Recreation & Wellbeing Staff

 


Ruben Sança
Executive Director
112M Recreation Center
413-545-4090
rsanca@umass.edu

Ruben P. Sança is the inaugural Executive Director for the Department of Recreation and Wellbeing at UMass Amherst. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from UMass Lowell, with dual concentrations in Finance and Management, along with a minor in Economics and an MBA from UMass Lowell. He previously served as the Founding Director of the Office of Student Life and Wellbeing at UMass Lowell while playing a pivotal role in guiding UMass Lowell to become the first institution in New England to adopt the Okanagan Charter, reflecting his commitment to holistic student wellness. While at UMass Lowell, he also served in various roles and capacities including in student affairs business management and financial administration and athletics administration.

With a versatile background in student affairs, wellness, athletics and financials, he currently oversees the strategic planning, budgeting, and operations of the campus recreation, wellness programs and facilities, catering to a diverse community of over 30,000 students, faculty, and staff at UMass Amherst. His leadership aims to cultivate a culture of inclusion, collaboration, and innovation while enhancing student engagement, retention, and the overall quality and accessibility of recreation and well-being services.

Sança values diversity, equity, and social justice, striving to bring diverse perspectives and experiences to his team. Committed to broader community impact, he currently serves on several leadership teams including the US Health Promoting Campus Network, the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletics Association, and the Cape Verde Olympic Committee. Additionally, Sança holds certification as a Mental Health First Aid instructor and is a member of the World Olympians Association.


Jason Incorvati, PhD
Associate Director for Programs and Student Development
112H Recreation Center
413-577-3680
jasonink@umass.edu

Jason earned his doctorate in Higher Education in 2023 from UMass. His dissertation is titled, "The Professionalization of Collegiate Recreation and the Educational Pathways of its Practitioners: An Exploratory Study." Jason received an M.S. in 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 double 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.


Adventure Programs

Austin Darley
Assistant Director for Adventure Programs
112 Recreation Center
860-992-9940
adarley@umass.edu
Austin joined the Recreation & Wellbeing team in the Spring of 2023. He received a B.S in Sports & Leisure Management from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2014.  Prior to working at UMass, Austin worked at UConn Recreation for the past 10 years in various level of position. Starting as a volunteer trip leader working his way up to Assistant Director of Climbing Center & Outdoors. During his time at UConn, he was able to assist with the design of the Climbing Center & Adventure Center in the Student Recreation Center that opened 2019.  He has a great passion for the outdoors and excited to offer new exciting outdoor adventures to UMass community.   


Club Sports

Ernie May
Coordinator for Club Sports
111 Recreation Center
413-545-2756
edmay@umass.edu

 


Facility Operations

Roger HeimermanRoger Heimerman
Building/Facility Operations Manager
112L Recreation Center
413-577-3868
rheimerm@umass.edu

Roger joined UMass Recreation & Wellbeing in 2009. 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. 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 the 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 the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials.

Alexis Gross
Coordinator for Facility Operations and Aquatics
112J Recreation Center
413-577-3867
alexisgross@umass.edu

Alexis received her M.A. from Rowan University for Higher Education Administration in 2022. At Rowan, she worked as the Graduate Coordinator of Facilities and Operations for the Department of Campus Recreation. Prior to that, she attended Montclair State University and received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Data Analysis in 2020. In her time at Montclair, she worked for the Department of Campus Recreation in various areas including aquatics, special events, outdoor adventure, and facility operations. Alexis also holds a Lifeguard/CPRO Instructor certification from the American Red Cross. 

Lawrence Bergeron
Recreation Repairer
107A Recreation Center
413-577-3862
larryb@umass.edu

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

Shawn Sullivan
Recreation Repairer
107A Recreation Center
413-577-3862
shawns@umass.edu

Shawn graduated from Smith Vocational High School in metal fabrication and came to UMass in 2001. Shawn worked with Landscape Services and Custodial Services before coming to Recreation & Wellbeing in 2009. Shawn enjoys golf and exercising.


Fitness

Jill IsabelleJill Isabelle
Assistant Director for Group Fitness
112C Recreation Center
413-577-0855
jisabelle@umass.edu
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 Recreation & Wellbeing 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. Jill holds several certifications, including Spinning® and yoga, and is a First Aid/CPR/AED instructor through the American Red Cross.


Intramural Sports

Nicholas D'Amato
Senior Assistant Director for Sport Programs
111A Recreation Center
413-577-3861
ndamato@umass.edu

Nick received his M.S. in Recreation and Sport Administration in 2014 from Western Kentucky University. At WKU, Nick was a graduate assistant in intramural sports and intern in club sports. A UMass alum, Nick received his B.S. in Sport Management in 2012 and worked in Campus Recreation as a sports supervisor and program assistant. Prior to returning to his alma mater in 2019, Nick worked at University of Connecticut Recreation from 2016-2018 as Coordinator for Intramurals & Tournaments, then as Assistant Program Director for IMs & Tournaments. Previous to UConn, Nick was Coordinator for Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs at Keene State University from 2014-2016. Nick is a basketball official with the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials and an NCAA Division III women's basketball official.

Matthew Sackstein
Coordinator for Sport Programs
111 Recreation Center
413-545-5821
msackstein@umass.edu

Matthew joins us from Oklahoma State University where he completed his Graduate Assistantship in Competitive Sports. While there, he worked closely with Campus Recreation student staff to offer quality intramurals and special event programs. He also worked as a high school sports official in football, basketball, and baseball which he hopes to continue with here in the Pioneer Valley. As an undergraduate, Matthew earned his B.S. in Biotechnology from Penn State while serving as an official, supervisor, and program assistant for intramurals. Matthew loves sports and knows firsthand that the lessons you learn on the field last a lifetime. He hopes to continue making an impact through recreation here in Amherst and can’t wait to get started!

Marketing and Member Services

Patricia Shea
Assistant Director
112D Recreation Center
413-577-3866
pas@umass.edu

Patty is a UMass alum with a B.S. in Physical Education & former UMass varsity field hockey coach. Patty was a member of the United States Olympic team, US Pan American team & US National Field Hockey team. Prior to joining Recreation & Wellbeing in 2009, Patty worked at Penn Monto, Inc. in Hadley, MA in customer relations, administrative operations, catalog production, marketing and website design. Patty maintains involvement with White Mountain Enterprises, Inc., where she assists in administrative components, including online services management & event marketing and programming. Patty was elected to the University of Massachusetts Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.

Lori Oliver
Human Resources Coordinator
110 Recreation Center
413-545-4087
lorijo@umass.edu

Lori joined Recreation & Wellbeing in 2014. Lori has worked at UMass in several departments since 1984, including Undergraduate Admissions and Residential Services. 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.

David Litterer
Office Manager
112 Recreation Center
413-545-4503
litterer@umass.edu

Dave has worked at UMass in several departments since 1986. Dave joined Recreation & Wellbeing in 1999. He 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. An inveterate "trailblazer," Dave enjoys clearing and marking hiking trails in Western Massachusetts.


Wellbeing Education and Services

Michelle Letendre
Health Promotion Specialist
112 Recreation Center
413-577-5073
mll@umass.edu

Michelle holds a master's degree in school counseling from UMass Amherst and is a summa cum laude graduate of Western New England University, where she received a bachelor's degree in psychology. Her work at UMass is an extension of a counseling and mental health career spanning more than three decades.  Michelle’s employment as a Health Promotion Specialist at UMass began in 2006 and has included significant work in the BASICS program, organizing health related campus-wide events, and most recently serving as a certified BHI PART Instructor (Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Positivity and Relaxation Training) teaching PART classes to undergraduates.  In addition to a lifelong career devoted to helping young people ‘find their way,’ Michelle’s passions include dance, she is a Certified Qigong and Tai Chi Instructor, and parenting her son has always been the ‘best part of her day.’

April McNally, MPH
Health Promotion Specialist
112B Recreation Center
413-577-5186
amcnally@umass.edu
April has been at UMass since 2001.  She previously worked with UMass Extension’s Nutrition Education Program, and then with the Center for Health Promotion.  She is passionate about prevention, inclusion, and wellbeing for students and the campus community.  Her work includes directing the Peer Health Education program, teaching a resiliency course, creating opportunities for contemplative practice, overseeing the Paws Program, and incorporating various elements of positive psychology into her work. She earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master of public health degree in community health education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Craig Friedrich
Clerk
112 Recreation Center
413-577-5071
cfriedrich@umass.edu

Craig started at UMass in 1998 and held a position for 13 years in IT. Part of his duties were operating the Mainframe and PeopleSoft systems. He was educated at area colleges and a technical school and earned certifications in computer operations and programming. In 2012 he took a position in the Center of Health Promotions, managing the BASICS office. Craig is new to RecWell and will be supporting administrative duties in both areas. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends along with outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming and fishing.