Julia Wightman, M Ed.- Director (she, her, hers)

Email: Phone: 410-706-0288

Julia is originally from Edinburg, Va., and joined UMB and URecFit in September 1991. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Radford University in Health and Physical Education and master's degree from the University of Virginia in Exercise Physiology. Growing up surrounded by the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Julia’s love of recreation and fitness started early in life. In her free time, Julia loves spending time with her dog and enjoys kayaking, hiking, camping, fishing, and photography.

Jimmy Heiner - Associate Director, Operations

Jimmy Heiner

Email: Phone: 410-706-4631

Jimmy was born and raised in York, Pa., and earned his bachelor of science degree in Sport Management at York College of Pennsylvania and a master's degree at Georgia State University. Jimmy started at UMB in August 2011 as the Assistant Director of Aquatics.  Since then he has used his interest and experience in operations to become the Associate Director, Operations for URecFit and the Campus Center.  In his free time, Jimmy loves to spend time with his wife, Amanda, daughter Addie and their two dogs, Nittany and Mogli. 

Jacob Pridemore - Senior Assistant Director

Jacob Pridemore

Email: Phone: 410-706-7272

Jacob oversees intramural sports and the Pratt Gym at URecFit. He is originally from Atlanta and has lived in Maryland since May 2016. He earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Georgia State University and a master's degree in Recreation and Sports Management at Florida International University. In his spare time, he enjoys officiating basketball and spending time with his wife, Caitlin, and his dog, Natty. 

Jimmy Mszanski, MBA, CPT, GFI - Senior Assistant Director

Jimmy Mszanski

Email: Phone: 410-706-5355

Jimmy joined the URecFit team in May of 2016. Jimmy was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, and earned a bachelor of science degree in Exercise Science from Youngstown State University. He moved to Baltimore from Birmingham, Ala., where he earned his master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Jimmy manages all fitness programs, spaces, equipment, and staff. He has also served as the chair for the UMB Annual Wellness Fair since 2018 and the American Heart Association Chair in 2019.

Michelle Peralta, MPH, RYT-200 - Senior Assistant Director of Wellness

Michelle Peralta

Email: Phone: 410-706-7370

Michelle plays a key leadership role in developing and directing strategic wellness initiatives to improve the quality of student health on campus. Her interests include stress management, mind-body techniques, peer education and collegiate recovery. Michelle completed her Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from Temple University in 2010. She is completing her Master's Degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Community and Population Health. She seeks to empower people with creative solutions for health behavior and lifestyle changes. 

Mark Dixon - Assistant Director, Youth & Family Programs

Mark Dixon

Email: Phone: 410-706-5858

Mark is originally from Thomasville, Ala., and joined UMB and URecFit in January 2018. Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in Business Management and a master's degree from Texas State University in Recreation and Leisure Administration. Growing up all over the world, he got the opportunity to experience recreation throughout several different cultures. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. 

Elizabeth Lasker - Assistant Director, Aquatics

Elizabeth Lasker

Email: Phone: 410-706-7665

Elizabeth is originally from Baltimore. She holds a bachelor of science degree from the College of Charleston and a master's degree in Nonprofit Management from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Elizabeth has 25 years of experience instructing swim lessons for a wide variety of people in ages ranging from 2 to 82 and with a broad spectrum of ability, from those with disabilities to those training for triathlons. Elizabeth is excited to bring her enthusiasm for the pool to the University of Maryland, Baltimore and hopes to help others reach their aquatic goals.

Brandon Suarez - Program Coordinator, Client Relations

Brandon Suarez

Email: Phone: 410-706-2719

Brandon was born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico. He moved to Baltimore in the summer of 2012 and attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology. While in college, he joined URecFit in the fall of 2012, working as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and aquatics admin. In his free time, Brandon enjoys staying active, doing outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends.