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Graduate Assistant, Facility Services

Connor Woisard

woisarcl@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8748

Connor is pursuing his graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May of 2017. He is originally from North Kingstown, Rhode Island and received his BS in Political Science from Old Dominion University in May of 2015.

During his time at ODU, Connor worked as facility manager within the Recreation and Wellness department. At the beginning of his senior year, he was asked to join the marketing team and take over the responsibilities of the marketing & membership graduate assistant of the department. In 2013, he also helped to establish the Recreation Engagement Committee and eventually went on to serve as the group’s president.  

Outside of recreation, Connor is an avid outdoor and extreme sports photographer. His favorite place to shoot is in the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he first learned to surf. His favorite quote is “At the end of every day you will have traded an irreplaceable part of your life for something else. Make sure it’s a fair trade."



Graduate Assistant, Aquatics and Safety

Hannah Houston

houstohg@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8726

Hannah is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2016. She is from Franklin, NC. Hannah studied at Coastal Carolina University and received a BS in Marine Science in May 2013.

Since graduating, Hannah has been working as the Recruiting and Training Manager for Lack’s Beach Service, an ocean lifeguard service in Myrtle Beach, SC. She also serves as a board member for Myrtle Beach’s International Student Outreach Program, a program that dedicates time to the safety and needs of over 3,000 students working in Myrtle Beach.

Hannah loves to travel and meet new people. She also loves the beach, hiking, swimming, and is a self-proclaimed animal lover. Her favorite food is shrimp veracruzana, and if she could only take one item onto a desert island it would be her dog, Billy Blue. Her favorite quote is, “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus.



Graduate Assistant, Facility Services

Maggie Lajza

lajzamj@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8726

Maggie is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2016. She is from Gainesville, FL, and received her BS in Sport Management from the University of Florida in May 2014.

Maggie was highly involved in UF’s Recreational Sports department, and she is an avid soccer player. She has been a certified scuba diver since age fourteen and considers herself an ocean enthusiast. Maggie’s favorite food is homemade guacamole, and if she could only take one thing onto a desert island it would be the Harry Potter series. Her favorite quote is, “We become what we think about.” – Earl Nightingale.



Graduate Assistant, Adventure and TEAM Programs

Kevin Evers

everske@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8703

Kevin is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation and is expected to graduate in May 2017. Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio Kevin is a true Mid-Western guy. He completed his B.S. at Ohio University in Outdoor Recreation and Education where he served as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant instructing outdoor skill courses for the College of Education.

After undergrad Kevin became an Instructor at the Voyageur Outward Bound School in Ely, Minnesota where he specialized in working with at-risk youth. At Outward Bound Kevin facilitated wilderness rock climbing, ropes course work, canoeing, kayaking, as well as conflict resolution and expeditionary living skills/travel. After OB, Kevin worked as the assistant manager of one of Ohio’s largest indoor rock climbing gyms just before coming to James Madison. Kevin currently hold certifications as a SOLO Wilderness First Responder, A Certified Leave No Trace Trainer, and CPR Certified through the AHA.

Kevin has traveled all over the world pursuing his passion for new experiences. He loves sailing, rock climbing, canoeing, caving, sea kayaking, playing guitar, singing, the Cincinnati Bengals, dogs, Mumford and Sons, walking barefoot, new adventures, and meeting new people. 

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Kahlil Gibran



Graduate Assistant, Marketing and Social Media

Will Trent

trentwj@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8703

Will is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2017. He was born and raised in Roanoke, VA, and received his B.A. in Communication from Virginia Tech.

While at Virginia Tech, Will worked for Virginia Tech Recreational Sports as both a Marketing Assistant and a Student Facilities Supervisor. He served as an Intern for Virginia Tech Athletics Marketing and Promotions, where he Directed the men’s and women’s basketball student section; also known as The Cassell Guard. He was a 3-year member of the Student Alumni Associates, known on campus as “The 100 most-spirited Hokies.”

Will spent the 2014-2015 school year in Durham, NC as a Marketing Coordinator for Duke Recreation and Physical Education. He also coached the Men’s Club Basketball Team at Duke.

When he’s not at work, you can find Will playing basketball, tennis, or disc golf. Other interests include posting his best culinary creations on Snapchat and finding impactful motivational quotes. His favorite: “Both desire and imagination are stored in the mind of the individual and when stretched, both have the potential to position a person for greatness.” – Eric Thomas.



Graduate Assistant, Group Fitness and Wellness

Amanda Saccone

sacconam@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8725

Amanda is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is excited to graduate in May 2016. She attended James Madison University for her Undergraduate Degree in Health Promotion and Assessment and graduated in 2013.

During her time at JMU she worked as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and an operation supervisor. Amanda has been teaching group fitness for five years and loves being in the classroom. She holds several professional fitness certifications including AFAA, Pink Gloves Boxing, Keiser, and BOSU. Amanda is on the NIRSA assembly for the 2015-2016 year and is honored to serve the NIRSA community. 

When she isn’t teaching, Amanda loves dancing and listening to music. She values being known to her friends and family as someone they can count on in any situation. Amanda is currently in her second year as a UREC GA and plans to finish her time at JMU making an impact and helping others reach their goals. 



Graduate Assistant, Fitness Programs

Stephanie Goetz

goetzse@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8719

Stephanie is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2017. She is from Blacksburg, VA. She attended James Madison University and received her BS in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science.

While at JMU, Stephanie worked at UREC as a Recreation Assistant and an Operation Supervisor. She was also a member of the JMU Women’s Rugby Team (2010-2014) and served as both the President and team captain. During her time with JMU Rugby she toured with the Collegiate All-Americans in both France and Canada. She also played on multiple other All-Star Teams such as Atlantis and represented the Virginia Rugby Union and Mid-Atlantic Rugby Union in various events.

When she’s not working or playing rugby, Stephanie likes working out, hanging out with friends, and binge watching shows on Netflix. 



Graduate Assistant, Sport Clubs and Youth Programs

Mary Catherine "MC" Sowder

sowdermc@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8724

Mary Catherine (“MC”) is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2016. She is originally from Roanoke, VA, and graduated from Virginia Tech in 2014 with a BS in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise.

MC participated in the Running Club at VT for two years and has completed three marathons, including the Boston Marathon in April 2015. She worked as a sport club supervisor and office attendant for VT Rec Sports, and she also spent time involved with VT Cru during undergrad.

Running, reading, hiking, and traveling are some of MC’s favorite hobbies. Her favorite foods are grilled salmon and roasted veggies, and if she could only take one thing onto a desert island it would be something to hunt with to prevent getting hangry. MC’s favorite quote is, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” – Isaiah 40:31.



Graduate Assistant, Intramural Sports and Special Events

Shannon Tumelty

tumeltsa@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8725

Shannon is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2016. She is originally from Fairfax, VA, and obtained her BBA in Business Management from James Madison University in May 2014.

Shannon participated in Women’s Club Basketball from 2010-2014, serving as both the secretary (2011-2012) and treasurer (2012-2014). She and her team won the NIRSA National Club Basketball Championship in 2014. Shannon also officiated high school basketball in the surrounding community from 2012-2013 and was the lead intramural site manager for UREC for two years until graduating.

Shannon’s favorite hobbies include playing basketball, hanging with friends, watching TV, and traveling. Her favorite food is Dave’s steak and cheese, and if she could only take one item onto a desert island it would be a boat to get off the island. Her favorite quote is, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, THEN you’ll be successful.” – Eric Thomas.



Graduate Assistant, Student Training and Development

Jason Grieshaber

grieshjl@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Phone coming soon!

Jason is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2017. He is originally from Roanoke, VA, and obtained his B.S. in Exercise Science from Longwood University in December 2014.

During his time at Longwood, Jason served as President of the Phi Epsilon Kappa Honor Society for Kinesiology and as a member of the Campus Recreation department's special events committee. He spent the summers of 2013 and 2015 on the coast of North Carolina at Camp Sea Gull as an Athletics Counselor and Camper Services Coordinator, and the summer of 2014 in the Catskill Mountains of New York as a Fitness Instructor at Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts. Outside of school and work, he is an active volunteer with the Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity.

Jason is an avid traveler and self-proclaimed film aficionado, and his interests lie in nature, fitness, and current events. His favorite food is everything, and if he could only take one item onto a deserted island it would be a volleyball named Wilson. His favorite quote is, "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine.