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Graduate Assistants

Chad Cadwell

Graduate Assistant for Outdoor Adventures

B.A. Recreation in Education, University of South Dakota, May 2002

M.S.ED. Adult and Higher Education, Northern Illinois University, May 2014

Chad is joining the NIU Department of Campus Recreation in the Outdoor Adventures program while pursuing his lifelong goal of facilitating outdoor and experiential education to young adults.  Before arriving here, he built and managed a sea kayaking outfitter on the Missouri River on the Lewis and Clark trail. In the off-season, Chad worked for Wind and Surfing Adventures based in the US Virgin Islands and brought kayaking clients down to hide from the harsh South Dakota winters.  Chad also worked as the resident manager of a bridgeless private island club on Florida’s Gulf Coast called Useppa Island for four years.  He was last employed in Lift Operations for Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont. Chad is now excited to be assisting in all element of Outdoor Adventures to include adventure trips, Adventure Center operations and team building workshops.



Angela Caringella
Graduate Assistant for Open Recreation

B.A. Public Communications, minor: Journalism, DePaul University

M.S. Sport Management, Northern Illinois University, May 2013

Worked in DePaul Campus Recreation for 4 years as Intramural official/supervisor and entrance attendant. After graduation, worked for 2 years in recreation field as youth fitness program coordinator and instructor.

First year as Open Rec GA at NIU. Responsible for assisting in the overall administration and management of the Open Recreation and Youth Camp programs including staff training, program development, risk management, supervision, assessment and marketing.



Matt Harris
Graduate Assistant for Business Operations

B.S. Economics, Northern Illinois University, May 2005

M.S. Sport Management, Northern Illinois University, May 2011

M.S. Leadership Masters of Accounting Science (L.M.A.S.), Northern Illinois University, May 2014

Matt is in his first year as a Business Operations Graduate Assistant at NIU. Matt has previously worked in accounting positions for four years before pursuing a Master's degree in accounting. Matt has previously worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the KNPE Department and has interned with a professional baseball team and a country club during his Sport Management studies. Matt's current responsibilities include reconciling deposits, processing payroll for student employees, and processing membership orders.




Leanne Kulchawik
Graduate Assistant for Group Fitness

B.S. Exercise and Wellness ,Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2010

M.S. Exercise Physiology, Northern Illinois University, May 2013

Leanne is in her second year as the Fitness and Wellness Graduate Assistant at NIU.  She has been involved in Campus Recreation for four years working as a weight room attendant, group fitness instructor, weight room supervisor, intramural intern, and provided fitness assessments.  Leanne received her undergraduate degree from SIUE in Exercise and Wellness and is now working on her Masters in Exercise Physiology.  She currently assists the Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness in overseeing Group Fitness, Personal Training and Nutrition. 



Stephanie Pleasant

Graduate Assistant for Facilities

B.A. History, University of California, Davis, June 2011

B.A. Communication, University of California, Davis, June 2011

M.S.ED. Adult and Higher Education, Northern Illinois University, May 2013

Stephanie joins the NIU Department of Campus Recreation as the Facilities and Operations Graduate Assistant with four years of experience in recreational services with UC Davis Campus Recreation.  She has held positions as a Member Services Attendant, Membership Attendant, Scheduling Coordinator, Event Technician, and Building Supervisor.  She has aspirations to become a leading figure in recreational services.  Stephanie’s current responsibilities include the management of facility reservations, facility contracts and rentals, maintenance, and special event production, equipment inventory control, assessment, research, student supervision, and personnel development.