Member Circles

Women Leaders in College Sports Circles provide members who share common interest or industry specialties a platform and voice to come together, share best practices, and be empowered to impart positive change. While each Women Leaders Circle will provide participants with opportunities for mentoring, skill enhancement, and overall industry impact, the structure and direction for each group will differ. Open to all Women Leaders members, Circles are a great way to get engaged, expand networks, and enhance professional growth.

To learn more or get involved, please click the title of each circle to further explore the community and learn more! If you have specific questions about a circle, please contact the specific Circle leads. 

Academics/Student Athlete Development


Tori Niemann, Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development


Marissa Robinson, Assistant Director Leadership Development, NCAA 


Purpose: The academics/student-athlete development circle was developed for participants to engage in best practices for student-athlete success. Through this circle, participants will have an opportunity to discuss academic philosophies, student-athlete well-being programs, and grow from experts in the field.

Athletic Communication

   Jenna Willhoit, Assistant Director Athletics Communication, University of Dayton

Purpose: The Athletic Communications circle was developed for participants to discuss best practices and happenings in the industry. Through this circle, participants will have an opportunity to discuss relevant topics in the industry, engage with other professionals, and learn from professionals.

Athletic Trainers

   Felicia Tucker, Player Personnel Administrator, Georgia Tech,

Coaches Transitioning to Administrators

Cristy Freese, Senior Associate Athletic Director, University of Central Michigan

Kelly Scafariello, Associate Director of Athletics, Salve Regina University

Purpose: If your goal is to transition from coaching to administration, our Coaches To Administrators Transition Roadmap will assist you in gearing up for your new journey.


Heather Owen, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Development, Stanford University


Erin Mykleby

Purpose: Initiated as a platform to help create awareness and further engage and strengthen the skillset of women in athletics fundraising, this circle will develop and teach best practices for success in athletic development. Through the development circle, participants will gain unique access to exchange fundraising ideas, create meaningful content, grow from other experts in the field and help Women Leaders in College Sports broaden its overall impact.

In effort to be intentional with learning outcomes and growth, the Development Circle will post HERE some fundraising insight, best practices and tips that come from conference calls and other times of collaboration.

Directors of Operations

Amanda Brown, Assistant Director Career Enhancement and Employer Relations, Northwestern University

Jena Jessup, Director of Operations, UNC Charlotte,

Facilities, Operations, and Events

Circle Leads: Julie Cribbs, Associate Director of Game/Event Management, Louisiana State University

Colleen Lamond, Director of Game Operations, University of Missouri,

Calling all facilities, operations, and event coordinators in college athletics. Looking for all those that serve in areas of game management, facility management, and special projects. Let's chat about best practices, hear from special guests in the business and also tell us what you want to hear!

High School Athletics Administrators

Circle Lead: Jackie Randall, Girls' Athletic Director, Elk Grove High School,

Purpose: A platform to help create awareness and further engage and strengthen the skill set of women in High School Athletic Administration, this cicle will develop and teach best practices for hiring/retaining/mentoring female coaches, problem solving, the 3 F's - Football, Finance, and Fundraising, finding opportunities for larger impact, and networking with others in similar positions.

Legislation and Governance

Circle Lead:
Danie Daluisio, Associate Director of Compliance, The Ohio State University,

LGBTQA+ Circle

Circle Leads: Kayleigh McCauley, Associate Dean of Students, Director of Student Support and Title IX Case Manager, Lewis & Clark College

Marketing and Sales Circle

Circle Lead: Markeisha Everett, Director of Marketing & Fan Development, Georgia Tech,

The Importance of Mental Health in Sports

Circle Lead:
Veronica Mullen, Miami - Ohio University and Jasmine Green, Big Ten Conference,

Purpose: This circle will discuss the importance of mental health in our field. This is a sports injury that we need to talk about in order to remove the negative stigma placed on it by society. Everyone needs a healthy mind, body, and spirit. This circle will talk about best practices that are being used in the field by sports psychologists.

Rising Stars

Circle Lead:
Cori Pinkett, Director of Leadership & Education, Women Leaders in College Sports 

Title IX

Circle Leads:
Kaitlin Leach, Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and Student-Athlete Welfare, Vassar College,

Regina Sullivan, Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director, Northeastern University,

Purpose: The Title IX Circle provides education and increases awareness regarding Title IX as it relates to gender equity and inclusion in athletics and student-athlete welfare. The Circle discusses current topics in inclusion, current and past Title IX investigations, ideas for increasing awareness on campus and additional agendas brought forward by Circle members.

Women in Football

Circle Lead
: Patsy Armstrong, Director of On-Campus Recruiting & Special Events, Oklahoma State Football,


Purpose: Calling all women that lead in any and all roles in Football Operations, Administration and Recruiting!  The Football Women Leaders Circle will foster relationships amongst football professionals to provide a platform to share best practices, offer support and resources for personal and professional development and to increase opportunities for learning and strengthening leadership skills.

If you are interested in facilitating or creating a future Circle, please contact Celine Mangan at or 816-389-8213.