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Student Recreation Center

Administrative Staff


The administrative staff at the Student Recreation Center has more than 35 years of experience in the fields of fitness and recreation to meet the needs of our members.  Our goal is to have a hands-on approach to making sure you have a positive experience while using our facilities and participating in our programming.  Scroll down to find out more about our administrative staff members.


Derek Walters, Director

Derek Walters, Director

Derek oversees all Student Recreation Center operations, programs, and services and directly supervises the program coordinators and support staff. Prior to becoming Director, he served as Associate Director - Facility Management for Recreational Services at Kansas State University from August 1994 to June 2005. Derek is honored to hold the distinction of being the first director of the Student Recreation Center.

Education: B.S., Psychology, Kansas State University & M.S., Health and Physical Education, Kansas State University

Bio: Derek was born and raised in Leavenworth, Kansas where he was the only boy out of four children. He played football, baseball, and basketball through high school. Throughout high school and college Derek worked for Leavenworth Parks and Recreation department and umpired baseball and softball at nights in the summer. In the winter he enjoyed refereeing basketball. While at K-State, Derek worked for Recreational Services as a Building Supervisor, Intramural Official, and eventually Graduate Assistant. Upon completion of his graduate degree Derek served as the Assistant Director - Intramural/Extramural Sports at William Paterson College, Wayne, New Jersey from August 15, 1986 to July 1, 1988. Derek became the Assistant Director - Programs at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO from July, 1988 - July, 1991. Derek was promoted to Associate Director of Campus Recreation where he assumed the duties of overseeing the programming area as well as facility management from July, 1991 - July 1994. Derek is a member of the National Intramural/Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) where he is a Certified Recreational Sports Specialist. He has also served as a NIRSA State Director and has presented at state, regional, and national conferences. He was awarded the New Jersey NIRSA Service Award 1986-1988.

Personal: Derek and his wife Loretta have two adult sons, Derek and Drew.


Lerin Winchester, Recreation Program Manager

Lerin Winchester

Education: B.S., Recreation Administration, M.A. Education - Higher Education

Bio:  Lerin started as the Intramural Coordinator in August 2007.  Prior to beginning at the Rec Center, she served as the Intramural Program Coordinator at Fresno State since 2005. Lerin played soccer here at Fresno State for three years.  Her goal here at the Rec Center is to provide an athletic outlet for the non-collegiate athlete.  The wide variety of programs offered each semester through Intramurals will afford students such opportunities.

Personal:  During the summer, Lerin is a river guide at Kings River Expeditions.  She also plays midfield for a traveling soccer team.


Micolette Peña, Operations Supervisor

Micolette Pena

As the Operations Supervisor of the Fresno State Student Recreation Center, Micolette is enthusiastic about leveraging her extensive and diverse experience to enhance both the facility and our staff. Micolette boasts an impressive work history that spans various roles and responsibilities. Beginning as a Member Services Office Assistant at Fresno State Student Recreation Center in 2012, Micolette quickly demonstrated her passion for delivering exceptional service and progressed through roles such as Recreation Assistant (2013), Shift Supervisor (2014), and Student Manager (2016). Concurrently, Micolette also served as an Usher at the Save Mart Center from 2015 to 2017, ensuring patrons had memorable experiences during events. She extended her service as an Usher and Ticket Taker for the Fresno Grizzlies in 2015 and later transitioned to Ticket Office Sales in 2016. Notably, Micolette made a contribution to the San Francisco 49ers as a 50/50 Raffle Seller in 2016, enhancing fan engagement and charitable initiatives. Continuing her upward trajectory, she excelled as an Intern with the Fresno Monsters in 2016, eventually ascending to the esteemed position of Director of Marketing in 2018. Further enriching her career, Micolette assumed the role of Community Relations Manager with the Visalia Rawhide from 2017 to 2018, solidifying her reputation as a dynamic and versatile professional within the sports industry. Through a relentless commitment to excellence, Micolette has consistently delivered exceptional results and continues to make a lasting impact.

Matt Olson, Intramural Coordinator

Matt Olson

Matt began his career with the Student Recreation Center during his time as an undergraduate student in 2016. Since then, Matt has worked across all existing departments as a shift supervisor, student manager, group fitness instructor, and now, intramural programs coordinator. His passion for higher education and a balanced, healthy lifestyle inspires his dedication to Fresno State students. Matt hopes to provide the same opportunities he utilized as a student, while also growing the program to new heights.  Matt is a Fresno State dual major, and earned a B.S., Psychology, and B.A., Criminology – Forensic Behavioral Sciences.  After his undergraduate studies, Matt went on to graduate school at UC Irvine to earn his M.A. in Legal and Forensic Psychology.

Matt prided himself in playing varsity level football and baseball, while also performing in his high school’s choir. Some notable accomplishments include his term with Team USA football and singing backup for Kidz Bop 1 & 2. Intramurals provided Matt with a competitive outlet while also introducing him to friends and professional connections. Nowadays, Matt focuses on functional fitness, his golf game, and traveling with his wife.


Eric Acuna, Custodial Supervisor

Eric Acuna

Eric has been with the Student Recreation Center since it opened in 2006.

Phillip Alanis, Custodian

Phillip Alanis

Phillip, a graduate of Fresno High School, has been with the Student Recreation Center for over five years.