- Intramural Sports
- Sport Clubs
- Outdoor Recreation
- Employee Recreation
Director of Campus Recreation
Marty was born in the Bronx, NY, and moved to Queens for 1st grade. To this day, he attends an annual reunion with 14 other friends who all go back to 1st grade at PS 138 in Queens, NY. Marty received his B.S. Degree from SUNY at Binghamton and M.S. Degree from Michigan State in 1974. Professional experience includes two years at Emory University, one year at Texas A&M, and five years at Cortland College in upstate NY. This is Marty’s 27th year at Carolina (20th year as Director of Campus Recreation). He lives by the creed that life is too short, so cherish every moment you can, stop to smell the roses, and tell your family that you love them...often.
That’s Marty’s family at the Bulldog Challenge: (l-r) future daughter-in-law Jo, son Seth, son Adam, grandson Noah, and Marty. Wife, Meg, was behind the camera.
Associate Director of Campus Recreation
Director of Fitness
Lauren has been the Associate Director for Campus Recreation / Director of Fitness at UNC-Chapel Hill since 1995. Lauren received a B.S. Degree in Health Management & Business Administration from the University of Arizona and a M.S. Degree in Health Promotion & Exercise Science at Bowling Green State University. During graduate school, Lauren worked as a graduate assistant in Campus Recreation.
Lauren continued gaining experience by working in Campus Recreation, specifically with fitness/wellness and student staff development at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
At work, Lauren spends most of her time establishing and maintaining fitness programs and facilities, as well as, developing campus partnerships and collaboration with Campus Health, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, Human Resources/Training & Development and employee wellness. Lauren and her husband, Mike, have three sons (Nick, Tony and Joey). She is an avid sports spectator/fan and enjoys teaching/participating in a variety of group fitness classes and believes "with a positive attitude anything is possible!"
Director of Facilities & Operations
Reggie is originally from Raleigh, NC, but has been a Tar Heel all of his life. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. Degree in Exercise & Sport Science (2001) and a M.S. Degree in Recreation Administration (2003). He currently serves as the Director for Facilities and Operations for Campus Recreation. Reggie currently resides in Raleigh, NC with his lovely wife Ebony. He enjoys putting a smile on other's faces, being there "for the people", and helping people reach their leadership potential.
Director of Sport Clubs
Jason is originally from the mountains of North Carolina, but spent much of his youth in Mount Pleasant, SC. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1996 with a B.A. in English, and completed a Master's Degree in Sport Management from Appalachian State University in 2002. Upon graduation, Jason moved to Greeley, Colorado where he was the Assistant Director of Intramural and Club Sports at the University of Northern Colorado. He returned to his alma mater in 2007 as the Director of Sport Clubs. Jason currently resides in Chapel Hill with his wife, Trish, and son, Jackson. He enjoys reading, cooking, playing basketball and attending UNC athletic events.
Director of Marketing & Special Events
Karen was born and raised in the fabulous state of New Jersey. She pursued a B.S. Degree in Journalism and Electronic Media from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Securing a graduate assistantship with UT's Division of RecSports, Karen received a M.S. Degree in Recreation Administration, with a minor in Sport Management. Upon completion of her graduate degree, Karen became a Special Events Coordinator at West Virginia University. She left WVU to gain experience in the private sector, working at Charles Ryan Associates, an integrated marketing communications firm, and Asayo Creative, Inc., a marketing and design firm. Missing working in a university setting, Karen moved to Chapel Hill to start her career with UNC as the Director of Marketing and Special Events. Karen recently got married to her longtime love, Geoff, and they reside in Durham.
Director of Outdoor Education
David was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Arizona where he grew up training horses, raising cattle and competing in rodeos around the country. In 1993 David joined the Army and served for three years training horses and performing full honor funeral ceremonies with the Caisson platoon at Arlington National Cemetery. Returning to run the family ranch for several years after his military service proved to be an obstacle in his lifelong pursuit of adventurous outdoor activities, so in 2003 he enrolled at Oklahoma State University where he earned a M.S. Degree in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Experiential Education and adventure programming. In 2008 David accepted the position of Director of Outdoor Education for UNC-Chapel Hill where he and his dog Zip can be found working with UNC students, staff, faculty and other groups on the Carolina Outdoor Education Center Challenge Course.
Director of Intramural Sports
Justin is a true North Carolinian, growing up in Concord, NC. He received a B.S. Degree in Biological Sciences from NC State University in 2003. After completing his degree, Justin became the Intramural Sports Intern for UNC-Chapel Hill Campus Recreation. From there he climbed the ladder, becoming the Intramural Sports Coordinator for four years, and finally the Intramural Sports Director for Campus Recreation in 2008. He enjoys exercise, food, officiating high school football and basketball, Intramural Sports, Fantasy Sports, and coupon shopping.
Diane joined the Campus Recreation Staff as their Office Manager in August 1996 after retiring from the U.S. Navy, finishing at ROTC-UNC, with 24 years service. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Diane decided to stay in NC due to the milder winter weather - yeah right! She has a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Campbell University, 2001. Diane enjoys volunteering for U.S. Women's Open Golf tournaments, Be Active NC and the Triangle Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Foundation, as well as the United Service Organization (USO) center at RDU.
Dan is originally from Upstate New York, and received his B.S. degree in Kinesiology from the College of William and Mary and M.S. in Sports Management from the University of South Carolina. After graduating, Dan worked in the commercial and corporate sectors of the fitness industry. Wanting to return to campus recreation, he became the Fitness Coordinator for UNC Campus Recreation in 2012. He is excited about the opportunity to work with the instructors and trainers, and share his experiences. In his free time he loves teaching fitness classes, training in martial arts, watching movies and sports and believes that laughing and smiling are the easiest ways to exercise.
Facilities & Operations Coordinator
Joel was born in Chapel Hill, but spent most of his childhood on a small farm in Winterville, NC. He returned to Chapel Hill in 2002 to attend UNC, and shortly after secured a job with the Exercise and Sport Science Department. It was at that time Joel discovered his love for physical fitness and recreation. He spent eight years working in the Fetzer Hall Equipment Room, and officially joined the Campus Recreation staff as the Facilities and Operations Coordinator in 2010. In his free time, Joel spends time with his little girl, Chloe, and loves to be active outdoors, read and watch old movies.
Sport Clubs Coordinator
Mandy Madden was born and raised a Hoosier in Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN where she received her B.S. in Kinesiology in 2004. Mandy then proceeded to get her M.A. in Sports Administration from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. While at Ball State, she was a graduate assistant for Recreation Services where she managed intramural sports, sport clubs, facility operations, instructional fitness, and special events. After Ball State in 2006, Mandy pursued her teaching degree and taught high school physical and health education, as well as coached girls' soccer on the club, high school, and state levels. In July 2012, Mandy moved to North Carolina to get back into her true professional passion of campus recreation. She resides in Carrboro.
Facilities Operations Coordinator for South Campus
Will was born in Charlotte, NC, but grew up in High Point, NC. He received a Bachelors degree in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University. After college, Will lived in Asheville, NC before returning to High Point where he spent two years as the Coordinator of Recreation Services at High Point University. Will joined the UNC Campus Recreation staff in 2012.
Expedition Program Manager
Dave graduated from North Carolina State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management, concentrating in Natural Resources. After a NOLS Mountaineering Course in 1993, Dave worked as a Lead Instructor for the North Carolina Outward Bound School. In 1998 Dave--hired as the Expedition Program Manager--began the Expedition Program for The Carolina Outdoor Education Center. The program has been accredited by the Association for Experiential Education since 2002. He currently resides in Johnston County with his wife, Melinda, and son, Jack.
Tori Cheek Hooker
Intramural Sports Coordinator
Tori was born and raised in North Carolina, and graduated in May 2007 from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Exercise & Sport Science, with a concentration in Sports Administration. Soon after, she became the Intramural Sports Intern with Carolina Campus Recreation. After Tori’s internship ended, Campus Rec hired her on full-time as the Intramural Sports Coordinator. She received her M.S. in Parks & Recreation Management in August 2011 from UNC-Greensboro. She currently resides Morrisville with her husband CJ, son Amare and cat Jazzy.
Chance Van Noppen
Climbing Program Coordinator
Chance grew up in Asheville, NC where he spent most of his youth climbing, backpacking, and fishing throughout Western North Carolina. He graduated from Elon University with a B.S. in Business Marketing and secured a graduate assistantship with the Ole Miss Outdoor Department and received his M.S. in Parks and Recreation Management from the University of Mississippi. After graduate school, Chance and his wife moved to Raleigh, NC where he spent time instructing climbing programs for Raleigh's Parks and Recreation Department. In addition to climbing, he loves sailing, sports, Tar Heel Basketball, and being outside. Chance lives in Raleigh with his wife Abby, black lab, Ellie, and German shorthaired pointer, Rowan.