The administrative staff at the Student Recreation Center has more than 35 years of experience in the fields of fitness and recreation to meet the needs of our members. Our goal is to have a hands-on approach to making sure you have a positive experience while using our facilities and participating in our programming. Scroll down to find out more about our administrative staff members.
Derek Walters, Director
Derek oversees all Student Recreation Center operations, programs, and services and directly supervises the program coordinators and support staff. Prior to becoming Director, he served as Associate Director - Facility Management for Recreational Services at Kansas State University from August 1994 to June 2005. Derek is honored to hold the distinction of being the first director of the Student Recreation Center.
Education: B.S., Psychology, Kansas State University & M.S., Health and Physical Education, Kansas State University
Bio: Derek was born and raised in Leavenworth, Kansas where he was the only boy out of four children. He played football, baseball, and basketball through high school. Throughout high school and college Derek worked for Leavenworth Parks and Recreation department and umpired baseball and softball at nights in the summer. In the winter he enjoyed refereeing basketball. While at K-State, Derek worked for Recreational Services as a Building Supervisor, Intramural Official, and eventually Graduate Assistant. Upon completion of his graduate degree Derek served as the Assistant Director - Intramural/Extramural Sports at William Paterson College, Wayne, New Jersey from August 15, 1986 to July 1, 1988. Derek became the Assistant Director - Programs at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO from July, 1988 - July, 1991. Derek was promoted to Associate Director of Campus Recreation where he assumed the duties of overseeing the programming area as well as facility management from July, 1991 - July 1994. Derek is a member of the National Intramural/Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) where he is a Certified Recreational Sports Specialist. He has also served as a NIRSA State Director and has presented at state, regional, and national conferences. He was awarded the New Jersey NIRSA Service Award 1986-1988.
Personal: Derek and his wife Loretta have two boys, Derek, and Drew. When Derek is not watching his children in their various sports endeavors he likes to read about military history and leadership strategies.
Amy Allen, Assistant Director, Operations
Education: B.A., Communication, M.A. Education - Higher Education
Bio: As our Customer Relations Coordinator, Amy oversees the daily operation of the Front Desk, Aquatics, Member Services and Facilities staff. Amy transferred to the Student Recreation Center in February 2006 after spending over seven years in the University Student Union as the Operations Services Coordinator. While at the U.S.U., Amy served on a number of committees including several that helped shape the Student Recreation Center. Her work with students and experience on campus brings a wealth of information to our department. A Fresno State Alumna, Amy studied Communications after moving here from the United States Virgin Islands, the place she calls home. Amy also earned a Master of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision with an emphasis in Higher Education.
Personal: When not at work, Amy enjoys spending time with her children, Aamiah and Aiyana.
Lerin Winchester, Recreation Programs Manager
Education: B.S., Recreation Administration, M.A. Education - Higher Education
Bio: Lerin started as the Intramural Coordinator in August 2007. Prior to beginning at the Rec Center, she served as the Intramural Program Coordinator at Fresno State since 2005. Lerin played soccer here at Fresno State for three years. Her goal here at the Rec Center is to provide an athletic outlet for the non-collegiate athlete. The wide variety of programs offered each semester through Intramurals will afford students such opportunities.
Personal: During the summer, Lerin is a river guide at Kings River Expeditions. She also plays midfield for a traveling soccer team.
Rachel Kaufmann, Fitness and Promotions Coordinator
Education: B.S. Public Health/Environment and Health, Northern Illinois University; MAEd Sports Administration, Wingate University
Bio: Before coming to Fresno State in November of 2012, Rachel was the graduate assistant for fitness at Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina, where she oversaw fitness programming and managed the fitness center. In the 4 years between graduating with her undergraduate degree and heading off to begin her postgraduate work in North Carolina, she worked as a personal trainer for commercial gyms as well as for Recreation Services at Northern Illinois University, where she went through training to also become a group fitness instructor as well as getting involved in the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). Rachel is an ACSM certified personal trainer as well as a BodyCombat instructor.
Personal: In her free time, Rachel is a competitive natural bodybuilder and has competed in the OCB, NGA, INBF and NANBF organizations as well as an avid martial artist and has been studying in one form or another since 1993.
Martha Chavez, Administrative Assistant
Bio: Martha started at the Student Recreation Center in March 2006. She received her certification as an Office Assistant from the Cesar Chavez Adult Education School. Prior to working at the Student Recreation Center, Martha worked in Student Support Services as a Temporary Administrative Assistant for 7 months. She also served as an Office Manager at the Blossom Trails Preschool for about 10 months before coming to Fresno State.
Personal: In her free time, Martha enjoys spending time with her son Gabriel, traveling, and exploring new places, things and foods.
Eric Acuna, Custodial Supervisor