Recreation and Wellness Center
Phone 407-823-2408
Fax 407-823-5446
Location UCF Map
Address Recreation and Wellness Center
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
P.O. Box 163548
Orlando, FL 32816

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Safe. Clean. Dependable. Quality. FUN. These are goals we set for ourselves, for this facility, for our programs, and ultimately, for your experience.

Let us know how we're doing! Whether it's questions about memberships, requests for new classes, complaints about facilities, or anything in-between, we'd like to hear from you! Give us a call, shoot us an e-mail, or friend us on Facebook!

James Wilkening
Executive Director

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.

Associate Directors
Gary Cahen

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.

Sarah Hunt

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.

Assistant Directors
Michelle Fitzgerald

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 Land
Intramural Sports

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

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
Outdoor Adventure

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 Bell
Risk Management

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.

Lisa Hedlund
Facilities & Aquatics

Lisa joined UCF in July 2016. She is originally from Chandler, Arizona. She has an M.A.from The Ohio State University in Higher Education and Student Affairs and attended Arizona State University for her Bachelor's in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Her certifications include Lifeguard and CPR Instructor and Water Safety Instructor. A fun fact about Lisa is that she loves the sport of football, both college and professional, but isn't a great football player.

Heather Marshall
Intramural Sports

Heather Marshall is from Cape Coral, Florida. She received her BS in Math Education from UCF and her MEd in Higher Education from the University of Georgia. Heather previously worked at the RWC in the Intramural Sports program from 2009-2013. Before returning to UCF, Heather worked at Appalachian State University within the Intramural and Club Sports Program.

Scott Mauro
Marketing and Communications

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 Snead
Sport Clubs

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

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
Outdoor Adventure

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.

Office Staff
Jose Arce
Custodial Superintendent

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.

Ida Cerezo
Office Manager

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.

Tom Gomez
Maintenance Superintendent

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.

Katherine Torres
Facilities Scheduler

From Orlando, FL, Katherine Torres has been at the RWC since 2014 and is currently the Facilities Scheduler here. She graduated in August of 2016 from UCF with her Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration. Katherine earned the 2015 UCF Student Diversity and Inclusion Impact Award from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She is a huge Orlando City SC fan and enjoys going to the games or watching them from the comfort of her home.

Joanne McCully
Administrative Assistant

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.

Omesh Persaud
Senior Secretary

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.

Graduate Assistants
Tiana McKim
Athletic Training Graduate Assistant

Tiana comes from Newark, DE and spent her undergraduate years at the University of Delaware. She graduated from there in 2016 with a B.S. in Athletic Training, and now serves as one of the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainers are the RWC. Some of Tiana’s extracurricular experience includes undergraduate research in Achilles tendinopathy, and doing athletic training with the University of Delaware’s women’s basketball team. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Applied Exercise Physiology at UCF. She is a big Phillies fan and is forever a Blue Hens fan!

Brittney Blazicek
Sport Clubs Graduate Assistant

Originally from Upstate NY, Brittney moved to Baltimore, MD to attend Towson University where she earned a B.S in Sport Management and a minor in Business Management. Brittney discovered her passion for Campus Recreation during her time at Towson, where she served as a Sport Club Supervisor for 3 years. She is now completing a Masters Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs in order to pursue a professional career in Campus Recreation. Brittney loves playing rugby and spending time outdoors in her free time.

Assumption of Risk Statement

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.