Alison Link, PhD, is an adjunct professor, international presenter, consultant and specialist in leisure education. She is a graduate of Brown University, holds a Master of Arts in recreation and leisure studies and resources management from New York University and a PhD from Yeshiva University.
Her leisure education and consulting clients include individuals, couples,
groups, non-profit organizations, correctional facilities and other
government entities, professional organizations, and corporations. Her work
serves people throughout their lifespan, from children through seniors.
When you meet Alison, be ready for her favorite question: "How's your
leisure life?" It doesn't matter who you are.
Alison seems to have leisure education in her blood. She comes from a line
of people who were serious about recreation and leisure.
Alison's grandfather owned a summer camp, taught education at Brooklyn
College, and was a recreation officer when in the navy. She spent summers
with her family at different summer camps (as a camper and then as a
counselor) where her dad was head counselor or director, and a lot of time
in school-based and family leisure and recreation during the rest of the
year, as well.
It is not surprising that after graduating from Brown and doing community
service overseas, her thoughts about what she could do to help people reach
their full potential and achieve life fulfillment, turned to leisure. With
some serious digging, she discovered graduate programs in leisure studies.
Now she spends most of her life "at leisure."
"At this point in my life, I almost always feel that I am in a state
of leisure. I do have obligation, but I choose almost all that I do and I
feel "free," she notes.
After Alison completed her Master of Arts in recreation and leisure studies
she worked as assistant director at a camping program for teens. She also
ran programs for adults, including developing lay leadership at a community
center. After several years, during which she presented at a number of
conferences, she decided to pursue a doctorate degree.
She received her PhD in social welfare. She views leisure as a social
justice issue, and has been working with prisoners, former prisoners and
correctional facilities since starting her doctoral work. She has been
director of leisure education at correctional facilities in New Jersey,
where she was proud to be known as "The Leisure Lady" by her
clients. Her dissertation examines the relationship between rehabilitation
and leisure functioning of indiiduals approaching release from prison.
Ms. Link is a member of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the
National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the New York State Parks and
Recreation Society (NYSPRS), Ladies Who Launch, In Good Company (a
community workspace for women entrepreneurs) and a charter member of the
International Association of Reentry. She is also a co-chair of the Leisure
Education Committee of the World Leisure Association. She holds
certification in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) from the Albert
Alison lives in Stowe, Vermont with her husband David and two young
children. She can be found "leisuring" in pursuit of social
justice issues, volunteering, connecting with new people, meditating,
playing sports, being in the outdoors, creating, participating in the local
time bank, attending cultural events, listening to and playing music,
spending quality time with family and friends and finding other ways to
live a balanced and fulfilling life.