Jean E. Folkerth received her BS in camping and outdoor education/therapeutic recreation from Indiana University, her MA in therapeutic recreation from Michigan State University, and her ReD in recreation administration/therapeutic recreation from Indiana University.
She is an associate professor and director of the Recreation Therapy Program at the University of Findlay.
Folkerth served on the board of directors of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification from 1984-1989, serving as president from 1985-1987.
She served on the board of directors of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society (NTRS) from 1979-1982 and was instrumental in the implementation of the State and Regional Advisory Council for NTRS.
Folkerth is cochair of the Alliance Taskforce on Higher Education representing the American Therapeutic Recreation Association.
Folkerth has authored several publications and conducted over 100 presentations at state, regional, and national levels on topics including credentialing, professional preparation, and professional issues.