Holly Bailey joined the UREC team in 2006 and now serves as the Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness. Her job is to oversee all Fitness & Wellness programming. She is responsible for the hiring and development of the Wellness & Nutrition student staff members.
Holly graduated from Old Dominion University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine with an emphasis in Cardiac Rehabilitation. After several years of working as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist in a hospital based facility, she went on to receive her masters’ degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from George Mason University. From 1996-2005 she worked as an adjunct faculty member for Northern Virginia Community College in the Physical Education department and continued to teach online through the Extended Learning Institute after moving to the Harrisonburg area in September 2005. Holly is a member of NIRSA and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and has earned the Exercise is Medicine Credential Level 3.
Holly is originally from central New Jersey. She is married to her husband Stan and together they have two boys, Jeff and Alex. Holly loves to dance, read, and attend various high school sporting events. Her favorite thing about UREC is the team atmosphere and the healthy environment.
Payroll & Budget Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna Bitar joined the UREC team in 1994 and currently serves as the Payroll & Budget Manager. Donna manages the undergraduate payroll and assists with budget management.
Prior to working at UREC, Donna was a desktop publisher at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation in Denver, Colorado.
Donna has been married for over 25 years to her husband Irfan, and together they have two sons, Tareck and Nadeem. Donna enjoys the end of the year celebration at UREC but her favorite thing about UREC is the students. Donna’s favorite quote is, “You have only failed when you have failed to try.”
Associate Director for Programming email@example.com
Steve Bobbitt joined the UREC team in 2000. Currently, as the Associate Director of Programming, Steve works with all six programming units focusing on student learning. He serves on the leadership team, oversees facility supervision, and acts as the student development coordinator.
In the past, Steve has served as Adventure Program Coordinator, Interim Marketing Coordinator, and Interim Sport Club Coordinator. Steve also teaches classes for Kinesiology and in the Campus Recreation Master’s Program. He also serves as a member faculty of the National Intramural Recreational Sport Association National School of Recreation Sport Management through 2011.
Steve graduated from Virginia Tech where he earned his undergraduate degree in Education and earned his master’s degree in Leisure Studies at Radford University. Before coming to UREC, Steve worked for six years in Parks and Recreation in Adventure Programming in Blacksburg, Roanoke, and Wytheville. He then worked at East Carolina University for six years as an Assistant Director for Adventure Programs. Steve received the award for Educator of the Year in 2006 from the Association for Experiential Education. He is a member of the NIRSA, NASPA and ACPA.
Steve was born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Galax, Virginia, a hotbed of bluegrass and old-time music. He is married to Deena and they have two sons Dylan and Will. Steve’s favorite things to do outside of work are kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, traveling around the country, playing the guitar, and watching his kids play sports. He can often be seen at UREC in Fitness enjoying a noon-time workout. His favorite thing about UREC is the students and the energy they bring to both the building and our staff.
Pool Technician - Maintenance Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Travis Bussey joined the UREC team in 2016 as the Pool Technician/Maintenance Assistant. His main responsibility is to ensure that UREC’s two swimming pools and Spa run smoothly day to day.
Travis was born and raised in Roanoke, VA. Before coming to UREC, Travis worked for Facilities Management at JMU for nine years in the Life Safety Department. Travis attended Virginia Western Community college where he completed the Electrical Journeymen’s Curriculum in 2006. He is also part of the National Swimming Pool Foundation where he earned his Certified Pool Operators certificate.
Travis is married to his wife Priscilla and has a son named Jayden. He also has a seven year old, 140lb female English Mastiff named Zoey. In his free time, Travis likes to spend time with his young family and work on vehicles when he can. His favorite things about UREC are the family atmosphere and positive work environment provided by all the staff and students.
Senior Associate Director and Associate Professor for Sport and Recreation Management email@example.com
Julie Wallace Carr began working at JMU in 1992 in Recreational Activities. She is the Senior Associate Director for UREC and an Associate Professor for Sport and Recreation Management in The Hart School of Hospitality, Sport & Recreation Management at JMU. Julie manages, markets, and teaches classes in the Campus Recreation Leadership Track. She also runs the internship and practicum program for UREC and is a liaison GHTH 100 and Health Sciences. Julie oversees the Graduate Assistant program at UREC as well.
Julie went to West Virginia University and graduated with a degree in Physical Education and Science. She earned her Master’s in Adult Fitness at JMU. Julie received a Doctorate degree in Human and Organizational Learning at George Washington University. Before UREC, Julie was a Graduate Assistant at JMU Athletics, a Total Wellness Coordinator at RMH Wellness Center, the JMU Fitness, Wellness and Group Fitness Coordinator. She served as the Associate Director for Programming at UREC as well.
Julie won the JMU “All Together One” award in 2006 and was honored with the JMU “Woman of Distinction” staff award in 2006. She was given the Distinction of the Faculty Friend of the Year for JMU Office Residence Life in 2008. Julie is a life-time member of NIRSA. She was also awarded the NIRSA National Service Award in 2007, the 2010 NIRSA Region II Award of Merit and the 2010 NIRSA President's Award for Writing. In 2013, she was recognized as a Legacy Contributor for NIRSA.
Julie’s husband Ben is a lawyer and an Associate Professor in Sport and Recreation Management at JMU. Julie is very proud of her son Brody. She also has 3 very cool dogs. She loves skiing-downhill, telemark and cross country skiing. She also enjoys playing golf, tennis, cycling, swimming, gardening, cooking, reading, and playing the piano recreationally. Julie’s favorite activities at UREC include swimming and yoga classes. Her favorite thing about UREC is working with the student staff. Her favorite quote is “Become the one you dream you can be” – unknown author. Julie’s favorite movie is The Big Chill and she really enjoys the Thin Man series. Her favorite TV channel is the Food Network, but her favorite shows are Good Morning America, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and Nashville. Her favorite type of music is Classic Rock, but she loves all types of music.
Assistant Director for Operations firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron Combs joined UREC in 2008 and is now serving as the Assistant Director for Operations. He has formerly served as the Assistant Director for Intramural Sports and Special Events. He supervises the Operations Supervisor staff and chairs the UREC Student Training and Development committee.
Aaron graduated from Shepherd University in West Virginia with an undergraduate degree in Sport Management. He earned his master's degree in Sport Administration from Western Illinois University in MaComb, Illinois. In 2005, he was an undergraduate intern with the Intramural Sports program at James Madison University. Aaron was named one of UREC's Employees of the Year in 2006. Aaron is a member of NIRSA. He has officiated basketball in the Shenandoah Basketball Officials Association for eight years.
Aaron is married to Carrie Teichert Combs and they have a daughter named Vayda. Aaron's parents Danny and Pati raised him in Baker, West Virginia. He has one brother (Jared) and sister-in-law (Amanda) and two nephews (Eli and Simon). He enjoys all sports, hunting, fishing, officiating, dancing, and watching movies. He won seven intramural flag football championships - five at Shepherd and two at Western Illinois. Aaron's favorite activity at UREC is the daily lunchtime JMU faculty/staff basketball games. His favorite thing about UREC is the atmosphere that the students and faculty create. His favorite action movie is Braveheart and his favorite comedy is Dumb and Dumber. He also loves a variety of music, but his favorite radio stations are K-Love and Fresh 96.1.
Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Special Events email@example.com
Jon Corum joined the UREC team in 2015 as the Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Special Events. Jon oversees the recruitment, supervision, scheduling, training, and evaluation of the Intramural Sports officials and he is responsible for organizing and programming Intramural Sports and Special Events in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Jon graduated from Ohio University in 2012 where he earned his Bachelor of Specialized Studies degree, which was concentrated in U.S. History, American Literature, and Communications. Throughout his time at OU, Jon worked as an intramural sports official and program assistant; and in his final year, he served as the Student Director of Facility Operations within the Intramural Sports program. He went on to serve as the Graduate Assistant for Competitive Sports at the University of West Georgia, where he earned his Master of Business Administration degree. Jon is a member of NIRSA and officiates high school football and basketball.
Jon was born and raised in the Toledo, Ohio area. He has been an avid bowler his entire life, and some of his other hobbies include golf, fishing, playing basketball, and watching Notre Dame Fighting Irish football. His favorite thing about UREC is the positive impact its programs and services have on the lives of the JMU students.
Assistant Director for Adventure and Challenge Course Programs firstname.lastname@example.org
Guy worked as the Graduate Assistant for the UREC Adventure Program in the late nineties. His hair is shorter and beard greyer now but he is no less enthusiastic about adventure programming than when he was a GA. He now serves in the role of Assistant Director of Adventure and TEAM programs. His job is to oversee the entire Adventure Program and serve as a member of the UREC programming team.
Guy graduated from Messiah College where he earned his undergraduate degree in Health and Physical Education. He completed a master’s degree in Sport and Recreation Management from JMU. He then worked for the outdoor program at the University of Maine for five years followed by three years at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Guy is an active member of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education and the American Mountain Guides Association.
Guy was born in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and lived in midcoast Maine before moving to the “Mountain Kingdom” of Lesotho as a child. Upon returning from Africa, Guy lived in Pennsylvania until graduating from college. He spent a year teaching in New York City followed by attending JMU. He then returned to New England before finding his way back to the Valley with his wife Karen and two sons Colden and Wyatt. He enjoys volunteering at his church, cooking, reading and roughhousing with his sons. When he is outside he prefers clinging to rock faces, paddling moving water, riding a bicycle on trails, skiing with his heels free and chasing turkey and deer about the woods. His favorite thing about UREC is the many opportunities that students have to be active and assume leadership roles.
Coordinator of Member Services email@example.com
Erica Estes joined the UREC team in 2015 as the Coordinator of Member Services. She develops and maintains UREC’s Member Services areas through the leadership of the student staff and the operations of the Welcome Center, Equipment Center, and University Park Gatehouse.
Erica received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from James Madison University. While an undergraduate student at JMU, Erica began working as an Informal Recreation Assistant and later transitioned into the role of an Operations Supervisor at UREC. While at UREC, Erica was named James Madison University’s Student Employee of the Year as well as the UREC Operations Supervisor of the Year. Erica then continued her journey in collegiate recreation at the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned her Master of Science degree in Sports Management and served as the Graduate Assistant for Facilities & Fitness. Erica is a member of NIRSA and is also certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America as a Personal Trainer.
Erica was born in Bridgewater, Virginia. She loves to read, run, waterski and spend time with her family and friends. Her favorite quote and one she strives to live by is "work faithfully behind the scenes, doing all the little thankful tasks that need to be done to be a people with the heart of a servant and the wisdom of a leader." Erica's favorite aspect of UREC is the emphasis that is placed on student development and the multitude of leadership opportunities offered in the family oriented atmosphere.
Associate Director for UREC Services firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin Gibson joined UREC in 2008. As the Associate Director for UREC Services, Kristin works with the Marketing & Social Media, Technology, Member Services, and Athletic Training areas. She serves on the department leadership team and is responsible for various departmental communications, human resources, and advancement functions.
She has formerly served as UREC's Assistant Director of Marketing & Technology and the Coordinator of Marketing and Development. At JMU, Kristin has served on JMU's Employee Advisory Committee, Compensation Advisory Council, University Planning Team, Compensation Task Force, the SMAD Alumni/Professional Advisory Council, and has taught sections of UNST 102: Career Decision Making. She is the author of the chapter "Succeed with Sweat" in the collaborative book "The Freshman Project." She is a member of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). Kristin serves on the Board of Directors for the Harrisonburg Rockingham Day Care Center and began Spark Her Stride, a summer running empowerment program for young girls in Harrisonburg.
Kristin earned both of her degrees from James Madison University. Her master's degree is in College Student Personnel Administration (M.ed, 2010) and her undergraduate degree (B.S., 2006) is in Media Arts & Design and Communication Studies. Prior to working at UREC, Kristin was a Marketing Assistant at a law firm in Washington, D.C. and also worked for a professional services marketing agency.
Kristin and her husband Kevin (founder of VA Momentum) have two young children, Brady and Colbie. Kristin grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania. You can catch Kristin on the hockey court a few times a week and running around campus the rest of the time. Her favorite thing about UREC is working with fantastic JMU students and loves that her position encourages her and those around her to live a healthy lifestyle.
Associate Director for Facilities and Operations email@example.com
Bob Golson joined the UREC team in 1998 and is currently the Associate Director for Facilities and Operations. Bob oversees capital improvements, facility maintenance, housekeeping and daily operations. He also works very closely with Aramark and JMU Athletics.
Bob graduated from Florida State University with a double major in Political Science and Criminology. He received his graduate degree in Sports Administration from Saint Thomas University in Miami, Florida. Bob has been recognized for his service to the Office of Judicial Affairs and the JMU Duke Club. Bob is a member of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).
Bob grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has been married to his wonderful wife Donna, who works with the JMU Field Hockey, Lacrosse, and Swim and Dive programs, since May of 2008. Bob is very proud of his niece Amanda and nephew Jeremy, who take part in UREC summer camps. He is a huge sports fan, plays a lot of golf, and loves to travel. Bob’s favorite activity to participate in at UREC is walking 3 miles, on the track or around campus. His favorite thing about UREC is the students and the staff. His favorite movies are Remember the Titans, A Few Good Men, and The Blind Side. His favorite show is The Blacklist and his favorite music artists are James Taylor, Bruce Hornsby and Dave Matthews Band. His favorite quote is "Never let the urgent get in the way of the important" by Kay Yow.
Coordinator of Adventure and TEAM Programs firstname.lastname@example.org
Sasha Griffith joined the UREC Team in 2013 as the Coordinator of Adventure and TEAM Programs. While her main responsibility is to oversee the TEAM Challenge Course, Sasha also manages the Adventure Equipment Center.
Sasha graduated from University of Central Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, her areas being business, music, and recreation. Through her time at UCF, Sasha worked at the recreation center on campus and learned the “ropes” which helped her to move into a graduate assistantship upon graduation. She accepted a position at Texas A&M University-Commerce where she was able to not only start a Challenge Course program but also learn what it takes to be a trip leader. Sasha earned her Master of Science degree studying Training and Development with a minor in Higher Education. Sasha is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, the Association of Outdoor Recreation Education, and Association of Challenge Course Technology.
Sasha was born in Georgetown, Guyana but grew up in Winter Park, Florida. She has three younger brothers, Hugh, Victor, and Jarod, as well as a younger sister, Alyssa. Sasha enjoys spending time with her siblings and getting them outside. Her favorite activities include cooking, watching movies, hiking, paddling, and learning new things. Sasha’s favorite things about UREC are the exchange of ideas and collaboration that reach out to as many students as possible and developing student leaders.
Coordinator of Group Exercise email@example.com
Mary Healey joined the UREC team in 2015 as the Coordinator of Group Exercise. Mary oversees all group exercise spaces and manages all group exercise instructors and managers, as well as all small group training programs.
Mary graduated from The University of West Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. While at UWF, Mary worked her way around Campus Recreation as a Group Fitness Supervisor, Instructor, Building Manager and Fitness Attendant before taking a position as a Health Fitness & Group Exercise Specialist with Corporate Fitness Works in 2012. Mary then graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with her Master of Science degree in Kinesiology, specializing in Sport and Exercise Behavior. While at SIUE Mary worked as the Fitness Graduate Assistant for Campus Recreation overseeing all group fitness and fitness floor staffing and programs. Mary is a member of NIRSA and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor, a SUP-Paddle Fit Core coach, a certified Pink Gloves Boxing Coach as well as RealRyder instructor certified.
Mary was raised in Pensacola, Florida along the Emerald Coast known for their gorgeous white sand beaches. She has traded in her flip flops for hiking boots and loves the great scenery the valley has to offer. She enjoys things such as cooking and going to concerts, as well as anything outside like bike riding, exploring and hiking. When she is not working out at UREC, Mary enjoys getting in a good sweat with her other gym family at Rocktown Crossfit.
Assistant Director for Sport Clubs and Youth Programs firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Jones joined the UREC team in 2002 and now serves as the Assistant Director for Sport Clubs and Youth Programs. Chris coordinates Sport Club programs throughout the school year and oversees Youth Programs during the school year and summer camps in the summer months.
Chris earned his undergraduate degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management with a focus in Outdoor Recreation from Ball State University. He earned his Master’s degree from James Madison University in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Recreation Management. Prior to working at UREC, Chris worked at a state park forestry department, construction, and the Boys and Girls Club. Chris won the American Red Cross Extraordinary Personal Action Award for administering C.P.R. and Saving a Life. Chris is a member of NIRSA and NRPA (National Recreation and Parks Association).
Chris is from Auburn, Indiana and is happily married to his wife Veronica. He has a dog named Barley who is an Australian Sheppard. Chris enjoys disc golf, anything outside, playing Frisbee with his dog, and going to concerts. His favorite activity at UREC is the lunch time faculty and staff basketball games. Chris enjoys the different interactions that happen on a day to day basis and the students. Chris’ favorite quote is “You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best, you want to be considered the only ones who do what you do,” quoted from Jerry Garcia. He has three favorite movies which change depending on his mood which are Pulp Fiction, Braveheart, and Shakes the Clown. Chris likes to watch 24, Pardon the Interruption, and anything on the Food Network Channel; especially Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
Coordinator of Fitness Programs email@example.com
Torin Kaletsky joined UREC in 2015 as the Coordinator of Fitness Programs. He began his campus recreation career in undergrad at the University of Florida. There he spent his days water skiing, studying trees and cheering on Tim Tebow and the National Champion Florida Gators. After graduating, he moved to Atlanta to teach high school biology and forensic science in Midtown.
After a year, he was called back to his passion of recreation at Georgia State University. He worked for two years personal training and finishing his Master’s degree in exercise science. After gaining immeasurable experience and working alongside some of the finest people in the industry, he moved to Harrisonburg to join James Madison University and continue his work with fantastic people passionate about health, fitness and the student experience.
Now he spends his summers getting sunburned hiking the many trails in Shenandoah and his winters freezing through layers of coats while skiing the runs at Massanutten. Time not exercising is usually spent with a board game or a remote control, or with his nose in a book. His favorite thing about UREC is working with students to create the perfect experience for every participant.
Assistant Director for Aquatics and Safety firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt joined UREC in 2012 and is the Assistant Director for Aquatics and Safety. Matt is responsible for hiring, training, and leading a comprehensive aquatic and EMT staff and is a member of the UREC programming and Risk Management team.
Matt graduated from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree in Health/Physical Education and a minor in Aquatics. He did his graduate work here at James Madison University where he concentrated in Kinesiology-Sport/Recreation Leadership. While taking classes at JMU, Matt worked at UREC as a Certification Instructor and Intern. In addition to his UREC experience, he held an assistantship in the Health Sciences department for GHTH 100 (Personal Wellness Course), and taught one semester of Aquatic Conditioning.
Matt was born and raised in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, the land of the biggest burger. Although Matt has roots in central PA, his heart is in the Outer Banks where he worked Ocean Rescue for 5 summers. Matt loves surfing with his friends and avoiding getting burnt at the beach. He also really enjoys a good game of Bocce and playing golf with his friends of equal inability. Matt’s favorite thing about UREC is the awesome professional and student staff and their drive to “Motivate Madison into Motion”. Matt typically is singing Kings of Leon on his way to and from work and really enjoys the Batman movie series. Matt’s favorite quote is “the greatest wealth is health” from Virgil.
Assistant Director for Marketing and Social Media email@example.com
Samantha McGinty Dutton joined UREC in 2016. As the Assistant Director for Marketing and Social Media, Samantha markets and advances the UREC brand through social media, digital advertising, email and radio messaging. She oversees a student staff who design and execute UREC’s marketing needs and coordinates photography and videography for UREC.
Prior to joining UREC, Samantha worked in career services at the University of Virginia, advancement at Lehigh University, and fraternity and sorority life at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also served as a traveling consultant for her sorority, Kappa Delta. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh (2006) with a B.S. in Communications and Psychology, and a minor in Children’s Literature. She received her M.Ed. from the University of Georgia (2010) in College Student Affairs Administration.
Samantha is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Virginia with her husband, Steve, who also works at JMU, and their daughter Lila. She currently serves as a member of the national leadership team for Kappa Delta and as a chapter volunteer for Lehigh University. She enjoys running, being outside, walking her dog Winnie, and exploring new ways to stay physically active.
Senior Assistant Director for Member Services firstname.lastname@example.org
Lorie Miller joined the UREC team in 1996 and now serves as the Senior Assistant Director of Member Services. She oversees the operation of UREC's Member Services areas. She serves on the Leadership Team and is responsible for all facility reservations and special operations.
Lorie is a member of the Employee Appreciation Day planning committee, serves as a Board Chair for the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices and is a very active leader with the Alternative Break programs. Before working at UREC, Lorie worked for the JMU Student Health Center, Human Resources, and the Office of Student Orientation. Lorie received the Student Affairs & University Planning Crredibl Award in 2013 and the University Planning Division Award for Excellence in 2014.
Lorie is a member of NIRSA and won the NIRSA Horace Moody Award for outstanding commitment to student development in 2007. She is also a member of VRSA and currently serves on the Executive Board as the Historian.
Lorie was born in the Shenandoah Valley. She likes to share the fact that she was born on the Campus of JMU in the Student Success Center that was once Rockingham Memorial Hospital. She is married to Rob, who also works for JMU. Outside of UREC, Lorie loves gardening, listening to all kinds of music, spending time with her family and riding motorcycles. Her and her husband own a Harley Davidson and enjoy taking long rides. She also enjoys exercising, with yoga and jogging being her favorite workouts. The thing she enjoys the most about working at JMU and UREC is the positive effect she can have on students. Her favorite quote is, "To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world."
Equipment Manager email@example.com
Donnie Mix has been working with the UREC team since the facility opened in 1996. He is currently the Equipment Manager and his main duties include keeping all exercise and sound equipment maintained.
Donnie was born and raised in New York. Donnie has held positions in Athletics here at JMU prior to his work at UREC. In 2009, he won the "All Together One" Award and is a current member of NIRSA (National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association). Donnie is also the Crew Chief for the chain gang at every JMU home football game.
Donnie has been married to his wife Lydia for over twenty-five years and has a son named Ben and a daughter named Leah. Donnie enjoys music and singing in church and other venues. He also loves riding his VTX-1300 motorcycle and is the chaplain of the local Proud American Riders organization. Donnie is considered to be the "Mayor of UREC" and his favorite activities to participate in are noon-time basketball and working out in the fitness center. His favorite thing about UREC is the staff and how they possess a team spirit and his motto is TCB (taking care of business).
Technology Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Taylore Moore joined UREC in 2016 and serves as the Technology Manager. She oversees the various hardware, software, and information systems that UREC utilizes, and leads 2-3 undergraduate technology students.
Taylore earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Virginia, where she studied media technologies and education. She is currently earning her Master’s degree from James Madison University, where she is studying Educational Technology. During her time as an undergraduate student, Taylore worked at UVa’s recreational facilities as a swim instructor and in their member services department. She also served as a residential advisor for three years, and enjoyed working with and supervising students.
Taylore grew up on Lake Anna, in Louisa County, VA. She played soccer and cheered competitively until college, and loves to attend MLB games and read in her spare time. She is the oldest of four siblings (Chase, Zane, and Addyson) and has a Great Pyrenees named Bella. Her favorite thing about UREC is the supportive and team-orientated atmosphere that all employees promote.
Director of University Recreation email@example.com
Eric Nickel has been a member of the UREC team since April 1995, about 16 months before UREC opened. He serves as the Director of University Recreation. He is responsible for providing vision and leadership to the department as well as managing the human, financial and physical resources of UREC.
Eric earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management at SUNY Plattsburgh and his masters’ degree in Sport Management at The Ohio State University. Before coming to JMU, Eric was the Director of University Recreation at Ferris State University in Michigan (7 years), the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation at UNC Greensboro (3 years), and a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Intramural-Recreational Sports at The Ohio State University.
Eric is a life member of NIRSA (Leaders in Collegiate Recreation) and he currently serves on their Board of Directors. He has also served as President of the NIRSA Foundation, as well as President of the NIRSA Services Corporation, after serving three years respectively on each of their Board of Directors. Eric also served a board member on the NIRSA School of Recreational Sports Management. He completed a three year term on the faculty of The School, and served as chairman his last year. He has received a number of awards in his career including three National Service Awards for NIRSA, the NIRSA Region II Award of Merit, and the Outstanding Professional Award from the School of Kinesiology and Recreation Studies at JMU. Eric was recognized in 2009 with the JMU ‘Altogether One’ Award and was named as a Legacy Contributor to NIRSA in 2012.
Eric was raised in Kings Park, New York. He and his wife Jacki have three sons named Ryan, Kyle, and Tyler. His hobbies include bike riding, basketball, and following his son’s sports and activities. Eric enjoys playing basketball with the JMU faculty/staff group and his favorite thing about UREC is the passion and energy that the student and professional staff bring to work every day.
Assistant Director for Budget and Finance firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa O’Fallon joined the UREC team in 2013 as the Assistant Director for Budget and Finance. Lisa is responsible for daily business functions for all UREC programs and operations and supervises 2 students.
Lisa graduated from Washington State University with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting. Upon graduation, she worked at WSU as the Business Manager for Educational Telecommunications and Technology. Prior to her experience at UREC, she worked for the Office of Budget Management at JMU.
Lisa is from Washington State. In 2006, she and her husband, Michael, moved to Virginia. They have three daughters: Mikaela, Samantha and Hannah. In her free time she enjoys watching her children play sports, reading and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite thing about UREC is the positive environment.
Maintenance Manager email@example.com
Rick Orebaugh joined the UREC team in 1997 as the Maintenance Manager. His main responsibility is to ensure everything at UREC is functioning and is clean.
Rick was born and raised in an Air Force family and has visited and lived all over the world including New Hampshire, Japan, Kansas, Ohio, Maine, and of course Virginia. He earned his Associates’ Degree at Vocational Technical in Fishersville, Virginia. Before becoming the Maintenance Manager, Rick worked for Facilities Management at JMU. Rick has also won awards in his career including the JMU Student Organization Services Dolley Award in 2005, the Virginia State Employee Suggestion Program, the JMU Innovation Award in 2008, and the 2014 Intellectual Property Disclosure Incentive Award. He is also a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association.
Rick is married to his wife Sue and has two children (Matthew and Emily). He also has two cats (Queenie and Butter) and one dog (Oliver). In his free time, Rick likes to work on and ride his motorcycle, fish, hunt, camp, hike, garden, and act in films. Rick’s favorite activity to do at UREC is to participate in weightlifting and racquetball. His favorite thing about UREC is the team spirit environment working with the staff and the students.
Assistant Director for Intramural Sports and Special Events firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan joined UREC in 2015 and is responsible for Intramural Sports programming, managing the Intramural Site Managers, and coordinating Special Events.
Dan graduated from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in Sport Management and the University of Iowa with a graduate degree in Recreational Sport Management. While at FSU, Dan was heavily involved in the Intramural Sports program, where he was exposed to NIRSA. Through NIRSA, Dan has attended over 30 extramural tournaments and continues to enjoy meeting new people and having an impact on students from all over the country. He officiates football, baseball, and lacrosse on the high school level.
Dan is originally from Ft. Stewart, Georgia but was raised in a military family and has lived in 10 different states. He enjoys rooting on FSU as well as the Chicago Cubs, Georgia Bulldogs, and Washington Redskins. Dan also enjoys movies and anything outside. His favorite thing about UREC is the amount of different opportunities provided to make a positive impact on students.
Office Manager email@example.com
Heather joined the UREC team as the Office Manager in 2006. Heather handles all purchases for UREC, works with the Sport Clubs and their travel arrangements, she supervises 4 student office assistants and assists the director in daily administrative tasks.
Prior to her experience at UREC, Heather worked at the JMU Graduate School for three years as an Administrative Assistant and before that she worked at the Office of the Registrar.
Heather lives in the neighborhood that she grew up in, located in Broadway, VA. She is happily married to her husband Jeff and has three teenagers, two boys (Kele and Hayden) and one girl (Kaitlynn). In her spare time she enjoys Nascar races, 49er football games, crocheting and making her own jewelry. Her favorite thing about UREC is the positive energy the students bring with them into the building.
Facilities Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Ritter joined UREC as the Facilities Manager in 2012. He oversees the day-to-day operations and maintenance of University Park, East Campus Fields, Long Field Mauck Stadium, UREC Upper Turf Field, Godwin Hall, Memorial Hall, and the Hillside Hockey and Basketball Courts.
Jason graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Mennonite University in 2007 with a Recreation and Sport Leadership degree, Business Administration minor. The summer before his senior year, he completed his internship with DC United of Major League Soccer with the Operations Department. After completion of his degree, Jason was a JMU Assistant Athletic Equipment Room Manager, an Assistant Equipment Manager for DC United, and a Facilities Coordinator in the JMU Athletic Department for Facilities and Events. In the most recent role he was the lead field painter for athletics, along with coordinating game and facility operations for football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, and track and field.
Jason got married during the summer of 2011. He values faith, family, and friends. During his spare time, Jason enjoys playing golf during the mild months and skiing with his wife during the winter. Another passion of his is traveling domestically and internationally.
Housekeeping Manager email@example.com
Carolyn Wallace joined the UREC team 1999 as the Housekeeping Manager.
Before coming to UREC, Carolyn worked in housekeeping in other areas on campus and also worked in a sewing plant and also in retail. Carolyn has earned her Managerial Certification. She has won the Female Employee of the Year Award and has also won the Student Affairs Excellence Award. Carolyn is a current member of the Institute of Certified Managers and of the International Executive Housekeepers.
Carolyn was born and raised about 60 miles south of Harrisonburg in Lexington, Virginia. Carolyn has 3 children and three grandchildren (two boys and one girl). She also has three sisters and three brothers. Carolyn has two dogs (Princess and Premo). In her time outside of UREC, she enjoys reading, sewing, and walking. Her favorite activity to participate in at UREC is Yoga. Carolyn’s favorite thing about UREC is the staff and their dedication to the UREC mission.
Coordinator of Informal Recreation and Youth Programs firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Wright joined UREC in 2015 as the Coordinator of Informal Recreation and Youth Programs. Sarah coordinates the Informal Recreation programs throughout the school year, and is responsible for organizing the Youth Programs in the summer months, as well as the school year.
Sarah graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2008 where she received her degree in Sociology with a minor in American Studies. She was greatly involved UNCC’s Recreational Services. Upon graduation she served as the Coordinator of Sport Clubs at UNCC. She then moved to Valdosta, Georgia where she received her Master’s degree from Valdosta State University in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs in May 2015. Sarah served as the Graduate Assistant of Sport Clubs and Intramural Sports at VSU her first year, then moved to Centralized Advising her second year where she taught a leadership course, as well as became an Academic Advisor.
Sarah was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. She has two sisters (Erin and Christy) and three brothers (Todd, Bennie Lee, and Brian). She has played volleyball for over 10 years, coached for four years, and still likes to play indoor and outdoor volleyball. She loves watching college basketball. As the Women’s Club Volleyball President for 2 years, she was given the award of “Sport Club Officer of the Year” in 2012. Sarah enjoys lifting weights, running, boxing, and spending time with her dogs, Luna and Minnie. Sarah values her faith and family. Her favorite quote is “Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships”-Michael Jordan. Her favorite thing about UREC is the positive atmosphere of the office.