Hilary Bride rejoined the UREC team in 2012 and now serves as the Assistant Director for Operations. She supervises the Operations Supervisor staff, chairs the UREC Student Training and Development committee, and collaborates on special operations.
Hilary returned to JMU to work with student development and to have the opportunity to grow people. Outside of UREC, she is the advisor for Colleges Against Cancer, coaches the Women's Basketball Club, is an Alternative Breaks Learning Partner and is in the Women of Change program.
Hilary earned her undergraduate degree in Sport Medicine from James Madison University and worked as an Adventure Manager, TEAM Facilitator, EMT, Lifeguard, Day Camp Counselor, Alternative Spring Break leader and Operation Supervisor at UREC. Outside of UREC, you would find Hilary involved with Phi Sigma Pi, the national honors fraternity, or on the sideline athletic training for a varsity athletic team. In addition to being the Student Representative for the state of Virginia for NIRSA, she was an avid presenter for AEE and found a passion in leading groups through facilitation and instruction. She received the William Wasson Award in 2005. Hilary went on to get her Master’s in Education at James Madison University in Adult Learning/Human Resource Development with a concentration in Leadership and Facilitation. During that time, she served as the Aquatics and Safety Graduate Assistant for UREC and work for the Harrisonburg High School as a substitute teacher and assisted the athletic training department. In 2007, Hilary won the American Red Cross Extraordinary Personal Action Award for administering C.P.R. and Saving a Life.
Upon graduating from JMU, Hilary headed back to her native New Hampshire to serve as the Assistant Director of Recreation for the town of Moultonborough on Lake Winnipesaukee. Her primary responsibility was youth sports for kindergarten to sixth grade athletes, supervising athletic and park facilities, and serving as an active member in the New Hampshire Park and Recreation Association where she received the Don Heyliger Young Professional Award in 2011. She is a CATCH instructor for the Childhood Anti-Obesity Movement.
Personally, she enjoys competitive powerlifting with Galaxy Gym and has competed at the regional & national level and even placed 2nd in the Sandwich Fair Skillet Toss. She also enjoys her dog Sir Rufus Llama Face, lawn games, supporting her local/home teams, chicken wings & cheese, and making life an adventure. Her favorite quote is, "Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but sail we must, and not drift, nor lie at anchor" -Oliver Holmes