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University of Mississippi

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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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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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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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!


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.


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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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!


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 Sports Clubs as an undergraduate. After graduation, she moved to Mississippi to earn an 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.


Jacob Harper

Graduate Assistant – Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs
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Jacob was born in Bloomington, Illinois and he lived there until age 12. His family then moved to Baldwyn, MS, and Jacob went on to graduate from Baldwyn High School. He attended Itawamba Community College and Northeast Community College. After receiving his Associates’s Degree he transferred to The University of Mississippi and obtained his Bachelors in Exercise Science. While at Ole Miss, Jacob became a supervisor within two Campus Recreational Departments and worked with the University’s Exercise Science Department, specifically the Exercise & Memory Laboratory, co-authoring two publications. Thereupon, Jacob has returned to Ole Miss to pursue a Masters in Exercise Science, continuing his research and facilitating the aggregation of young leader’s interest in Campus Recreation. When Jacob isn’t in the lab or at work, he enjoys leisurely drawing, gaming, and satirical shows (i.e., The Office).


Paden Alie

Graduate Assistant – Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs

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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.


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 master’s 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!


Rashun Garner

Graduate Assistant – Fitness 
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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. 


Andrea Zabala

Graduate Assistant – Marketing
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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.

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