Director, Student Recreation Center
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 its Student Recreation Center. 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 Student Recreation Center during its construction phase. Since then, Kaila has continued working her way up at the SRC to her current role as 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-Implementations & Engagement for CORE Unlimited, a consulting firm specializing in collegiate recreation and software development. Kaila enjoys her free time traveling, teaching Group Exercise classes, and spending time with family and friends.
Assistant Director, Fitness and Wellness
Amanda grew up in a small town in the Antelope Valley. She developed a love for fitness early in life, spending most of her time after school either participating in sports or helping out at her aunt’s fitness facility. This love eventually grew into the desire to pursue a professional career in the fitness and wellness industry.
After graduating from CSUN with a degree in Kinesiology — Exercise Science, Amanda worked in corporate fitness for several years, helping working adults stay active and healthy while at work, but she recognized that she still had more to learn. So, she returned to CSUN, acquiring a graduate degree in Nutrition & Dietetics.
During this time, Amanda stumbled upon new opportunities in collegiate recreation and assumed a position as the Fitness Programs Coordinator for the Fitness Center operated by the Recreational Sports division of Associated Students. After loving her experience working with college students, Amanda decided to continue and took on a position as the Fitness & Wellness Graduate Assistant for the SRC just prior to its opening in 2011. Soon after, Amanda was promoted to her current position.
In addition to her academic accomplishments, Amanda holds credentials as a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a Primary Group Exercise Instructor through Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and a Level 1 Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition, along with several others in a variety of fitness formats.