Karen Reynolds, Director of Recreational Sports & Wellness
Karen has been working in the Mercer Atlanta Rec Sports and Wellness Department for 15 years; the last 10 years as the head of the department. Karen has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years with a background in health and fitness and health club management. She attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and holds national certifications through the American Council of Exercise and The Aquatic Exercise Association.as well as several specialty fitness certifications. After having three children, Karen worked at a health club in Atlanta where she worked in all areas of the facility and was in the position of Assistant Manager before coming to Mercer. Since working at Mercer her family has grown with a total of six beautiful and active grandchildren.
Karen supervises all the aspects of the Rec Sports and Wellness Department but her focus is the fitness program, facilities management, and staffing of all employees. Karen’s passion is teaching fitness classes and personal training on land and in the water.
Margie Bowen, Assistant Director
Margie is in her 10th year working on the Atlanta Campus in Rec Sports and Wellness. Overlapping her career at Mercer, Margie taught Health and Physical Education in DeKalb County School for 42 years. She was a successful head coach of gymnastics, soccer and volleyball during her career, as well as assistant coach in many other sports. In addition to coaching, Margie was the director of a Southern Volleyball League club in metro Atlanta. Receiving her M.Ed from the University of Georgia, Margie has always been involved in teaching others to have fun through fitness and sports. She is married to her high school sweetheart, has 2 married daughters, and 4 wonderful grandchildren.
In addition to her responsibilities in organizing rec and wellness activities for students and staff, Margie schedules the usage of the rec facilities for those inside and outside of the university. She is also the contact for Atlanta faculty and staff who particpate in Healthy U.
Todd Thomas, Director of Recreational Sports & Wellness
Office: University Center #321
Todd is in his 4th full year as Director of Mercer's Recreational Sports & Wellness programs and 9th overall year in the department. Todd has a combined 14 years of recreational sports experience. He began his career in the field as an intramural sports official at Georgia Southern University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting. Following his time in Statesboro, Todd served as the Graduate Assistant for Intramurals and Sport Clubs at Ohio University for one year where he obtained his Master of Science in Recreational and Sport Sciences. Following the completion of his studies Todd began his professional career with Mercer in the Fall of 2008.
As well as oversight over all departmental programs, Todd has primary coverage of Mercer's Aquatics, Outdoor Sports, and Sport Club programs. In his spare time Todd officiates high school basketball and football in the Middle GA area.
Talyn Sands, Interim Assistant Director
University Center #319
Talyn is in her second year in the Recreational Sports & Wellness Department. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism with an emphasis in Sport Management. Talyn began her career as a Campus Recreation Intern at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. After interning for a school year, she accepted a professional position as a Campus Recreation Coordinator and Residence Director at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL, where she served in her role for 2 years.
Talyn' has primary responsibility for the Intramural Sports and Fitness programs. However, you can find her assisting in all other programs in the Recreational Sports & Wellness Department.