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Graduate Assistant, Fitness & Group Exercise

Alysia Kurtz

kurtz2aa@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8725

UREC 251

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


Graduate Assistant, Fitness & Group Exercise

David Lee

lee2dd@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8726

UREC 251

David "Davey" Lee is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership. Originally from Falls Church, VA, Davey obtained his Bachelor's Degree majoring in Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Spring 2017.

Davey's interest in campus recreation began with his junior internship at VCU Rec Sports under the Director of Fitness. Since then, he became a certified group exercise instructor and completed his senior capstone internship at University of Richmond Recreation & Wellness. He is ACE Group Fitness Instructor certified.

Outside of UREC, Davey is a hip hop dancer and pizza connoisseur. He enjoys watching movies on his couch, sleeping past 9AM, and eating out with friends. He does not have a favorite quote but he lives zealously by "good vibes only".

Graduate Assistant, Adventure and TEAM Programs

Stevie Lee

shickesr@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8703

UREC 251

Stevie is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and expected to graduate in May 2019. She is originally from Harrisonburg, VA, and obtained her B.S. in Sport and Recreation Management from JMU in May 2017.

During her time as an undergraduate student, Stevie was heavily involved with the Adventure Program at UREC, and worked there for three and a half years. While at JMU, Stevie was a Student Professional Member for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education. She also completed an internship with the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Stevie’s favorite recreational activity is mountain biking, but anything that gets her outside and active, she considers a win! 

Graduate Assistant, Aquatics and Safety

Jacob Lodge

lodgejc@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8724

UREC 251

Jake is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2018. He is originally from Central Florida and obtained his B.S. in Exercise Science from Florida State University in May 2014.

During his time at Florida State, Jake was heavily involved in multiple organizations in addition to working for campus recreation as the Student Director of Aquatics. He served in leadership roles at The Wesley Foundation, Red Cross, and Club Swimming. Post-graduation, Jake took up pearl diving before interning at Southern Methodist University as the Aquatics Manager. Additionally before joining the UREC team, he worked as a residential designer for White Heart Designs, Inc.

When he isn’t working, studying or swimming, Jake prefers to spend his time eating with friends, watching movies, baking, and planning his next adventure. His favorite quotes are too long for this bio but he would recommend Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.


Graduate Assistant, Member Services

Christian Miller

mill28ca@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8724

UREC 251

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 Recreation and Wellness. He worked for Member Services for 5 years as well as serving as an intern for Facility Reservations. While at Purdue Christian was also involved with the NIRSA Region III Lead-On Conference, serving on a planning committee as well as presenting several times.

Christian loves hiking, working out, and cooking. He’s an avid sports fan and loves to watch 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, Intramural Sports and Inclusive Recreation

Teesha Monroe

monroetm@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8725

UREC 251

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!

Graduate Assistant, Sport Clubs and Youth Programs

Nora Osei

osei3mx@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8726

UREC 251

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-varsity athlete was not necessarily playing the sports, but the lifelong friendships built and the memories created. When she wasn't playing soccer or basketball there was a high probability that you would find her at Chick-fil-a.

In her first year in the campus recreation field, Nora become a NIRSA member and has enjoyed meeting and learning from other campus recreation students and professionals from across the nation at various NIRSA conferences. She also enjoys the student interaction that she gets daily at work. Although she loved being a collegiate athlete, she deeply enjoys working in campus recreation where she believes, “Students don’t need to be a 6’0 All-American to be engage in campus recreation. All a student needs to do is be engaged, involved and passionate to thrive in this field.”

When Nora's not at work, you may find her working out, taking pictures of her food for the Snap (#ChefNora), or eating chicken. Her favorite quote is, “People will not care how much you know, unless they know how much you care.”

Graduate Assistant, Student Training and Development

Jay Pence

pencejt@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8748

UREC 251

Jay is the Graduate Assistant for Student Training and Development and is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership. He is expected to graduate in May of 2019. He was born in Woodstock, VA and obtained his B.S. in Justice Studies from James Madison University in May 2014.

During college, Jay worked as a Member Services Assistant and Informal Recreational Assistant at UREC. Outside of UREC, Jay was volunteered as an umpire for the Woodstock Edinburg Little League and as an assistant basketball coach with the Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation. He was also a Scoreboard Operator for The Woodstock River Bandits, a Valley Baseball League Team. Before returning to JMU, Jay worked as a Patrol Deputy with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.

Jay is an avid college football and baseball fan. In his spare time, he likes to golf, go to the movies, and explore new places with his wife, Taylore, and Great Pyrenees, Bella!  

Graduate Assistant, Marketing and Social Media

Katie Regan

reganke@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8703

UREC 251

Katie is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2019. She is originally from Tolland, CT and obtained a B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in May 2017.

While she was at UNCW, Katie was heavily involved in Campus Recreation, working as a Program Assistant in Administration and an Operations Supervisor. She also obtained an ACE Personal Training Certification and became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer while in undergrad. She served in leadership roles as the President of UNCW Women’s Club Lacrosse and as a CrossFit Coach at Port City CrossFit.

In her free time, Katie enjoys working out, reading and cooking. She enjoys watching sports, however it is highly unlikely that she will win UREC Fantasy Football. Her favorite quote is “When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.”

Graduate Assistant, Reservations and Event Operations

Dan Spector

spectodk@jmu.edu
Contact Info

540-568-8748

UREC 251

Dan is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2018. He is originally from Yonkers, New York and obtained his B.S. in Recreation Management from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Cortland in May 2015.

Dan found his passion for recreation when he switched his major from Physical Education to Recreation Management in his junior year at SUNY Cortland. While he was at Cortland he was the Treasurer of Club Gymnastics for three years and was the Coordinator of the oldest student-run professional conference in the nation. His interest in student development and lifelong health and wellness led him to JMU.

Outside the office you might find Dan playing spikeball, doing backflips, performing some original hip-hop songs, or trying to convince someone that New York truly does have the best pizza and bagels. Dan loves to jam out to hip-hop music and has made it his life’s work to memorize the lyrics to as many songs as possible. His favorite quote is “if you want to go faster go alone; if you want to go farther go together.” - Unknown