Recreation Center

Hello! Nice to Meet You.

The staff that runs and manages the CSU Recreation Center is a diverse and talented group of professionals with unique skills and expertise that set us apart from the everyday operations of similar facilities. We strive for the best in order to create an amazing experience for our students and members each and every time they visit the CSU Rec Center. Get to know us and feel free to say hello!
 

Nick FroelichNick Froelich

DIRECTOR, CAMPUS RECREATION SERVICES
n.froelich@csuohio.edu | 216-802-3253

Nick Froelich is quite familiar with Campus Recreation Services ñ it's given him the opportunity to live in three states and develop his skills in various positions within Student Affairs. But when an opportunity arose in Cleveland back in 2011, he took it as a chance to come back home as he is a native of Perrysburg, Ohio. After serving in three distinct roles at CSU, Nick was promoted to Director in April 2016. When he's not at work, you can find him spending time with his family, performing home improvement projects, pouring over his fantasy sports franchises, traveling, playing golf or rooting on the Red Sox, Buckeyes, Vikings, Cavs, and Browns.
 

Joe StolitzaJoe Stolitza

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, BUSINESS & FINANCE
j.stolitza@csuohio.edu | 216-802-3254

Joe Stolitza has been working at the Rec Center almost since its opening. He was hired as Business Manager six months after the facility opened. Joe – a.k.a. Joe Money – handles all the financial and human resources aspects of the Rec. He enjoys working on the variety of tasks his job brings and hopes to put in place solid business practices to meet the changing dynamics of the Rec. One of his favorite parts of working here is watching how the Rec constantly updates itself and keeps up with current fitness and wellness trends. Joe enjoys golfing and cycling in his spare time.
 

Michelle RiegerMichelle Rieger

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, PROGRAMMING & OPERATIONS
m.m.rieger@csuohio.edu | 216-802-3258

Michelle Rieger comes to Cleveland State University with over twenty years of experience in parks & recreation and private recreation. She directly oversees facility operations at Campus Recreation Services. Michelle also serves as the Risk Management manager. When she’s not working, Michelle can be found experiencing many of Cleveland’s favorite attractions, events, restaurants, or outdoor recreation venues.
 

Mike WeaverMike Weaver

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, FACILITIES
m.n.weaver@csuohio.edu | 216-802-3257

After graduating from Ashland University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management, Mike came to Cleveland State to be the Graduate Supervisor of Facilities at the Rec Center. After working his way up, he is now the Assistant Director of Facilities. His biggest goal is to make the CSU Rec Center one of the premier campus recreation centers in the state by offering outstanding facilities and equipment. Mike is an avid obstacle course racer in the Tough Mudder circuit and when he is not at work you can find him on a local trail or in the weight room.
 

Melissa AlbersMelissa Albers

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, FITNESS & AQUATICS
m.a.albers@csuohio.edu | 216-802-3256

Melissa Albers joined the CSU Campus Recreation Services team in May 2014 after graduating with her Master’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion from the University of Kentucky. Melissa is responsible for the direct oversight of the fitness and wellness programs including group fitness, personal training, instructional programs, nutrition, and massage therapy.  When she is not at the Rec, you can find her rooting on the Cleveland sports teams, going on adventures, or trying out local CLE eateries. 
 

Matt SchmiedlMatt Schmiedl

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MARKETING & ADVERTISING
m.schmiedl@csuohio.edu | 216-802-3251

After graduating from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor's degree in graphic design in 2006, he started work at Penton Media in downtown Cleveland doing graphic design for the Buyers Guides division. In October of 2008, he moved to Meister Media Worldwide in Willoughby, OH, continuing with graphic design and marketing. Following a nearly five-year tenure with Meister, Matt joined the CSU Campus Recreation Services in August 2013. In addition to putting his creativity to use in his work, Matt loves to write and record his own music, and also enjoys cooking and painting in his free time.
 

Jason MandulaJason Mandula

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MEMBER & GUEST SERVICES
j.a.mandula@csuohio.edu | 216-802-3209

Beginning as a Rec Attendant, Jason worked his way up from an undergraduate student to the Graduate Supervisor of Marketing & Membership.  Upon completion of his Master’s degree, Jason became the Member & Guest Services Coordinator, responsible for overseeing the daily operations of both the Customer Service Desk and Pro Shop.  Jason was recently promoted to the Assistant Director – Member & Guest Services, which allows for further cross-campus collaboration.  Jason’s favorite part of the job is interaction with patrons and empowering his student staff to further their professional development in order to prepare them for after graduation.  He views the Rec Center as an open and cohesive environment that allows employees to work together as well as cater to a diverse population of students, faculty/staff, and community members.  Outside of the Rec Center, you can typically find Jason cooking, reading, and travelling.
 

Katie RobinsonKatie Robinson

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, SCHEDULING & OPERATIONS
k.e.robinson31@csuohio.edu | 216-802-3208

Katie Robinson has worked in various capacities at the Rec Center. After starting as a marketing intern in 2009, she has worked her way up as the Member & Guest Services Coordinator, Assistant Director of Member & Guest Services, and more recently the Assistant Director of Scheduling & Operations. She enjoys working with and mentoring students in the college setting. Katie is heavily involved with the Cleveland Volleyball community and regularly competes in sand leagues/tournaments and indoor leagues/tournaments. When she is not participating in volleyball leagues and tournaments, you can find Katie travelling, exploring Cleveland, taking Yoga classes, and working out. 
 

Lizzie SchlaferLizzie Schlafer

COORDINATOR, AQUATICS & SAFETY
e.schlafer@csuohio.edu | 216-523-3252

Lizzie Schlafer began her first professional position at Cleveland State University after graduating from The University of Akron in May 2016 with a Master’s degree in Sport Administration. She currently assumes the role of Aquatics and Safety Coordinator where she works closely with the natatorium student employees, event scheduling, assisting with risk management and attending to the overall safety and operations of the lifeguard staff. She hopes to continue to improve the training and retention of safety skills not only with the aquatic staff, but all Campus Recreation Service employees. When Lizzie is not on the pool deck you can find her trying out every restaurant in Cleveland, exploring the Metroparks, enjoying quality time with her husband and chocolate lab as well as refining her calligraphy and hand-lettering skills. She is ready to take on the challenges ahead and continue to build upon a strong and established aquatic program!
 

Rachael StephanRachael Stephan

COORDINATOR, COMPETITIVE SPORTS & RECREATIONAL PROGAMS
r.m.stephan@csuohio.edu | 216-523-7369

After graduating from Ohio University in 2015 Rachael went on to complete her Master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rachael is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all Intramural programming, Sport Clubs, Adventure Recreation, and Youth Camps. She has a true passion for sports and fitness and thoroughly enjoys working with students in a university setting. As a native to the area Rachael loves all things Cleveland and spends much of her time exploring the city and local venues. Additionally, Rachael can be found spending time with family and friends, on the beach, or working towards her own business. Rachael is beyond excited for the adventures to come at CSU and hopes that everyone will make an effort to get involved!
 

Brian BoeschBrian Boesch

BUILDING MAINTENANCE MANAGER
b.boesch@csuohio.edu | 216-802-3257

Brian Boesch is one of the first people to arrive at the Recreation Center every morning. As Building Maintenance Manager, Brian arrives before sunrise to ensure the facility is up and running before it opens each day. With more than 30 years experience in the maintenance industry, Brian is very skilled at his job. His favorite part of working at the Recreation Center is working with the young student staff. He enjoys training and teaching the staff new things that they may not learn elsewhere. Brian believes the facility has progressed a lot in the past six years, and he would like to see the Recreation Center continue to bring in good quality staff members who are eager to learn and work. Brian also works for the Lake Erie Monsters and attends many hockey games in his spare time.
 

Phil BrittainPhil Brittain

GRADUATE SUPERVISOR, AQUATICS & SAFETY
p.brittain@vikes.csuohio.edu | 216-802-3259

After completing his Bachelor's degree in Health Science at Cleveland State and working at the Recreation Center as a lifeguard supervisor, Phil decided to return to school and get his MBA in Healthcare Administration. He was a student athlete during his time as an undergraduate, competing for Cleveland State on the Men’s Swimming and Diving Team. Currently he is our Aquatics and Safety Graduate Supervisor. Outside the office he enjoys travelling, photography and exploring the Metro parks.
 

Katie SkeensKatie Skeens

GRADUATE SUPERVISOR, COMPETITIVE SPORTS & CAMPS
k.skeens@vikes.csuohio.edu | 216-802-3205

After completing her Bachelor's degree at Ashland University in Psychology, Katie came to Cleveland State University to earn her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Katie worked at Ashland University Recreation Center for the last 4 years and is excited to continue working as the Graduate Supervisor of Competitive Sports & Camps. When not in the office Katie enjoys playing volleyball, painting, and anything to do with Paul McCartney.
 

Ulia SpiridonovaUlia Spiridonova

GRADUATE SUPERVISOR, FACILITIES & OPERATIONS
u.spiridonova@vikes.csuohio.edu | 216-802-3206

After earning her undergraduate degrees in Political Science, International Relations, Public Administration, and Dance from Far Eastern Federal University in Russia and Cleveland State University, Ulia began pursuing her Master’s Degree in Global Interactions. Ulia started working at CSU Campus Recreation Services in August of 2015 and is very excited to continue working here as the Graduate Supervisor of Facilities. Ulia is a member of a local dance company; so if she is not in the office, she is most likely in a dance studio. She also enjoys cooking (several generations of her family are the chefs), reading history and political science books, spending time with her friends, hiking, and travelling.
 

Katie GettmanKatie Gettman

GRADUATE SUPERVISOR, FITNESS & WELLNESS
k.gettman@vikes.csuohio.edu | 216-802-3247

Katie came to Cleveland State after working in the fitness and wellness industry in Chicago for two years where she served as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor.  As a Youngstown native, she knew she wanted to be closer to home while receiving her Masters in Sports Management.  She currently serves as a Graduate Supervisor where she assists in everything Group Fitness and Pink Gloves Boxing.  Outside of work and school, Katie spends her time playing volleyball, trying out new workout classes, and exploring the city of Cleveland.
 

Teddy BlythewoodTeddy Blythewood

GRADUATE SUPERVISOR, MEMBER & GUEST SERVICES
t.blythewood@vikes.csuohio.edu | 216-802-3240

Teddy is a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University, graduating from the Sport Management program. While attending BGSU, he completed internships with Wauseon Recreational Services, Toledo Central Catholic High School's athletic department, and BG News, the campus newspaper. Teddy started his graduate degree at Cleveland State University in the Fall of 2016 to obtain a Masters Degree in Sport Management. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, watching and analyzing game film, reading, traveling and spending quality time with his friends and family.
 

Christian WilliamsChristian Williams

GRADUATE SUPERVISOR, MEMBER & GUEST SERVICES
c.s.williams63@vikes.csuohio.edu | 216-615-6212

After completing his undergraduate degree at Cleveland State University, Christian could not find "the perfect job" in the right field. So he decided to come back to Cleveland State to pursue his Masters Degree in Sport Management. He started with CSU Campus Recreation Services back in December of 2013 in Intramurals. In his spare time, Christian enjoys reading, making and producing music, listening to music, spending time with his family, and playing and watching almost any type of sport!
 

Chris DaveyChris Davey

INTERN, ADVENTURE RECREATION
c.j.davey@csuohio.edu | 216-802-3210

Chris is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. While attending OSU, he worked for their Outdoor Adventure Center as a climbing instructor, facilitator, and trip leader. As Adventure Recreation Supervisor, he oversees CSU’s trip program, rental equipment, and outdoor clinics. Outside of work, Chris spends his time playing outside and working on his house.
 

Natalie BertolasioNatalie Bertolasio

OFFICE MANAGER
n.bertolasio@vikes.csuohio.edu | 216-802-3201

Natalie is in the process of finishing her undergraduate degree; double majoring in Health Sciences and Psychology. She started working with CSU Campus Recreation Services in August of 2015. Natalie started out as a Rec Attendant and quickly made her way up to a Membership Representative and then finally taking the role as Office Manager. In her free time she enjoys playing sports, reading, doing outdoor activities, and spending time with her family friends, and of course her two cats Chester and Lilly.