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.
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.
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.
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.