Meet Our Staff

‌Lisa Murphy

Director of Recreational Services

 

 

Before coming to Drake University in the Fall of 2004, Lisa travelled her way around the state of Iowa.  Lisa grew up in Perry, Iowa and then headed to the University of Northern Iowa to earn her B.A. in Leisure, Youth & Human Services.  After UNI Lisa head to Iowa City where she earned her M.A in Sports Management from the University of Iowa.  At Drake University you can see Lisa working with sports clubs, intramurals, memberships and recreation student employees.  She also enjoys playing a variety of Intramurals – but some of her favorite are basketball, football, softball and volleyball.  During her time away from Drake, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her 3 sons.   

Jordan Grindeland

Intramural and Club Sports Coordinator 

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Prior to joining the Bulldog family in August of 2014, Jordan graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelors Degree of Business Administration-Management. He mainly grew up in Colorado, spending as much time in the mountains as possible. Currently, Jordan serves as the NIRSA Region V Student Leader and collaborates with various Intramural Programs throughout the nation. Jordan’s favorite hobbies are golfing, longboarding, snowboarding, and watching the Seattle Seahawks win on Sundays. Jordan is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Leadership Development with an emphasis on Human Resource Management.

 Intramural Supervisors

 Trevor Carlson

 ‌‌‌‌‌ Trevor is a junior from Owatonna, MN where he played soccer and ran track. An Actuarial Science major and a Computer Science minor, he is a three time Intramural Champion in Outdoor Soccer, Softball, and Floor Hockey. When not playing sports, Trevor loves to read fantasy and sci-fi novels and watch crime shows.

 Nirvan Dharampaul

 ‌‌‌ Nirvan is in his third year at Drake University and a native of Lakeville, MN. He is majoring in Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology. In his free time, his hobbes include: playing basketball, eating chicken, wearing flip-flops, sleeping, and listening to music. On campus you will generally see him walking to and from classes.

Arianna Johnson

 ‌‌‌ The majority of Arianna's adolescence was spent in Muskego, WI where she avidly attended Muskego High's sporting events and participated in two sports, seven clubs, and MHS musical. She is a pre-Pharmacy major and an active member of the Kappa Psi professional fraternity. Her many talents include poorly singing to songs on the radio, moderately playing the ukelele, and painting quotes on canvas. You can expect to see her playing intramural volleyball and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

 Sam Klann

 ‌‌‌ Sam is a bright young man in his junior year studying Finance. A native of Elgin, IA, he was an avid athlete, playing three sports throughout his high school career. He first fell in love with sports when he received a set of golf clubs with pictures of Snoopy on them when he was 5. His time with the clubs gave him the experience and skill to win the 2013 Intramural Golf Championship, know to some as the "fifth major".  His favorite pastimes include reading non-fiction, officiating high school basketball, and enjoying the outdoors. Sam is rarely seen without a pair of Nike shoes on and he hopes to one day own a Nike business suit.

 Pamela Sanford

 ‌‌‌ Pam is a P3 Pharmacy student at Drake where she enjoys participating in Alpha Phi Omega, Ro Chi, and Kappa Psi. In her free time she enjoys playing Intramurals, swimming, playing the clarinet, and reading just about anything. She has a real passion for learning and is excited for what the year will bring.

 Alex Smith

 ‌‌‌ This season will mark Alex's fifth year as part of the Intramural program and his third year as a supervisor. A P3 Pharmacy student with a concentration in diabetes care, he also serves as the Patient Care Vice President for Drake's chapter of APhA-ASP as well as having an internship at HyVee Pharmacy. In his spare time, he thoroughly enjoys being a part of the Women's Basketball practice team and playing as many Intramurals as possible. In high school, he was a three sport athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball. He won a championship playing basketball in 2011. He also used to be an avid bowler, coming one pin away from a small scholarship when he was in 3rd grade.

 Tyler Somen

 ‌‌‌ Tyler is a junior Acturual Science major from Windham, NH. He is a big fan of golfing, skiing, and tennis. When not at the Bell Center or on the courts, he can be seen rooting for the New York Jets and listening to rock and reggae music. He loves the cahllenge of being an official and is looking forward to another year in the program.

 Serena Swanson

 ‌‌‌ Serena is a native of Prior Lake, MN who is here studying International Business. A junior, she isn't far removed from her high school career as a soccer player and a competitive dancer. Now she is involved in Kappa Kappa Gamma, YoungLife, Intravarsity, and can be seen on campus throwing out a frisbee or hanging out in an eno. Of the entire Intramural program, she loves working outdoor soccer and floor hockey. She also enjoys Netflix, her friends, alpacas, and a good solid Chipotle burrito bowl.

 Micheal Wendlandt

 ‌‌‌ Mike is a senior from Iola, WI currently studying history and in his final semester of undergrad. A baseball player for most of his life, he has an affinity for the game and is working on turning that love into a career or at least a book deal or two. A true sports-fanatic, he has played football, basketball, and baseball throughout high school and even a little bit in college and has officiated them as well. When not working Intramurals or in class, you can find him rooting for all things Wisconsin, watching movies, lifting weights, or working on his skills as a jazz trombonist. After his time is up at Drake, he hopes to become one of the top broadcasters in the world, working nationally televised sporting events culminating in the Olympic games.

 

Intramural Junior Supervisors

 Tyler Burant

 ‌‌‌ Tyler resides from Milwaukee, WI and loves everything sports. He officiates, watches avidly, and plays them consistently. When not competing, you can find him lifting weights, always trying to improve his strength. When not doing anything sport related, he can be found hanging out with his friends and playing video games. He started with Intramurals as a first year and hasn't looked back.

Chris Higgins

 ‌‌‌ Before embarking on his voyage to Drake, Chris attended Norwalk High School in Norwalk, IA. Although his athletic ability to him is marginal at best, he somehow managed to play basketball, golf, and tennis on the school's teams. Chris is studying Actuarial Science and is planning on going into the field once his studies are complete. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to a variety of musicians, playing the saxophone, and cheering on his beloved Chicago sports teams.

 Katie Hirsch

 ‌‌‌ Katie is in her sophomore year at Drake while still deciding what to major in. She hails from the great state of Minnesota where she loves to take long walks on the lake, eat flamin' hot Cheeto's, and cheer for the Minnesota Twins.

 Jamie Kennedy

 ‌‌‌ Jamie is a junior at Drake, majoring in Environmental Science. Originally from Downers Grove, IL, he enjoys reading, running, and drinking chocolate milk. Besides Intramurals, Jamie is involved with the Triathlon Club and the Curling Club. Embarking on his second year with the program, he is looking to continue to become a top official and supervisor.

 Madison Maring

 ‌‌‌ A Kansas native, Madison is a junior currently studying Health Sciences with an interest in pursuing optometry. She is the Vice President of the Club Volleyball team at Drake and has a love for all sports. She loves the color black and is a big fan of tacos and goats.

 

 

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