Where Are They Now? Yvette Kell

By Nazifa Islam

When Yvette Kell began working in collegiate recreation her freshman year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she’d already worked for the local park district in her home town, so the Intramural Physical Education (IMPE) building seemed like a logical place for her to look for an on-campus job. It was […]

Where Are They Now? Jeff Ryder

By Nazifa Islam

Jeff Ryder began working in collegiate recreation his freshman year at Rutgers University where his very first job as an undergraduate student was as an intramural floor hockey official. “I love hockey,” he says, “so I thought I would give it a try.” Fortunately, he ended up really enjoying his first season […]

Where Are They Now? John Washo

By Nazifa Islam

John Washo has been working in recreation centers since he was just 12 years old. He started out as a scorekeeper for men’s league games and an official for third grade soccer and basketball games at his community recreation facility. His work in recreation continued throughout high school—he worked just about every […]

Where Are They Now? Mary Kate Sullivan

“I cannot imagine working in any other setting than on a college campus,” says Mary Kate Sullivan, Assistant Director of Intramural Sports at the University of Maryland and 2006 NIRSA Foundation scholarship recipient. “I thrive in the cyclical nature of the academic setting—every year you get the chance to do things better, to learn from […]

Where Are They Now? Justin Anderson

As a junior at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Justin Anderson was working towards a Music Education degree. He began picking up shifts at the Morris Recreation Center because it was “the one place flexible with a student teaching schedule.” As he swiped cards at the front desk, however, Justin couldn’t help noticing the recreation professionals around […]

Where Are They Now? Jeremy Battjes

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  — Howard Thurman

“At one time,” Jeremy Battjes says, “I was set on becoming an elementary school teacher, with recreation and fitness being a fun thing […]

Where Are They Now? Stefani Plummer

Our Association thrives through the people who push it forward, cultivate the ideas that help it flourish, mentor and advise fellow members, and continually invest the time, talent, and resources needed to help it sustain and grow. “The thing that has always stood out about NIRSA is the people,” says Stefani Plummer, Director of the […]