities in the past three years on locally co-driven site inventories and assessments, citizen prioritization processes, place-making, and small community park master plans. As a project lead Kelsey co-developed and administered a community capacity building micro-grant program for AgriLife’s CDC funded Working on Wellness Environments initiative by partnering with Texas border community leaders to translate Policy, System, and Environment best practices relevantly into local health equity initiatives.
Kelsey’s work has been presented at state and national meetings and been recognized with the TAMU RPTS Silver Chaparral Award, NRPA scholarship for Community Engagement Training, and team award for program development from the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals.
Kelsey continues to pursue opportunities building transformational teams and engaging in collaborative community processes to improve the health and wellbeing of all people and the environment. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys exploring parks and public spaces, playing with her niece and nephews, visiting art galleries, and attending theatrical performances.
Kathryn Kimball, Masters Student
Jeongseup Lee, Doctoral Student
Jeongseup Lee is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences. Jenogseup completed a Masters in Urban Planning from Texas A&M University in December of 2018. His thesis, Examining Varying Levels of Accessibility to Greenways Based on Socio-Demographic Characteristics, A Case Study of San Antonio, Texas, was awarded the American Academy for Parks & Recreation Best Paper Award in 2019. Mr. Lee also has a MLA from the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at the Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. His thesis was, The Behavior of Users and Their Decision Factors for Picnic Spots in Yeoeuido Hangang Park. Jeongseup also has a BE Landscape Architecture from Kyungwon University, Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, 2012. His research interests include users’ behavior in parks and open space; accessibility of green space or urban open spaces; and Walkability.
Dr. Jenna Anding, Professor &Nutrition Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Dr. John Collins, Associate Professor, University of North Texas
Dr. John L. Crompton, Distinguished Professor, Texas A&M University
Dr. Rebekka Dudensing, Associate Professor & Extension Economist
Dr. Lou Hodges , Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
Dr. Fouad Jaber, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor & Extension Agricultural Engineering Specialist
Dr. Michal Ann Lord, Texas State University & Texas Recreation & Park Society
Laura Miller, Horticulture Agent, Tarrent County Extension
Mikela Pryor, Masters Student Biological and Agricultural Engineering , Texas A&M University
Dr. David Scott, Professor, Texas A&M University
Dr. Scott Shafer, Professor, Texas A&M University
Dr. Courtney Suess, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
Dr. Joseph Walker, Faculty, University of North Texas
Laura Walker, A.B.D., University of North Texas
Dr. Doug Wunneburger, Professor, Department of Planning, Texas A&M University