Rhonda DuBord, Associate Director, Wellness and Recreation Prior to coming to UM, Rhonda was the Director of Intramurals and Recreation at Western Illinois University for six years. She received her master"s degree at Michigan State and her bachelor"s degree from the University of Florida. Rhonda is a native Floridian, born and raised in Jacksonville. She has been a Girl Scout leader for twelve years. She has two daughters who are currently attending college and are actively involved in sports.
Tom Soria, Assistant Director, Intramurals, Special Events, and Camps Tom received his masters and bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University. He was previously at Texas A&M Corpus Christi as the Coordinator, and then Assistant Director of Recreational Sports for 4 1/2 years. While there, he was responsible for Outdoor Adventures, Intramurals, Club Sports, Marketing/Web, and Student Personnel. He has been The Assistant Director of Intramurals, Special Events, and Camp at The Herbert Wellness Center since June of 2006. He is a member of The National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) and is a Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional (RCRSP.) Tom has officiated college baseball, high school football, and basketball in various states such as Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, and Florida.
Connie Nickel, assistant director of recreational sports and camps, is the newest member of the Herbert Wellness Center professional staff. Connie earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan and her master's degree at St. Thomas University. She enjoyed an outstanding 25-year career in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and is a member of the UM Sports Hall of Fame, Iron Arrow, and Tau Beta Sigma Fraternity. She is highly regarded by students, staff, and coaches. This is her 3rd year working with Mini Canes camp.
Ashley Falcon, Assistant Director, Wellness and Program Aides. Ashley joined the DWR staff in September 2005. She earned her bachelor of science in psychology from Duke University, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of South Florida. Ashley is also a UM alumna with a Ph.D. in epidemiology. She is a certified Basic Life Support instructor, and trains all camp staff in CPR and AED use. Her hobbies include playing chess, basketball, cooking, and reading.
Mark “Bird” Dusek, Director of Operations for Sports Programs Mark is presently the athletic director and physical education teacher at R.A.S.G. Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach. He has been involved in recreation and summer camps for the past 23 years. He has coached and participated in all levels of athletic competition. He is a state of Florida Certified Teacher and has been as basketball official for 27 years. Mark is also certified in CPR/First Aid. He is a father of three children. This is his eighth year with the camp. He is a 1978 graduate of UM and commonly referred to as “The Bird.”
Pat Greene, Arts and Crafts Instructor Mrs. Greene has been a teacher for more than 36 years. She was active in Boys and Girls Club of Miami as a program director for their summer camp. Her sports involvement has been organizing and scheduling softball and intramural basketball in the Boys and Girls club. Pat holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in education and is currently employed by Holy Rosary Catholic School as an Aide to the Kindergarten classes. She is HRS certified in childcare Training and is married with three grown sons and two grandsons.
Marena Gavilan, Administrative Assistant Marena assists with Club Sports, Intramurals, Special Events and, most importantly, the Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp. She coordinates camp registration, and assists with camp inquiries.