Professional Staff

Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation (ACSR)
341 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6150
ACSR Front Desk (650) 724-9872
Physical Education, Recreation & Wellness Office Fax (650) 725-7242

Administration // Aquatics // Business Operations // Facilities // Fitness and Wellness // Marketing // Outdoor Education // Sports and Physical Education

Administration

Eric Stein

Senior Associate Athletic Director for Physical Education, Recreation and Wellness
elstein@stanford.edu • (650) 736-8494

Eric Stein

Eric has been at Stanford since 2005, with many years of professional experience in the fields of PE, Recreation and Wellness including stops at Princeton, South Carolina, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and The College of Lake County. He and his wife Robyn have a family of 3 children, Elyssa, Matt and Ryan.

Aquatics

Rebecca Carpenter

Associate Director Facilities, Operations and Events – Avery Aquatics
rcarpent@stanford.edu • (650) 725-0786

Rebecca Carpenter

Rebecca Carpenter joined the Cardinal Rec team in June 2008 as the Avery Aquatic Center Manager. Rebecca has been in community and collegiate recreation for over fifteen years managing aquatic facilities, operations and programming. She came to Stanford from Fairfax, Virginia where she was the Aquatic and Safety Coordinator for George Mason University. Rebecca is currently certified as an AFO/CPO, American Red Cross Instructor (Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, First Aid), Water Safety Instructor, PADI Scuba Diver and formerly held an E&A Lifeguard Instructor License.

Michelle Erdrich Gable

Aquatic Programming Coordinator, Avery Aquatic Center
michelle.gable@stanford.edu • (650) 498-0755

Michelle Gable

Michelle joined the staff as the Assistant Manager and Head Lifeguard at the Avery Aquatic Center in 2007. During her undergraduate years at Stanford she worked as a lifeguard on campus at the aquatic facilities. She also taught swim lessons and lifeguarded at a lake.

James Gable

Aquatics Operations and Events Coordinator
jcgable@stanford.edu • (650) 736-3436

James Gable

James joined the Cardinal Rec department in 2006 and holds a Bachelors in Marketing Communications from Menlo College. When not working on the pool deck at the Avery Aquatic Center you can either find James competing in a number of different sports (Volleyball, Softball, Golf and Basketball to name a few) or at home with his wife, daughter and 2 dogs, Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Olivia Palmer

Aquatic Specialist
ompalmer@stanford.edu

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Olivia joined Stanford Aquatics in August 2011 as a lifeguard at the Avery Aquatic Center. She spent three years in leadership positions on the pool deck and in May 2014 was selected to be the Aquatic Specialist, handling all lifeguard hiring, scheduling and in-service training. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in Kinesiology at San Jose State University after transferring from Foothill College. Olivia enjoys swimming, dancing and hanging out with her dog, Johnson.

Business Operations

Dennis Phan

Financial Analyst
dennisphan@stanford.edu • (650) 723-0383

Dennis Phan

Dennis joined the department in the Fall of 2012 after completing his degrees at the
University of California, Davis, focusing in Economics . He maintains a healthy of mix of working, playing recreational sports, taking public transit and exercising.

Facilities

Tim Ghormley

Director of Recreational Facilities
tghormley@stanford.edu • (650) 725-0729

Tim Ghormley

Tim has been involved in Stanford Athletics since 1999. He is a former Coach and Lecturer at California State University, East Bay (Hayward) as well as the current head coach of Stanford Taekwondo and Director of the Stanford Martial Arts Program.

Chris Spells

General Manager – Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center
cmspells@stanford.edu • (650) 498-0753

Chris Spells

Chris received his B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Administration from THE Fresno State University. He came to Stanford as an intern and worked as an Event Manager for the Facilities and Operations Department within Stanford Athletics during 2011. Chris was eventually given the role of Lead Event Manager, and most recently was the General Manager at the Arrillaga Recreation Center at SLAC, before becoming the GM of AOERC. He tries to lead by example, and in his free time he enjoys going to the recreation center, playing badminton and running. Of course he also loves watching sports, especially the Lakers, Dodgers, and Chicago Bears. #GetPumped

Ariana Borgaily

Recreation Lead Front Desk Supervisor

Ariana

Ariana graduated from Stanford in 2012. She was a front desk supervisor throughout her undergraduate years at Stanford and continues contributing to Cardinal Recreation in her new role. She is also pursuing her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University. Ariana enjoys salsa dancing, Ellie the Airedale, and cooking gluten free dishes.

Fitness and Wellness

Jennifer Sexton

Associate Director for Campus Recreation – Fitness and Wellness
jbsexton@stanford.edu • (650) 724-2919

Jennifer Sexton

Jennifer came to Stanford in 2006 after 10 years as a recreational professional at Northern Illinois University and University of the Pacific. Jen strives to be active everyday whether it’s walking the dogs, working out in the gym, hiking on the weekends or walking around our beautiful campus.

Samantha Edelman

Assistant Director – Fitness Facilities
samrec@stanford.edu • (650) 498-0763

Edelman

Sam joined the department in 2013 after working as the Assistant Director of the Sport Club at San Jose State University. Prior to the four years at San Jose State, she attended the University of New Hampshire and worked as a Graduate Assistant in Club Sports while completing a Master of Science Degree in Recreation Management and Policies. In her free time she is usually roaming California’s great outdoors looking for a spot to surf, hike, or camp. She also enjoys playing different sports such as tennis, flag football, and basketball.

Stephanie Cornell

Assistant Coordinator of Fitness Facilities
scornell@stanford.edu

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Stephanie joined the Cardinal Rec Team in March of 2014. Stephanie graduated from Cal State East Bay with her degree in Industrial Psychology in 2012 and she is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Sports Leadership at Northeastern University. Stephanie has previously worked for CSUEB and the University of San Diego in their recreation departments. In her free time she enjoys burritos, trail runs and dogs.

Joe Pellow

Front Desk Specialist for ACSR
jpellow@stanford.edu • (650) 725-5562

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Frank Quintanilla

Fitness Equipment Techncian
fquintan@stanford.edu

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Frank joined the Stanford DAPER team in Fall 2013; he has background working in the areas of management and exercise equipment. He also holds a HVAC computer A+ certification. At the moment he is working towards an Apple products certification. In his free time he likes photography, hiking, bike riding, playing pool and bowling. He also enjoys the bay area sports teams, especially the 49ers and Stanford football team!

Syrous Parsay

Assistant Director of BeWell Engagement and Programming
sparsay@stanford.edu • (650) 721–2751

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Syrous is a retired inventor, entrepreneur, and corporate executive, who is experienced in high tech, medical science, retail, and venture capitalism. Prior to his retirement Syrous started and ran companies from start-up scale to large multi-national. Post retirement his focus has been on sharing his knowledge through lectures, mentoring programs, and pursuing his passion of changing lives.

Bernardo Tapia

Assistant Manager for Fitness – LKSC
btapia@stanford.edu • (650) 724–0449

Bernardo Tapia

Bernardo is the Assistant Fitness Manager for Recreational and Wellness Programs, a father and endurance athlete. He joined the Cardinal Rec team in 2008 after having graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science and working in law for 7 years previous. A Bay Area native Bernardo enjoys running and biking all over the peninsula on the weekends as well as providing coaching and pacing for several local races. Bernardo competes regularly in marathons and triathlons. At Stanford Bernardo is your ‘go to guy’ and assists with the running of the fitness programs as well as being a running coach and certified personal trainer. His fitness philosophy is to stay active everyday. Bernardo’s son, Dominic, works for Stanford at the All Sports Camp and goes to Sonoma State.

Nina Nguyen

Assistant Manager for Fitness – LKSC
ninanguyen@stanford.edu • (650) 724–0449

Nina Nguyen

Nina is the Assistant Coordinator of Fitness Programs and a Medical Student Fitness Advisor. Born in Vietnam, she has broad experience in martial arts, including being a member of the Vietnam Olympic team, and titles in several national championships. Nina travels the world working as a volunteer for her foundation, “I Love Wellness International,” to help orphans who are victims of natural disasters. Nina’s goal is to provide health and physical education knowledge to children, families, communities, both in developing countries and here at Stanford.

Marketing

Steven DiPaolo

Director of Marketing and Special Projects
sdipaolo@stanford.edu • (650) 353-3472

Steven DiPaolo

Steve joined the department in 2007 after stints with FOX Sports and the San Francisco Giants. Steve holds a M.S. in Sport Management from Drexel University and received his bachelors degree from University of California at Davis. Steve enjoys spending his free time mountain biking, playing recreational sports such as basketball and soccer, and being outdoors.

Theo Mitchell

Coordinator of Marketing
tmitchel@stanford.edu • (650) 498-0754

Theo Mitchell

Theo joined the department in September of 2013 after working in the Marketing and Event Presentation department of Stanford Athletics. Prior to his role in Stanford Athletics, Theo has spent time working for different organizations such as Africaid’s WhizzKids United, Madison Square Garden Sports and the Staten Island Yankees. Theo holds a M.S. in Sport Management from New York University and received his bachelors degree from the University of San Francisco. Theo enjoys spending his free time traveling, exercising and playing recreational sports such as basketball and billiards.

Outdoor Education

Chris Pelchat

Associate Director for Campus Recreation – Outdoor Education and Business Operations
pelchat@stanford.edu • (650) 736-2261

Chris Pelchat

Chris received his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho in the field of Education. He has worked 14 years in collegiate environments as an Assistant Professor and program Director. His interests are leadership development, curriculum design, and liberal arts education. Chris believes that Stanford Outdoor Education prepares students to use their power and influence to facilitate the unknown using the wilderness as a catalyst for personal growth and character development in themselves and those they serve.

Antja Thompson

Coordinator of Outdoor Education and First Year Experiences
antja@stanford.edu • (650) 498-0766

Antja Thompson

First arriving to the Farm her freshman year, Antja has worked in Stanford collegiate programs and leadership since her graduation. She facilitates curriculum and student growth for SPOT, and Stanford Wilderness Medicine, and has backgrounds in wilderness search and rescue, challenge courses, family camps, conference center operations, and program design and implementation. Commuting on her bike, backpacking, skiing, hiking, playing music, adventuring, and socializing in her free time, Antja likes to find the good in things and connects people with experiences.

Peter Wright

Coordinator of Outdoor Programs & Outfitting
peterw08@stanford.edu • (650) 723-2371

Peter Wright

Peter began at Stanford as an undergraduate in 2004 where he discovered a passion for outdoor education as a Stanford Pre-Orientation Trips (SPOT) Leader and Trainer. Peter joined the Stanford Outdoor Education team full time in January 2011 after two years instructing for youth outdoor programs in Hong Kong, China, and throughout California. Peter holds national certifications in wilderness medicine as well as indoor and outdoor climbing instruction.

Kevin Hopper

Coordinator of Indoor Climbing Programs & Facilities
hopperk@stanford.edu • (650) 723-2322

Kevin Hopper

Kevin received his BS Liberal Studies: Leadership Development from Oregon State University with a certificate in Adventure Leadership. Moving to Stanford from the state of Oregon Kevin brings a background in adventure education, leadership development, and facilities and operations and holds certifications from many nationally recognized organizations including the Professional Climbing Instructors Association. He hopes his experience will promote the growth of the Stanford Community by providing healthy living opportunities and experiences that allow for personal growth.

Kelsey McCabe

Outdoor Center Administrative Associate
mccabek@stanford.edu • (650) 736-7768

Kelsey McCabe

Kelsey joined the Stanford Outdoor Education team in March 2014. She received her B.S. in Outdoor Adventure Leadership from Ithaca College and has since led international travel trips for middle school students in Central America and worked with the Appalachian Mountain Club in their Youth Opportunities Program in Boston, MA. Kelsey enjoys exploring her new state, practicing yoga, skiing, hiking, and cooking healthy meals in her spare time.

Sports and Physical Education

Pam Mahlow

Associate Director – Sports and Physical Education
mahlow@stanford.edu • (650) 723-2319

Pam Mahlow

Pam has been part of the Athletic Department since 2008 bringing eight years of campus recreation experience including club sports, aquatics, marine aquatics, fitness, camps, finance, facilities, and events. She also has seven years as a research coordinator managing geriatric and pediatric health policy research at Stanford. Pam holds a Master of Arts from University of Maryland in Kinesiology – Sport Psychology with a thesis on exercise and the aging brain. She enjoys being active outdoors, especially when she is rowing, running, or playing soccer.

Travis Jew

Assistant Director for Intramural Sports and Camps
tjew@stanford.edu • (650) 723-1081

Travis Jew

Travis graduated from San Diego State University in ’10 and started at Stanford shortly after. He loves to play recreational sports as he and his friends are in basketball and softball leagues. He enjoys learning new sports (currently trying to learn roller hockey). He tries to keep up with all major bay area sports (49ers, Giants, A’s, Sharks, Warriors) and you can usually find him cheering one of these teams on.

Tia Lillie

Assistant Director – Physical Education and Special Events
tlillie@stanford.edu • (650) 723-7686

Tia Lillie

Tia joined the department in 2013 as the Assistant Director for Physical Education after working as the Recreation Manager and Physical Education Instructor at Caltech. Prior to Caltech, she was the Coordinator of Health Promotion and Education at Saint Mary’s College of California. Tia holds a Doctorate in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Utah with a focus in Exercise Physiology and an emphasis in Health Promotion and Education. In her free time she enjoys running, indoor cycling, hiking and spending time with her family and friends.

Claire Davis

Coordinator for Club Sports and Intramural Sports
clairecdavis@stanford.edu • (650) 725-0745

Claire Davis

Claire joined Stanford in November 2012. She grew up in Littleton, Colorado where she was a figure skater for 12 years, competing on behalf of Team USA. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in June 2012 with a bachelors degree in psychology and philosophy. At UCSB, Claire was the Student Director of the Sport Club program as well as the Captain of the Waterski & Wakeboard team. In her free time, Claire enjoys snow skiing, wakeboarding, mountain biking, hiking, dancing, volunteering with dogs, and cheering on the Colorado Rockies.