Professional Staff Bios


Sam Axley

Director, Campus Recreation

BS in Communications, Middle Tennessee State University
MS in Kinesiology, James Madison University
Certifications: NIRSA Certified Recreational Sports Specialist, NIRSA Registry of Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals, AHSI Certified CPR, AED, First Aid Instructor
Office: PE B104 Phone: (518) 442-2627

 


Craig Brewer

Associate Director, Programs

BS in Political Science, SUNY Plattsburgh
MS in Leadership, SUNY Plattsburgh
Certifications: First Aid/CPR/AED, MVP Trainer, NCBI Trainer, UACCESS Ambassador
NIRSA Member (2010)
Office: PE B002 Phone: (518) 442-2627

 


Marissa Allen

Assistant Director, Intramural and Club Sports

BA in International Relations, University of California at Davis
MBA in Marketing, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Certifications: Instructor for First Aid, AED, CPR & Lifeguard
Office: PE B107 Phone: (518) 442-2627

 


Kishmar A. Best

Assistant Director, Facility Operations

BS in Business Administration, University at Albany
MS in Education Administration & Policy Studies, University at Albany
NIRSA Member, NASPA Member
Certifications: CPR/AED
Office: PE B107 Phone: (518) 442-2627

 


Jessica Blasioli

Assistant Director, Fitness and Wellness

BS in Applied Exercise Science, Springfield College
MEd in Exercise Science and Sport Studies with a concentration of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Springfield College
Certifications: ACE Group Fitness, American Heart Association CPR/AED/First Aid, ASHI CPR & AED Instructor, UAlbany Safe Space I & II, NIRSA Member
Office: PE B107 Phone: (518) 442-2627

 


Sarah Wolanin

Assistant Director, Member Services and Staff Development

BS in Sport Management, SUNY Cortland
MS in Education Administration and Policy Studies, University at Albany
Certifications: UAlbany Safe Space, CPR/AED/First Aid
Office: PE B107 Phone: (518) 442-2627

 

Graduate Assistants and Program Assistants

Facilities and Operations

 


Nikole Evereth
Graduate Assistant
Facilities and Aquatics
Lea Stepakoff
Program Assistant
Aquatics

 

Fitness and Group Exercise

 

Jordan Helpley
Fitness Coordinator
Fitness and Wellness
Danielle Weiss
Program Assistant
Fitness and Wellness

Jesse Lopez
Graduate Assistant
Fitness and Wellness

 

Intramural and Club Sports

 


Will Adams
Graduate Assistant
Intramural
Deshawn Derrick
Program Assistant
Club Sports

 

Marketing

 

Miqdad Raza
Program Assistant
Web Design

Membership

 

Lauren Taylor
Program Assistant
Membership

Campus Rec Advisory Board

Advisory Board Overview

The University at Albany Campus Recreation Advisory Board is a recommending body, and as such, shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Director of Campus Recreation. Its purpose is to involve user groups, primarily students in the planning, organization and administration of recreation programs and facility operations. It shall serve as a means of communication between department staff and program participants, and provides a means for input from UAlbany students, faculty and staff. The Advisory Board’s  composition includes thirteen (13) members. The members of the Advisory Board will consist of eight (8) students and four (4) University faculty and staff members. The Director of Campus Recreation will serve as advisor, ex-officio, non-voting member and secretary to the Board.

Advisory Board Responsibilities

• Attend scheduled Advisory Board meetings. There are typically three meetings each semester. Each meeting will last approximately 60 – 90 minutes.
• Recommend guidelines/procedures pertaining to programs and services.
• Provide recommendations relevant to program content and direction.
• Recommend guidelines/procedures relevant to facility utilization and eligibility.
• Advise Campus Recreation staff of participant/user concerns.
• Review and recommend budget proposals and fee increases for submission to the University Budget Office and Student Fee Review Committee. The Director of Campus Recreation will formulate the annual budget request with input from the Board.
• Make recommendations and vote on approval of Advisory Board representative candidates.

Membership

Member Representation

Name

All Greek Representative
Matthew Lifman
Student Association Representative
Michelle DeRiggi
Graduate Student Association Representative
Stanley De La Cruz
Residence Life Resident Assistant Representative
Vanessa Hernandez
Club Sport Council Representative
Alexandra Herald
Campus Recreation Student Employee Representative
Sean Johnson
At-large Student Representatives
Brad Hershenson
At-large Student Representatives
Katherine Lillis
Student Affairs Staff Representative
Todd Jones
University Senate Representative
Greg Herzog
At-Large Faculty Representatives
James Large
At-Large Faculty Representatives
Peter Recore-Migirditch

 

Application

Under Construction

Additional Information

For more information, contact Sam Axley, Director of Campus Recreation at saxley@albany.edu.