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Jimmy FrancisJimmy Francis
Director, Student Recreation Center

818-677-2629
jimmy.francis@csun.edu

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.

Sandra SaluteSandra Salute
Assistant Director, Fitness and Wellness

818-677-5381
sandra.salute@csun.edu

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 Lavin

Kaila Lavin
Assistant Director, Facility Operations

818-677-5649
kaila.lavin@csun.edu

Kaila Lavin was born in New Mexico and raised in Arizona. She began working at a recreation facility in high school and loved the fun environment it created. From there, she attended 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 moved to California. She attended CSUN and received her graduate degree in Tourism, Hospitality, and Recreation Management while serving as a graduate assistant for the new SRC during the construction phase. Kaila continued working her way up in the SRC to her current role.

Kaila enjoys her time spent traveling, teaching group exercise classes, and spending time with family and friends. 

Angela FaissalAngela Faissal
Manager, Wellness Center

818-677-7374
angela.faissal@csun.edu



Ryan HairapetianRyan Hairapetian
Coordinator, Aquatics

818-677-5804
ryan.hairapetian@csun.edu

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

818-677-5832
amanda.christianson@csun.edu

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.

 

Devin Barnett
Coordinator, Intramurals

(818) 677-5305
devin.barnett@csun.edu

Devin Barnett is a native of Farmingdale, New Jersey. Since she was young, she has always enjoyed participating in multiple competitive sports such as gymnastics, basketball, track and field, softball and field hockey. Her experience in sports doesn’t simply include only participating in them, but coaching and officiating as well.

Devin earned her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology-Athletic Training at Towson University (TU) in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating, she began a career in collegiate recreation working at the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) - University Recreation & Fitness Department. The three years at UMB shaped a passion and drive for student development in higher education and allowed her the opportunity to go back to school at Texas State University (TXST). While there, she served as the graduate assistant (GA) for intramural sports in the Division of Student Affairs Campus Recreation while obtaining a master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Services.

After graduating from TXST in 2014, Devin transitioned into a full-time position as the Assistant Director of Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Devin then joined the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) University Student Union (USU) team in January 2016 and is responsible for the oversight of intramural sports programs.

In her personal time, she is very active within her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and enjoys traveling to spend time with family and friends.

 

Jorge LopezJorge Lopez
Coordinator, Membership Services

(818) 677-6270
jorge.lopez@csun.edu

 

 

 

 


Tim SzczepanskiTim Szczepanski
Outdoor Adventures Coordinator

818-677-4453
timothy.szczepanski@csun.edu

 

 

  


J.P. GaleJ.P. Gale
Sport Clubs Coordinator

818-677-7678
john.gale@csun.edu

 

 


 

 

Peter Christianson
Boxing Supervisor

(818) 677-5533


Pero AkinbohunPero Akinbohun
Administrative Assistant

(818) 677-5478
pero.akinbohun@csun.edu

Pero Akinbohun was born in Rotherhithe, England, a small residential neighborhood in East London. At the age of 7 Pero’s family moved to Rancho Cucamonga, California. From a young age Pero was heavily involved with her Abundant Living Family Church, which sparked her interest to help others and be able to make difference in others’ lives. Pero began working for the University Student Union at California State University, Northridge in 2013 as a Student Business Assistant for the Board of Directors. After earning her Bachelor’s in Business Management from CSUN in Spring 2014, Pero transferred to the Student Recreation Center to become the Administrative Assistant. Pero plans on obtaining her Masters of Public Administration in Management & Leadership in the upcoming years. Pero enjoys spending time with her friends and family, travelling, and volunteering with various organizations.