Welcome from the Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation Director
"Westminster College is gaining a new dimension to campus life. Through integrating wellness within an already renowned academic setting, we have the formula for ultimate success. Strong positive correlations between regular physical activity and academic performance continue to support the importance of educating the “whole individual”—physically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
"The Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation Department provides students with innovative programs to inspire integration of healthy practices into their daily lives—including their academic lives. We encourage the entire Westminster community—students, staff, faculty, and alumni—to enjoy all that the Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center can provide for each individual on his or her path to optimal wellness.
Traci Siriprathane, M.P.E.
Director of Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation
Originally from Oregon, Traci received a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Willamette University, where she played basketball and ran track for 4 years. She received her Masters in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Administration from Idaho State, followed by a 5 year career with the YWCA of Salt Lake City as the Director of Health and Wellness. Outside of work Traci enjoys playing volleyball with her friends, her husband, and son. Traci serves as the Treasure on the Board of Directors for the Utah Outdoor Volleyball Association. Traci has been at Wesminster since December 2005. Contact Traci
Laura Iverson, M.S.
Assistant Director of Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation
Laura was born with a passion for fitness! This passion led her to earn a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Sport Science from the University of Idaho as well as certificates in Personal Training, Group Exercise and Yoga. Laura has worked at Westminster College for 8 years and is thrilled to oversee the areas of Group Exercise, Personal Training, Intramurals and Wellness. Laura’s other interests include mountain biking, trail running, cooking, snowboarding, laughing and having fun!
TIANA WHITE, M.S.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FITNESS, WELLNESS & RECREATION - OUTDOOR PROGRAMS
Tiana grew up exploring the woods and rivers in and around northeastern Oklahoma and studied Geology at Hamilton College in upstate New York, where outdoor education became a significant part of her life. She earned her Master’s degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism with an emphasis in Experiential Education from the University of Utah. Tiana has directed outdoor programs at both Missouri State University and Realms of Inquiry School in Salt Lake City. Tiana has her Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician certification and works as an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS.) Her work and personal adventures have taken her all over the US from Maine to Washington and internationally to India, Canada, Mexico, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Costa Rica, and China.
JASON BLAUCH, M.A.
OUTDOOR PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Jason found his way to the United States for college and quickly fell in love with the mountains of the West. After a number of years working for various outdoor education companies and working as a climbing guide and instructor, Jason landed a full-time position as the Director of Outdoor Programs at the University of Redlands in California. In 2011 he moved to Salt Lake City to pursue a Master's degree in Environmental Studies and started his current position at Westminster College. His guiding and work as an instructor in outdoor education has taken him to all the States of the West including Alaska, British Columbia, Mexico as well as international trips to Nepal, South Africa, Namibia, and Kenya. Jason is a current AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor (SPI), is an Assistant SPI Provider, and an AMGA Aspirant Rock Guide. Jason is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.
LIZ ROGERS, M.ED.
ACADEMIC ADVISOR - OUTDOOR EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP MINOR
Liz grew up in California and spent the first part of college at the University of British Columbia. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at the University of Utah. She received an M.Ed. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Liz has worked as an instructor for the Alf Engen Ski School and the National Outdoor Leadership School. Prior to coming to Westminster, Liz taught high school at the Horizonte Instruction and Training Center. She loves all outdoor activities, especially skiing!
The Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation Department employs 60 dynamic individuals who hold anywhere from 1 to 3 positions in the department. Student staff positions include; Reception Attendants, Climbing Wall Instructors and Route Setters, Strength and Cardio Attendants, Outdoor Recreation Attendants, Indoor Cycling Instructors, Group Exercise Instructors, Lifeguards, Swim Instructors, and Intramural Supervisors.