Staff Directory

Joy

 

Executive Director, Campus Recreation & Student Wellbeing

Joy Polkabla Byers

(330) 941-2242

jlbyers@ysu.edu

Joy has a Bachelor’s of Specialized Studies, in music and recreation from Ohio University and a Masters of Education in recreation management from the University of Georgia.

My favorite part of working in Campus Recreation is watching students develop new passions for life long recreation activities and watching our student staff emerge as leaders.  

 

 


 

Ryan

 

Associate Director, Campus Recreation

Ryan McNicholas

(330) 941-2207

ramcnicholas@ysu.edu

Ryan is a proud YSU alumni, receiving his Bachelor degree in Exercise Science in 2005 and his Master in Health & Human Service in 2008 from YSU. 

 

My favorite thing about YSU Campus Recreation is working with the student staff, seeing their development of skills, and telling my infamous Dad Jokes!

 

 


Cameron

Assistant Director, Operations & Guest Services

Cameron Adams

(330) 941-3369

caadams02@ysu.edu

I graduated from Slippery Rock University and Washington State University with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Sport Management, then before coming to YSU I worked at Washington State University as the Coordinator of Facility Operations for nearly 5 years. 

What I like most about working at Campus Rec is the people, everyone is fun to be around and really enjoys what they do so that makes work so much easier to do!


Joe

Intramurals & Special Events Coordinator

Joe Conroy

(330) 941-3731

jcconroy@ysu.edu

I have been involved in sports all my life. I have organized events and teams from 2 to 30 teams. 

I really enjoy the opportunity to work and organize for and with students is and has been what I love to do.

 

 

 


 

RJ

 

Coordinator, Adventure Recreation

R.J. Markowitz

(330) 941-1964

ramarkowitz@ysu.edu

I am an 2 time YSU Beeghly College of Education alumnus with a love for the outdoors.  I really enjoy watching and taking part in the long term development of the students who work and recreate within our department.

 

 

 


Dominique

 

Coordinator, Club Sports & Summer Camps

Domonique Sak

(330) 941-2239

dsak@ysu.edu

Domonique hails from the hometown of Rochester, NY and earned MSEd in Physical Education and Athletic Administration from SUNY Brockport.

My favorite part of YSU Campus Rec is our bold programming efforts in order to captivate and enhance the student experience

 

 

 


 

Marko

 

Recreation Program Manager

Marko Marinkovich

(330) 941-1973

mmmarkinkovich@ysu.edu

 

Marko is a proud penguin, earning two degrees from Youngstown State University! He has worked in some capacity with Campus Recreation for nearly 40 years. He enjoys spending time with his daughters and enjoys going to Church! 

His favorite this about working at Campus Recreation is sharing an office with Dan! Felix & Oscar! 

 


Amanda

 

Membership & Marketing Coordinator

Amanda Reardon

(330) 941-2245

akreardon@ysu.edu

Amanda is a proud YSU alumna with a BS in Business Administration and former YSU Track and Field athlete.   

Her favorite part of working in the Campus Recreation is working with the student staff and watching them transform in productive members of society.

 

 

 


 

  Administrative Assistant

  Tiffany Buck

  (330) 941-7291

  tmbuck@ysu.edu

  I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Youngstown State University. 

  My favorite part about working at the rec center is watching the students have fun.


Graduate Assistant


Cassie Smith GA

 

Facility Operations

Cassie Smith

cesmith02@ysu.edu

330-941-2244

Cassie is currently a graduate student in the Department of Counseling’s Student Affairs program, and holds a Bachelors from The Ohio State University in Strategic Communication and Theater.

In addition to the incredibly dedicated and energetic staff, she appreciates how Campus Recreation at YSU promotes a well-rounded understanding of wellness and uses that to empower the Penguin community.

 

 


Club Sorts & Summer Camps 

Samantha Johnson 

svjohnson01@student.ysu.edu

330-941-2239

Samantha is a first year graduate student studying Student Affairs and College Counseling. She enjoys reading, especially Stephen King novels and listening to music. The thing she enjoys most about YSU is it feels like home and it evokes a friendly atmosphere.