Executive Director, Wellness and Recreation
Eric HawkesExecutive Director, Wellness and Recreation
P: (919) 513-3895
Eric was named director of University Recreation at NC State in November 2011 and assumed the responsibility of the institution's recreation and fitness programs, services and facilities designed for 35,000 students and 10,000 faculty, staff and affiliates. In October 2017, Eric was promoted to executive director of NC State Wellness and Recreation. He leads a team of 32 professionals and approximately 650 student employees with an annual operating budget of more than $6.3 million.
Hawkes and his team have transformed NC State's wellness, recreation and fitness programs and facilities into one of the nation's finest. Working in partnership with student leaders, Eric and the Wellness and Recreation team secured funding and executed several significant facility enhancement projects including the $45 million Wellness and Recreation Center project currently under construction expected to open Fall 2020. In 2014, NC State charged Eric and his team to lead campus wellness (health promotion) efforts. These efforts have made a significant impact on-campus leading to a department name change in July 2018 to better accurately describe the role of the unit and its value and impact on student success.
For more than 20 years, Hawkes has been actively involved in numerous professional development associations including NIRSA, Athletic Business, Campus Rec Magazine, Partnership for a Healthier America and Building Healthy Academic Communities through participation in institutes, workshops, and presentations at national, regional, and state conferences. Eric served on the NIRSA National Services Corporation Board of Directors from 2015-18 where his direction guided marketing opportunities for recreation centers and outdoor venues. In 2011, Eric received the NIRSA Region II Award of Merit which recognizes exceptional performance, dedication, creativity and innovation within the profession.
Prior to NC State, Hawkes was the director of Campus Recreation at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) where he cultivated a high achieving team of professionals and students dedicated to excellence. Under Hawkes' leadership, FAU developed and implemented a recreation master plan which included the Recreation and Fitness Center and opened in January 2009. The $18.6 million facility was recognized as a 2011 NIRSA Outstanding Facility of Merit Award winner.
Prior to FAU, Hawkes held several positions at the University of Missouri (Mizzou), which included serving as a member of the design team for the $50 million MizzouRec facility.
Eric received a bachelor's degree in recreation and a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Florida.
Hawkes and his wife, Nichole have two children, Hayden and Parker.
Dr. Shannon DuPree
Director of Wellness
Dr. Shannon DuPreeDirector of Wellness
P: (919) 515-1012
Dr. Shannon DuPree joined the Wolfpack in July of 2016 as the university wellness specialist. In March 2018 she was promoted to director of wellness. In this role, Shannon provides strategic leadership for an innovative, integrated and collaborative wellness model for the NC State University community.
A native North Carolinian, Shannon has spent the past 10 years planning, implementing and evaluating wellness programs, interventions and policies in North Carolina at the local and state level. Prior to NC State, she held positions with Greene County Health Department, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Public Health and North Carolina Central University. Her roles in local and state government provided an opportunity for her to gain extensive experience in grant writing, community organizing, advocacy, and strategic planning. Shannon is a contributing author to the 2014-2020 North Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and Healthy North Carolina 2020.
Shannon has a bachelor's degree in public health education from North Carolina Central University, a master's degree in public administration from Strayer University, and doctorate in health science from Nova Southeastern University. She is a certified health education specialist by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc, a certified wellness practitioner by the National Wellness Institute and certified wellness coach by WellCoaches.
Mary Yemma Barnhart
Associate Director, Wellness and Recreation
Mary Yemma BarnhartAssociate Director, Wellness and Recreation
P: (919) 513-3890
Mary received her bachelor's degree in business management and master's degree in parks, recreation tourism Management from NC State University. Mary began working as a professional with Wellness and Recreation in Fall 2006. In Fall 2018, Mary became an associate director with Wellness and Recreation.
Mary has served on multiple work teams and committees at NC State and within NIRSA, serving as the host chair for the 2006 and 2010 NoCRSA State Workshops, host chair for the 2012 NIRSA Region 2 conference, chair of the 2015-16 NIRSA Student and Professional Development work team and leading and advising the NIRSA National Basketball Championships for eight years while hosted at NC State.
In 2011, Mary received the University Award for Excellence for her passion and contributions in student development and Pride of the Wolfpack Award in 2007 and 2017.
Mary and her husband, Kyle have one son Ryder and a yellow lab Caicos.
Associate Director, Wellness and Recreation
Jason SpiveyAssociate Director, Wellness and Recreation
P: (919) 513-3892
Jason joined the Wolfpack in August 2003 as coordinator, intramural sports for Wellness and Recreation. Jason attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where he earned his B.S. in geography (2001) and M.S. in management of recreation and facility services (2003). While completing his education he worked as the graduate assistant for intramural sports at ECU's University Recreation. During his professional career, Spivey has been actively involved in professional organizations by participating in many institutes, workshops and presenting at national, regional and state conferences.
Assistant Director, Aquatics
Daniel KifleAssistant Director, Aquatics
P: (919) 515-1391
Daniel joined Wellness and Recreation in January of 2016 as the assistant director, aquatics. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Daniel received his undergraduate degree from Georgia State University where he also learned how to swim as an adult. Shortly after learning how to swim and acquiring several aquatic certifications, he became the graduate assistant of aquatics and instructional programs at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining NC State he was the coordinator of aquatic programs and services at Nova Southeastern University. Daniel has a passion for teaching aquatic classes and preparing students for professional development opportunities.
Catherine O'KaneCoordinator, Aquatics
P: (919) 513-1555
Catherine joined the Wolfpack in June 2017 as the coordinator, aquatics for Wellness and Recreation. Catherine grew up in New Jersey where she attended Montclair State University and received her B.S. in business administration with a concentration in marketing and management and a minor in communication (2015). While at Texas A&M University - Commerce, Catherine was the graduate assistant of aquatics and risk management for the Department of Campus Recreation while also completing a M.S. in health, kinesiology and sport studies with a concentration in sport and recreation management (2017). Catherine loves to go on any type of water adventure, but her favorite adventure is to go stand-up paddleboarding with her dogs.
Business Operations and Administrative
Edna WilliamsBusiness Manager
P: (919) 513-3887
Edna earned her B.S. from NC State in business administration with HR concentration. While completing her education, she worked as a community assistant coordinator in housing and for facilities. Edna returned as a full-time professional in 2002 as business manager for Wellness and Recreation.
Nicole GuistwiteBusiness Specialist
P: (919) 513-7785
Nicole joined the Wellness and Recreation team in 2008. In 2010, she received the University Award for Excellence for her contributions in Human Relations. Nicole has more than 15 years of experience in higher education in a variety of different roles. Before moving to North Carolina, she gained experience in business, customer service management and database applications at Virginia Commonwealth University. Nicole received her B.S. in psychology and her M.S. in criminal justice from VCU.
Assistant Director, Facilities and Operations
Joni BussReservations Manager
P: (919) 513-7421
Joni graduated from NC State with a degree in communications. After working for various non-profit organizations and large corporations, she returned to NC State in 2006. She enjoys reading, movies and the theater. She also enjoys spending time on the soccer fields with her two children.
Coordinator, Facility Operations
Jonathan HennessyCoordinator, Facility Operations
P: (919) 515-2264
Jonathan joined the Wolfpack in June 2017 as coordinator, facility operations for Wellness and Recreation. Jonathan attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, AL where he earned his B.S. in business management (2015) and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Greensboro, NC where he earned his MBA (2017). While completing his graduate course work at UNCG he worked as the graduate assistant of facilities and special events for Recreation and Wellness where he was awarded Graduate Assistant of the Year for the Division of Student Affairs.
Assistant Director, Fitness
Will CraigAssistant Director, Fitness
P: (919) 513-3474
Will joined the Wolfpack in May of 2014 as coordinator, strength and conditioning. In March 2016 he became the assistant director of fitness. Prior to coming to NC State, Will attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, where he earned his B.S. in human nutrition foods and exercise (2011) and a M.A. in instructional technology (2013). While completing his education he worked as a graduate assistant of fitness at Virginia Tech and has experience working outside of higher education in private wellness and recreation facilities.
Marketing and Communications
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Visual Arts Specialist
Judy CorsiVisual Arts Specialist
P: (919) 515-3162
Originally from western New York, Judy joined the Wellness and Recreation team in June 2014. Judy received her bachelor's degree from NC State University in art studies after studying graphic design at the State University of New York at Fredonia and art education at the University of Central Florida.
As the visual arts specialist, Judy is passionate about and inspired by clean, clear and cohesive design. She has been a member of AIGA since 2016, attending both national conferences and local meetings.
Assistant Director, Outdoor Adventures
Nathan WilliamsAssistant Director, Outdoor Adventures
P: (919) 513-8126
Nathan Williams joined Wellness and Recreation in July of 2015 as the assistant director, outdoor adventures. In this role, he oversees outdoor adventures trips, the Equipment Rental Center, climbing wall, challenge course and Wolfpack Bound first-year trips program. Prior to NC State, Nathan served as the trips coordinator at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and was a web developer at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Nathan holds a bachelor's degree in outdoor education from the University of Minnesota Duluth, a master's degree in college student affairs administration from the University of Georgia and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education at NC State.
Nathan's scholarly work focuses on how campus experiences (outdoor recreation and otherwise) influence college student openness to diversity and intergroup contact. Nathan has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) and has presented on a variety of topics at numerous national conferences, including the AORE, the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).
Erin Daniels Heiser
Coordinator, Outdoor Adventures
Erin Daniels HeiserCoordinator, Outdoor Adventures
P: (919) 513-8125
Erin joined Wellness and Recreation in August of 2015 as the coordinator, outdoor adventures. In this role she manages the day to day operations of outdoor adventures trips, the Equipment Rental Center and bike mechanics. Prior to NC State, Erin was a graduate assistant at the University of Houston and served as the interim assistant director of outdoor programs at Rice University. Erin attended Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT where she earned her B.A. in environmental studies (2006), and earned her M.A. in sports and fitness administration (2015) from the University of Houston in Houston, TX.
Erin has been an active member of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) since 2012, and has attended numerous national, regional and state conferences. She has presented at the Carolina Outdoor Adventure Leadership Summit (COALS), Texas Outdoor Leadership Conference (TOLC) and the Southern Sport Management Conference (SSMC).
Erin's published work includes:
An Evaluation of University Recreation Center Outdoor Programs for People With Disabilities: Perspectives From Professionals. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership 2017, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 83–97
Coordinator, Outdoor Adventures
Mark MedlinCoordinator, Outdoor Adventures
P: (919) 513-1662
Mark joined the Wellness and Recreation team in June of 2016 as the coordinator, outdoor adventures. In this role Mark manages the challenge course, climbing wall and equipment repairs.
Prior to moving to Raleigh, Mark served as the outdoor center graduate assistant at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA and as an instructor for the Voyageur Outward Bound School in Ely, MN. Mark holds a bachelor's degree in outdoor leadership from North Greenville University and a master's degree in outdoor education administration from Georgia College and State University.
Mark has been an active member of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, the American Canoe Association and the Association for Challenge Course Technology. He has presented at the Adventure Education Conference as well as led team building workshops for the National 4-H Conference.
Assistant Director, Sports Programs
Ben StrunkAssistant Director, Sports Programs
P: (919) 515-1862
Ben holds bachelor's degrees in sports management and journalism at Ohio University and a master's degree in sport management at the University of Florida. Before joining NC State University in June 2014, Ben served as a competitive sports graduate assistant at the University of Florida Department of Recreational Sports.
Coordinator, Sports Programs
Emilie BuzhardtCoordinator, Sports Programs
P: (919) 513-3891
Originally from Somerdale, NJ, Emilie received her B.A. in organizational communications from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2010). After completing her degree, she moved to Statesboro, GA where she worked as the sport clubs graduate assistant for Campus Recreation and Intramurals, while earning a M.Ed. in higher education administration at Georgia Southern University (2013). Prior to joining NC State Wellness and Recreation in November 2015, Emilie was the coordinator for club sports at the University of Kansas.
Coordinator, Sports Programs
Nelson SantiagoCoordinator, Sports Programs
P: (919) 515-7335
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Nelson Santiago joined Wellness and Recreation in February of 2016 as the Coordinator for Sports Programs. Prior to becoming Coordinator for Wellness and Recreation, Nelson served as Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Affairs at NC State University. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in sports and fitness and Master's Degree in higher education from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.
Along with his passion for social justice and student development, Nelson also officiates NCAA men's basketball at the Division I level.
Training, Development and External Relations
Assistant Director, Training, Development and External Relations
Coordinator, Member Services
Administrative Support Specialist
Assistant Director, Wellness
Coordinator, Wellness Programs
Coordinator, Wellness Programs
Katie BelusaCoordinator, Wellness Programs
P: (919) 513-3888
A native of New Jersey, Katie joined the NC State Wellness and Recreation team in August 2018. Katie holds a B.A. in human development and family studies from the University of Connecticut, as well as a Master's of Public Health specializing in social and behavior health from Boston University. Katie is a certified health education Specialist (CHES) and is also certified as a personal trainer, fitness nutrition specialist and youth worker. Outside of the office, you can find Katie at the gym, traveling, watching hockey or petting any animal she can find.