Professional Staff

Sam Axley

Director, Campus Recreation

BS in Communications, Middle Tennessee State University
MS in Kinesiology, James Madison University
Certifications & Memberships: NIRSA Certified Recreational Sports Specialist, NIRSA Registry of Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals, AHSI Certified CPR, AED, First Aid Instructor
Office: Building 511 Phone: (518) 442-2627


Craig Brewer

Associate Director, Programs

BS in Political Science, SUNY Plattsburgh
MS in Leadership, SUNY Plattsburgh
Certifications & Memberships: First Aid/CPR/AED, MVP Trainer, NCBI Trainer, UACCESS Ambassador
NIRSA Member (2010)
Office: Building 511 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 & Memberships: UAlbany Safe Space, CPR/AED/First Aid
Office: Building 511 Phone: (518) 442-2627



Assistant Director, Competitive Sports
BA in Sports Management, SUNY Cortland
MS in Management of Leisure Services, SUNY Cortland
Certifications & Memberships: CPR/AED/First Aid, NIRSA Member
Office: Building 511 Phone: (518) 442-2627



Assistant Director, Fitness and Wellness
BS in Public Health, University at Albany
BA in Chemistry, University at Albany
MS in Public Health, University at Albany
Certifications & Memberships: First Aid/CPR/AED, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Group Exercise Instructor, Mental Health First Aid
Office: Building 511 Phone: (518) 442-2627



Diane Dreifuss 

Coordinator, Facility Operations

BA Criminal Justice, University at Albany
MS in Educational Policy and Leadership, University at Albany
Certifications & Memberships:  
Office: Building 511 Phone: (518) 442-2627


Alexis Canabush

Admin. Assistant

Office: Building 511 Phone: (518) 442-2627




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.


Member Representation


All Greek Representative  
Student Association Representative  
Graduate Student Association Representative  
Residence Life Resident Assistant Representative  
Club Sport Council Representative  
Campus Recreation Student Employee Representative  
At-large Student Representatives  
At-large Student Representatives  
Student Affairs Staff Representative  
University Senate Representative  
At-Large Faculty Representatives  
At-Large Faculty Representatives  

Additional Information

For more information, contact Sam Axley, Director of Campus Recreation at [email protected].