Growing as an Associate Director

Recorded On: 03/04/2021

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This panel discussion seeks to build the skills, knowledge, and capacity of current associate directors. Learn from the perspective of fellow associate directors to start your path to mastering managing in the middle.

Brooke Turner

Member Network (MN) Incoming Chair; Director, Recreation Programs

The University of Alabama

Currently serving as the Region II Representative and Member Network Vice Chair, Brooke has been an active NIRSA member and volunteer since 2004.

David Peters

NIRSA Services Corporation (NSC) Vice President; Senior Associate Director, Campus Recreation

Florida State University

At FSU since 1995, David started in Campus Recreation as an IM flag football official moving up to the ranks to become the Director of Intramural Sports in the mid-2000s.  Since 2013, he has been an Associate Director for the department.  Active in NIRSA, David serves in various roles in the NIRSA Championship Series and was recently part of the Member Network and the Annual Conference Program Committee.  Despite a self-proclaimed lack of athletic talent, he is an avid wallyball player.

Sadat Kahn

Senior Associate Director, Facility Planning & Operations

University of Wisconsin- Madison

I currently serve as the Interim Senior Associate Director of Facility Planning & Operations at the University of Wisconsin Madison. I have been at Madison for the past 5.5 years growing our team within Member Services, Operations, Special Events, Technology, and Aquatics. In that time, I have been involved in the design, construction, and opening of the $7.5M Near West Turf Fields and the $90M Nicholas Recreation Center. I also have led the design on the 270,000 sq ft $95M replacement project for the Gym/Nat facility. Previous to UW Madison, I held positions at NC State, Arizona State, and MIT.

Arizona State University
Master of Education, 2013

Northeastern University
Bachelor in Criminal Justice, 2006

Steve Bobbitt

Associate Director for Programming

James Madison University/ UMass Amherst June 2021

Steve currently serves at James Madison University as the Associate Director of Programs and teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in the Hart School for Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management as well as for the Campus Recreation Master’s program. He has received both the NIRSA National Service Award and Region II Award of Merit.  His background is in outdoor and adventure education at several Virginia Parks and Recreation Departments, East Carolina University, and at JMU.  He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and Radford University.  Starting at the end of June, Steve will be moving to work as the Campus Recreation Director at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Victoria Lopez-Herrera

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Victoria Lopez-Herrera is a partner, mother, sorority woman, Xicanista, and lover of coffee. Victoria’s passion for the empowerment of women, social justice issues, and advocacy for underrepresented students has guided her work in Student Affairs for 20 years. 

Victoria currently serves as the Senior Associate Director for Campus Recreation at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In her role, she oversees the development and training for approximately 300 student staff, the management of a 185,00 square foot facility, the Aquatics Center, Members Services, and administrative staff. Victoria is a certified indoor cycling instructor and Strengths Coach. She has served in administrative capacities at Columbia University, The New School, Cornell University, and Texas State University-San Marcos where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees.

Victoria currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education and is a volunteer leader for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. 


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