Rachael - Or as most of my NIRSA friends know me... Roach :)
Currently, I am the Director of Campus Recreation at York College of Pennsylvania. I have been working here since November 2012. I originally began as an Event and Building Manager part-time where I spent most of my time training, developing and assessing freshmen and sophomore practicum students in our Sport Management Academic program through the medium of Varsity Athletic Events (they worked for us for academic credit!). In 2014 transitioned to Campus Recreation Coordinator where I I dedicated all my time to our Intramural Program. In 2016, I was promoted to Director of Campus Recreation which allows me oversight of all our recreation programming (IMs, Club Sports, Rock Wall, & Fitness). I love my job!
My professional interests lie heavily in college student development, experiential education, and equity, diversity, and inclusion.
I have spent many summers serving as an an Outdoor Educator, leading rock climbing, backpacking, and water trips for people ages 10-30. In the summer of 2016, I rode my bicycle from Yorktowne, VA to San Francisco, CA. I love being outside! When I am not doing that I am officiating girls' Lacrosse and Field Hockey.
I graduated from Central Michigan University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services. After working three years for the CMU recreation department in five different areas and to complete my coursework, I did a 10 month internship at the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Center in Corvallis, OR from August 2006 to May 2007. Once completed, I moved back across country to Harrisonburg, Va. where I earned my Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in campus recreation leadership, from James Madison University in May 2010. While there, I worked as the sport club, youth program, and informal recreation graduate assistant for one year (2007 - 2008), before working as the outdoor graduate assistant for the next two years (2008 - 2010). During graduate school I was the NIRSA National Student Representative in 2008-2009 where I served on the board of directors, student leadership team, and various committees. During the summer of 2009, I also completed a 31 day Outdoor Educator Mountaineering course with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in northern Washington state and Canada. I did a graduate internship in the spring of 2010 with Eastern Mennonite University, where I coordinated the intramural program, worked as a teaching assistant for an academic recreation class, and assistant administrator for their outdoor program. My dedication to education & professional development allowed me to receive multiple awards including the Marilyn Crawford Graduate Student Scholarship Award and the Virginia Recreational Sports Association (VRSA) Student Award of Merit in 2009. I am a member of NIRSA, a certified indoor cycling instructor, Wilderness First Responder, American Red Cross CPR/AED certified and needless to say, a recreation enthusiast.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, I still have a soft spot for Motown, the Red Wings, and Tigers. Although not a competitive roller skater anymore, I am still an avid exerciser and enjoy exercise of all kinds. Most people in my life who know me personally or professionally, know me as "Roach". When not working I spend most of my time with my wife, Kirstin, and our two furry kids (dogs) Harley & Luna - both rescue pit bull mixes- traveling and enjoying the outdoors.