Kelly Shannon, Director of Campus Recreation
As Kelly’s undergraduate work was in exercise and health promotion, she tried to get as much job related experience as possible. While acquiring that experience, she quickly found that campus recreation was the most enjoyable and rewarding environment and decided to pursue a career in the field. Kelly is a Certified Exercise Physiologist; her undergraduate and graduate school at Virginia Tech both sparked her interest in this area of work and prepared her to take the exam. In Kelly’s words “achieving fitness & wellness is a lifelong work in progress for me. It is my goal to live as long and healthy a life as possible which means moving my body more than sitting still, eating as well as I am able to, ensuring I sleep enough and managing life’s stressors as they arise.” Kelly keeps herself fit by focusing on outdoor activities like running, hiking and biking; she also loves teaching and taking strength, cycle, yoga and Pilates group fitness classes. Three activities she enjoys are talking and playing with her two children, coaching high school field hockey, and traveling and trying out the local restaurants, coffee shops and music. Kelly’s favorite dessert would feature any combination of chocolate and peanut butter or chocolate and coffee. An interesting fact about her is that she’s been skydiving twice, in two beautiful places, Airlie Beach, Australia and Kauai, Hawaii and her favorite movie is the Goonies!
Brittanie Haas, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation for Fitness and Wellness
Brittanie has a Masters in Public Health and Bachelor’s in Communication from Virginia Tech. Previously, Brittanie was a Graduate Assistant, group fitness instructor, and small group training coach for Virginia Tech Recreational Sports. Brittanie has shown a dedication to fitness and wellness through her positions at Virginia Tech, as well as her many certifications including: Certified Health Education Specialist, CPR/First Aid/AED, and multiple fitness formats.
Daniel Turner, Graduate Assistant for Intramural and Club Sports
Danny became involved in Campus Recreation as an Intramural Official his freshman year at Virginia Tech and loved being in the atmosphere so much that he continued to work in Campus Recreation throughout his undergrad. This is his first year at UMW, where he will be heading up Intramural Sports and having a blast while doing it. To Danny, fitness and wellness means finding ways to enjoy yourself while also staying active so that it becomes something you want to do rather than something you have to do. Danny likes to keep himself fit by staying active and not spending too much time indoors or sitting down. Three activities that he enjoys are playing sports, spending time with friends and family, and blindly cheering for Washington sports teams. His favorite dessert is cheesecake because “good cheesecake has a lot of versatility in terms of flavors and toppings”. It’s like every dessert combined into one dessert. He is a jack of all trades, but a master of none. Although Danny tends to stay away from movies, he enjoys Will Ferrell’s sense of humor and really enjoys The Other Guys.
Erin Hill, Graduate Assistant for Fitness and Wellness
Erin is a UMW graduate, she majored in Business Administration and she is currently working towards her MBA. In a exciting turn of events she became an intern for Campus Recreation her senior year and began leading both Power Pilates and Cycle 30 classes. She loves any beach related activity. When she is not working or in class, she is often outside, studying or finding a local concert to enjoy. Erin’s favorite dessert is her grandmother’s peach cobbler. A fun fact about Erin is that she can quote most “Friends” episodes.
Izzy Briones, Fitness Center
Izzy is a sophomore at UMW, double-majoring in Spanish and Journalism, with a minor in Latin American Studies. She started out as a dedicated patron of the Fitness Center her freshman year and later became an avidly involved employee; first working as a supervisor, and now an administrator of the fitness center. She loves photography, fitness and wellness, the outdoors, and traveling. Her involvement on campus includes: teaching some group fitness classes at the gym, is one of the editors of the UMW Blue and Gray Press, and she’s an officer in the NSCS Honors Society. Some of her favorite outdoor activities are running, biking, and hiking. Her favorite dessert is her families’ recipe for Malvasia cake. An interesting fact about Izzy is that when she little, she slipped on a book and ended up breaking her arm.
Kevin Sullivan, Outdoor Recreation
Kevin got involved with Campus Recreation as a Freshman by taking advantage of the great activities CREC has available. He participated in intramural games and played pick-up basketball with the club basketball team; Kevin was hired his Sophomore year. To Kevin “Fitness and Wellness is being the best version of yourself that you can be. When you are in great shape you feel better and your confidence skyrockets.” In his free time, Kevin loves playing organized sports; his favorite is basketball, but he also enjoys kayaking and hiking. Kevin really likes Snickerdoodles and the movie Jeff Who Lives at Home because it’s got such a positive message and is very uplifting.. When asked to give a unique fact about himself, Kevin said “In my lifetime I have met Allan Iverson twice. Both times he has refused to give me his autograph.”
Maddie Morris, Group Fitness
Maddie is a sophomore at UMW, majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Mathematics. She is currently working as the group fitness administrator here at campus recreation. She enjoys doing yoga, cooking, and making smoothies. She is a member of the Swing Dance club, Talk to the Hands, InterVarsity, and she’s on the Business Dean’s Student Advisory Board. Some of her favorite outdoor activities include: walking her dog, hiking, and kayaking. Her favorite dessert is Ice Cream (any kind!) An interesting fact about Maddie is that she was born in Texas.
Tessa is a senior at UMW, majoring in Historic Preservation and minoring in Business Administration. She started working at the Fitness Center her sophomore year. She enjoys going to museums and studying older buildings whenever she can. Some of her extracurricular activities on campus include: the Big Brothers Big Sisters foundation, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Historic Preservation club. She loves spending time with her dog, kayaking, and hiking. Her favorite dessert is Oreo cheesecake. A unique fact about Tessa is that she was not born in a hospital. Instead, she was born in the house that her family lived in at the time.
Kaitlyn is a senior at UMW, majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Practical Ethics. She first started working at the Fitness Center during her sophomore year. She is interested in law, personal fitness, and dancing. She is also involved in the International Relations Organization on campus. She enjoys spending time at the beach, going on picnics, and gardening. Her favorite dessert is Tiramisu. An interesting fact about Kaitlyn is that she grew up on a farm in North Carolina.
Jenna is a senior at UMW, majoring in Biology. She started working at the Fitness Center her sophomore year. She enjoys being on her farm, exercising, and spending time with her family. She is a member of the Pre-Vet club and Women’s Club Soccer. Some of her favorite outdoor activities include: hiking, playing sand soccer with her friends, and planting flowers. Her favorite dessert is Moose Tracks Ice Cream. An interesting fact about Jenna is that she has been to the Galapagos Islands.
Megan is a senior at UMW, majoring in Anthropology. She started working at the Fitness Center during her junior year. Some of her favorite hobbies include: running and spending time with her dogs. She is a member of the UMW Best Buddies organization. Her favorite outdoor activities are hiking and backpacking. Her favorite dessert is Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. A unique fact about Megan is that she was once an extra in a movie.
Daria is a junior at the UMW, majoring in Environmental Science with a Natural Track concentration. She first started working at the Fitness Center as a freshman. In her free time, she enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, eating ice cream, and baking. Some of her favorite outdoor activities include: hiking, camping, and kayaking. She is a member of the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team and is an officer for the Outdoors club. Her favorite dessert is Ice Cream (any kind!) An interesting fact about Daria is that she had back surgery when she was 12 and has two one-foot-long titanium rods in her back and eight screws in her spine form the surgery.
Jana is a senior at UMW, majoring in Psychology. She first started working at the Fitness Center as a junior. She is interested in photography, working with animals, and traveling. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, listening to music, and playing basketball. Some of her favorite outdoor activities include: hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, and rock climbing. She is a member of the Women’s Club Basketball team, the Outdoors club, and the Paws club. Her favorite dessert is Ice Cream (any kind!) A unique fact about Jana is that she was born in Russia, adopted on her 4th birthday, and arrived to the United States shortly after.
Cody is a senior at UMW, majoring in International Affairs. He started working at the fitness center as a sophomore. He enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and playing lacrosse and football. He is a member of many clubs including: UMW Club Radio, the Blue and Gray Press, the Talons club, the Outdoors club, and Men’s Club Lacrosse. His favorite outdoor activity is playing sports, of all kinds. His favorite dessert is apple pie. A unique fact about Cody is that he once got his ear glued shut.
Nicole is a senior at UMW, double-majoring in English and Business Administration, and minoring in Business Spanish minor. She first started working at the fitness center as a sophomore. She enjoys working out, writing, volunteering, and going to concerts in her free time. She is a member of the Executive Board for UNICEF and she’s also in UMW MEDC. Some of her favorite outdoor activities include: running, playing tennis, and any type of water sport. Her favorite dessert is apple pie. An interesting fact about Nicole is that she has participated in six different kinds of dance; ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, middle-eastern, and belly dancing.