Oasis Wellness Center

Staff

Management Staff

Jimmy Francis

Jimmy Francis
Associate Executive Director, University Student Union

(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 & 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 since 2001, and she 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 since 2003, and she 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, Bianca and Eleanor.


Richard Cardona

Manager, Oasis Wellness Center

(818) 677-5381
richard.cardona@csun.edu

Richard Cardona was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and was raised in Colombia, South America. A former professional dancer, teacher and choreographer, Richard danced on Broadway and toured in Europe and the United States. He danced in various ballet and modern dance companies and has performed in themes parks abroad and in Orlando, Florida. Richard attended Saint Mary’s College of California Liberal Arts – Performing Arts program.

He discovered a passion for fitness and wellness early on, as did his spiritual journey. In his early teens on a layover while traveling abroad, a monk approached him and gave him a copy of the Bhagavad Gita. He was immediately attracted to the images on the cover, and even more so at the sight of the peaceful and serene monk, with barely any possessions, humbly walking about the airport.

Richard’s leadership skills were honed in during his tenure in the top fitness brand of the United States, Equinox. He was a top tier trainer and was promoted to Fitness Training Manager and a Personal Training Manager both in New York City and Los Angeles, coaching and developing the personal training staff.

Having had the great fortune to study with a third generation Qigong master, a natural therapy healer, an acupressurist, a doctor of kinesiology and biomechanics, and many wonderful yoga, pranayama, and meditation teachers, Richard fuses 25 years of fitness and wellness into his classes and in his role as manager of the Oasis Wellness Center. He holds various holistic certifications and is a 500-hour certified instructor through YogaWorks.

Richard’s mission is to create a safe, nurturing, and welcoming inclusive environment for all to learn, transform, and cultivate wellness.