Student Recreation Center

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Management Staff

Jimmy FrancisJimmy Francis

Director, Student Recreation Center


Jimmy Francis was born in Lorain, Ohio. A moderate size city located approximately 30 miles west of Cleveland, Ohio. As an active child and athlete throughout his younger years, Jimmy developed a love for sports, fitness and wellness early on in life. He has continued to develop this passion through his athletic and fitness experiences, education and professional career.

After graduating from Lorain Catholic High School, Jimmy moved on to attend Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in physical education with a focus on sports management and science. Upon completion of his program he was named as the Physical Education Department Major of the Year. While at OWU, Jimmy also was a member of the men’s basketball team and captain during his final year. After graduating from OWU, Jimmy moved on to attend the Ohio State University (OSU) where he earned a Master of Arts in sports and exercise management. During his time at OSU Jimmy also began his career in collegiate recreation serving as the graduate assistant (GA) for outdoor facility management in the department of recreational sports.

After graduating from OSU in 2003, Jimmy transitioned from his GA position into a full time role. For the next several years, Jimmy advanced through several positions within the OSU Department of Recreational Sports and eventually became the director of satellite and outdoor facilities, which is the position he held most recently prior to relocating to California. In this role, Jimmy led the operation of four indoor recreational facilities ranging from approximately 30,000 to 88,000 square feet and 70 acres of outdoor space encompassing twenty auxiliary facilities.

Jimmy and his wife Stacey have two children, James and Zoie. They currently live in Pasadena and enjoy the abundant outdoor activities that southern California has to offer. They enjoy staying active and healthy, as well as traveling and visiting with family and friends as often as time allows.

Michal JankowskiMichal Jankowski

Manager, Facility Operations


Michal Jankowski was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland. Growing up, he enjoyed playing sports. He was on the soccer, basketball, baseball, track and field and swimming teams in junior high and high school.

Michal earned his B.S. in business administration in 2006 and his M.A in higher education administration in 2010 from California State University, Northridge. During his time in undergrad, he was involved with Phi Beta Delta, National Society for Collegiate Scholars, the Student Panel for International Curriculum and Education, and served as a New Student Orientation Leader and International Student Mentor.

Michal began his work at the University Student Union as a student assistant employee. He began as a Facility Maintenance Apprentice before becoming a Building Manager and eventually an Operations Assistant. As a full-time employee here at the USU, Michal gained experience as an Operations Supervisor at the SSU and Operations Coordinator at USU Reservations and Event Services before moving to his current position as a Manager of Facility Operations at the Student Recreation Center.

Michal enjoys spending time with his wife Magdalena and son Michal, Jr. His interests include soccer, bicycling, cooking, comedy, Detroit techno, rock music and road trips with his family.

Sandra SaluteSandra Salute

Manager, Fitness and Wellness


Sandra Salute was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Since she was young, Sandra always enjoyed playing sports and participating in recreational activities. Throughout her life, her career in fitness and wellness has ranged from coaching sports and instructing gymnastics to working in a multitude of positions in commercial fitness facilities. These experiences are what led her to her educational and professional path in fitness and wellness.

Sandra earned both her master and bachelor degrees in nutritional science, dietetics and food science from CSUN. For her graduate project, Sandra developed a curriculum titled, “No Body is Perfect,” which was a nutrition education program designed to help prevent eating disorders in adolescents. The goal of the program was to educate adolescents on healthy ways of increasing fitness by empowering them with the tools to achieve fitness. 

Sandra has been a certified personal trainer for over twelve years and holds the following certifications: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF), and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She has instructed group exercise classes for over eight years and is certified in Spinning®, TRX® Suspension Training, FitWall®, Pilates Mat, Peak Pilates® Reformer and Peak Pilates® MVe Chair. In addition to her position at CSUN, Sandra operates her own personal training and nutrition consulting business. She loves to help her clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Sandra’s passion and goal in life is to motivate and inspire others to make health the main priority in their lives. In her free time, Sandra enjoys exercising, teaching, playing sports, hiking, camping, biking, snowboarding and going to the beach. Most of all, Sandra loves to spend time with her husband, Chad, and daughters, Vivian and Bianca.

Kaila LavinKaila Lavin

Manager, Membership and Aquatics


Kaila Lavin grew up in Chandler, Arizona. She began working at a recreation facility in high school and loved the fun environment it created. From there, she moved south to Tucson, Arizona to attend the University of Arizona and began working at the Student Recreation Center on campus. Over the next four years, she advanced through several positions within the department and decided that the recreation industry was the career path for her.

After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in psychology, Kaila decided to pursue a graduate degree in recreation and sports management at California State University, Northridge. There, she also landed a graduate assistantship working on the new Student Recreation Center project. After completing a year of her assistantship, Kaila was promoted to her current position as the membership coordinator.

Kaila enjoys her time spent at the beach, traveling and spending time with family and friends as much as possible.

Ryan HairapetianRyan Hairapetian

Coordinator, Aquatics


Ryan Hairapetian grew up in Glendale, California. Early on he was involved in multiple sports, such as gymnastics, martial arts, water polo, swimming, running, and snowboarding. In high school, Ryan was the captain of his water polo and swim team for Hoover High School. Showing a high level of passion for aquatics, Ryan decided to become a lifeguard for the City of Glendale.

While developing his love for recreational sports, Ryan pursued his Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Hospitality, and Recreation Management at California State University, Northridge. Throughout his professional life, Ryan has received multiple certifications that have allowed him to excel within his career. He has completed his Emergency Medical Technician course, expanding his knowledge as a first responder. Ryan welcomed the opportunity to oversee the Aquatics Department as the Aquatics Coordinator for the Student Recreation Center at CSUN.

Ryan and his wife Jasmine live in Sunland, California and enjoy spending time with family and friends. They also enjoy hanging out at the beach, going for walks, and, most of all, having sushi.

Amanda FrickAmanda Christianson

Coordinator, Fitness


Amanda Frick was born and raised in a small town in the Antelope Valley. As an active child who spent most of her time after school at her aunt’s fitness facility, Amanda developed a love for fitness and wellness early in life. This love eventually grew into a desire to pursue a professional career path in fitness and wellness.

Amanda is an alumna of California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She earned her bachelors in kinesiology: exercise science and masters in family and consumer sciences with an emphasis in nutrition and dietetics. For her graduate project, Amanda developed a fitness and nutrition curriculum designed to educate adolescents about proper eating and exercising habits titled, “Knowledge for a Healthier You.”

When Amanda began working as the fitness programs coordinator for Associated Students Recreational Sports division in 2008, she found her true calling. In 2011, Amanda had an opportunity to be a part of the inaugural staff for the Student Recreation Center as a graduate assistant for the Fitness & Wellness department. After completing two years in her assistantship, Amanda was promoted to her current position as the fitness coordinator.

Amanda has been a certified personal trainer for seven years and holds a certification with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Additionally, she has instructed group exercise classes for six years and is certified with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and trained as a group exercise instructor in Krankcycle®, Spinning®, TRX® Group Suspension Training, FitWall®, Peak Pilates® MVe Chair, Turbo Kickboxing® and Schwinn®.

Amanda’s goal in life is to encourage others to live a healthier lifestyle by practicing what she preaches. Her motto is, “Take everything in moderation and you will live, love, and laugh for a lifetime.” In her free time, she enjoys exercising in a variety of modes both indoors and outdoors, along with expressing herself through art by painting and drawing. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with close family and friends.

Kristofer NewsomeKristofer Newsome

Coordinator, Intramurals


Kristofer Newsome joins the CSUN community from Georgia Gwinnett College, where he worked with their Intramural, Club Sports, Outdoor Adventures, and Wellness and Recreation Center since 2008. Prior to that, he was the recreation coordinator at Brown University and an intern within the intramural department at Ohio State University. While at Brown, Kristofer was awarded with one of the five 2008 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association: Region I Scholarship Fund Awards.

Kristofer previously worked as a graduate assistant with the Hsu School of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. During his assistantship he was awarded with the Teaching Excellence Certificate during the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 academic years.

Mr. Newsome has a Master of Science in sport management from Georgia Southern University and a Bachelor of Science in sports and leisure studies from Ohio State University.

Tim SzczepanskiTim Szczepanski

Outdoor Adventures Coordinator





J.P. GaleJ.P. Gale

Sport Clubs Coordinator





Thomas CunninghamThomas Cunningham

Aquatics Supervisor


Thomas Spencer Cunningham was born in Northridge, California. Discovering a love for aquatics through his athletic endeavors in high school, he joined the wrestling, swimming and water polo teams. His passion for the pool led him to swim for CCAT, a local swim club out of Birmingham High School and Pierce College.  Thomas has brought his love for fitness and sport to California State University, Northridge, while focusing his studies in Kinesiology/Exercise Science.

Thomas started working at the Student Recreation Center in 2012 as a student lifeguard. As the SRC expanded, so did his knowledge of the student recreation environment. He was promoted to student lifeguard II, obtaining his Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification. From there he moved into the student head lifeguard position, obtaining his Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) certification. Ultimately, he progressed into the aquatics supervisor position. His enthusiasm and love for aquatics has carried him towards recreation as a possible career. Thomas has committed himself to continually learning and helping improve the Aquatics Department at the SRC. He enjoys staying active and healthy, camping, cooking, cycling and enjoying the company of friends and family.

Pero Akinbohun

Administrative Assistant

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