Update, June 25: This article has been updated with complete roster information.

The NIRSA Assembly is a leadership group made up of NIRSA professional, student, and associate members as well as non-NIRSA members. It is focused on identifying, analyzing, and researching global, national, and local hot topics related to the future of collegiate recreation.

As we welcome the newly-appointed members of the Assembly, the Association would like to express gratitude to the following individuals whose terms are ending. We thank them for their commitment to the 2017–2018 Assembly.

Mick Deluca, CRSS, RSRSP, UCLA
Marc Falkenstein, University of the Pacific
Marc Iturriaga, RCRSP
Lauren Brown, RCRSP, University of Colorado
Jennifer Pecoraro, University of West Georgia
Chance Ryon, Belmont University
Laura Whiteley, Oakland University
Matt Holmquist, Texas A&M University
Jodi Galucci, Cornell University
Rob Patchett, CRSS, Colorado State University
Ross Rodriguez, RCRSP, The University of Texas at Austin
Scott Holmes, The Ohio State University
Stephanie (Kloos) Smith, MIT
Tiffany Lomax, Delaware State University

The 2018–2019 NIRSA Assembly roster has been finalized and approved by the NIRSA Board of Directors, and members will serve from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. This marks the ninth year for this leadership body, and—as has been the case for the past few years—there was a high level of interest from members who wished to serve. Almost 40 outstanding candidates applied for an opportunity to be a part of this year’s NIRSA Assembly.

Thank you to everyone who applied for the Assembly. NIRSA volunteers are a crucial part of the advancement of the Association, and your willingness to serve is greatly appreciated.

Below is the 2018–2019 Assembly roster listed by seat. The newly-appointed members will join five returning members from the 2017–2018 Assembly as they continue their service by fulfilling the second year of their term. Open seats on the Assembly serve a one-year term, and all members are welcome to reapply.

Also continuing this year on the Assembly, Lynn Nester will be serving as the convener-shadow in a newly-created role that will support the Assembly for the upcoming year. Lynn completed her two-years as a professional on the Assembly, displaying exceptional leadership skills and forward-thinking insight making her an ideal person to help lead the work of the Assembly.

2018–2019 Assembly Roster

Board of Directors Representative, Convener
Kristy Caldwell, CRSS, Texas State University

Lynn Nester, EdD, RCRSP, California State University – San Bernardino

Past Presidents’ Representative
Laurie Braden, CRSS, Louisiana State University

NIRSA Members
Devon Rembert, Temple University
Robert Gough, William and Mary
Kimberly Rottet, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Derek Hottell, Virginia Commonwealth University
Wes Bonadio, Ohio University
Karina Knutson, University of North Dakota

NIRSA Professional Members Less Than Five Years
Parker Anderson, San Diego State University
Allie Bogard, Southern Oregon University
Jesse Sheets, Mount Royal University
Benjamin Kohler, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

NIRSA Student Members
Kelly Ibele, University of Wyoming
Liz Feldman, The Ohio State University
Riley Spenningsby, University of Houston

Open Seats
Alberto Bustamante, University of Alberta
Jodi Guthrie, Octane Fitness
Eric Barron, Towson University
Shelby Smith, University of Vermont
Coulson Thomas, Old Dominion University
Jess Kiss, Bowling Green
Mallory Valentine, University of Iowa
Ian Malmstadt, Colorado State University
Al Diaz, University of Oregon

If you would like to contribute a collegiate recreation topic or idea for the Assembly to discuss, don’t hesitate! You can speak with Assembly members in person at regional or annual conferences. Alternatively, feel free to reach out with your thoughts and ideas by joining the Assembly Facebook group. Start a conversation today!


  • For more information, please contact NIRSA Leadership Programs Coordinator Lani Beaver.
Leadership Programs Coordinator at | NIRSA Profile

Lani Sherman was the Leadership Programs Coordinator at NIRSA.