The Role of Campus Recreation at UIS
The primary role of Campus Recreation is to support the academic mission of the University of Illinois Springfield. Campus Recreation provides quality service to students and employees while contributing to the holistic development of the individual. Our work involves processes and programs that seek to be intentional in nature and action.
Director of Campus Recreation
Undergraduate degree- BS Business Administration; Georgetown College
Graduate Degree- MEd Higher Education Administration; University of South Carolina
Hobbies- Enjoy traveling with my family, outdoors-camping, hiking, and boating
Assistant Director: Facilities and Competitive Sports
Oversees Facility Scheduling and Management, Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Outdoor Adventures, Challenge Course
Undergraduate degree– Sport Management; St. Ambrose University
Graduate degree– Sport Management; Western Illinois University
Hobbies– Watching Cubs and Packers; listening to music
Assistant Director: Fitness and Wellness
Undergraduate Degree– Exercise and Wellness, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Certified Personal Trainer – NCSF
Hobbies – Outdoor activities and spending time with my family
Office Support Specialist
Undergraduate Degree– Recreation Management/Tourism; Illinois State University
Hobbies-Running, boating, hiking, having adventures with my dog Taz
- Jim Walsh
Group Fitness Instructors
Yoga allows participants to explore the relationship between body, mind and breath and has been a part of Renee’s life now for over 20 years. Her practice has offered her strength, flexibility, balance, as well as, mental and emotional health, on and off the mat. Renee’s passion is to share the positive effects yoga can have in your life. You can expect a safe and joyful, yet challenging practice. I hold a Master’s Degree in Human Development Counseling. Additionally, I have been Aerobic and American Fitness Association of America and CPR certified for over 20 years with over 150 credit hours of continuing education trainings in fitness, yoga and Pilates.
Tayler has been teaching the past year and a half with Campus Recreation. She loves challenging people and trying new things all while having fun working out. Tayler wants participants to know; “I struggle just like everyone else; if I can do it, so can you!” Tayler also loves meeting new people in her classes. Tayler got into fitness was just like everyone else, she starting coming to the gym, but only about 3-4 times the whole first semester and was intimidated by all the sports team. After going to a presentation about fitness with her now boss Alex, she started to feel a little more comfortable, then shortly after that contacted Alex to get her first fitness assessment! After the assessment Tayler made the choice to start taking the fitness classes and get a personal trainer. Tayler also started doing her own research on health and fitness and fell in love with the whole idea where now she is making a career of it! Tayler loves the way exercise can make you feel, when you’re happy, sad, or stressed. Tayler calls exercise her “calm place” and “me time” J Tayler’s favorite food is pizza and tacos. She loves cooking it’s another passion of hers!
Linda Hernandez is a certified Zumba instructor at UIS and LA Fitness. Her favorite parts about teaching is being able to promote Diversity in her classes. She feels that in today’s world, it’s hard to bring people together due to racism. However, she believes that with a mixture of music, dance, and fitness always brings people together. Linda is a firm believer that Zumba cures depression and can definitely boost confidence. She also thanks God every day for giving her the blessing of being able to encourage others on their health through dancing!
This is Jordan’s first teaching experience but has attended the UIS fitness classes regularly for the past year. Jordan loves the motivation and support in the environment of group fitness and loves working out with a group of people who are striving towards similar fitness goals. Her favorite part of a fitness class is the feeling after finishing the workout. The feeling of accomplishment is so satisfying and motivates her to push herself to get better and better in her fitness journey. Jordan’s favorite animals are monkeys!
Scott has been involved in martial arts for most of his life and currently studies Kenpo and Jui-Jitsu in Springfield. Scott is married and has two kids. Scott received his master’s degree from UIS and was a part of the GPSI program. He now works at IDOT here in Springfield and in his spare time enjoys reading and playing video games.
Diane is a Certified Zumba Instructor and has been practicing Zumba for nine years. She has been teaching at UIS for 5 years. Diane got into teaching Rapid Zumba and participating in Yoga, Kettlebell, TRX and Boot Camp classes when struggling with a family loss, exercise has helped her become better & better every day. Diane’s favorite part about teaching is that she gets to share her passion for fitness with her participants and she loves to watch them improve every week! Favorite fitness quotes are: “A body in motion stays in motion” and “Get fit Stay fit. Her favorite food is carbs; Specifically pastas and God Father’s pizza!
Jasmine is a certified ACE Group Fitness Instructor. She holds additional certifications in WERQ, Kickboxing, and Yoga. Jasmine has been teaching classes for a little over a year now. She started participating in group fitness classes in 2010 and fell in love. She decided to become certified last year so that she could spread the joy and happiness that exercise brings. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing the smiles on her participants faces. When she isn’t teaching classes, Jasmine works for the Springfield School District 186 as a Speech Language Pathologist. One of her favorite quotes: “Dreams don’t work unless you do.”
Talon is a Certified CycleFit Instructor and has been teaching group fitness classes for about 3 years now. Both of his parents are instructors so that sort of got him into teaching! Talon enjoys helping others, and this is probably the best way he knows how. Talon races Bicycle Motocross (BMX) and has been since he was 7 years old. He has been a state champion multiple times and national champion as well in BMX racing! Other than BMX, his favorite sports are football and basketball. Favorite food is pepperoni pizza. A quote he really likes is, “I do what I do, and you do what you can do about it.” -Lil Wayne