Sam is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expecting to graduate in May of 2017. He is originally from Maryland but obtained his BA in Adventure Education and minor in Leadership at Messiah College located in Pennsylvania.
In 2011, Sam graduated from Messiah College and accepted a full time position with a non-profit organization in Washington DC called Living Classrooms. While at Living Classrooms, Sam worked as the Programs Coordinator for Kingman and Heritage Islands Park where he was responsible for the management of a 50 acre facility, a job training program for rehabilitating adults, multiple conservation projects along the Anacostia River, and several large scale events such as the annual Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival. After working with Living Classrooms, Sam accepted a field instructor position with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Lander Wyoming. As a field instructor for NOLS, Sam would embark on 28 day expeditions into the Wind River Range with two other instructors and 12 students to teach “hard” technical skills as well as leadership skills.
Sam does just about everything from sailing to hot air ballooning. He spends most of his free time staying active by climbing and cycling or working on his side business of renovating houses within the Shenandoah Valley. He aspires to one day be an Adventure Programs Coordinator at a college within the Rockies while working toward his MBA. Sam is naturally drawn to the mountains and resonates the most with John Muir’s quote of “The Mountains are calling and I must go.”Graduate Assistant, Fitness Programs firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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 worked with Information Technology Services and was involved with student organizations such as Outdoor Club, Phi Epsilon Kappa, and Theta Chi. Over the last few years, he has spent his summers on the coas of North Carolina working at the YMCA Camp Sea Gull. Here at James Madison, he is involved with planning the annual Leadership U conference and serves on the Student Technology Advisory Committee.
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.
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Christian is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and expected to graduate in May 2018. He is originally from Garrett, IN, and obtained his B.S. in Nutrition, Fitness, and Health from Purdue University in December 2015.
During his time at Purdue, Christian was heavily involved with the Division of Recreational Sports. He worked for Member Services for 5 years as well as serving in a para-professional intern role. Christian was also involved with the NIRSA Region III Lead On Conference, and has served on the planning committee as well as presenting several times.
Christian loves cooking, hiking, exercising, and watching sports. His favorite sports to watch are college and professional football, college basketball, and professional hockey. His favorite genre of music is a toss-up between 90’s and hip-hop/R&B. His favorite quote is “They don’t think it be like it is, but it do.”- Oscar Gamble.Graduate Assistant, Group Exercise email@example.com
Alysia is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2018. She is originally from Staunton, VA and obtained her B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in May 2014.
During her time at UNC Charlotte, Alysia began working as a group fitness instructor. This led her to find her career path and major. She completed her senior internship at Hendrick Motor Sports working as a Strength and Conditioning coach. After college, she worked as a group fitness director at a gym. She is certified in AFAA Primary Group Fitness Instructor, ASFA Pilates, Barre Collective, and TRX Suspension Training.
Alysia spends her free time working out and focusing on her goals in fitness. She has a white German shepherd named Stella and a parrotlet named Tiki that she enjoys spending her free time at home with. She finds motivation in her favorite quote, "Your mind will give up 1000 times before your body will" - Unknown
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Nora is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2018. She was born and raised in Northern Virginia and received her B.S. in Computer Science from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU).
While at Eastern Mennonite, Nora played both varsity basketball and soccer. Her favorite part of being a dual-vasristy athlete was not necessarily playing the sports, but the life long friendships built, the memories created and of course, the "fresh gear". She served as an Intern for Eastern Mennonite's Athletics Department, where she composed feature spotlight Royal Athletes of the Week articles, on athletes that had a standout performance that week. She was a 4-year member of the Royal Ambassadors Club, where she proudly gave tours, hosted and welcomed perspective students that visited campus. When she wasn't playing soccer, basketball, or giving tours of campus, there was a high probability that you would find her at Chick-fil-a.
In 2014, Nora's favorite summer included commuting 45 minutes each day to work, to enjoy the days with energetic youth as camp counselor for George Mason University. During the 2015-2016 school year, Nora worked at EMU has an Admissions Counselor where she passionately helped to recruit EMU's incoming class of 2020.This summer, she helped to coach EMU women's basketball camp where she found delight in working with a group of entertaining 5-8 year olds.
When Nora's not at work, you may find her working out, taking pictures of her food for the Snap (#ChefNora), or eating chicken. Other interests include attending church, eating, and eating.
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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 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.”
During the 2014-2015 school year, Will worked in Durham, NC as a Marketing Coordinator for Duke Recreation and Physical Education. He also coached the Men’s Club Basketball Team at Duke.
Will is currently serving as the 2016-2017 NIRSA (National) Student Leader. He works closely with the NIRSA Student Leadership Team and Member Network to serve as the student voice and assist in providing educational and developmental opportunities for NIRSA members.
When he’s not at work, you can find Will playing, watching, or coaching basketball. Other interests include branding his best culinary creations on Snapchat as "Chef Willy T" and watching The Office on Netflix. His favorite motivational quote: “Good, better best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.” – St. Jerome.
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As one of the first faces you’ll see walking into the new GA Suite, Teesha is seeking her graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May of 2018. Though born in Washington, Teesha calls Orlando, Florida home. Both of her Bachelor’s Degrees are from the University of Central Florida where she studied Anthropology and Sociology.
During her time at UCF, Teesha worked for three years at the Recreation and Wellness Center as a Program Assistant for Intramural Sports. While there, she programmed various leagues and officiated every sport that used a whistle. She particularly enjoyed officiating/getting yelled at by IM Floor Hockey players.
When not doing something work or school related, you can often find Teesha being a nerd. She loves Game of Thrones (her car’s name is Khaleesi), reading, writing, and astronomy. You also might find her at trivia on weeknights deeply confident in a wrong answer. Teesha is always down to talk about sports but she only listens to positive comments about the New Orleans Saints. WHO DAT!
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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."