Director, Staff Team, and Employment Information

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

    Each year in August, a new management team steps in to begin their professional journey in the fitness center. These individuals are also graduate students earning their master’s degrees from the Kinesiology, Health, and Sports Science Department. They are pursuing degrees with concentrations either in Sport Management, Exercise Science, or Sport Studies.

    In addition to a new management team each academic year, the fitness center is staffed with interns and student workers.

    Each semester, towards the end of August and January, you will see the new faces of undergraduate students pursuing Sport Administration degrees completing their internship experiences in the fitness center.

    There are also student workers with various backgrounds and interests who add to our staff in a variety of ways as fitness instructors, personal trainers, or fitness and membership attendants. Please welcome new faces, and don’t be afraid to ask questions as we get to know you!  

    Director

    Dr. Richard Hsiao
    Richard Hsiao, PhD, MBA, MS

    Staff Team 

    Graduate Assistants

    Tara KibeTara Kibe, Facility Manager

    Hometown: Reedsville, PA

    Master’s Program: Sport Management 

    Background: Tara earned her bachelor’s degree from IUP in May 2018, majoring in sport management with a minor in business. She has worked at the HUB Fitness Center and M.R. Stax Fitness Center back home. She has interned with the State College Spikes, a minor league baseball team, and also finished an internship with the facilities manager, Emily Briggs, here at IUP last spring. After graduation, Tara hopes to get a doctorate in sport management to become a professor.

    Interesting Fact: Tara started varsity softball and basketball all four years in high school. She loves watching college football on Saturdays, and her favorite team is Penn State.

    Alexander JulianAlexander Julian: Assistant Facility Manager

    Hometown: Washington, NJ

    Master’s Program: Sport Management

    Background: Alex earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of the Sciences in 2018, where he was a member of the baseball team for two years before getting injured. Last year, he worked with the volleyball, basketball, and baseball teams as a facility supervisor for all the home games and coached 16 travel baseball for the New Jersey Jays. After he graduates, he would like to continue coaching and become an athletic director.

    Interesting Fact: Alex has been to 15 of the 30 current MLB baseball stadiums.

    Jordan MeckesJordan Meckes: Assistant Facility Manager

    Hometown: Kunkletown, PA

    Master's Program: Sports Management

    Background: Jordan received her bachelor’s degree in sports management with a minor in business administration in 2018 from IUP. Jordan’s prior experience includes interning at Saint Francis University and Penn State New Kensington Athletics. After earning her master’s degree, Jordan is hoping to work in facility and operations management, or in an athletic department at the collegiate level.

    Interesting Fact: Jordan started varsity softball and basketball all four years in high school. She loves watching baseball—go Yankees!

    Emma BrownEmma Brown: Assistant Facility Manager

    Hometown: New Kensington, PA

    Undergraduate Program: Sports Administration

    Graduate Program: Sport Studies

    Background: This spring is Emma’s first semester holding the position of graduate assistant. In her free time, Emma likes to spend time with her friends and family (especially her three nephews), run and work out, read, and bowl. This summer, Emma interned with the Miami Heat in their ticket sales department, and she is continuing her professional career, post-grad, as an account executive of Organizational Business Development with the Cleveland Cavaliers in June. She also works in her hometown as a waitress. Emma is looking forward to her experience and meeting the members of the James G. Mills Fitness Center.

    Interesting Fact: She placed at the PIAA State Championship three times with her 4x100 and 4x400 relays during her track and field experience in high school.

    Madison ElsesserMadison Elsesser: Staff

    Hometown: Lewistown, PA

    Undergraduate Program: Exercise Science

    Background: In Maddie’s free time, she loves to run, ski, swim, or do anything to keep her active! This past summer, Maddie taught group swim fitness classes to professors at Penn State. She is looking forward to gaining more experience and meeting new people while working at the James G. Mills Fitness Center. Madison will be teaching a variety of different classes, based on member suggestions, on Wednesdays at noon. She will also be teaching Insanity on Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. Her classes will be free for members and $5 for non-members.  She hopes to see you there!

    Interesting Fact: She used to run cross country at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.

    Tyler Montgomery Tyler Montgomery: Staff

    Hometown: Oxford, PA

    Graduate Program: Exercise Science

    Background: Tyler enjoys playing many sports, such as lifting and exercising. He likes to play guitar, drums, and piano. Drawing characters from multiple sources of media is his favorite way to relax.

    Interesting Fact: Tyler has Celiac Disease, meaning he has an allergy to gluten. This disease also affects his immune system and regenerative cells. 

    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. 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 e-mail your packet to Richard Hsiao at hsiao@iup.edu. 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