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Meet the Campus Recreation Staff

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PeterPeter Tulchinsky, Ed.D.

Director
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662-915-5591

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. 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 – Facility Operations
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662-915-5579

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 Sport Management from Indiana University and his Masters degree here at Ole Miss. Jason enjoys working with students and helping them with their personal leadership journey as well as serving the university community as part of Staff Council. When not at work, Jason can be found at FNC Park coaching soccer, travel baseball, flag football, basketball and any other activity his two kids enjoy.  He and his wife Amy enjoy spending time with family and friends, serving at First Baptist church, and attending Ole Miss sporting events!


AmandaAmanda Alpert

Associate Director – Programs
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662-915-7746

Amanda is originally from 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: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, attending and presenting at conferences/workshops, serving as the chair of the NIRSA Championship Series Unified 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 recreation. Her professional goal is to continue to offer inclusive programming and assist with integrating Unified Sports into collegiate recreation programs across the nation. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, Matt, who also works for the University, getting outside, playing all types of sports, or having a relaxing night watching movies.


ShannonShannon Richardson, Ph.D.

Assistant Director – Outdoors
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662-915-6736

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 the University of North Georgia, 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, instruction, assessment, marketing, and student development. Outside of work, she is involved with several ministries at her church, and she enjoys trail running, coaching 6U soccer, and spending time with family and friends. Shannon is married to Hunter, who also works on campus, and they have two active children who keep them on their toes!


MarkMark Garneau

Assistant Director – Facility Operations
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662-915-3472

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.  He has been a Red Cross Instructor since he was 16 years old and to this day, he is very enthusiastic about people learning life-saving skills. Mark also enjoys spending time with his wife Stephanie and his five (yes five!) wonderful children.


CareyCarey Greenwood

Assistant Director – Fitness
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662-915-1131

Carey is originally from Hendersonville, North Carolina, located in Western NC. She completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Recreation Management. Her love for the beach took her to Wilmington, NC, to complete her undergraduate degree at UNC Wilmington. Post undergrad, family connections lead her to Oxford to attain her master’s degree at Ole Miss. This is where she had her first experience in Campus Recreation, as an intern with Ole Miss Campus Recreation. Upon completing her master’s, she returned to NC and worked with the City of Hickory as a Senior Recreation Programmer for Fitness and Wellness. Missing the university recreation setting, Carey transitioned back into campus recreation as Fitness Coordinator at UNCW. Wanting to return to Oxford to be closer to family, the opportunity to move into the role of Assistant Director for Fitness worked out perfectly! During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ben, her family and friends, going shopping and being outdoors with her dog, Georgia. She enjoys trying new forms of exercise and learning creative ways to stay active. She also has a passion for teaching cycle, yoga and functional training classes and working with clients to help others reach their fitness and wellness goals. The only bad workout you can have is the one you never do!


Gabby Sokol

Assistant Director – Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs
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662-915-4074

Gabby was born and raised in Indiana, later attending Indiana University and receiving a B.A. degree in Psychology. She began working as a student in collegiate recreation after being recruited at a job fair at IU. Once realizing her passion for recreation she moved down to Oxford, MS to work as the graduate assistant for intramural sports and sport clubs, and pursue her M.A. in Higher Education/Student Personnel. After graduating she accepted the position of coordinator for intramural sports & club sports at Oakland University, serving in the position for 3.5 years before migrating back to Oxford, MS for her current position. Gabby is passionate about developing students to be the leaders of tomorrow. When she is not working, Gabby enjoys playing sports, enjoying the outdoors, or trying out food at a new local hotspot.


Mackenzie Humberger

Coordinator of Marketing and Member Services 
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662-915-2991

Mackenzie is originally from Newton Falls, Ohio.  She attended Kent State University where she received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and her M. Ed. in Higher Education and Student Personnel.  While perusing her undergraduate degree, Mackenzie received her first job on campus at Kent State’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center.  She became a Member and Guest Services Supervisor until she transitioned to graduate school.  During her time in graduate school, she held positions working with Destination Kent State College of the Arts as a Graduate Academic Advisor, University Registrar as a Graduate Assistant, and Youngstown State University Campus Recreation as an academic intern.  Mackenzie looks forward to exploring Oxford and the south, as well as finding all the spots to listen to live music.


DanielDaniel Hill

Coordinator of Aquatics
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662-915-1897

Daniel is no stranger to North Mississippi. Raised in Booneville, MS, Daniel spent two years at Northeast Mississippi Community College before transferring to the University of Mississippi. He holds a degree in history, and considers himself a history buff. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Higher Education/Student Personnel. Additionally, Daniel is an active NIRSA member and has previously served as the State Student Leader for Mississippi. An avid sports fan, Daniel can be found at almost any sporting event on campus. He is also a devoted New Orleans Saints fan (Who Dat?). When Daniel is not at work, he can be found enjoying a good book, tending to his flower gardens, or spending time with his wife Elizabeth and their fur babies.


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YvonneYvonne Moody

Operations Supervisor
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662-915-1128

Yvonne was born and raised in Mississippi and has considered Oxford home for over 25 years. After attending Oxford High School, she graduated from The University of Mississippi in 2004 with a B.A. in Psychology from the school of Liberal Arts.  When not working, she enjoys reading, watching her children play sports, and attending Ole Miss sporting events. Joining our staff in 2017, Yvonne looks forward to working with students and promoting our vision of The Flagship legacy at Campus Recreation. A fun fact about Yvonne, she lives in a house full of boys- her husband, 2 sons, and 3 cats!


Sean Laird

Graduate Assistant – Facility Operations
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662-915-5575

Sean was born and raised in Southaven, Mississippi and has grown up visiting Ole Miss very early on with many his family attending The University of Mississippi. He attended Northwest Mississippi Community College where he received his A.A in Kinesiology. Afterwards, Sean transferred to the University of Mississippi and earned his B.S. in Exercise Science. During undergrad, he started working for campus recreation in facility operations and found a passion for working with students and helping mentor individuals. Now he is pursuing his M.A. in higher education/student personnel. In his free time, Sean enjoys working out in the South Campus Rec Center, hanging out with friends, and watching some Ole Miss football. Hotty Toddy!!


Mason Fleming

Graduate Assistant – Facility Operations
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Mason was born and raised in Bristol, Tennessee. He attended East Tennessee State University for his undergraduate education, where he received his Bachelor’s in Sports Management. As a freshman, Mason started to work for ETSU’s Recreation center and quickly developed a passion for the industry. After attending a few NIRSA conferences, Mason knew he wanted to stick around in Campus Recreation, which eventually led him to Ole Miss to pursue a M.S. in Sport and Recreation Administration. Mason enjoys hanging out with his buddies, college football, the outdoors, and is a huge NASCAR fan (It’s Bristol, Baby!).


Skylar Elsperman

Graduate Assistant – Facility Operations
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Skylar grew up in a military family and as a result, relocated a lot throughout her youth. Despite the many moves, Florida was a place she could always call home. With her family close by, she attended the University of West Florida where she received her BS in Sport Management. UWF is where she found her passion for all things Campus Rec while working in the Facilities and Special Events department. After graduation, Skylar took a year off to venture to Walt Disney World where she participated in the Disney College Program internship. While there, she worked at both Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s ESPN World Wide of Sport. After her Disney experience, she set her sights on Graduate School and headed north to attend the University of Mississippi to pursue a Masters in Sport and Recreation Administration. Skylar loves sports, baking, and her dog Loki.


Jacob Norris

Graduate Assistant – Ole Miss Outdoors
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662-915-5597

Jacob was raised in Greeneville, TN, about an hour east of Knoxville.  Jacob received his Associates Degree from Walter’s State Community College, and completed his Bachelor’s at East Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Sport and Recreation Management.  While Jacob has his roots in distance running, his time at ETSU helped cultivate his passion for rock climbing.  Jacob spent as many weekends as he could going out with friends who would help him develop this craft, and he considers it an art form and a lifestyle.  Jacob also worked for the outdoor program at ETSU, and he fell in love with helping people process their new experiences in the outdoors.  He realized quickly that he wanted to stay within collegiate recreation and work with college students, which ultimately led him to Ole Miss!  Here, Jacob is pursuing a M.A. in Higher Education and Student Personnel.  When Jacob is not performing his roles for Ole Miss, you can find him either slack lining on campus or trying to find some people to commit a weekend for a climbing trip! If you see him slack lining, go say hello and give it a try!


Mikaela-Mercy Sites

Graduate Assistant – Ole Miss Outdoors
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Mikaela has spent all of her life in the south and settled in Florida during middle school. While in high school, she dual enrolled at Northwest Florida State College and graduated with her A.A. in Psychology in 2017. Next, Mikaela headed to the University of West Florida, Go Argos! In May of 2020, she graduated with B.S. majoring in Public Health and double minoring in Sport Management and Health Promotion. While at UWF, Mikaela worked at the recreation center on campus in several different capacities and that is where she fell in love with campus rec and helping enable others to find where they fit. Soon after, Mikaela headed to the University of Mississippi, where she is working towards a M.S. in Sport and Recreation Administration. Her favorite part of her job with campus recreation is being able to help develop students and provide them a safe space to grow. Mikaela loves coffee, firetrucks, cooking, and watching sitcoms!


Michael Migliaro

Graduate Assistant – Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs
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662-915-5573

Michael was born and raised on Long Island, NY before deciding to move south. He attended The University of Alabama where he earned his B.S.E. in Exercise Science. During his time in Tuscaloosa, Michael worked for University Recreation in Sport Programs and Facility Operations. It was through his experience at The Capstone that he fell in love with Campus Recreation. After graduation, he made the move to Oxford to earn his M.A. in Higher Education and Student Personnel and join the IMSC team. Michael is an active member of NIRSA, currently serving on the NIRSA Assembly and NIRSA Region II Finance and Sponsorships Committee. When he is not in the office, you can find him cheering on the Tide and Rebs (if they are playing each other… Roll Tide!), officiating high school and college sports, or watching UNHhhh.


Cortney Kinder, LAT, ATC

Graduate Assistant – Athletic Training
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662-915-3478

Cortney was born and raised in Bristol, VA. She attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA for her undergraduate degree where she received her B.S. in Athletic Training. During her time there, she worked with the Sports Medicine staff for Liberty’s football, baseball, club sports, and track and field programs. For her senior clinical rotation, Cortney worked with Campus Recreation Athletic Training to provide medical coverage for intramurals where she found her love for Campus Recreation. Upon graduation, she made her way to the University of Mississippi to work with Intramurals and Sport Clubs while obtaining a Masters in Exercise Science. Cortney is a board-certified ATC, a member of the NATA, and is licensed to practice in the state of Mississippi.


Paden Alie

Graduate Assistant – Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs

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662-915-7799

Paden came to Ole Miss from the west coast. He was raised in Lake Oswego, Oregon, just south of Portland. He stayed close to home to attend the University of Oregon, where he received his B.S. in Business Administration. Paden was first introduced to campus recreation as a sophomore through officiating intramural sports. He became more involved in Oregon’s Department PE and Recreation as a junior and senior, working in intramural sports, facility operations, and youth and family programs. After graduation, he decided to come to Ole Miss to pursue an M.S. in Sport and Recreation Administration. Outside of work, Paden loves football, lacrosse, the outdoors, and being around his friends and family.


Sydney Vanderlinden

Graduate Assistant – Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs
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662-915-5573

Sydney was born on Andrews Air Force Base, in Maryland. Her family moved to California soon after where she spent much of her early years in the Orange and San Diego counties. In 2010, they hung their hats in Texas. She recently graduated from Texas A&M University-San Antonio (TAMUSA) receiving a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6. Though she loves teaching and working with children, sports has always been her passion. Loyal to her passion, she worked for the Department of Recreational Sports her entire undergraduate career serving as an Intramural Official and Supervisor. Realizing the importance of recreation and physical activity in education is what brings her to Ole Miss. Here she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Higher Education/Student Personnel. Sydney loves coffee, sports, concerts, reading, and spending time with friends and family.


Rashun Garner

Graduate Assistant – Fitness 
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662-915-7572

Rashun was born and raised in Lawton, OK, home of Fort Sill if you need something to pinpoint. He was a huge sports fan growing up, and it transitioned to him becoming very competitive and active with sports as a child. His past experience with sports performance training and being a high school athlete led him to the Competitive Sports program at Oklahoma State University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Recreational Therapy/Recreation Management. Rashun found his way back to training after working directly with the Fitness program during his later years at OSU. He worked as a Fitness Associate, F45 Instructor, Personal Trainer, and became an intern for the Fitness Leadership Team during his final year in Stillwater. These experiences allowed Rashun to work as a professional intern at Duke University, where he spent some time as the Fitness and Wellness Assistant. He has been fortunate enough to work with a group that was highly involved with NIRSA; and it opened his eyes to the professional development opportunities that are available in Campus Rec. Rashun wants to make sure he returns the favor by continuing to stay involved in things including student development, mental health, and overall physical and mental well-being while pursuing his Master’s in Health Promotion. 


Alex Gruneiro

Graduate Assistant – Fitness 
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662-915-7572

Alex was born to a military family that found a home in Papillion, Nebraska. He moved to North Carolina to receive a B.S. in Exercise Science from Wingate University. While at Wingate, Alex worked for Facilities, Intramurals, and Fitness and Wellness. He developed a passion for teaching group fitness classes and for personal training. After graduating in December of 2020, Alex took a job at a personal training clinic that helped restore the body as well as help clients reach their fitness goals. He has worked with people of all ages and has trained professional athletes. Alex has come to the University of Mississippi to work towards a Masters in Public Health while satisfying his passion to help students grow in their fitness journey. Outside of work, Alex enjoys doing anything sports related, being around people, and watching movies.


Caroline Tucker

Graduate Assistant – Fitness 
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Caroline was born on Fort Benning, Georgia into an Ole Miss loving, military family. After a couple of moves early on, her family relocated to Fort Benning. Most of her childhood was spent here and the town adjacent to it, Columbus, Georgia. With part of her family being from Oxford, Mississippi, being an Ole Miss fan came easy to her and started at a very young age. While Georgia was her home, Oxford quickly became her constant, a place where she could always go to see family and knew would be there for her no matter what change she was enduring. With this in mind, she decided to attend undergrad at The University of Mississippi, earning a B.S.E.S. in Exercise Science. Caroline started working at Ole Miss Campus Recreation as a sophomore, starting as a fitness attendant. She learned through her roles with Ole Miss Fitness that she had passions for developing and investing in her peers, as well as developing herself in the many realms of fitness. Caroline has decided to stay with The University of Mississippi to pursue a Master of Arts in Higher Education/Student Personnel. She plans to continue to grow in her management skills with Ole Miss Fitness and looks forward to assisting students in pursuing their own goals, in the same way her mentors have with her. Outside of work, Caroline enjoys painting, playing soccer, and spending time with her dog, Mako. Hotty Toddy!


Andrea Zabala

Graduate Assistant – Marketing
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662-915-5575

Andrea was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She decided to change her big city life to attend school at the University of Mississippi, where she received her B.B.A. in Marketing in Spring 2020. As an undergraduate student, Andrea became very involved with the Campus Recreation Department. She worked her way up within the Facility Operations program area, becoming a facility manager, while also working as a marketing program assistant and serving in the Hiring and Emergency Response Committees. Andrea is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications and plans to pursue a professional career in advertising and PR. Outside of work, you can find Andrea spending time with her dog and friends or working on some graphic design on her laptop.


Miguel Zamora

Graduate Assistant – Aquatics
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662-915-7946

Miguel was born and raised in Southern California. He attended California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and received his B.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Allied Health in 2020. Miguel was introduced to campus rec in his second year while lifeguarding, and moved into a supervisor role within a few month. While a student, he also served on the Recreation and Wellness committee as a Student Representative. These experiences have led Miguel to be dedicated to the field of College Recreation and continue working with students. Miguel wants to use his position to become a mentor for other college students and provide any assistance that they may need. Miguel is pursuing his  M.A. in Higher Education and Student Personnel here at Ole Miss. Miguel’s passions are lifting weight, jiu-jitsu, listening to music and audiobooks, trying new food spots, and traveling. But, you will most likely always find him cooking something delicious in the kitchen.