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Biographies

Angela Arnold, Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President

Angela has been in an Administrative Assistant position at Radford University since October, 2012. She has been a part of Student Activities since January, 2014. Originally from Blacksburg, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise from Virginia Tech. She currently lives in Radford and loves being a part of the Radford University community.

Kim Aspelmeier, Building Manager Peters Hall

Kim received her bachelors of science in Physical Education from Southwest Missouri State University.  She came to Radford in the fall of 2000 and taught as an adjunct instructor for Exercise, Sport and Health Education department and part time manager of the fitness center.  In 2003, she became the recreation supervisor of Peters Hall fitness center.  In 2006, she became the building manager of Peters Hall.  Before coming to Radford University, she was a physical education specialist and middle school athletic director for 4 years at Jerome Lippman Jewish Community Day School in Akron, Ohio.

Robert Bedford, Director of Student Involvement

Robert has served in administrative roles within student affairs for 29 years. A recent employee of Radford University as of May 2014, after serving most recently at Northeastern Illinois University, in addition to having worked at Indiana University at Indianapolis, Indiana Wesley University, Lafayette College of Pennsylvania, and Indiana University-South Bend. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, as well as a Dual Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and Higher Education Administration. The Iota Lambda Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. enshrined him with its most coveted award as Man of the Year, making him one of the youngest recipients. He currently serves as Dean of Education and Director of Training and Development for The Midwest Region of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Northeastern Illinois celebrated Robert as the “2011” recipient of the “College Administrator” of the year Award. On March 17, 2012, he was inducted into the State of Wisconsin’s “Hall of Fame”.

James Boone, Equipment Technician

James has lived in Roanoke most of his life, has been a Navy-Marine corps medic, C.N.A., O. R. tech, audio video technician for 20+ years and, before his current position, a cook at Austin Grill.  He is now married to the coolest woman that teaches history at Radford University.

Ken Bonk, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs/Student Activities

Ken has served in administrative roles within student affairs for 29 years. He came to Radford University in 2002 after serving at both two and four-year institutions, including Arizona State University and Temple University. He holds an associate degree in business management, a bachelor's degree in communication, and a Master of Science Degree in Post-Secondary Educational Administration and Leadership.

Andy Borak, Coordinator of Outdoor Programs

Andy has worked for the Department of Student Activities since 2010.  In addition to his experience in the field of Higher Education, he has a diverse background with experience in law, counseling, teaching, expeditionary travel, and wilderness based education.  Andy is actively involved in the Outdoor Industry with ties to the American Canoe Association, American Mountain Guides Association, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, National Speleological Society, Wilderness Medical Association, Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Outward Bound.  

Alice Coughlin, Associate Director

Alice had been employed by Radford University since 1987 when she returned to her alma mater from the Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia areas; after working outside the realm of higher education.  She is proud to be a 2 time alumni of RU; and has appreciated the many opportunities that she has been afforded during her tenure with the university. 

“to love what you do and feel that it matters---how could anything be more fun?”    Katherine Graham

Sally Cox, Information and Event Planning Manager

Sally has worked in the department of student activities since March 1985.

Donna Epperly, Secretary Senior of Campus Recreation

Donna has worked at Radford University for 37 years, 17 of which have been within the Department of Student Activities.  She came to Radford University in 1977 after working at Virginia Tech for four years.

Elizabeth Koch, Accounts Manager

Elizabeth has served in her current role since 1997. Her experience working with students goes back to 1983. After working at Virginia Tech for 14 years, she then came to Radford University and has loved working with the students of Radford since day one.

John Leonard, Assistant Director for Student Involvement

John began working with the department of student activities in 1999.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the College of William and Mary and his Master of Science degree in Counseling and Human Development at Radford University.

Ben Litvak, Coordinator of Student Organizations

Ben joined Radford University and the Department of Student Activities in the fall of 2011. He switched roles in the spring of 2014 from the Program Coordinator of Operations, Training, and Education to his current position.  Ben received his Bachelor of Art in Criminology and Investigative Sciences from West Virginia University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Corporate and Professional Communication at Radford University. 

Robert Marias, Assistant Director for Greek Life

Robert received his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, and has worked with fraternities and sororities at NC State, Kent State, the University of Akron, and Kettering University. Robert joined the Student Activities staff in April of 2011. He has been working with fraternities and sororities as a campus based professional for over a decade. Robert remains an active alumni volunteer for Sigma Nu Fraternity. He has been recognized for his commitment to the students and the campuses with which he works; having recently received the Faculty Member of the Year Award from the RU Greek Community, RU’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s Recognizing Excellence in Diversity or “RED” Award for Staff Member of the Year, and the Greek Advisor of the Year Award from Alpha Sigma Alpha during their 2014 National Convention.

Douglas Mead, Theater Production Manager/Technical Director for Bondurant Auditorium

Douglas has worked in the department of student activities since October 1994. Prior to his work in Student Activities he was the a/v manager of a conference center in central Virginia during his late teens and very early 20’s. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Radford University.  He is a third generation RU graduate, his mother and grandmother both having obtained education degrees from the university.  In addition to his employment with the university, Doug has done freelance work in lighting, sound, and other aspects of technical production. He was the lighting designer for three multi-media collaborations between the Department of Dance and Appalachian Studies, all of which were performed at other venues as far away as New Jersey. Hobbies include an avid interest in ancient European and Near-Eastern history, film, reading, using perfectly good basses and guitars to make hideous noises, hiking and writing.

Barry Miller, Director of the Department of Recreation and Wellness

Miller comes to RU most recently from Old Dominion University, where he served more than two years as the director of the Peninsula Higher Education Center.  Prior to ODU, Miller worked for 15 years in the University of Delaware’s Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services gaining in depth experience delivering the wide array of recreation programs. He carries more than 20 years of higher education leadership experience, including positions in teaching, academic affairs and recreation administration. Miller also serves on the editorial review board for the NIRSA Recreational Sports Journal. Miller earned a B.A. in physical education/teacher preparation in 1987 and an M.A. in biomechanics, teaching and coaching in 1990, both from California State University, Chico; a Ph.D. in kinesiology/sport biomechanics in 1997 from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; and an M.B.A. in 2002 from the Alfred Lerner School of Business at the University of Delaware.

Jason Pace, Recreation Supervisor

Jason received his bachelor’s degree in media studies from Radford University and his master’s degree in sport studies from High Point University. Jason joined the Radford University staff in 2013, prior to that was the Assistant Director of Facility Services at Ferrum College. His passion for working with students comes from seeing the impact his mother made as a teacher and his father has had as an administrator in the school system. He’d like to be able to make that same impact he’s seen his parents have on others.

Peggy Perdue, Accounts Manager and Office Manager

Peggy started working at Radford University in 1988.  She worked two years with the finance and budget office, nine years in accounts payable, and has been with the department of student activities since 1999.

Foster Ridpath, Intramural and Sports Clubs Coordinator

Foster is a two-time alum, receiving both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Radford University.  While attending Radford University for his undergraduate degree, he played intercollegiate baseball and he is also a native to the Radford area.

Chris Shelor, Evening/Weekend Operations Manager

Chris began working in student activities at Radford University in the fall of 2011 after working at Virginia Tech. He received his bachelor's degree in exercise, sport, and health education from Radford. Chris also has his master’s degree in sports management from the University of Central Missouri. On a side note, sharks have a week dedicated to Chris and bulls refuse to fight him.

Jessica Twiest, Assistant Director for Programming and Leadership

Jessica received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Winona State University and her master's degree in higher education administration from St. Cloud State University. Prior to Radford, she worked four years as the student resource coordinator at Century College and three years as the assistant director of student involvement and leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is an alumna of Tri Sigma, Zeta Eta chapter.

Jacquelyn Thomas, Coordinator of Greek Life Programs

Ms. Thomas graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Morgan State University in 2011. While in attendance her passion for student development, programming, and leadership began through involvement in clubs and organizations, housing and residence life, student government, recruitment for the ROTC program and admissions.  Upon graduation she committed herself to a year of service with AmeriCorps where she acted as a caseworker in west Baltimore city with juvenile offenders. In this position she mentored and advocated for over 90 youth in the school system, community, and judicial system. Currently she is taking up Educational Leadership and policy studies at Virginia Tech.  She is a member of National Orientation Director Association, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, The Virginia Tech Higher Education Association and  as well as a proud member of  Pi Kappa Delta National Honorary Society, and The National Society of Pershing Angels Incorporated  and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated. In her Greek career she has served as the highest position at the local level of her sorority.

Jermaine Thomas, Intramural Sports and Recreation Coordinator

Jermaine received both his Bachelor’s degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation and his Master’s degree in Physical Education: Sports Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Prior to joining the Radford staff in April 2012, he worked 4+ years as a Recreation Program Coordinator for the City of New Bern and volunteer coached countless years in football, wrestling and track.

Geoff White, Assistant Director for Student Media

Geoff earned his bachelor of arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Washington and Lee University. He came to Radford University in 2007 after working five years as the production director and operations manager for a radio station in Massachusetts. He also taught at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting and did freelance writing for the Providence Journal and the Sports Journal.