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Campus Recreation
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University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003 
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John Blihar

John Blihar

John joined Campus Recreation in 2011 and is only the fourth director in Campus Recreation's history. Prior to coming to UMass, John served as the Associate Director of Campus Recreation for Facilities and Operations at Florida State University. He also held adjunct faculty positions in the Recreation & Leisure Services and the American & Florida Studies departments where he taught Facilities Planning and Maintenance and the First-Year Experience. While at FSU, John served on the executive board of the Tallahassee Sports Council. John has also held positions at Penn State and Syracuse. John earned an M.S. in Physical Education from Syracuse University, a B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Delaware and a B.S. in History from Wilkes-Barre College.

Directors Emeriti
Dr. Zulma C. Garcia
Franklin C. Wright
Ted A. Schmitt
Chester S. Gladchuk


Jeanne Orr

Jeanne Orr
Senior Associate Director

Jeanne earned a B.S. in English Education and an M.S. in Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State College. Jeanne is a 1991 inductee of Buffalo State's Athletic Hall of Fame. Jeanne received an M.S. in Sport Management from UMass Amherst in 1991 and worked as a graduate assistant for Campus Recreation while earning her Master's degree. A former high school English teacher and native of the Buffalo, New York area, Jeanne has been on staff since 1994. Jeanne is a former member of the International Association of Approved Baskeball Officials and a former high school basketball official and softball umpire. Jeanne is a certified first aid/CPR/AED instructor through the American Red Cross.

Facility Operations

Roger Heimerman

Roger Heimerman

Roger joined UMass Campus Recreation in 2009. Roger's previous campus recreation experience includes Iowa State University as a facility supervisor, Ole Miss as a graduate assistant, Middle Tennessee State University as a facility coordinator and interim intramural & sport club director, and University of Kansas as assistant director for facilities & membership services. In addition to his experience at the various universities, Roger served a nine-month internship with the NIRSA Foundation from November 1995 to July 1996. A lifetime member of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), he served as Tennessee state director from March 2002-April 2004 and on the NIRSA Facility Management Committee from 2005-2007. Roger is a Certified Recreational Sports Specialist (CRSS) through NIRSA and certified basketball official in Hampshire/Franklin counties through IAABO. Roger earned a B.B.A in Finance at Iowa State University and a Master of Arts in Leisure Management from the University of Mississippi. 

In his spare time, Roger enjoys officiating basketball and watching college basketball, college football, NFL, NBA, Seinfeld re-runs, and movies (comedies). He also enjoys playing basketball, racquetball, air hockey, billiards, table tennis, tetris, and working out.  Other interests include listening to hard rock music, amusement parks and collecting sports and music memorabilia. His favorite teams include Nebraska & Ole Miss football, Iowa State, Memphis & Ole Miss basketball, Boston Celtics, San Diego Chargers, and Kansas City Royals.

Ben Blodgett

Ben Blodgett
Assistant Manager

A native of Pensacola, Florida, Ben joined Campus Recreation in 2013. Ben has an M.S. and B.S. in Sport Management from Western Illinois University and Florida State University, respectively. Ben's duties at WIU in facility operations included hiring, training and supervising student staff, managing indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, assisting with facility reservations and special events, and chairing Campus Recreation's emergency response team. An Illinois Intramural-Recreational Sports Association scholarship recipient, Ben's graduate work at WIU also included an internship with sport clubs and duties with intramural sports. At FSU, Ben was an intramural supervisor. Ben has an Associate in Science degree from Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton, Alabama, where he also received a baseball scholarship. Ben is a certified first aid/CPR/AED instructor through the American Red Cross.

Lawrence Bergeron

Lawrence Bergeron
Recreation Repairer

Larry graduated from Chicopee Comp High School in Chicopee, MA in welding and metal fabrication. At UMass, Larry worked for Parking Services prior to coming to Campus Recreation in 2009. Larry's hobbies include restoring old cars, woodworking and home maintenance.

Shawn Sullivan

Shawn Sullivan
Recreation Repairer

Shawn graduated from Smith Vocational High School and came to UMass in 2001. Shawn worked with Landscape Services before coming to Campus Recreatin in 2009. Shawn enjoys golf and exercising.


Jill Isabelle

Jill Isabelle
Assistant Director

Jill is a UMass Amherst graduate with a B.A. with honors in Women's Studies with a concentration in community health. Prior to joining Campus Recreation in 2009, Jill was a manager, aerobics director and personal trainer at Ultimate Fitness in Hadley, MA and sales account executive at HRD Press, Inc. in Amherst, MA. Jill has competed in fitness and bodybuilding competitions. Her certifications include Spinning®, aerobics instructor and personal trainer from the American Sports and Fitness Association.

Intramural Sports

Jason Incorvati

Jason Incorvati
Associate Director

Jason received a Master of Exercise and Sport Sciences in 2005 from the University of Florida. At Florida, Jason was a graduate assistant in the Department of Recreational Sports and worked as a high school basketball and football official as a member of the Mid-Florida Officials Association. A UMass alum, Jason received his B.A. in Philosophy and worked in the Campus Recreation program as a sports supervisor and official. Prior to returning to his alma mater in 2006, Jason was the Coordinator of Intramural Sports at Missouri State University. Jason is a former Massachusetts high school basketball official and member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials.

Josh Dietrich


Joshua Dietrich
Assistant Director

Joshua joined Campus Recreation in 2013 from the University of North Texas where he was the Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs. Joshua did his graduate assistant work at UNT in intramural sports and earned a Master of Science degree in Recreation & Leisure Studies in 2011. Joshua brings a wealth of experience in intramural sports, as well as officiating. He is a certified basketball and baseball official. An Ohio native, Joshua received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from The Ohio State University in 2008. Joshua is a certified first aid/CPR Pro/AED instructor through the American Red Cross. Joshua is an avid Buckeye, Indians, Browns & Cavaliers fan.

Marketing and Member Services

Patricia Shwa


Patricia Shea
Assistant Director

Patty is a UMass alum with a B.S. in Physical Education & former varsity field hockey coach, who brings a wealth of experience in student development and leadership. Patricia was a member of the United States Olympic Team, US Pan American Team & US National Field Hockey Team. Prior to joining Campus Recreation in 2009, Patricia worked at Penn Monto, Inc. in Hadley, MA in customer relations, administrative operations, catalog production, marketing and website design. Patricia maintains involvement as associate director with White Mountain Enterprises, Inc., where she assists in all administrative components, including online services management & event marketing and programming.

David Litterer

David Litterer

Office Manager

Dave has worked at UMass as an office manager in several departments since 1986. He joined Campus Recreation in 1999. Dave received a B.A. in Economics at UMass in 1982 and a Master's degree in Public Administration from UMass in 1997. A United States soccer historian, Dave is the author of "An Overview of American Soccer History" and a contributing author of the book THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN SOCCER HISTORY.

Lori Oliver

Lori Oliver

Human Resources Coordinator

Lori joined Campus Recreation in 2014. She has worked at UMass in several departments since 1984. Lori worked for Undergraduate Admissions prior to coming to Campus Recreation. Lori received her associate's degree in Accounting at the University of Phoenix in 2007. Lori enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as traveling and riding motorcycles.