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Therapeutic Recreation Experiential Education Team

The Therapeutic Recreation Experiential Education Team, or TREE, is composed of graduate students from the University of Tennessee who have very witty senses of humor but take their jobs very seriously.


Emma Feick

Emma is from Franklin, TN and graduated from UTK in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation/Sport Management with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. She has always had a passion for helping others and discovered Camp Koinonia back in 2017 through her younger brother, Spencer, who has a developmental disability. She decided to switch her major from psychology after seeing the impact that Camp Koinonia had on the individuals that attended. She is excited to start her second year on the TREE Team. Emma would love to work for and eventually own her own non-profit that specializes in assisting adolescents with disabilities within the community. When she’s not in the office, you can find Emma exploring new restaurants or listening to podcasts.


Abbie Cantrell

Originally from Greenville SC, Abbie earned her Undergraduate major of Exercise Science and minor of Psychology at the College of Charleston, in Charleston South Carolina. She first discovered her passion for adaptive therapy while living in Charleston and working closely with an aquatic and motor therapy program designed for children with disabilities. Abbie is now a member of the Therapeutic Recreation master’s program at the University of Tennessee. She is eager to continue into her second year as a part of the TREE Team and her new curriculum at UTK! When Abbie is out of the office, you can find her exploring the city of Knoxville whether it’s at a restaurant in the city or hiking the beautiful Smoky Mountains!



Chase Chastain

Chase is from Signal Mountain, Tennessee, and recently graduated from Maryville College, studying in the fields of Outdoor Studies and Health Sciences. He is incredibly excited to not only continue his education with a master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation but also be a part of the TREE Team! With a large focus on outdoor as well as emergency medicine, Chase has spent the past four years as the Health Director at Camp Lookout, in Rising Fawn Georgia, which led to him discovering the field of Therapeutic Recreation. His current ambitions are to either become a Camp Director, working with youth with special needs, or to go on to get his doctorate and become a professor. When he’s not at school or in a camp setting, you can find Chase either running, playing disc golf, board games, or building computers.


Emily Sykes

Emily was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She recently graduated from the University of Tennessee in May of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation/Sport Management with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation, along with a minor in American Sign Language. Emily spent the last 4 years competing as a Vol on the women’s swim team, and she will be taking her 5th year of eligibility to continue to represent Tennessee in the pool. Emily fell in love with recreation therapy when she began coaching a Special Olympics swim team in 2016. Her love for the water and her excitement when working with individuals who have special needs guided her to pursue a career in this field! Emily’s love for recreation therapy quickly deepened when she became a counselor for Camp Koinonia in 2019. Emily is very passionate about inclusion in sport, and she hopes to work for an adaptive sports program or aquatic therapy program one day. When she is not in the office, you can find her in a pool, exploring the Smoky Mountains, or finding new restaurants in Knoxville! She is very excited to be a new member of the TREE Team!


Emily Toth

Emily was born and raised in Knoxville Tennessee and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation/Sports Management with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation from The University of Tennessee. She has had a lifelong dream of working with individuals with disabilities and was able to realize her passion while working at  Camp Koinonia, Camp Oginali, and most recently Camp Acacia in Arkansas. This will be her first year on the TREE team program where she will be pursuing her master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation. When Emily is not in the office you can find her taking her dogs on hikes around Knoxville, reading, or building puzzles!