Keala Mason is the Coordinator of Sport Clubs and Youth Programs at UREC and her role is to help manage the 20 undergraduate student staff on the Informal Recreation team, facilitate the 7-week Camp UREC program throughout summer, and help administer the 42+ Sport Clubs on JMU’s campus.
Keala joined the UREC team in the Fall of 2005 as a undergrad. During that time she held a wide range of positions in Operations, Equipment Services, Fitness, Group Fitness, Aquatics, Safety, Youth Programs, eventually attaining the accolade for JMU’s Student Employee of the Year in 2009. She received her undergraduate degree in Art History and earned both the Junior and Senior Art History Awards in 2009 & 20010, respectively. In the Fall of 2010, she became the Sport Clubs and Youth Programs Graduate Assistant. Throughout her assistantship, she was the Virginia State Student Representative for NIRSA and was honored with the 2012 NIRSA William Wasson Student Leadership award. In 2012, Keala earned her Master’s of Science in Kinesiology.
Keala has a passion for teaching group exercise classes, which started within UREC during summer 2006. She continued through her undergraduate years, graduate school, and continues to teach as a professional faculty member of JMU. She has certifications through ACE, YogaFit Level 1, YogaFit Kids, and is consistently working to obtain several other certifications. Keala teaches for local studios in Harrisonburg and tries to constantly contribute to community wellness. She loves inspiring & motivating others to achieve their wellness goals, particularly, watching others learn about improving their health. She is passionate about celebrating others’ successes!
For leisure, Keala enjoys watching sports, traveling, going to the movie theater, trivia nights, and most of all spending time with her boyfriend, Tim Clark. Tim and Keala met during freshman year of JMU and now work full time for JMU, he in Athletics and she for University Recreation.