About Us

Full-Time Staff

Sandi Carlisle

Sandi Carlisle, Director



B.S. Physical Education, St. Edward's University

M.A. Education, Texas State University

Sandi started her career in Student Affairs in 1983 at Texas State University (TSU).  During her tenure at TSU she served as the Coordinator and Assistant Director of Student Development, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation in Sport Clubs, and then as the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation for Intramural Sports.  She also served as an Associate Director of Facility Operations at TSU and assisted in building a dedicated Student Recreation Center.  After moving to Illinois she opened a shared recreation, athletic, and physical education facility at an Illinois park district.  Sandi began working at NIU in 2001 as an Assistant Director and then Associate Director in Residential Facilities/Housing and Dining.  Sandi became the Director of Campus Recreation in August, 2006.

Favorite form of exercise: Jogging, running

What do you do for fun: Movies, being outdoors, plays, concerts, spending time with family

Originally from: South Pasadena, California

Favorite sports team: Dallas Cowboys

Why NIU: Because staff care about making a difference in students' lives

Favorite NIU Tradition: Welcome Days & Rec Fest


Natasha JohnsonNatasha Johnson, Business Administrative Associate


A.S. Business Administration, Kishwaukee College                                  

B.S. Business Administration, Northern Illinois University

Certificate of Undergraduate Study in Service Management, Northern Illinois University

Certificate of Undergraduate Study in Information Systems, Northern Illinois University

Natasha joined the Campus Recreation Staff in the fall of 2014. She oversees all of the Business Operations within Campus Recreation

Favorite form of exercise: Elliptical and Swimming

What do you do for fun: Explore new places and states each year, bike, play board games, and spend time with friends and family

Favorite NIU tradition: NIU Huskies vs. Toledo Rockets (she is originally from Toledo, OH). 


Laura KucikLaura Kucik, Coordinator of Competitive Sports 


B.S. Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies, Augustana College                                      

M.L.D. Sports Leadership, North Central College

Favorite form of exercise: Playing soccer or TurboKick

Favorite sports team: Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks


Leanne KulchawikLeanne Kulchawik, Coordinator of Fitness & Wellness


B.S. Exercise & Wellness, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville                                   

M.S. Ed. Exercise Physiology, Northern Illinois University

Leanne joined the Campus Recreation staff in the spring of 2015. She oversees Group Fitness, Personal Training, and Huskie Fit Club. Leanne is a certified personal trainer and also has experience teaching Group Fitness classes.

Favorite form of exercise: Weight Lifting and H.I.I.T.

What do you do for fun: Read, workout, explore the city and spend time with family and friends

Favorite sports team: Chicago Bulls



Christine LagattollaChristine Lagattolla, Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventures


B.S. Physical Education, Northern Illinois University

M.S. Educational Psychology, Northern Illinois University

Christine has been working for Campus Recreation since the spring of 2006. She started working for the Outdoor Adventures program as a Trip Leader and Student Manager. Christine has instructed several different Group Fitness classes and special events since 2007. Christine spent the fall 2009 semester as a G.A. at Western Illinois University for a traveling semester program focused in Outdoor Recreation, ECOEE. Christine returned to NIU Spring 2010 and worked as the GA for Sport Clubs. She currently teaches yoga and oversees adventure trips and team building, staff training, equipment rentals, and service projects.

Favorite form of exercise: Anything outside

What do you do for fun: travel and explore

If I was trapped on a Desert Island and I could only bring 3 things they would be: fire starter, my dog, and a knife

Favorite sports team: NIU Huskies

Why NIU: I swam in the Kish

Favorite NIU Tradition: Huskie Football



Dave LochbaumDave Lochbaum, Associate Director of Facility Operations


B.S. History, Illinois Wesleyan University

M.S. Leisure and Sport Administration, Illinois State University

Dave started his career in recreation at the University of California Santa Barbara as the Assistant Director of Intramural Sports and Departmental Special Events.  In 1996 he joined the Campus Recreation staff as the Coordinator for Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, and Summer Camp.  Since then he has served in various roles including Assistant Director of Facilities and Student Employment and now as the Associate Director for Facility Operations.  Dave oversees facility reservations and rentals, capital improvement projects, capital fitness equipment purchases and maintenance,the day-to-day facility operations of both the Student Recreation Center and Chick Evans Field House, and the Aquatics Program.  Dave is also a certified American Heart Association CPR/AED and 1st Aid Certification Instructor. 

Favorite form of exercise: Tae Kwon Do

Last book you read: You Only Live Twice

If I was trapped on a Desert Island and I could only bring 3 things they would be: a comfortable chair, suntan lotion and a good library of books

Favorite sports team: Minnesota Vikings

Why NIU: NIU is a dynamic place that is always striving to offer the best to its students.

Favorite NIU Tradition: Homecoming Week



Nick MaentanisNick Maentanis, Coordinator of Open Recreation


B.S. Kinesiology and Sport Studies, Eastern Illinois University                                   

M.S. Sport Management, Western Illinois University

Nick has been working in Campus Recreation in some capacity since the fall of 2009 when he began as a student manager at Eastern Illinois University. Prior to his arrival at Northern Illinois University, Nick was a Facility Management Graduate Assistant at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. As the Coordinator of Open Recreation his responsibilities include: coordination and supervisor of all Open Recreation staff int eh Student Recreation Center, Chick Evans Field House, New Hall and Gilbert Fitness Centers, and the Outdoor Rec Sports Complex. Nick will also oversee risk management training. 

Favorite form of exercise: Cycling

What do you do for fun: Golf, Play Softball, Spend time with friends and family

Favorite sports team: New York Yankees



Chrissy TluczekChrissy Tluczek, Assistant Director of Open Recreation


B.A. History, Western Illinois University

M.S.Ed. Student Affairs Administration, Baylor University

Chrissy joined the Campus Recreation staff in the summer of 2009.  Her responsibilities include: coordination and supervision of all Open Recreation staff in the Student Recreation Center, Chick Evans Field House, New Hall and Gilbert Fitness Rooms, and the Outdoor Rec Sports Complex; risk management training including CPR/AED and First Aid certification; and oversight of all aspects of open recreation. Chrissy is responsible for setting up facility tours for prospective students and members, organizations, and University 101/201 classes. Prior to coming to NIU, Chrissy began her Campus Recreation career as a Facilities Graduate Assistant and International Rec Social Graduate Assistant in Campus Recreation at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. 

Favorite thing ever: Exploring new places

What do you do for fun: Road trips, concerts, read, hike, bike, and play softball.

Favorite sports team: Chicago White Sox (Bears & Hawks close behind)

I’m really good at: being spontaneous

Favorite NIU Tradition: RecFest



Lee Ann GustafsonLee Ann Gustafson Coordinator of Marketing and Public Relations


B.F.A. Fine Art, Rockford University 

Lee Ann joined Campus Rec in Spring of 2015. She oversees social media, production of marketing materials, administrative duties and student staff. Prior to NIU she was a Graphic Artist at Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL; where she was responsible for design and production of student catalogs, plus a large variety of promotional materials for college Marketing and the Foundation.

What do you do for fun: Garden, paint, atv, antiques, and yoga.

Favorite sports team: All Chicago Teams 

I’m really good at: being creative 

Favorite Movie: Wizard of Oz



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