Rita Yerkes, Ed.D., Principal, Yerkes Consulting
Rita is the former dean of the School of Experiential Leadership at George Williams College of Aurora University where she taught Administration and Research Methods. During her years of school and university experience, she created innovative professional training and experiential education programs at Towson University, Miami of Ohio University, State University of New York - Cortland and George Williams College of Aurora University. As a professor and dean she created numerous student and faculty teams to conduct consulting projects for business, education, human services agencies, communities and non-profit organizations.
She is the past president of the Council on Outdoor Education, past president and accreditation chair of the Association for Experiential Education and co-founder of the Coalition of Education in the Outdoors. She has served as an American Camp Association Accreditation Standards Instructor and as a board member of the American Camp Association-IL.
Rita has served as an editorial board member for Camping Magazine, Journal of Experiential Education and the Eric Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools. She has authored book chapters, numerous journal articles and conference presentations. She has co-authored, Enduring Vision: from an Encampment to a Distinctive College - A History of George Williams College 1884-1961 with Wilma Miranda published in 2013. The book also describes the development of the YMCA and higher education in the American Midwest.
Rita's clients have included the American Camp Association, Farm & Wilderness Camps, National Recreation and Parks Association, Pay-It-Forward House NFP, Porter County Parks Foundation, Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association and the Rockford Park District.