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Director and Staff Team and Employment

Meet our team of professional and dedicated staff members, who are all current students enrolled in academic programs of study at IUP. Please let any one of us know how we can help in your quest for health and fitness.


Richard Hsiao
Richard Hsiao, MS, MBA, PhD

Staff Team 


Christina Steele
, Facility Manager
Master’s Program:
Sport Science, Exercise Science 
Home town: Kittanning, PA
Background: Chrissi earned her bachelor’s degree from IUP in Elementary Education in 2011 and then went on to substitute teach in school districts in Western Pennsylvania. She plans to apply this background to the field of sport science by teaching others how to make health and fitness part of their lifestyles and how to help those around them to do the same. Her interest in the field of exercise stems from years spent as a competitive swimmer, runner, and gymnast. She has also held a number of facility management positions in aquatics and holds American Red Cross certifications as a Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Instructor.
Interesting Fact: Chrissi graduated from Marion Center High School and lived in Ocala, Fla., in 2007.

Lauren Lyons
, Assistant Manager 
Master’s Program: Sport Science, Sport Studies 
Home town: Indiana, PA
Background: Lauren earned her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training in 2013 from IUP. She has been a member of the cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track and field teams for three years. While earning her bachelor’s degree as an athletic trainer, Lauren worked with multiple sports teams at IUP and plans to continue applying her experiences and degree in the field to assist clients in a fitness-center setting with injury and prevention care.
Interesting Fact: Lauren holds an athletic trainer certification and is completing an internship with IUP’s Crimson Hawks football team.

Brooke McDaniel
, Assistant Manager and Personal Trainer

Master’s Program: Sport Science, Sport Management
Home town: Poconos, PA 
Background: Brooke earned her bachelor’s degree from IUP in Sport Administration with a minor in Business Administration. She plans to use her background and degree to work for the USA Olympic team, coach collegiate track and field, or become an academic athletic director for Division I athletes to guide them in becoming successful in their educational pursuits.
Interesting Fact: Brooke is a three-time national qualifier and a two-time Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference 400-meter dash champion.

Chad Westerburg
, Assistant Manager and Sport Business Conference Coordinator
Master’s Program: Sport Science, Sport Management
Home town: Albion, PA 
Background: Chad earned his bachelor’s degree from IUP in Sport Administration with a minor in Business Administration. He has held various positions in the sport management industry with the YMCA, Global Spectrum, and the IUP Athletics Department. Chad plans to utilize his experiences and education to pursue a career in college athletics.
Interesting Fact: Chad played saxophone until he entered high school. 



Patrick Davis
Major: Sport Administration
Hometown: Shippensburg, PA
Activities and Hobbies: Golfing, playing softball, going to casinos
Interesting Fact: He’s a major Green Bay Packers fan.


Dillon O'Keefe
: Sport Administration 
Hometown: Downingtown, PA 
Activities and Hobbies: Working out, hunting, skiing, attending professional sporting events, spending time with family and friends   
Interesting Fact: He was born and raised in Staten Island, New York, before moving to Pennsylvania.


Shawn Rause
Major: Sport Administration
Hometown: Latrobe, PA
Activities and Hobbies: Baseball, basketball, football, bike riding
Interesting Fact: He had open heart surgery last year.


John Simpson IV
Major: Sport Administration
Hometown: Apple Valley, MN
Activities and Hobbies: Basketball, running, taking care of six pets, and collecting movies, comic books, cards, and Redskins memorabilia
Interesting Fact: He lived on a naval base in Keflavik, Iceland, for three years.

Devon Murphy, Staff

Devon Murphy   
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Indiana, PA
Activities and Hobbies: Volleyball, football, woodworking
Interesting Fact: He got to meet and get an autograph and shake the hand of one of his greatest idols—Jerome Bettis—and cried.


Shane Pirl
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Uniontown, PA
Activities and Hobbies: Hanging out with friends and playing sports
Interesting Fact: He has played soccer for over 15 years.



Brittany Redmond, Group Fitness Instructor
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: New Castle
Background: Brittany has been teaching various group fitness classes for three years, including spinning, Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and High Intensity Interval training. Her training at IUP in exercise science has included exercise physiology, group exercise leadership, and studying how the body is structured and functions. She enjoys using a variety of equipment to keep her workouts interesting and fresh. Her strengths include body sculpting and toning, circuit training, and maintaining a high level of energy in her instruction through using music and having a highly motivating attitude.
Interesting Fact:  Through group exercise, Brittany lost over 50 pounds before becoming a fitness instructor herself.

Personal Trainers

Brooke M
Brooke McDaniel
, Assistant Manager and Personal Trainer

Master’s Program: Sport Science, Sport Management
Home town: Poconos, PA
Background: In high school, Brooke participated in tennis and track and field and continued her running career into college by joining IUP's Crimson Hawk track and field team. Brooke has obtained her USA Track and Field Level 1 Coaching Certification and American Sport Education Program Certification. In her four years as a collegiate athlete, she won two Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference track and field titles, was ranked among national athletes three times, and was in the top 50 of national Division II athletes. She specializes in strength and conditioning, including experience with plyometrics, lifting technique, and speed and agility training. 
Interesting Fact: Brooke is a three-time national qualifier and a two-time Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference 400-meter dash champion.

Doug Forlano
Major: Exercise Science
Home town: Norristown, PA 
Background: Doug is a junior who has participated in many physical fitness competitions in the community. He has won three 5K’s and has placed in an additional 10 races. He recently won his first weight-lifting competition at a local fitness center. In high school, he participated in wrestling, soccer, and baseball. He is currently vice president of the IUP Wrestling Club and president of the Exercise Science Club. Doug is very enthusiastic about getting people to become active and involved in fitness. He considers himself to be a well-rounded and knowledgeable trainer, ready to motivate anyone, and willing to research fitness topics to fit his clients' specific personal-training needs and goals. 
Interesting Fact: Doug has been a DJ for WIUP 90.1 FM and loves to dance.

Saralyn Ostrowski
Exercise Science
Home town: Monaca, PA 
Background: Saralyn is a junior who has spent much of her life participating in physical fitness activities, including gymnastics, track and field, skiing, and cheerleading. Her overall goals are to help people get in shape and make healthy living part of an continuous, active lifestyle. Saralyn can help you get motivated, set and reach goals, establish varied and exciting fitness routines, and build cardio endurance and muscle strength. If your goal is weight loss, Saralyn will work with you to discover the best ways for you to achieve your goals in lasting and healthy ways.
Interesting Fact: Saralyn has a twin brother, was born in Canada, has gone skydiving, and is a four-year wheelbarrow race champion.


Michael Jones

Major: Early Childhood/Special Education
Home town: Emporium, PA 
Activities and Hobbies: National Business Honor Society, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Publications, Student Council, Drama Club, Master of Homecoming Ceremonies, Band manager
Interesting Fact: Michael was prom king in high school.

Employment or Internships at the Fitness Center

Are you interested in making some extra money while gaining valuable experience in the field of exercise and fitness? If you are dedicated, professional, and willing to put our members first, then we might be looking for you!

Fitness and membership attendants are typically student workers and can be from any academic field. Between two and four student workers are needed yearly. In order for consideration, staff may be required to be available during winter and/or summer breaks. Typically between one and two personal trainers and group fitness instructors are needed yearly and must have junior or senior status in IUP’s Exercise Science program. Positions may or may not be available throughout the year.

Applications will be accepted any time by downloading and completing an Employee Application Form, attaching your resume, and delivering your information to the fitness center or mailbox outside of Room 114. If workers are not currently needed and the applicant will be available during the following term, their application will be kept on file for consideration during the next term.

Interns please complete an Intern Application Form, submit your resume, and deliver your information to the mailbox outside of Room 114 or email your packet to Dr. Hsiao at Interns should apply no later than two months prior to the semester they wish to complete their internship during. Interns must have their internship approved by their internship adviser no later than one month prior to the conclusion of the semester that precedes the prospective internship period (i.e., an internship for Fall must be approved no later than the end of March).

Positions that may be available along with their descriptions and requirements include:

Fitness and Membership Attendant

Group Fitness Instructor

Personal Trainer

  • Health and Physical Education Department
  • Zink Hall, Room 225
    1190 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2771
  • Fax: 724-357-3777
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.