Professional Staff Bios

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: PE B104 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: PE B002 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: PE B107 Phone: (518) 442-2627


Nikole Evereth

Coordinator, Membership & Marketing

BS in Sociology, University at Albany
MS in Educational Policy and Leadership, University at Albany
Certifications & Memberships: CPR/AED/First Aid,  NIRSA Member, NASPA Member 
Office: PE B107 Phone: (518) 442-2627


Laila Kniffin


Office: PE B107 Phone: (518) 442-2627



Graduate Assistants and Program Assistants

Facilities and Operations


Lea Stepakoff
Graduate Assistant
Facilities Operations

Matthew Acosta
Graduate Assistant
Fitness Operations 

Fitness and Wellness

Shannon Hoffman
Program Assistant
Fitness and Wellness
 Mitul Soni
Program Assistant
Fitness and Wellness

Intramural and Club Sports

 Andrew Iovanna
Graduate Assistant
Intramural and Club Sports

Michael Geremia
Graduate Assistant
Club Sports

 Jemila Hoyte-King
Graduate Assistant
Club Sports

Membership and Marketing

Alexandra Araujo
Program Assistant
 Tess Edwards
Program Assistant
Recreation Services

Experimental Learning

Ruth Clark
Graduate Assistant
Outdoor Pursuits

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
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



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Additional Information

For more information, contact Sam Axley, Director of Campus Recreation at