Campus Recreation

University of Mississippi

Meet the Campus Recreation Staff

CR Staff

PeterPeter Tulchinsky, Ed.D.

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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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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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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 attending and presenting at conferences/workshops, serving on the NIRSA Championship Series Unified Task Force, 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 getting outside and playing all types of sports, or having a relaxing night watching movies snuggled up with her kitty Mitsy.

ShannonShannon Richardson, Ph.D.

Assistant Director – Outdoors
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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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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. 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!) wonderful children.

ErinErin Murphy-Cromeans

Assistant Director – Wellness Education
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Erin Cromeans is a Mississippi native.   She received a B.A. in Exercise Science at the University of Mississippi where she found her passion for health and wellness and solidified her love for Ole Miss. She then went on to receive two Master’s Degrees, Health Promotion and followed by Nutrition, where she had opportunities to teach academically,  develop and facilitate a substance abuse education program for Ole Miss students, and provide diet and physical activity guidance to families in the Mississippi Delta.  It was through these experiences that she found her passion for college students, specifically reducing their risk around substance use, and fostering an environment for students to navigate college life in sobriety.  Erin is currently ABD in her pursuit of a Ph.D. in Health and Kinesiology with a focus in Health Behavior from the University of Mississippi.  She currently oversees the William Magee Center for Wellness Education.  Erin’s primary focus is harm reduction, prevention, and recovery for substance use populations. She is excited to blend experiential learning and recreation into her substance use prevention work!  Erin and her husband, John, have two beautiful children and can be found at many local sporting events, or depending on the time of year, duck hunting in the Mississippi Delta. Hotty Toddy!

CareyCarey Greenwood

Assistant Director – Fitness
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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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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.

Sierra Elston

Coordinator of Wellness Education
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Sierra is from Montgomery, Alabama, and attended the University of North Alabama in Florence to complete her B.S. in Therapeutic Nutrition and her M.S. in Wellness and Health Promotion. While completing her master’s degree she had the opportunity to design and support a university wellness program, and she enjoys developing solutions for the unique challenges that campus health programming presents. She is excited to bring her passion for wellness to Oxford, and aims to serve and inspire by providing learning opportunities to students that will empower them to live healthier, happier lives. Sierra enjoys spending her free time hiking, painting, cooking, or simply relaxing at home with her cat Stella.

Mackenzie Humberger

Coordinator of Marketing and Member Services 
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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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Daniel is no stranger to North Mississippi. Raised in Booneville, MS, Daniel spent two years at Northeast Mississippi Community College before transferring to The Flagship – the University of Mississippi. He has a B.A. in history, and is somewhat of a history buff. Currently, he is pursuing a Masters in Higher Education/Student Personnel. Additionally, Daniel is an active NIRSA member and currently serves as the State Student Leader for Mississippi. He has two older brothers, whose footsteps he followed to come to Ole Miss, and a younger sister/best friend who is currently attending the university as well. An avid sports fan, Daniel can be found at almost any sports event on campus. When Daniel is not at work or in the library studying, he can be found enjoying a good book, scouring the internet, playing video games or hanging with family and friends. He loves meeting new people and making new friends, so strike up a conversation with him (he loves “dad jokes” and trivia questions).

JamaalJamaal Rhodes

Coordinator of Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs
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Jamaal was born and raised in Chatom, Alabama.  He attended the University of South Alabama where he received his B.S. in Business Administration- General Management and his M.S. in Sports Management.  While pursuing his Masters degree, Jamaal served as the graduate assistant for USA’s Intramural and Sport Clubs, interned with USA’s football operations and equipment departments, and interned with the Reese’s Senior Bowl.  When Jamaal is not at work, he enjoys playing and watching different sports, spending time with family, and enjoying life to the fullest.

YvonneYvonne Moody

Operations Supervisor
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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!

RhondaRhonda Tompkins

Operations Supervisor
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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.

David Swearingen

Graduate Assistant – Aquatics 
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Growing up near Lake Michigan, at a young age David found swimming to be almost second nature to him. In middle school, he found a new home at the local swim club, and soon after the high school swim team. This began his passion for aquatics. Around the same time, he also started his career as a lifeguard at the local YMCA and took these skills with him to college. Originally attending University of Dayton, he transferred to Indiana University his sophomore year to pursue Astronomy. David graduated from Indiana University only three short years later, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Taking his talents to Ole Miss, David has decided to go after a Master’s in Higher Education and Student Personnel. He is still an avid swimmer and occasionally will glance up at the stars, too.

DylanDylan Dobbs

Graduate Assistant – Facility Operations 
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Dylan was raised in Titusville, Florida, and went to spend a portion of his life in the Great Smoky Mountains. Dylan received his Associate Degree from Cleveland State Community College before transferring to the University of Tennessee. It was on Rocky Top that he would find his passion for campus recreation, and go on to receive a B.S. in Recreation and Sport Management. When it came time to pursue a higher education, he decided to stay in the SEC. While at Ole Miss, Dylan will be pursuing his M.S. in Sport and Recreation Administration. He is a proud dog dad, an avid snowboarder (despite the lack of mountains in Mississippi), and a passionate soccer fan.

Megan Fish

Graduate Assistant – Facility Operations 
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Megan was born and raised in a small town in Northwest Ohio. She then attended Ohio University, where she received her B.S. in Exercise Physiology. During her time in Athens, Ohio, she expanded her involvement from Physical Therapy clinics to Campus Recreation in the Facilities and Member Services Departments. During her time there she fell in love with the world that is Campus Recreation and knew it was where she belonged. After graduating from OU, Megan decided to travel south and attend the University of Mississippi and pursue her Master’s in Health Promotion. Megan loves to travel, try new foods, workout, and watch New Girl.

LeAnne Davis

Graduate Assistant – Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs
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LeAnne was born and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia which is just north of Atlanta. She attended the University of North Georgia and received her B.S in Secondary Education with a concentration in Biology. She found her love for campus recreation after serving as a Supervisor for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs as an undergraduate. After graduation, she moved to Mississippi to earn a M.S in Higher Education and Student Personnel. LeAnne loves to try and learn new things, any sort of competitive activity, and to attend sporting events.

Paige Perkins

Graduate Assistant – Fitness 
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Paige was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois; a city about an hour west of Chicago. She fell in love with sports early on and felt that working in the field of health and fitness was a perfect fit. Next, she moved to Ames, Iowa where she received her B.S. in Kinesiology and Health from Iowa State, and then chose to travel south to Oxford to pursue a masters in Exercise Science. Her journey in campus recreation began in group fitness where she found her passion for fitness and helping others learn to love to exercise. She began working as a fitness program assistant and from there, chose to continue working in campus recreation. Outside of the gym, you can find Paige exploring anything outdoors, food, coffee, or sports. Paige is always looking for a challenge or to try something new so don’t be shy!

Rachael Zelmanski

Graduate Assistant- Wellness Education
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Rachael was born and raised in Troy, Michigan; 30 minutes outside of the the Motor City, Detroit. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Health and Wellness Promotion from Oakland University. While at Oakland, Rachael worked as a member services program assistant and also joined her former head coach in high school as his assistant for the girls varsity basketball team. While coaching, Rachael learned how she could take her experiences from working in the recreation field to her future career goals of being a school counselor and basketball coach. Rachael made her way down to Ole Miss to pursue her masters in School Counseling while adding the skills of Wellness Education. When Rachael is not at work, you can find her playing with her dogs honey and pork chop, watching food videos, and yes, since she’s from the Midwest she knows how to play Euchre. Although Rachael will miss her life back home, she’s ready to embrace Oxford. Hotty Toddy!

Madeline Scales

Graduate Assistant – Wellness Education 
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Maddie grew up in Franklin, Tennessee a town just south of Nashville. Right before high school, her family relocated to Indiana. After becoming a Hoosier, she wasn’t ready to leave just yet. She went on to Indiana University where she was involved with group exercise, personal training,  workplace wellness, and more. She graduated in May of 2019 with a B.S. in Public Health, focused in Fitness & Wellness. The second she saw the posting for her GA position at Ole Miss, she immediately knew it was the perfect fit. Through her endeavors, Maddie has gained a holistic approach to health and behavior change. She strives to educate everyone on all dimensions of wellness. During her time at Ole Miss she will be pursuing her Masters in Health Promotion. In her free time Maddie enjoys doing yoga, weightlifting, cooking, and being outdoors.