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Jimmy Francis

Jimmy Francis
Associate Executive Director, University Student Union

(818) 677-2629

Jimmy Francis was born in Lorain, Ohio. A moderate size city located approximately 30 miles west of Cleveland, Ohio. As an active child and athlete throughout his younger years, Jimmy developed a love for sports, fitness and wellness early on in life. He has continued to develop this passion through his athletic and fitness experiences, education and professional career.

After graduating from Lorain Catholic High School, Jimmy moved on to attend Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in physical education with a focus on sports management and science. Upon completion of his program he was named as the Physical Education Department Major of the Year. While at OWU, Jimmy also was a member of the men’s basketball team and captain during his final year. After graduating from OWU, Jimmy moved on to attend the Ohio State University (OSU) where he earned a Master of Arts in sports and exercise management. During his time at OSU Jimmy also began his career in collegiate recreation serving as the graduate assistant (GA) for outdoor facility management in the department of recreational sports.

After graduating from OSU in 2003, Jimmy transitioned from his GA position into a full time role. For the next several years, Jimmy advanced through several positions within the OSU Department of Recreational Sports and eventually became the director of satellite and outdoor facilities, which is the position he held most recently prior to relocating to California. In this role, Jimmy led the operation of four indoor recreational facilities ranging from approximately 30,000 to 88,000 square feet and 70 acres of outdoor space encompassing twenty auxiliary facilities.

Jimmy and his wife Stacey have two children, James and Zoie. They currently live in Pasadena and enjoy the abundant outdoor activities that southern California has to offer. They enjoy staying active and healthy, as well as traveling and visiting with family and friends as often as time allows.

Sandra SaluteSandra Salute
Assistant Director, Fitness & Wellness

(818) 677-5381

Sandra Salute was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Since she was young, Sandra always enjoyed playing sports and participating in recreational activities. Throughout her life, her career in fitness and wellness has ranged from coaching sports and instructing gymnastics to working in a multitude of positions in commercial fitness facilities. These experiences are what led her to her educational and professional path in fitness and wellness.

Sandra earned both her master and bachelor degrees in nutritional science, dietetics and food science from CSUN. For her graduate project, Sandra developed a curriculum titled, “No Body is Perfect,” which was a nutrition education program designed to help prevent eating disorders in adolescents. The goal of the program was to educate adolescents on healthy ways of increasing fitness by empowering them with the tools to achieve fitness.

Sandra has been a certified personal trainer since 2001, and she holds the following certifications: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF), and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She has instructed Group Exercise classes since 2003, and she is certified in Spinning®, TRX® Suspension Training, FitWall®, Pilates Mat, Peak Pilates® Reformer and Peak Pilates® MVe Chair. In addition to her position at CSUN, Sandra operates her own personal training and nutrition consulting business. She loves to help her clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Sandra’s passion and goal in life is to motivate and inspire others to make health the main priority in their lives. In her free time, Sandra enjoys exercising, teaching, playing sports, hiking, camping, biking, snowboarding and going to the beach. Most of all, Sandra loves to spend time with her husband, Chad, and daughters, Vivian, Bianca and Eleanor.

Kaila Lavin

Kaila Lavin
Assistant Director, Facility Operations

(818) 677-5649

Kaila Lavin was born in New Mexico and raised in Arizona. She began working at a recreation facility in high school and loved the fun environment it created. From there, she attended the University of Arizona and began working at the Student Recreation Center on campus.  Over the next four years, she advanced through several positions within the department and decided that the recreation industry was the career path for her. 

After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Psychology, Kaila moved to California. She attended CSUN and received her graduate degree in Tourism, Hospitality, and Recreation Management while serving as a graduate assistant for the new SRC during the construction phase. Kaila continued working her way up in the SRC to her current role.

Kaila enjoys her time spent traveling, teaching group exercise classes, and spending time with family and friends. 

Isabel AyalaIsabel Ayala
Coordinator, Fitness Operations

(818) 677-2650

Isabel Ayala was born and raised in Oxnard, California, where she spent her youth enjoying the benefits of recreational sports like soccer and swimming.

She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a minor in Finance from CSUN in 2016. During her undergraduate experience at CSUN, she was able to display her leadership potential and find her passion for assisting others in her roles as a New Student Orientation Leader, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Preparer and Camp Matador Counselor.

While being a dedicated CSUN student and contributing to her community, Isabel began her employment with the USU in 2014. Hired initially as a Student Operations Services Assistant within the Facility Operations Department at the SRC, she was promoted to the Student Building Manager position.

Isabel currently serves as the Fitness Supervisor within the Fitness & Wellness Department and she strives to encompass physical and mental wellness into her everyday work and personal life. In her spare time, Isabel enjoys exploring Los Angeles, attending concerts and sporting events and spending time with family.


Amanda FrickAmanda Christianson
Coordinator, Fitness Programs

(818) 677-5832

Amanda Frick was born and raised in a small town in the Antelope Valley. As an active child who spent most of her time after school at her aunt’s fitness facility, Amanda developed a love for fitness and wellness early in life. This love eventually grew into a desire to pursue a professional career path in fitness and wellness.

Amanda is an alumna of California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She earned her bachelors in kinesiology: exercise science and masters in family and consumer sciences with an emphasis in nutrition and dietetics. For her graduate project, Amanda developed a fitness and nutrition curriculum designed to educate adolescents about proper eating and exercising habits titled, “Knowledge for a Healthier You.”

When Amanda began working as the fitness programs coordinator for Associated Students Recreational Sports division in 2008, she found her true calling. In 2011, Amanda had an opportunity to be a part of the inaugural staff for the Student Recreation Center as a graduate assistant for the Fitness & Wellness department. After completing two years in her assistantship, Amanda was promoted to her current position as the fitness coordinator.

Amanda has been a certified personal trainer for seven years and holds a certification with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Additionally, she has instructed group exercise classes for six years and is certified with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and trained as a group exercise instructor in Krankcycle®, Spinning®, TRX® Group Suspension Training, FitWall®, Peak Pilates® MVe Chair, Turbo Kickboxing® and Schwinn®.

Amanda’s goal in life is to encourage others to live a healthier lifestyle by practicing what she preaches. Her motto is, “Take everything in moderation and you will live, love, and laugh for a lifetime.” In her free time, she enjoys exercising in a variety of modes both indoors and outdoors, along with expressing herself through art by painting and drawing. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with close family and friends.

J.P. GaleJ.P. Gale
Sport Clubs Manager

(818) 677-7678





Angela Gattoni
Coordinator, Membership Services

(818) 677-6270


Ryan HairapetianRyan Hairapetian
Coordinator, Aquatics

(818) 677-5804

Ryan Hairapetian grew up in Glendale, California. Early on he was involved in multiple sports, such as gymnastics, martial arts, water polo, swimming, running, and snowboarding. In high school, Ryan was the captain of his water polo and swim team for Hoover High School. Showing a high level of passion for aquatics, Ryan decided to become a lifeguard for the City of Glendale.

While developing his love for recreational sports, Ryan pursued his Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Hospitality, and Recreation Management at California State University, Northridge. Throughout his professional life, Ryan has received multiple certifications that have allowed him to excel within his career. He has completed his Emergency Medical Technician course, expanding his knowledge as a first responder. Ryan welcomed the opportunity to oversee the Aquatics Department as the Aquatics Coordinator for the Student Recreation Center at CSUN.

Ryan and his wife Jasmine live in Sunland, California and enjoy spending time with family and friends. They also enjoy hanging out at the beach, going for walks, and, most of all, having sushi.

Alfredo PadillaAlfredo Padilla
Coordinator, Fitness Training

(818) 677-5525

Alfredo Padilla was born and raised in Michoacán, Mexico before his family moved to Santa Ana, California when he was 12 years old. After graduating high school, he developed a passion for fitness working at a Central Santa Ana community center coordinating their health and fitness programs.

Alfredo eventually transferred to California State University, Northridge (CSUN) from Orange Coast College in 2014. When he saw the Student Recreation Center (SRC), he made it his personal goal to work there. In May 2015 he was hired as a Student Personal Trainer. Just a year later he became the Student Personal Training Supervisor and eventually earned his current position of Fitness Training Coordinator. Alfredo received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Applied Fitness and Active Lifestyle Development from CSUN. He holds credentials with the National Academy of Sports Academy (NASM), Functional Movement Screening® Level 1 Certified, and Spinning®.

Alfredo enjoys long distance running, surfing, biking and occasionally takes road trips with friends. His personal goal is to motivate others to be active and live a healthy lifestyle.

Gabriel RosalesGabriel Rosales
Coordinator, Facility Operations

(818) 677-6211

Gabriel Rosales was born in the San Fernando Valley and raised in Palmdale. Ever since he was a child, sports and fitness have always been central to his lifestyle.

As an undergraduate at CSUN, Gabriel sought out to be more involved around campus and began his employment with the University Student Union in 2015. Starting off as Building Manager with the Facility Operations Department at the Student Recreation Center, he eventually moved up to the Operations Assistant.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Systems in 2017, Gabriel seized the opportunity to serve as the Facility Operations Coordinator for the SRC. His goal is to help students who work at the USU to develop as young professionals and gain the necessary skills to excel in their future careers.

With his desire to continually grow, it's not uncommon to find him spending his time training in the weight room, running around on the basketball courts or relaxing with a good book in his hand. 

Tim SzczepanskiTim Szczepanski
Outdoor Adventures Manager

(818) 677-4453





Briell HuertaBriell Huerta
Aquatics Supervisor

(818) 677-5487

Briell Huerta was born and raised in Culver City, California. At a very young age, she found her love for aquatics. By the age of six, she started her journey through a variety of aquatic sports. Her passion began as a synchronized swimmer and later took her into water polo, diving, synchronized diving, swim team and junior lifeguards. At 15, she became a lifeguard and swim instructor at her local pool and did not stop there.

Currently, she attends California State University, Northridge as an undergrad pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. During the fall of 2014, she became a lifeguard at the Student Recreation Center at CSUN. After acquiring her Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Instructor certifications through the SRC, she has gone on to teach swim lessons and CPR/Lifeguarding certification classes.

Briell enjoys the outdoors and is on a mission to explore as many National Parks as she can. During her free time, she takes trips to Disneyland and enjoys time with her family and friends. She currently serves as the Aquatics Supervisor and is in charge of the American Red Cross courses offered at the SRC.