Campus Recreation Employment & Internships

The Department of Campus Recreation is staffed by two full-time professionals, one part time professional, two graduate assistants, and over 60 student employees. We’re a friendly bunch, so stop by the Fitness Center to see us!

Kelly Shannon, Director of Campus Recreation

Phone: 540-654-1098

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. 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.” Activities she enjoys are talking and playing with her children 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.

Brittanie Naff, Assistant Director for Fitness & Wellness

Phone: 540-654-1187

Brittanie has a Masters in Public Health (’16) and a B.A. in Communication (’14) 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: ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Pool Operator, CPR/First Aid/AED, Zumba, and Les Mills GRIT. Her passion is group fitness and she strives to provide multiple avenues for students of all backgrounds to improve their overall wellness while at UMW. A fun fact about Brittanie is that she is a HUGE One Direction fan and won meet-and-greet with them in 2015 thanks to a radio contest!

Zamara Montalvo, Business Operations Manager

Phone: 540-654-1197

Zamara has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico. Immediately out of college she worked for Honeywell Aerospace until she relocated to Fredericksburg, VA in 2011. Zamara joined the University of Mary Washington in 2015 and fell in love with the ambiance on campus.

She has always enjoyed nature and outdoor activities. She grew up going to the beach, kayaking, riding mountain bikes, and hiking with her family in Puerto Rico. So, when the opportunity to join Campus Recreation came along, she thought it was the perfect fit for her. Zamara became part of the Campus Rec team in May 2018.

Activities she enjoys are building puzzles, coloring books, and playing with her two cats, Tobi and Tonka.

JJ Santagata, Graduate Assistant for Sports & Outdoor Recreation

E-mail: Coming soon!
Phone: 540-654-1126

JJ grew up on Long Island, New York before heading to New Jersey to complete his undergraduate work in Communication (Rider University 2018). He served as the student coordinator for intramural sports and Vice President of club sports at Rider in his senior year. During his time at Rider, he was heavily involved with club sports. Being a four-year member of Rider Ice Hockey, an assistant captain, and captain, hockey has played an integral role in his life since he was 7-years-old. A passion of JJ’s is sports writing, charity work, helping others, and the mental health field. JJ plans to embark on his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently enrolled as a graduate student in the college of education with a concentration in teaching English as a second language. An interesting fact about JJ is that he is deaf (95%) in his right ear. And no, he has no idea how it happened!

Alex Bergner, Graduate Assistant for Recreational Facility Operations

Phone: 540-654-1126

Student Staff

Student Coordinators
Campus Recreation has one student coordinator or intern for each of our major program areas: intramurals, group fitness, sport clubs, and aquatics, as well as for our facilities: the Fitness Center and Goolrick, and for departmental marketing. These students work roughly 10 hours a week assisting the professional staff with administrative tasks, staff management, event planning, and projects.

Our student supervisors have been promoted into this role to hold more responsibilities in the facilities or program areas in which they work.

Fitness Center Attendants
Intramural Officials
Trip Leaders
Group Fitness Instructors
Personal Trainers

Our student staff in the above positions help keep our facilities and programs running. They are skilled, positive, and extremely fun.

If you’re a UMW student interested in joining the Campus Recreation team, please visit to view our open positions.

Contact Us!

We would love to hear from you!

Visit us:
The Fitness Center
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Call or email us:
Fitness Center Front Desk: (540) 654-1732

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