Staff

Campus Recreation Administrative Staff

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(From Left to Right: Jason Miller, Kayla Gilkey, Jennifer O’Neil, Marilyn Ross, Whitney Jones, Alycia Miller, Dianne Drish, Sam Vescovi)

 

Marilyn Ross, Director

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3029 Baierl Student Recreation Center
3719 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
412-648-8277
mlross@pitt.edu

 

Marilyn Ross has worked for the University of Pittsburgh since 1974, and has served as the Director of Campus Recreation since 2006.

 

Marilyn holds the responsibility of overseeing a wide range of sports, recreational services, and the Healthy U Fitness classes for students, faculty, and staff of the University. She is a NIRSA Registered Collegiate Recreation Sports Professional; a distinction given to only a handful of collegiate recreation professionals throughout the United States.

 

Marilyn received a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education and a Master of Arts in Education from Western Carolina University. She was a member of the Women's Basketball Team, where she led her fellow teammates to a second place finish against Westchester in the first National Women's Basketball Tournament in 1969. She was honored for her skills through her induction into the Western Carolina University's Hall of Fame in the fall of 2003.

 

Besides basketball, Marilyn holds National Doubles Titles from the National Doubles Racquetball Tournaments. She is also an avid golfer and owns numerous Championship Trophies from golf events from the Executive Women's Golf Association. Marilyn's favorite thing about Pittsburgh is "all the beautiful golf courses, in particular Diamond Run and Oakmont."

Jason Miller, Assistant Director for Facilities & Aquatics

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3031 Baierl Student Recreation Center
3719 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
412-624-8971
jtm@pitt.edu

 

Jason Miller joined the Department of Campus Recreation in February 2012. He serves as the Assistant Director, overseeing all aquatics operations as well as sharing management duties for recreational facilities on campus.

 

Jason’s responsibilities involve maintenance, scheduling, setup and facilitation of programs and events at the University’s aquatics facilities. He is also responsible for maintaining schedules and supervising groups’ use of various facilities throughout campus. Jason assumes administrative duties that include departmental development, organizational planning and marketing strategy. He is an advisor to several student-run organizations and contributes to multiple committees and initiatives for the Division of Student Affairs.

 

Prior to working for the University of Pittsburgh, Jason was the Aquatics Director at Central York High School in York, PA. He was also the Head Coach and CEO of Central York Aquatics competitive club swim team. During his time with Central York Jason developed a new community aquatics program consisting of over 2,000 participants, and oversaw all operations of a brand new, state of the art natatorium. In 2011, Jason was a recipient of the Central York Communities That Care service award. He also spent some time working for the YMCA and taught Social Studies to High School students for two years before transitioning to a career in sports and recreation.

 

An alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh, Jason received Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Sociology and a Master of Arts in Teaching. As an undergraduate, Jason was a member of the Men’s Varsity Swimming Team where he won multiple individual and team Conference Championships, earned Academic All-American honors, and was the 2006 recipient of the Blue-Gold Pitt Athletics Achievement Award. He participated in the 2008 Olympic Swimming Trials, placing 48th in the 100 Butterfly.

 

Jason is happily married to his wife, Megan, and is the proud father of their two children, Jenna and Jacob. They have a lazy hound dog, Riley. In his spare time he enjoys exercising, working on home projects, spending time with family & friends, and working on his side project Active Cities. Jason’s favorite thing about Pittsburgh is "the endless amount of things to see and do!"

Whitney Jones, Assistant Director for Campus Fitness

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3025 Baierl Student Recreation Center
3719 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
412-624-7421
whitneyjones@pitt.edu

 

Whitney Jones joined the Department of Campus Recreation in the Summer of 2015 as the Competitive and Recreational Sports Coordinator.

 

As of May 2017, she now serves as the Assistant Director of Campus Fitness.  In this roll, Whitney is responsible for the entire operation of all 16 recreational facilities and their staff.  She also assists with the departmental budget, as well as the marketing and event efforts of the department.

 

Prior to joining the team at the University of Pittsburgh, Whitney served as the Assistant Director of Pope Wellness Center and Campus Recreation Coordinator at the University of Mount Olive in Mount Olive, NC. While there, she managed every aspect of the Intramurals program, on and off campus events and trips, as well as fitness incentive programs throughout the wellness center.

 

Whitney graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Administration. She also earned her Master’s of Science in Sports Studies from IUP in 2012 where she served as the Facility Manager Graduate Assistant for the Health and Physical Education Department’s wellness center.

 

In her spare time, Whitney enjoys working out, playing sports and going to sporting events (especially baseball), movies, reading, hiking and most importantly playing with her fur-child, Lennox. Her favorite thing about Pittsburgh is that even though you're in a city, you can still find parks and wooded areas to make you feel like you're in a different world.

Kayla Rothbart, Wellness Coordinator

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3029 Baierl Student Recreation Center
3719 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
412-648-8104
KaylaGilkey@pitt.edu

 

Kayla Gilkey came to the University of Pittsburgh in July 2015, serving as the Wellness Coordinator with the Department of Intramurals and Recreation.

 

In this role, Kayla leads the development and implementation of new and innovative wellness programs, as well as, the evaluation and maintenance of group exercise classes, personal training, small group training, wellness workshops and Healthy-U initiatives for student affairs.

 

Kayla has been in the wellness industry for over seven years and has managed to guide her education and experience into an efficacious career working with private gyms and studios, corporate wellness centers, clinical sites, and Non-For Profits. Prior to coming to the University of Pittsburgh, Kayla served as the Director of Healthy Living for the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. At the Y she had great success growing personal training and group exercise, and was instrumental in the development of external partnerships that included the Fit for Life program and Highmark programs.

 

Kayla received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology from Saint Francis University, and her Master of Science in Exercise Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified fitness instructor Pilates, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, Silver Sneakers, PiYo, Kieser M3 Indoor Cycling and Walk Live, and a focused interest toward programming for lifestyle modification.

 

Kayla’s number one passion solely belongs to exercise, she enjoys running, powerlifting, snowboarding, cross training and cycling. She recently discovered her green thumb and has a new-found interest for gardening, particularly sunflowers. In addition, Kayla is an avid DIYer, and is learning to master the art of carpentry. Kayla’s favorite thing about Pittsburgh: “I love to travel but no matter what city or place I travel, nothing is better than the City of Bridges!”

Alycia Miller, Aquatic Programs Coordinator

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164 Trees Hall
Allequippa St. & Darrah St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
412-383-8867
anmiller@pitt.edu

 

Alycia Miller has worked for the Department of Campus Recreation as the Aquatic Program Coordinator since 2007.

 

Alycia serves the University community by scheduling lifeguards and various in-services. She also teaches CPR classes to staff and helps with the Healthy U swimming classes. Alycia assists with meet set up and management of Men’s and Women’s Varsity Swimming & Diving Team and is also involved with creating new programs for the department.

 

Alycia graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with an undergraduate degree in Health Psychology and furthered her education with a Master’s in Exercise Physiology. She is a certified lifeguard and WSI training instructor.

 

Alycia is happily married to her husband, Jason, and is the proud mother of her two children, Tyler and Abigail, along with the family Labrador, Lucas. In her spare time, Alycia enjoys coaching swimming and spending time with her family. Alycia’s favorite thing about Pittsburgh is "the family feeling of the city and its various activities."

Sam Hearn, Coordinator of Competitive & Recreational Sports


3028 Petersen Events Center
3719 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
412-648-3151
sah184@pitt.edu

 

Sam Hearn joined the Department of Campus Recreation in the Fall of 2016 serving as the Intramural and Club Sports Intern.

 

As of July 2017, he now serves as the Coordinator of Competitive & Recreational Sports. In this role, Sam is responsible for the operation of more than 80+ competitive and recreational club sports and the Trees Climbing Wall. He also aids in the management of intramurals and special events.

 

Sam graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. He went on to earn his Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Slippery Rock University in 2017 where he served as a Graduate Resident Director for the Office of Housing & Residence Life.

 

In his spare time, Sam enjoys playing sports, attending college athletic events, playing guitar, listening to music, and hanging out with friends and family. His favorite thing about Pittsburgh is that it is a true “City of Champions”.

Bill Wallace, Intramural Sports Coordinator

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3032 Baierl Student Recreation Center
3719 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
412-648-8273
wwallace@pitt.edu

 

Bill Wallace has worked for the Department of Campus Recreation since 1999. He is in charge of all Intramural Sports programming and oversees student referees and supervisors.

 

Bill graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science, and furthered his education by graduating from Ambassador University with a Bachelor of Arts. Bill is also a registered Physical Education Teacher, and certified in CPR and WSI.

 

Bill is happily married to his wife, Desireé, and is a father to five beautiful daughters: Isabella, Anabel, Sophia, Victoria and Elizabeth. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, working in the yard and spending time with his daughters. Bill's favorite thing about Pittsburgh is "it is a great sports town".

Dianne Drish, Admistrative/Purchasing

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3027 Baierl Student Recreation Center
3719 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
412-648-8279
ddrish@pitt.edu

 

Dianne Drish has worked for the University of Pittsburgh for over 37 years holding various positions with the Graduate School of Public Health, the School of Education, and currently the Division of Student Affairs. She serves as the Second Administrator for the Department of Campus Recreation.

 

Dianne serves as the Administrative Assistant to Marilyn Ross, Director of Campus Recreation. Some of her responsibilities include handling all departmental purchasing and billing, supervising office staff, payroll input, and developing registration procedures. Dianne also processes all fees collected from the many services offered to University students, faculty and staff. These programs include Healthy U fitness classes, outdoor pursuits, and locker room services.

 

Dianne is the oldest of her two brothers and younger sister. In her leisure time, she enjoys gardening and amateur landscaping, reading, playing with her cat, Leo, walking, and camping. Dianne’s favorite thing about Pittsburgh is “the lovely tree covered hills and the presence of four seasons”.

Jennifer O'Neil, Program Assistant

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Petersen Events Center
3034 Baierl Student Recreation Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
412-648-8210
jao39@pitt.edu

 

Jennifer has worked for the Department of Campus Recreation as a Second Administrative Support and Locker Attendant since January of 2010. In May of 2015, Jennifer was promoted to Program Assistant.

 

Jennifer trains and manages undergraduate staff, oversees day to day operations of three locker rooms, and develops written procedures for the four locker rooms in Trees Hall. She also regulates the use and maintenance of 650+ lockers, keeps track of locker rentals and fees, and 1,000+ combination locks.

 

Jennifer graduated from The Bradford School of Pittsburgh and is currently enrolled in the University's College of General Studies. She has been happily married to her husband, Patrick, for the past 25 years and is a proud mother to five daughters: Katharine - Pitt - Bradford Alumni, Meghan, Laura, Angela, and Shannon, along with their Tortie Cat sibling, Elizabeth Taylor.

 

In her leisure time, Jennifer loves to go camping with her family in Jefferson County. Favorite things about Pittsburgh? "To go anywhere and tell people you are a ‘Pittsburgher’ is a tremendous source of pride!" Pittsburgh factors in so much of American history and progress from the French and Indian War all the way to Allegheny Ludlum providing the stainless steel for the St. Louis Arch. I can’t leave out the Strip District: Breakfast at DeLuca’s and Applewood Smoked Cheddar from Pennsylvania Macaroni Company” are some of my favorite things!

Herb Hamlin, Locker Room Services

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A119 Trees Hall
Allequippa St. & Darrah St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
412-648-8223
hhamlin@pitt.edu

 

Herb Hamlin has worked for the Department of Campus Recreation as a Locker Attendant for over 18 years.

 

Herb is in charge of the men's gym locker room which boasts over 900 lockers. In addition, he oversees the men's pool locker rooms.

 

Herb served in the United States Air Force for four years before he began working at the University of Pittsburgh. He is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and also loves attending rock and heavy metal concerts in his spare time.