Oasis Wellness Center

Staff

Management Staff

Kaila Lavin

Kaila Lavin
Interim Director, Student Recreation Center

(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 (RTM) 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 as Interim Director. 

Kaila also serves as a Lecturer for the RTM department and teaches classes for the graduate program. Additionally, Kaila works part time as Lead Faculty and Technology Integration Specialist for CORE Unlimited, a consulting firm specializing in collegiate recreation and software development. Kaila enjoys her time traveling, teaching group exercise classes, and spending time with family and friends.  

 

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.