Campus Recreation

University of Mississippi


Meet the Campus Rec Staff

Organizational Chart


PeterPeter Tulchinsky


Peter hails from South Bend, Indiana, where he grew up in the shadow of the Golden Dome. He received a B.A. in English from his hometown school, the University of Notre Dame, and began his path in collegiate recreation as an intramural official. Peter served as the graduate assistant for intramural sports at the University of Tennessee, where he earned his M.S. in Sport Administration. After serving for one year as the assistant director, Peter was hired as the director of campus recreation at Elon University, a position he held for 15 years before transitioning to his current role at the University of Mississippi. Peter has placed significant emphasis throughout his career on team-building and helping students enhance their professional competencies. Now working on his Ed.D., Peter is focused on the continued development of the university’s recreation and wellness initiatives, including the construction of a new recreation center. Peter resides in Oxford with his wife and three children, where they can often be seen at university events or local recreational activities.

JasonJason Shirkey

Associate Director

Jason was born and raised an Indiana Hoosier! He attended Indiana University before landing an internship at Ball State University, which then lead him to the NIRSA National Conference where his path directed him south to Ole Miss for graduate school. He received a B.S. in Recreational Sport Management from Indiana University and an M.A. in Recreation Administration from the University of Mississippi. Jason enjoys reading and listening to books by leadership expert John C. Maxwell. He has facilitated multiple Maxwell leadership training series for student staff and graduate assistants, most recently “Learning the 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player”, “Winning with People”, and “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”. Jason enjoys working with students and helping them with their personal leadership journey. When not at work or playing lunch time basketball with the faculty and staff, Jason can be found with his wife and two children enjoying time together, watching Ole Miss sports with friends, or playing tennis in the OCTA and USTA leagues.

ShannonShannon Richardson, Ph.D.

Assistant Director – Outdoors

Shannon was born in South Carolina, raised in Georgia, then moved west in 2004 – and she has called Oxford, Mississippi her home ever since.  After completing her undergraduate degree, Shannon began working for her alma mater in the recreational sports program, and soon realized her passion for health promotion and working with university students.  She holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from North Georgia College (Now North Georgia University), an M.P.A. in Public Administration and Finance from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Mississippi.  Shannon loves the great outdoors and helping others “get out and live.” Shannon’s professional focuses are programming, assessment, and student professional development. Outside of work, she is involved with several ministries at her church, and she enjoys trail running and spending time with family and friends. Shannon is married to Hunter and they have two active children who keep them on their toes!

MarkMark Garneau

Assistant Director – Aquatics

Mark originally hails from Boston, and during his undergrad experience, his mentor helped him understand the career opportunities within collegiate recreation. Mark joined the University of Mississippi in 2004,  and he holds a B.A. in Legal Studies and History from the University of Lowell and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from William and Mary.  Mark has been a recreational and competitive swimmer his entire life, and he enjoys sharing that passion with others. Mark is currently working to increase programming within the Turner Center pool, including a recently developed master swim class and a free basic swimming course available to all students.  When Mark is not competing in the 400 IM or 1650, he enjoys spending time with his family. Mark is married to Stephanie and they have five (yes five!) children – all under the age of 12.

Erin Erin Murphy-Cromeans

Assistant Director – Health Promotion

Erin is a native Mississippian who joined the university first as a student, then she decided to plant her roots here in Oxford. She received a B.A. in Exercise Science, M.A. in Health Promotion, and M.A. in Nutrition and Hospitality Management all from the University of Mississippi. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Health and Kinesiology with a focus in Health Behavior from the University of Mississippi. Erin’s passion is harm reduction approaches for substance abuse populations. Recently, Health Promotion became a program within Campus Recreation, and with this transition, Erin is excited to blend adventure and recreation with those student populations.  When Erin is not at work, she can be found with her husband and two children at a local sporting event, or depending on the time of year, duck hunting in the Mississippi Delta.

Andy Karch

Coordinator of Fitness

Andy is from the wondrous land of cheese, also known as Wisconsin.  He moved to Oxford and began working for the University in January 2016. He received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Movement Science from the University of Wisconsin before serving as a Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant at the University of Florida.  Here, he earned a Master’s degree in Sport Management. Andy is seeking to gain further knowledge and certifications in the areas of hormonal balance and its effects on diet, exercise, and body composition.  He has worked with high level athletes in the past and is also pursuing the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification through the National Academy of Strength and Conditioning. His passion is making fitness a fun and unique experience for each individual he works with and helping students become the best trainers and instructors possible. When he isn’t daydreaming about deadlifts, Andy spends his time watching the Packers lose in overtime playoff games, cooking new and interesting food, playing video games, hiking, developing a greater understanding of history, and emulating the great Macho Man Randy Savage.

AmandaAmanda Alpert

Coordinator of Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs

Amanda is from the great state of Michigan and moved to Mississippi in 2014, now calling Oxford home. She received a B.S. in Secondary Education majoring in Physical Education and minoring in School Health as well as received a M.A. in Sport Administration both from Central Michigan University. Fire Up Chips! She is currently an active member in NIRSA attending and presenting at conferences/workshops, serving on the NIRSA Championship Series Basketball Work Team, and enjoys traveling and volunteering at NCS Tournaments. Amanda strives to provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to be active and build lasting relationships through sport. Her professional goal is to continue to offer inclusive programming and assist with integrating Unified Sports into campus recreation programs across the nation. When Amanda is not at work, she enjoys exploring Mississippi, getting outside and playing all types of sports, or having a relaxing Netflix night snuggled up with her two kitties.

T T Davis, Ph.D.

Health Advocate Advisor

She is “T”…from Chattanooga Tennessee…the University of Florida is where she received her bachelor’s degree…and she has two from the University of Mississippi…she is currently a health educator…by the way, that rhymes with Gator…which it is great to be…but she loves her Rebels too, you see…it is where she received her Ph.D…in Health and Kinesiology…with an emphasis in health behavior…it’s a degree she will ever savor…Selah…in God she trusts and believes…and on His faithfulness she shall ever feed…she prays you have enjoyed this read…you’ll have to guess what colors she bleeds…or maybe not…oh…there is something she forgot…to tell…be treated well and treat others well.

Toya Toya Heard

Operations Supervisor

Toya is from San Jose, California and she completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Mississippi. After living in multiple states, she returned to Oxford and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Higher Education.  As Operations Supervisor, Toya loves to create a welcoming atmosphere for students and patrons while keeping the department moving administratively. Toya also serves as co-chair of the Core Values Committee within Student Affairs. When she’s not working or studying, Toya stays busy with her husband and three children.

Rhonda Rhonda Tompkins

Operations Supervisor

Rhonda is a native of Oxford, Mississippi and a graduate of Oxford High School. Rhonda received her bachelor’s degree from Delta State University in 1995. Rhonda started her Ole Miss career in 2005 working with Employee Health. She was asked to join the Office of Health Promotion a year later.  They say home is where the heart is and Rhonda’s is in Oxford, home of the Ole Miss Rebels – HOTTY TODDY!  Rhonda enjoys Ole Miss sports, especially football and baseball season. When she is not working she spends time with her beautiful daughter and her very close-knit circle of family and friends.


MIKO-CRKamiko Martin

Graduate Assistant: Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs

Kamiko is a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi where she attended Vicksburg High School. During that time, she was a member of the high school basketball and track teams. Kamiko then obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from The University of Mississippi. During her undergraduate studies at Ole Miss, she was a member of the track team and joined the Mississippi Army National Guard. Her everlasting love for The University of Mississippi lead her to stick around and pursue a Master’s degree in Health Promotion. Kamiko loves to watch and attend various sporting events with friends and family during her free time. She plans to pursue a career in coaching the sport of basketball once she graduates.

Brian Brian Veverka

Graduate Assistant: Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs

Brian spent the last 22 years of his life in Ohio before making the jump to Oxford, Mississippi. He earned a B.S. in Physical Education and Health Education with a specialization in Physical Activity, Sport, and Wellness at The Ohio State University and is now studying towards a Masters in Recreation Administration at Ole Miss. Brian has worked in campus recreation, professional sports, camps, and in the school gymnasium. He is looking to  continue leading a life through the industry of sport and advocating for life in motion. Brian is an irrationally optimistic Cleveland Sports fan. Whenever he’s not hanging out watching sports, he can be found playing all of them!

ClaireClaire Harris

Graduate Assistant: Aquatics

Claire was born and raised in the Jackson, MS, area, but moved to Starkville to attend Mississippi State University. There, she received a B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis on Clinical Psychology. While at the University of Mississippi, she is pursuing her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. After graduation, Claire hopes to work as a therapist at an inpatient mental health facility. During her free time, Claire likes to take her dog to the local park, or watch The Office on loop.

MegMeg Edwards

Graduate Assistant: Fitness

Meg is originally from Plymouth, Minnesota and decided to move to Oxford for graduate school. She received a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Health Promotion at Ole Miss. Meg plans to conclude her M.S. in May 2016 and begin working on her Ph.D. in Health and Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Physiology. Meg would like to teach academic classes at a university someday as well as continue pursuing her love for fitness through teaching group fitness classes. Meg has been doing karate since she was eight and is a 4th degree black belt. Someday, she plans to own the two cutest pugs in the world.

Chelsea Chelsea Joyner

Graduate Assistant: Fitness

Chelsea is a native of South Carolina who joined the university, excited to begin her Fitness Graduate Assistant and further her academics.   She received a B.A. in Exercise Science from Winthrop University.  She is currently pursuing a Masters in Exercise Science. Chelsea has a passion for research and training with the older adult population. Chelsea wants to explore and research all areas of fitness so she is able to become a successful Fitness Coordinator in campus recreation. When Chelsea is not at work or in class, she can be found with her friends at a basketball game or at home with a good book!

 JaclynJaclyn Falzarano

Graduate Assistant: Facility Operations

Jaclyn grew up in New Jersey and joined the university as a graduate assistant for Facility Operations with the Department of Campus Recreation. She received a B.S. in Business Management from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. She is currently pursuing a M.A. in Recreation Administration at the University of Mississippi. Knowing how much campus recreation impacted her life, Jaclyn serves to “pay it forward” to college students by promoting a fun yet developmental work environment. Jaclyn will be graduating in May 2016 and hopes to pursue a career in campus recreation. When Jaclyn is not at work, she can be found working out, traveling, fishing, spending time with her twin sister, or tanning at the Jersey Shore.

Ashlee Ashlee McHaney

Graduate Assistant: Facility Operations

Ashlee was born and raised in Northern Indiana and chose to continue her pursuit of higher education at the University of Mississippi after being introduced to Ole Miss Campus Recreation at a conference last January. She received a B.S. in Kinesiology with a minor in psychology from Indiana University Bloomington. She is currently pursuing  a M.A. in Higher Education/Student Personnel with special interests in student development and leadership within higher education.  While working part-time at IU and through involvement with NIRSA, Ashlee discovered her passion for recreation and student engagement.  After graduation, she hopes to continue into a career within campus recreation. Outside of the Turner Center and her studies, Ashlee enjoys participating in sports, rooting for the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Cubs, Nicholas Sparks books, and binge watching lots of shows on Netflix.

KatherineKatherine Westfall

Graduate Assistant: Outdoors

Katherine is a native of the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, who began her journey at Ole Miss as a freshman. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Environmental Studies, all while working as a Trip Leader and Rebel Challenge Course facilitator with Ole Miss Outdoors. She is currently working on her Masters in Clinical Social Work, with an emphasis in Group and Wilderness Therapy. Katherine is passionate about blending her love for behavioral health and education with the outdoors and is pursuing a career in the Experiential Education and Wilderness Therapy fields. She plans to work with the Oxford Center, a substance abuse rehabilitation program, this summer for her final clinical internship. When Katherine isn’t in class or at work, she can be found walking her two doggies on the local trail system or listening to local bands on the Square.

Will Jordan Will Jordan

Graduate Assistant: Outdoors

Will is a native Mississippian who joined Ole Miss Outdoors  as a graduate assistant in May 2015. He received his B.B.A. from Mississippi State University in 2012. Will is currently pursuing a Masters in Parks and Recreation Administration. His love for the outdoors has led him to be involved in everything from teaching environmental education to leading adventure trips to facilitating challenge course experiences. Will plans on finding ways to allow everyone to enjoy being outside, and living with “this miraculous world that we did not make, that is a gift to us”. Will also coaches soccer for the Oxford Soccer Club. You are most likely to spot Will at Bottletree Bakery or at anywhere with good music.

Allison Allison Nooe

Graduate Assistant: RebelADE

Allison was born and raised in central Mississippi.  She began running around the age of 28, which served her well as it led to a scholarship to Belhaven University in Jackson, MS that allowed her to complete her B.S. in Sports Medicine/Exercise Science.  Allison is in her last semester of the Master’s program for Health Promotion.  If accepted, she will begin her Ph.D. coursework in Health and Kinesiology, with an emphasis on Health Behavior, fall semester 2016.  Her current passion for study includes the many health benefits that physical activity provides, especially in the elementary school age population.  Allison loves all things outdoors in the spring and summer. She enjoys spending time with family and flying with her Dad, and anything that includes a dog. When not at work, you can find Allison and her dog running on the South Campus trails, deep in the Oxford woods.

Paul Paul Pohto

Graduate Assistant: RebelADE

Paul is a native of Hampton Roads, Virginia and moved to Ole Miss to continue his education. He received a B.S. in Psychology and Human Resource Development from James Madison University.
Paul is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Counselor Education with a focus in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. His interests include youth violence prevention, working with at-risk populations, positive psychology, and student leadership. Upon graduating from Ole Miss, Paul hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He aspires to eventually work within a university setting as well as with community agencies. Outside of work, Paul enjoys staying active. Some of his hobbies include boating, fishing, playing board games, and traveling.

Kendreka Kendreka Pipes

Graduate Assistant: RebelADE

Kendreka “Katie” Pipes, is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but she considers Centreville, Mississippi her home. Following a family tradition, Katie attended Alcorn State University where she received a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Health Sciences. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Health Promotion and plans to become a Certified Health Education Specialist. Katie is the second oldest of ten children, and the first to complete college. Although her educational background is science, Katie considers herself a lover of the arts, and expresses her passion through singing, playing piano, painting, and poetry. In addition to her dedication to make the world a healthier place, Katie dreams of becoming a best selling author.

Ansley Ansley Lance

Graduate Assistant: Health Education

Ansley grew up in Franklin, Tennessee and fell in love with Oxford the first time she visited her sister, a former member of the women’s golf team at The University of Mississippi. She received a B.A. in Exercise Science from the University of Mississippi. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Heath Promotion. Ansley’s passion is helping with the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States. When Ansley is not in class or working, she can be found in the kitchen baking some treats, going on a run, or planning her upcoming wedding!