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On-campus masters students

Meet the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU on-campus class of 2016:

Kara Bacile

Undergraduate Institution: Franklin and Marshall College
Graduate Assistantship: University of Richmond Women’s Basketball

Kara Bacile was born and raised in North Chesterfield, Virginia where she graduated from Monacan High School in 2011. In 2015, Kara graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Government with a Minor in Sociology from Franklin and Marshall College. While at Franklin and Marshall, Kara was a four year varsity athlete on the women’s basketball team and served as team co-captain her senior year. Kara worked closely with Franklin and Marshall’s athletic department through her service as Vice President of SAAC/ALC and her employment as a student assistant for the men’s lacrosse coaches. For the past year, Kara worked as an assistant varsity girl’s basketball coach at her alma mater, Monacan High School. The Lady Chiefs basketball team went on to win the 2015-2016 VHSL 4A State Championship and finished the season with a 29-1 record. Kara is excited about the opportunity to work as a graduate assistant coach for the University of Richmond Women’s Basketball team this season. Contact Kara at bacilekk@vcu.edu .


Maggie Brocklebank

Undergraduate Institution: Kean University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Student-Athlete Support Services

Maggie Brocklebank was born and raised in Long Branch, New Jersey. She began college in the fall of 2010 at Dominican College of Blauvelt, where she played lacrosse and studied communications while in the honors program. She transferred after her freshman year to Brookdale Community College and eventually received her B.A. of History from Kean University, where she also closed out her college lacrosse career in 2015. While in college, Maggie coached for a few club lacrosse programs, specifically Revolution Lacrosse based out of Westchester, NY as well as Ultimate Lacrosse in Bedminster, NJ. Maggie is currently the graduate assistant for VCU’s Student Athlete Support Services, where she assists the Academic Advisors and the Tutor Coordinator. Her goal is to work in the field of academic advising for student athletes.


Kenneth Brown

Undergraduate Institution: Virginia State University
Graduate Assistantship: Henrico County Parks & Rec

Kenneth Brown was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He graduated Cum Laude from Virginia State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education with a concentration in Health Science. While at Virginia State, Kenneth completed work- study with the campus housing department as an Office Assistant and the Virginia Sate University Health and Wellness Center as an assistant. Kenneth also had to the opportunity to organize many intramural sports and campus events including a 5k run for students and surrounding neighborhood children and adults. Currently, Kenneth also works for Henrico Country Recreation as an Recreation Instructor. After graduating from the CSL program, Kenneth intends to pursue a career in Collegiate or professional sports in the development or athletic director field. Reach Kenneth at brownkl27@vcu.edu.


Tre Brummell

Undergraduate Institution: VCU
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Athletics Ticket Office

Born in Pasadena, California, Joseph “Tre” Brummell spent his last two years of high school in Alexandria, Virginia where he later would go on to attend VCU and receive his undergraduate degree in Public Relations with a minor in Business. Graduating cum laude from the Robertson School of Media and Culture within VCU, Tre was an undergraduate manager for the men’s basketball program under Shaka Smart. During his time as a manager the Rams made 4 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and progressed to the Atlantic 10 Tournament final his last three seasons, winning the conference championship his final year. Currently serving as graduate assistant in the VCU Ticket Office, Tre is also heavily involved with Andrew Wiggins Team Loaded where he assists in operations and in the development of their sports performance program. With ambitions of directing his own sport performance academy and developing a sponsored youth basketball program, his career goals upon graduation are to serve as a coach for player development in the NBA or collegiately at the Division 1 level. Contact Tre at brummellje@vcu.edu.


Jordan Burgess

Undergraduate Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University

Jordan remains a student- athlete at VCU for his senior campaign for the Men’s Basketball team. He graduated in May 2016 with a Degree in Sociology. Jordan has played in 94 career games for the Rams, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons with VCU. Prior to VCU, Jordan was listed as the No. 4 recruit in Virginia, according to ESPN.com. He was a late bloomer who cracked ESPN’s Top 100 during his senior year. Scored 17.5 points, pulled down 7.5 rebounds and shot better than 40 percent from beyond the 3-point arc to lead Benedictine to the VISAA State Semifinals as a senior.. Jordan joins the CSL program with an Interest in Coaching Division I Basketball. Contact Jordan at Burgessj@vcu.edu.


Jordan Burke

Undergraduate Institution: Eastern Kentucky University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Recreational Sports

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Jordan Burke graduated in 2015 from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a minor in Digital Imaging Design. As a student, she held various marketing internships. Jordan also was a Marketing Assistant at EKU Campus Recreation which led to a temporary position as the Marketing Coordinator before entering the Center for Sport Leadership program. Currently, Jordan is the Marketing Graduate Assistant at VCU Recreational Sports. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in sports marketing and branding. Contact Jordan at burkej3@vcu.edu.


Wes Chappell

Undergraduate Institution: The University of Virginia
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Men's Basketball, Sports Performance

Born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia, Wes graduated from the University of Virginia in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, completing a double major in Spanish and Economics. He began his professional career working for four years as a data analyst at Fannie Mae in Washington, D.C. Wes is currently in his second year of the M.B.A./M.Ed. dual degree program through the VCU School of Business and Center for Sport Leadership. He spent the past academic year as a graduate assistant in corporate sales for the Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball team, the double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, and continued working with the organization as a full-time intern during the summer. Wes is now a graduate assistant with VCU Men's Basketball, assisting the Director of Sports Performance with their data analytics software. Upon culmination of the dual degree program at VCU, Wes aims to pursue a career working with a professional sports franchise or a collegiate athletics program, using data analytics as a driver for innovation and success within the organization. Contact Wes at chappelltw@vcu.edu.


Evan Charles

Undergraduate Institution: University of Mary Washington
Graduate Assistantship: Event Management for Sports Backers

A native of Richmond, VA, Evan Charles graduated from the University of Mary Washington in December 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Business. While at UMW, Evan won 4 conference championships with the men's tennis team and advanced to the Sweet 16 3 times. He also qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championships 3 times and earned All-American status by reaching the Semifinals in 2012. During his time at VCU, Evan is working as an Event Management Intern for Sports Backers. After graduation, Evan hopes to either work in professional tennis or collegiate administration.


Leon Clarke

Undergraduate Institution: Virginia State University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Athletics-Operations

A native of Chester, Virginia, Leon Clarke graduated cum laude from Virginia State University with a bachelor's of science in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance (HPERD) and a minor in sport management. During his time at VSU, Leon was a marketing intern for the University of Richmond athletic department and had the opportunity to work with the A-10 Conference assistanting with the women’s basketball and lacrosse tournaments. During his senior year, he honored as “MR. HPERD” and served as the Director of Marketing for the sport management club. As a skateboarder and action sports enthusiast, he wants to see skateboarding continue its growth internationally. Clarke is pursuing a career in event management or sports marketing for action sports or a collegiate athletics program. He is currently serving as the graduate assistant for sport operations in the VCU athletic department.


Betsy Cutler

Undergraduate Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University
Graduate Assistantship: Student-Athlete Wellness Programs

Betsy Cutler was born in Pinehurst N.C. into a military family. After several moves, their final station was Petersburg VA, which she considers her hometown. There, she played many sports from childhood through her teen years to include Year-Round Swimming, USTA Tennis, the Petersburg H.S. field hockey team where she was selected All Regional Team and the Boys tennis team. Betsy graduated from VCU, earning a degree in Psychology. Upon graduation she spent 5 years in various roles at St. Josepha’s Villa, culminating as the manager of the Crisis Shelter. Betsy’s Graduate Assistantship is researching College Wellness Programs specific to Collegiate Athletes. With her background, Betsy hopes to promote and design Mental Wellness programs for collegiate athletes.


Tyler Dandridge

Undergraduate Institution: Old Dominion University
Graduate Assistantship: Randolph-Macon Men's Basketball

Tyler Lee Dandridge is native of Richmond, Virginia and is a 2016 graduate of Old Dominion University. While at Old Dominion, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational and Technical Studies, with a concentration in Marketing Education. During his time at Old Dominion, Tyler was a student manager for both the Men's & Women's Basketball Teams. He also started Collegiate DECA at Old Dominion, and served as Chapter President for two years. Tyler has spent the last 3 years working as a Social Media Correspondent for A.W. Smith Financial, a Financial Advising firm located in Richmond, VA. In addition to working in digital marketing, Tyler is beginning his third season as an Assistant Coach for the Boo Williams Girls 16U Gold Team, a Hampton based AAU powerhouse. Tyler is currently a Graduate Assistant for the Randolph-Macon Men's Basketball Team and upon graduation will continue to pursue a career as a Division One Head Coach. Contact Tyler at Dandrighttl@vcu.edu.


Michael Donovan

Undergraduate Institution: Virginia Military Institute
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Athletics Development/Ram Athletic Fund

Mike Donovan is a native of Chesapeake, VA and is a 2015 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. While at VMI, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business with a concentration in Finance. During his four years Mike was a member of the VMI basketball and baseball team. After graduation, Mike stayed at VMI and was an assistant director of admissions. Currently, Mike is a graduate assistant in development with VCU Athletics and has the professional goals of pursuing a career as an athletic director. Contact Mike at donovanmd@vcu.edu.


Gabby Dyer

Undergraduate Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Sports Performance

Born and raised in Falls Church, Virginia, Gabby graduated Summa Cum Laude from VCU in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Science. A former co-captain of VCU's women's soccer team and Hammer Strength All-American athlete, Gabby has returned to join the Rams as a graduate assistant with the Sports Performance staff, working with Women's Tennis. Her certifications include NSCA-CSCS, NASM-CPT, and the American Red Cross CPR/AED certifications. Gabby has accumulated a wide breadth of experience working with young athletes, Division I collegiate athletes, as well as members of the Washington Spirit, USWNT, and USMNT. Upon graduating, Gabby plans to pursue her vision of opening a non-profit facility in an inner city area to target youth development through sports performance training and nutrition. Contact Gabby at dyerag@vcu.edu.


Amber Easter

Undergraduate Institution: George Mason University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Women’s Basketball

Amber Easter is a native of Hampton, Virginia where she attended Bethel High School. She continued her education at George Mason University and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree is Psychology in the Spring of 2013. While studying at George Mason University, Amber was a 4-year starter for GMU Women’s Basketball Team, receiving All-Conference Honors, in addition to All-Academic Honors. Amber is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, with active membership of 5 yrs. After graduating from GMU, Amber was hired as the Head Junior Varsity Women’s Basketball Coach at Bethel High School In addition Amber spent 2 years working in Family Services as a mentor for at-risk youth in the Hampton Roads area with Together Lives Change, Inc.

Easter is in her second year as Graduate Assistant for VCU’s Women’s Basketball team Amber is enrolled in the CSL’s Dual Degree program, working towards both an MBA and M.Ed. After graduating, Amber will continue to pursue a career in coaching. Contact Amber at eastera@vcu.edu.


Dani Ellis

Undergraduate Institution: Winthrop University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Women’s Lacrosse

A native of Annapolis, MD, Dani graduated from Winthrop University in 2016 with a psychology degree and a coaching minor. While at Winthrop, she was a member of the lacrosse team earning academic honors each year. As a junior and a senior, her team won the Big South Conference championship and made it to the NCAA tournament, while being named to the All-Tournament team in 2016. She is currently working with the VCU women’s lacrosse team. Upon her graduation, she hopes to one day be a collegiate head coach. Contact Dani at ellisde@vcu.edu.


Neil Farrell

Undergraduate Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Men’s Basketball

Born and raised in Orchard Park, New York, Neil graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016 with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in General Business. Neil worked for the Buffalo Bills for three years in high school before coming to VCU to work as a Student Manager for the VCU Men’s Basketball team. He was promoted to Head Manager his junior year and maintained that position until his graduation in May 2016. In that roll he assisted with several different aspects of the program including, gear distribution and ordering, team travel, player development, and the maintenance of facilities. Neil accepted a position as a Graduate Assistant for VCU Men’s Basketball upon graduating and is excited to learn more about the ins and outs of college athletics at the Division One level. Following his masters, he plans on pursuing a career in college athletics.


Abigail Flower

Undergraduate Institution: Liberty University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Track and Field

Born in Haiti, and raised in both Ohio and Virginia, Abigail Flower graduated from Liberty University in 2015 with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. While she was there she competed for Liberty’s track team for four years. Where she gained all- Academic honors and was the captain of the team for three years. Abigail will be working with the VCU track and field team as a graduate assistant. Abigail hopes to pursue a career in the athletics administration of a collegiate or professional organization. Contact Abigail at Flowera@vcu.edu.


Eliza Foresti

Undergraduate Institution: Springfield College
Graduate Assistantship: University of Richmond Athletics-Academic Advising

Eliza hails from Greenville, RI. In 2013, she graduated magna cum laude from Springfield College in Springfield, MA, with a Physical Education major, and Health Studies minor. Upon graduation, Eliza began her career as a physical education teacher at The Shady Hill School, an independent Pre-K to grade 8 school in Cambridge MA. For the next 3 years, Eliza implemented cross curriculum lessons for all grades, and coached competitive soccer, basketball, and ultimate Frisbee teams. After one year at Shady Hill, she was appointed co-coordinator of Service Learning; a unique experience where students of different grade levels learn how to identify school and community needs, take ownership and carry out community-related initiatives, and enhance the learning of their curriculum. Eliza is very excited to be a member of the VCU Center for Sport Leadership, class of 2017, and is honored to be a Diversity Enhancement Scholarship recipient. She also feels fortunate to be a graduate assistant at the University of Richmond, supporting and mentoring student-athletes in their Athletic Academic Advising Department.


Zach Freesman

Undergraduate Institution: University of North Florida
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Men’s Basketball

Born in Oshkosh, WI and raised in Weston, FL, Zack graduated from the University of North Florida in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. While pursuing a degree, Zack worked as a student assistant for four years with the UNF men's basketball team, helping the Ospreys to their first NCAA Tournament in school history, Zack assisted in several different aspects of the program including, film exchange, team travel and player development. Here at VCU, Zack is a graduate assistant for the men’s basketball team and is excited to start building relationships with the players and coaches. Contact Zack at freesmanzm@vcu.edu.


Vincent Greene

Undergraduate Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University
Graduate Assistantship: Facilities & Operations

Vincent Greene is from Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from VCU in 2015, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Management. Since his sophomore year, he has worked for VCU Athletics in the Facility and Event Management department as a Facilities Assistant. During this time, he also served as a Catering Manager for Spectra Food Services and Hospitality. Upon his graduation, he was promoted to Sr. Facilities Assistant at VCU where he handled almost all business aspects in the department. He is currently a graduate assistant within the same department. After graduating from the CSL program, Vincent aims to pursue a career in collegiate or professional sports managing facilities and/or business operations. Contact Vincent at greeneva@vcu.edu.


Rhett Harrelson

Undergraduate Institution: Western Carolina University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Men’s Basketball

A native of Enterprise, Alabama. Rhett graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Health and Physical Education. He also played basketball for the Catamounts from 2012-2016, serving as team captain his senior season. He hopes to one day become a college basketball coach.


Miles Hayter

Undergraduate Institution: Virginia Tech Graduate Assistantship: VCU Ticket Office

Born and raised in Blacksburg, Virginia, Miles is a 2015 graduate of Virginia Tech where he holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing Management. While at Virginia Tech, he gained exposure to collegiate athletics as an intern with the Virginia Tech Athletics Marketing department for three years. For the past year, he worked a job in sales in Charlotte, North Carolina before making his way to VCU to pursue his masters degree. While at VCU, he will be working in the Ticket Office for VCU Athletics. He hopes to pursue a career in development within collegiate athletics, and to one day become an Athletic Director. Contact Miles at hayterm@mymail.vcu.edu.


Andy Hogue

Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Athletics Communications

Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Andy graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in statistics. While at Virginia, Andy was employed for three years by the University of Virginia football team as a member of the water crew. He also helped out the media relations staff at Virginia by recording statistics during home football games. Andy is a graduate assistant in the VCU Athletics Communications office. He hopes to pursue a career in media relations in a collegiate athletics program after graduation. Contact Andy at hoguea@vcu.edu.


Aleyha Johnson

Undergraduate Institution: High Point University
Graduate Assistantship: University of Richmond Athletic Ticket Office

Aleyha Johnson is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a 2016 High Point University graduate where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Sport Management. While at High Point, she started her professional career as the Athletic Facilities and Operations intern for all athletic events, she then worked with U.S. Soccer Development Academy, Carolina Rail Hawks FC, Wake Forest University IMG, and ended her professional experience at High Point as HPU Panthers athletic department intern. She is currently working with University of Richmond Ticket Office. Upon graduation, Aleyha hopes to pursue a career as an Assistant Athletic Director for Development. Contact Aleyha at johnsona29@vcu.edu .


Daniel K. Johnson

Undergraduate Institution: East Stroudsburg University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Track and Field

Daniel Kevin Johnson is from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and is a 2012 graduate of East Stroudsburg University. While at ESU, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Political Science and a concentration in Criminal Justice. During his time at ESU, Daniel competed for the track team as a decathlete. He was also a member of the honor society of Sociology, Alpha Kappa Delta. Daniel is currently a graduate assistant for the VCU Track and Field team and wants to pursue a career in coaching. Contact Daniel at johnsondk5@vcu.edu.


Mackenzie Keyes

Undergraduate Institution: Central Connecticut State University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Athletics Communications

A local native from Mechanicsville, VA, Keyes graduated from Central Connecticut State University in May 2016. At CCSU Mackenzie earned a Communication degree with an emphasis in Public Relations. She also completed a minor in Business Marketing. During her four years at CCSU Keyes was a member of the Blue Devil’s softball team; she also coached the Connecticut Outlaws youth travel softball team. Mackenzie is currently a graduate assistant in the Athletics Communications office at VCU and wants to pursue a career in both sports information and coaching. Contact Mackenzie at keyesms@mymail.vcu.edu.


Paul Keyes

Undergraduate Institution: Christopher Newport University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Athletics Facilities & Operations

A Richmond, VA native, Paul Keyes, Jr. graduated from Christopher Newport University with Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and Business Administration in 2014. Keyes, Jr. played four years as a member of the baseball team during his time at CNU, and was part of the winningest class in program history, including a 2012 run to the Division III College World Series. While seeking his Master’s Degree through the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU, he will be working with VCU Athletics’ Facilities and Event Management team in hopes of pursuing a career in Facilities and Operations at a major sports venue. Paul can be contacted at pakeyes2@vcu.edu.


Justin Levine

Undergraduate Institution: Ithaca College
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Men’s Basketball

A native of Highland Mills, New York, Justin graduated from Ithaca College in 2015 with a degree in Business Administration. He was a captain of the Ithaca College men’s tennis team and was voted 2nd team all-conference. Levine also worked for Cornell University men’s basketball. He assisted in several different aspects of the program including, film exchange, team travel and player development. Here at VCU, Levine is a graduate assistant for the men’s basketball team and is thrilled to begin his second year with the program. His ultimate goal is to become a Division One Head Coach. Contact Justin at levinejh@vcu.edu.


Hannah Livermon

Undergraduate Institution: Randolph-Macon College
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Women’s Basketball

Hannah Ruth Livermon is from Powhatan, VA and graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a minor in Film. Hannah played four years of Women's Basketball at Randolph-Macon College. During her time there, she was a two-time All-Conference winner, named captain her senior year, and won the ODAC Championship in 2014. Hannah also broke a twenty-year-old record for Women's Basketball at R-MC in career three pointers made with 266. Also, Hannah was an active member in Randolph-Macon's R-MC SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) program and took on the duty of Vice President her senior year where she handled all social media accounts for the program and actively participated in many community events with other R-MC student-athletes. While at VCU, Hannah is a graduate assistant for the Women's Basketball team and aspires to be a College Basketball Coach or Athletic Director one day. Contact Hannah at livermonhr@mymail.vcu.edu.


Jalen Manning

Undergraduate Institution: University of Tulsa
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Athletics Compliance

Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Jalen Manning graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a minor in Sport Administration. During his time at TU, Jalen served as a student manager for the Tulsa Men’s Basketball team for four years. Currently, he works with the VCU Athletics Compliance Department for his Graduate Assistantship. After graduating from the CSL, Jalen intends to pursue a career in basketball operations, at either the professional or collegiate level. Contact Jalen at manningj3@vcu.edu.


James Moran

Undergraduate Institution: Bowling Green State University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Athletics Marketing

A native of Richmond, Virginia, James Moran graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and a minor in Marketing. During his undergraduate career, James served as an athletic communications intern at the University of Toledo and a marketing intern at VCU. Additionally, he was a fan experience ambassador for the Washington Redskins during their first training camp in Richmond. James currently works as a graduate assistant with VCU Athletics Marketing. He looks forward to pursuing a career in marketing at the collegiate or professional level after graduation. Contact James at moransj2@vcu.edu.


Vanessa Moore

Undergraduate Institution: Georgetown University

Vanessa Moore, from Naperville, IL, is a 2013 graduate of Georgetown University. At Georgetown, Vanessa was a member of the Women's Basketball team and appointed Team Captain her senior year. While at Georgetown, Vanessa was a member of the second-winningest class in program history, and assisted the Hoyas to reach the program's second NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in school history. Vanessa received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science and a minor in Spanish. In 2014 she enrolled in the CSL’s MBA/M.Ed program as the Women's Basketball Graduate Assistant. In 2015 Vanessa was hired full time and now works as the Women's Basketball Director of Operations. Contact Vanessa at moorevc@vcu.edu.


Jennifer Moss

Undergraduate Institution: Old Dominion University

Jennifer Moss is from Midlothian, Virginia. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Old Dominion University in 2016. She earned a BS in Physical Education and minors in Health Education and Sport Management. While at ODU she played club volleyball, was a member of the PE Majors Club and volunteered at the ODU Little Feet Meet in 2015 and 2016. She is excited to be in the CSL program and to pursue a career in sports as a softball coach and an Athletic Director. Contact Jennifer at mossjl@vcu.edu.


Jenna Orner

Undergraduate Institution: Coastal Carolina University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Volleyball

Jenna Orner is a native to Carlisle, Pennsylvania and is a 2015 graduate of Coastal Carolina University. While at Coastal, Jenna earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science. During her time at Coastal, Jenna was a three year starter for Coastal's volleyball team and won the Big South Conference Championship with a bid to the 2014 NCAA Championships her senior year. She was named to the 2012 and 2014 All-Big South Tournament Team as well as 2014 All-Academic Team. She also worked the 2015-2016 volleyball season as Coastal's Director of Volleyball Operations. She helped the program with their official Beach Volleyball season. Jenna will be working with the volleyball team as her graduate assistantship during her time at VCU. After graduation, Jenna will pursue her coaching career in Collegiate Women's Volleyball. Contact Jenna at ornerjl@mymail.vcu.edu.


Corey Pegram

Undergraduate Institution: Wake Forest University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Ram Athletic Fund

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Corey Pegram is a student in our dual degree program. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2013 with a degree in Business and Enterprise Management and a minor in Journalism. A lifelong basketball fan, he founded Vantage Hoops, LLC after graduation, which offered coverage of boys high school basketball in Virginia, player showcase events, and an offline collegiate scouting service that was subscribed to by over 75 men’s basketball programs nationally. Last summer, the company was sold to Prep Hoops Network, and Corey is now in his second year of the CSL dual degree program, while working as a grad assistant with the Ram Athletic Fund. He hopes to pursue a career in athletics administration at the college level. Contact Corey at pegramcc@vcu.edu. .


Natalie Pollard

Undergrad Institution: Virginia Tech Graduate Assistantship: VCU Athletics Marketing

Born and raised in Chesterfield County, Virginia, Natalie has spent her last four years in Blacksburg, Virginia during her undergrad at Virginia Tech where she majored in Public Relations with a focus in Sports Marketing and minored in Spanish. After her first year in undergrad, she spent her first of three seasons interning for The Richmond Flying Squirrels Double-A Minor League Baseball Team where she managed the video board graphics and was a part of the Promotional FUNN Bunch Crew for the next couple of seasons. During Pollard’s senior year at Tech, she was selected to be an office and event intern for the Virginia Tech Athletic Marketing Department and oversaw all of the marketing and promotional efforts for the 2016 Virginia Tech Baseball Season. Natalie is only one of two recipients of this year’s Diversity Enhancement Scholarship. While at VCU, Pollard is a Marketing Graduate Assistant for VCU Athletics. Contact Natalie at pollardnm@vcu.edu.


Kiara Porter

Undergraduate University: Virginia Commonwealth University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Athletics Business Office (Financial Department)

Born and raised in Yorktown, VA, Kiara Porter received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Planning from VCU in the Spring of 2015. During her time at VCU, Kiara was a student-athlete as a member of VCU’s Track and Field team, earning All-American honors, both in the classroom and on the track. Before attending graduate school, Kiara pursued her childhood dream of becoming a professional athlete and competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Although not making the U.S. Olympic team, she placed in the top 15 in the nation in her respective event. Following graduation, Kiara wants to combine her love of sports and finance and become a Sports Budget Analyst for USATF (United States of America Track and Field) on the international spectrum. Contact Kiara at porterks@vcu.edu.


Josh Tutwiler

Undergraduate Institution: Old Dominion University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Baseball

Born and raised in Bridgewater, Virginia, Joshua Tutwiler graduated from Old Dominion University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy of Religious Studies. He was an All-CAA catcher there and was also a part of leadership with FCA during its inaugural year on campus. He previously played at Jackson State Community College, where he was an All-TCCAA catcher and an Academic All-American. Prior to that, Tutwiler played at St. John’s University, where he was a member of the 2008 Big East Championship team. Upon graduation from ODU, Tutwiler coached at The College of William and Mary, where he helped the Tribe to their most successful season in program history in 2013 and to be one of the top offensive teams in the country in 2014. He most recently joined the coaching staff of the VCU Baseball program in 2015, and he will be serving his graduate assistantship with them. Contact Joshua at jtutwiler@vcu.edu.


Travis Wallace

Undergraduate Institution: University of North Florida
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Men’s Basketball Strength and Conditioning

A native of Marietta, Georgia, Travis Wallace graduated from University of North Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. While at the University of North Florida, Wallace was a member of the men’s basketball team where he was captain during his senior campaign. Upon graduating from the University of North Florida, Wallace played professional basketball in Slovakia and Finland. Travis has a passion for developing athletes in the weight room so they can perform to the best of their abilities during competition. Wallace entered the Center of Sport Leadership with an interest in becoming a high-major Division 1 or NBA strength and conditioning coach. Contact Travis at wallaceta4@vcu.edu.


Connor Walsh

Undergraduate Institution: Troy University
Graduate Assistantship: VCU Men’s Basketball

Born and raised in Weston, Missouri, Connor Walsh graduated from Troy University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management with a minor in Leadership Development. During his time at Troy, Walsh was a student manager with the men's basketball team. While at VCU, Walsh is a graduate assistant with the VCU Men's Basketball team. His professional goals are to pursue a career in collegiate coaching. Contact Connor at walshcp2@vcu.edu.


Ashley Williams

Undergraduate Institution: University of Richmond
Graduate Assistantship: Elite Clubs National League (ECNL)

A native of Williamsburg, VA, Ashley Williams graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. While at UR, she played on the Women’s Soccer Team and was captain during her senior season. After graduating in May 2015, she continued to be a part of the Spider Soccer family by commentating for home games during their conference season. Ashley currently coaches youth soccer with the Richmond Strikers soccer club and aspires to obtain a United States Soccer Federation ‘D’ license. Williams will be working as a Graduate Assistant with Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) while working towards getting her Master’s in the Center for Sport Leadership (CSL) graduate program at VCU. Ashley is looking forward to leveraging the knowledge and experiences gained in CSL in order to pursue a career in sports administration or coaching.


PhD Students

Melissa Ferry

From West Chester, PA, Melissa Ferry is a second year Ph.D. student at the Center for Sport Leadership, and an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Union University. Additionally, she currently serves as an assistant coach for the VUU men’s and women’s track and field program. Previously she earned a MEd. in Sport Leadership from VCU, and her BSEd in Health and Physical Education from George Mason University. While at GMU she was a 2-year co-captain of the women’s track and field program, and 4-time recipient of the CAA Commissioner’s Award. Melissa’s research focuses on female leadership in sport, particularly the lack of women in coaching and athletic administration, and has presented twice at the US Coaches Conference. Prior to VCU Melissa spent 7 years teaching for Fairfax County Public Schools. While the girls’ head track and field coach at Mount Vernon High School the Lady Majors earned 3 AAU national titles, 2 US Hershey Youth Indoor Championship titles, and 20 New Balance National Championship qualifier.


Jennifer Gellock

Jennifer Gellock was born and raised in Westfield, Massachusetts. She earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Tampa in 2012 in Exercise Science with a concentration in Physical Education. At Tampa she worked with both the women’s basketball team and sports information department as a student assistant. She then continued her education at Saint Leo University earning her Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Business in 2014, while also serving as the Lion’s assistant women’s basketball coach. While at Saint Leo she helped lead the team to their best record in school history and two first ever appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Also at Saint Leo, Gellock took part as a panel speaker for the Sunshine State Conference Professional Women in College Sports symposium and also attended The Alliance of Women Coaches academy. After receiving her degree, Gellock joined the Student-Athlete Services staff at Central Michigan University as an academic advisor where she worked with both volleyball as well as the track and field programs. She directly oversaw the tutorial program, NCAA Life skills, and ChAMP mentor program. Her time at CMU gave her a hands-on experience that ignited a passion recognizing the importance of student-athlete well being. In conjunction with completing her Ph.D. in Sport Leadership at VCU, Gellock will serve as a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant to the Center for Sport Leadership faculty and staff. Her professional goals are to become a leading researcher in student-athlete well being and contribute meaningful research for the betterment of student-athlete health and overall collegiate experience.


Tiesha Martin

Originally from Cary, North Carolina, Tiesha is a second year Ph.D. student with the Center for Sport Leadership. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in Exercise Sport Science from East Carolina University. Tiesha’s primary research focus is Sport for Development and Social Change. She is interested in how sport can be used to help solve social issues within underserved communities. During her time at VCU, she has worked with Project P.U.S.H, an international Sport for Development program involving South African coaches. Her other lines of research deal with Community Outreach and Service-learning., and using sport to promote physical activity and other positive health outcomes for low SES individuals. Tiesha has also had experience working in the sport industry as a Community Outreach and Grassroots Marketing Intern for the Carolina Rail hawks, and as the Sport Outreach Coordinator for Hands and Hearts for Haiti. After graduating from the CSL, Tiesha hopes to become a Sport Management Professor.

List of Publications
Martin, T. R., Warner, S. M., & Das, B. M. (2016). Senior games: Service-learning with older adults in a sport setting. Sport Management Education Journal 10, 43-53.

Dlugonski, D., Das, B. M., & Martin, T. R. (2015). Increasing self and collective efficacy for physical activity: Design and rationale of Moms UNITE for Health. Contemporary Clinical Trials 45, 233-238.

Marks, W., Martin, T. R. & Warner, S. M. (2015). To run or not to run? A community in crisis. Case Studies in Sport Management, 4, 21-27.