Recreation and Wellness Center
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
P.O. Box 163548
Orlando, FL 32816
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Jim is from Syosset, New York but has been at UCF since 1985 first as a student and later as an employee in 1992. Jim served in several roles ultimately getting selected as the Director of in 2007 where he provides the overall leadership for the recreation facilities, programs and staff of the RWC. He earned his BSBA in Management from UCF and his MAT in Sports Administration from the University of Louisville and is a Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional as recognized by the NIRSA. Jim has been recognized for his work through the NIRSA with the Award of Merit in 2013 and by UCF as the winner of the Gabor Excellence Award in 2011. Some interesting facts about Jim is he serves as an NCAA Basketball Official and also has seen a baseball game in every major league park around the United States.
Gary is from Plantation, FL and has been at UCF since 1996 when he arrived as a Freshman student. He earned a B.A in Psychology and an M.A. in Educational Leadership while completing a graduate assistantship in Intramural Sports. Gary is responsible for the leadership of the Intramural Sports, Sports Club, Fitness, Outdoor Adventure and Athletic Training program areas. In his spare time Gary is an NCAA Division 1 college football referee and watches a ton of NBA, specifically his favorite team, the Miami Heat.
From Kettering, England, Sarah Hunt has been at RWC since 2005 and is currently an Associate Director of Facilities here. Previous Education includes Edinboro University; B.S. in Health & Physical Education; M.A. in Counseling. Sarah's favorite pastimes include running, squash and racquetball.
From Chowchilla, Ca, Michelle Fitzgerald begins work at RWC in August 2013. Previous education includes Southeast Missouri State University; M.A. in Public Administration with an emphasis in Leisure Services: Mississippi State University with a B.A. in English. Michelle has over 10 years’ experience in the community parks and recreation field having served as a recreation professional for three city agencies. She is a Certified Pool Operator, recently completed her lifeguard certification and has been a member of the National Parks and Recreation Association for over seven years. Some fun facts about Michelle, she played third base on her college softball team, was a member of the USA National Softball Team and in 2000 played professional softball for the Ohio Pride. Michelle and her family recently moved from California to Florida in April 2013.
Shane is originally from Lexington, KY. He began working at the RWC in September 2012. He holds a B.A in Business Management from the University of Kentucky and a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Sports Business Management from UCF. In his free time, Shane is an NCAA College Basketball referee. He is also a huge fan of the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Lions.
Troy Morris re-joined the RWC in April 2015 after spending a year as the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Orlando Magic. Troy has previously served as the Assistant Director of Fitness at the RWC and prior to that worked at Virginia Commonwealth University and Austin Peay State University. Troy has a masters degree in Sports and Wellness Leadership from APSU and is a certified Strenght & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA.
Nathan Vink is originally from Spring Lake, Michigan and has been the Outdoor Adventure Assistant Director since January 2014. Nathan started at UCF in 2012 as the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator prior to being promoted. Nathan holds an MA in Higher Education and Policy Studies from UCF and a BA in Journalism from Butler University. Nathan has over 10 years of experience leading outdoor and experiential education programs for such schools as Outward Bound and The Four Corners School. He is a Wilderness First Responder, PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor, certified Whitewater River Guide and Swift Water Rescue Technician. A fun fact about Nathan Vink is he is passionate about canyoneering.
Gaby is originally from Colorado Springs, CO and began working as the Athletic Training and Risk Management Coordinator in 2011. Gaby has BA in Physical Education from the University of Northern Colorado, a BS in Athletic Training from UCF, and a MA in Applied Exercise Physiology from UCF. She is a certified and licensed athletic trainer, a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Gaby is currently working on achieving her goal of running a half or full marathon in every state.
Matt came to UCF in 2013 from the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he received his masters in Public Health Education. Matt has undergraduate degree in Public Health Education from the University of Arizona. Matt's hometown is Olympia, Washington. A fun fact about Matt is he is ambidextrous.
From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Scott has been at the RWC since November of 2011. Previous Education includes the University of Central Florida; B.A. in Radio and Television in 1994. He is currently seeking his Masters Degree at UCF. Scott is a Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional as recognized by the NIRSA.Some fun facts about Scott, he once traveled to Portland, Maine and Portland, Oregon on the same day. He also bleeds black and gold, for the Knights and his other favorite teams the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins.
Andrea is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she received a degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Video Production. To continue her thirst for learning, Andrea moved to Daytona Beach and received her Bachelor’s degree in Supervision and Management from Daytona State. She began her career in Recreation with the Aquatics area and is a Lifeguard Instructor and a Certified Pool Operator. Andrea has previously worked as a coordinator in Facilities and Outdoor Adventure at the RWC She joined the Sport Club Staff in September 2015.
Valerie Reed is from Coral Springs, FL and completed her MS & BS degrees from FSU in Sport Management with a Coaching Certificate. Valerie is a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor through the American Council on Exercise and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Other certifications include American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard, TRX, MadDogg Spinning, and more. Some fun facts about Valerie, she got into fitness through her favorite sport, swimming, and during the weekends you can find her outside with her dog, Rocky!
Jenn Velie is originally from Ormond Beach, Florida and has been the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator since January of 2016. Jenn holds a MEd. from Georgia Southern University in Higher Education Administration and a BS from UCF in Sports and Fitness. She worked for the Outdoor Adventure program as an undergraduate student at UCF and previously served as the Program Director at GSU for the Southern Adventures program for 3 years before returning back to her alma mater. In her spare time you will find her surfing or spending time with her dog.
From Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Lived in New Orleans, Louisiana for 21 years (Laissez les bons temps rouler) began working at the RWC in February 2010. Previous education includes University of Phoenix; BSBM in Business Management. Worked 27 years in Warehouse Distribution and Logistics. I was trained by Sodexo’s Housekeeping/Environmental Service Managers in 2003. Fun fact about Jose Arce is he loves camping and fishing.
From Brooklyn, NY, Ida Cerezo has been at RWC since 2003 and is currently an Office Manager here. Previous Education includes St. Francis College; English Journalism. Ida Cerezo also loves to cook and dance.
From New York, Tom Gomez is currently the Maintenance Superintendent at the RWC. Previous Education includes Bridgeport University (Connecticut); Business Admin and English Suffolk Comm College; Accounting and Business Admin. Fun fact about Tom Gomez is he previously worked for Disney.
Shannon is a native of Miami, FL. She has been working at the Recreation and Wellness Center since January 2010 as a freshman attending UCF, first as a Member Services Associate and then as a Building Manager. Most recently she has assumed the role of Facilities Scheduler, graduating from UCF in August 2014 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Education. Shannon is a huge fan of movies, football, and anything having to do with food (especially sushi).
From Hauppauge, Long Island, Joanne McCully has been at RWC since 1988 and is currently an Administrative Assistant here. Previous Education includes Valencia Community College and University of Central Florida. Joanne McCully is also a certified in SCUBA and notary public.
From Georgetown, Guyana, Omesh Persuad has been at RWC since November 2005 and is currently a Senior Clerk here. Previous Education includes Professional Accounting Tutors College; Cert. in Accounting; Global Technologies; Cert. in PC Repair. Omesh Persuad has been married for a year and loves to play Cricket.
Lisa is originally from Rockaway, NJ. She graduated from Rowan University with a B.S. in Psychology. Currently, she holds the position for Sport Clubs Graduate Assistant. She previously held an internship with the Special Olympics and had the opportunity to speak at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games Opening Ceremony this past summer. Lisa is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Higher Education: Educational Leadership in order to continue in the field of campus recreation. When she isn't working at the RWC, Lisa is spending her time at the beach and hopes to learn how to surf during her time spent in Florida!
Haley is the graduate assistant athletic trainer here at the RWC from the suburbs of St. Louis, MO. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training from Missouri State University where she worked with the MSU football and softball team, two Springfield area high schools, Mercy Sports Medicine HealthTracks clinic, and the Drury University (DII) baseball team. Haley has been very involved in the athletic training profession. Her senior year of undergrad she served as the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association (MoATA) Student Leadership Council President, where she was able to attend state (MoATA), district (MAATA), and national (NATA) conferences. Haley is seeking her Master’s degree in Applied Exercise Physiology currently at UCF. Also, beware of her love for the St. Louis Cardinals!
Daria, a true Florida-native, grew up in Cooper City, FL. She attended Florida State University where she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities and a minor in Recreation. She is the Graduate Assistant for Group Exercise and Programs at the RWC and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Applied Exercise Physiology in order to continue in the field of fitness and campus recreation. Daria holds a Primary Group Exercise certification with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and a Spinning certification with Madd Dogg Athletics. As someone who has been dancing all her life, her favorite group exercise classes to teach at the RWC are Cardio Dance Hype and Barre Fitness!
Bobby is the Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant here at the RWC. He is originally from Chicago Illinois and graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago. While at Loyola he founded the University’s club football program and was the president of the organization for 4 years. After graduation Bobby continued to play football at the Semi Professional level for the Leyden Lions. Bobby earned his Personal Training Certification through the American Council on Exercise in 2012. He is currently seeking a Master’s of Science Degree in Applied Exercise Physiology here at UCF. In his free time, Bobby enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities, as well as singing and song writing.
Nick comes to Central Florida from the Hoosier state, specifically Indianapolis, IN. He graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 2014 with a B.S. in Athletic Training, and is currently one of the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer’s at the RWC. As an undergraduate student, Nick was able to present research at the Indiana Athletic Trainer’s Association (IATA) meeting, Great Lakes Athletic Training Association (GLATA) meeting, and the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) conference. He was also able to work at several local high schools in central Indiana as well as the NFL Combine in 2012 and 2014. Nick has also worked events for the Indiana Pacers. He is currently pursuing a M.S. in Applied Exercise Physiology at UCF. Nick is an avid fan of the Colts, Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, and of course the Knights! Charge On!
Kristin serves as the graduate assistant in Outdoor Adventures for the RWC. She was born and raised in Marin Country, California before moving up to Oregon to complete her undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon in Environmental Studies. After undergraduate she took a year long internship working in the Outdoor Adventures department at Duke University. Kristin is currently pursuing her masters in Higher Education: Educational Leadership at UCF. She loves anything that gets people excited about human powered outdoor recreation!
Brent is in his first year as a GA for intramural Sports at the RWC. Brent completed his undergrad degree at USF and is a masters student in the Higher Education and Policy Studies program.
Dan is in his first year as a GA for intramural Sports at the RWC. Dan completed his undergrad degree at UMass-Amherst and is a masters student in the Higher Education and Policy Studies program.
Born and raised in the middle of I-4 in Lakeland, Florida. Derek graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S in Sport Management. While at UF he earned a national championship ring from his work with the track and field team. Derek completed an internship with the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s campus recreation department during the summer. He is pursuing a Masters degree in Higher Education: Educational Leadership in order to continue in the field of campus recreation. Derek loves playing disc golf and going to Disney any chance he gets.
Participation in Recreation and Wellness Center programs is completely voluntary. Individuals participate at their own risk and assume responsibility for their own health and safety. The University of Central Florida and the Recreation and Wellness Center are not liable for injuries sustained during participation in a Recreation and Wellness Center sponsored activity. It is strongly recommended that all participants consult a physician and/or have a physical exam prior to participation. The University of Central Florida does not provide personal accident/health insurance. Therefore, participants are urged to secure their own insurance. You may suffer physical and/or mental injury from participating in these activities.