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The Recreation & Wellness Conditioning Center provides Columbus State students, employees, and the Columbus community with a valuable fitness and wellness resource. The RWCC is staffed by exercise physiologists, degreed and certified physical activity consultants and exercise specialists who can provide clients with appropriate counsel on physical activity as well as proper program design and exercise prescription. In addition to physical activity counseling and exercise program design, the RWCC provides a variety of wellness profiles which offer valuable information on individual wellness and fitness levels.

Mandi Helfrey-CecilMandi Cecil

Supervisor: Recreation & Wellness Conditioning Center

M.S., Exercise Science and Health Promotion- California University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Exercise Science- The Ohio State University
B.S., Leadership, Union Institute and University
A.A.S., Sport and Fitness Management- CSCC
Certified Health Coach: Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Certified Personal Trainer: NASM
Certified Personal Trainer: ACSM
Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist: ACSM

Mandi is a 1997 graduate of the Sport and Fitness Management Program at CSCC and has always been passionate about educating the community on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. This passion has lead to her to her current role as Supervisor of College Recreation & Wellness and adjunct faculty with the Sport and Exercise Studies program here at Columbus State.

With more than 17 years of experience in the fitness industry she has held many roles from personal trainer to facility manager and owning her own in-home personal training business for several years. Mandi has been able to share her love and value of fitness with many others in the Central Ohio community in the course of these roles and volunteer ventures. Through the knowledge gained in her experiences and her drive to educate, she was lead back to Columbus State where she has created a new career path in her pursuit to show others the importance of ones health.

Mandi holds a M.S. in Exercise Science with a focus on Fitness and Wellness Promotion from CalU, a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in Exercise Science, as well as a Bachelor of Science from the Union Institute and University in Leadership with a concentration in Sport Management. She holds certifications from ACSM as a CPT (Certified Personal Trainer), PAPHS (Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist) as well. Beyond her service to CS, she also serves the community as co-chair of the Franklin County Physical Activity Plan Committee, sits on the Healthy Ohio Business Council and sits on the Kids at Heart council with the American Heart Association.



Jason Apt

Jason Apt

Athletic Conditioning & Recreation Specialist 

M.S., Exercise Science and Health Promotion: Sport Psychology- California University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Leadership concentration: Sport Management- Union Institute & University
A.A.S., Sport and Exercise Studies
USAW- Certified Weightlifting Coach 
Certified Personal Trainer: NSCA


Jason has his Bachelors degree in Leadership from the Union Institute and an Associate Degree from CSCC in Sport and Exercise Studies. From his 6 years of experience in the military, he brings an understanding of hard work and goal setting to his training methods. He also is certified in personal trainer through NSCA and will be testing for the CSCS very soon. Jason likes to incorporate martial arts, Kettlebells, and heavy lifting into his training routines.




Dustin Iacavone

Dustin Iacavone

Academic & Fitness Specialist 

B.S., Exercise Science- Capital University
A.A.S., Sport and Exercise Studies – CSCC
USATF- Level I Coach
Certified Personal Trainer- ACSM


Dustin has worked in the Recreation & Wellness Conditioning Center since 2010. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Capital University and an Associate's degree in Sport & Exercise Studies from Columbus State Community College. He is currently working on his Master's Degree in Allied Health through Ohio State. During his time at Capital, Dustin was a member of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Dustin is a certified Level One USA Track and Field coach as well as, a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. He is also the Head Men's and Women's Cross Country coach at Columbus State. In his spare time Dustin enjoys running, hiking, and playing soccer.




Dawn Skedell

Dawn Skedell

Health & Wellness Specialist 

MBA, Ohio Dominican University
B.S., Leadership concentration: Sport Management, Union Institute and University
A.A.S., Sport and Exercise Studies, CSCC
Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist, ACSM

Dawn holds many degrees focusing on exercise science and management. She enjoys incorporating agility and circuit training into her programming style. She is a certified FreshStart Facilitator from the American Cancer Society, a program designed to help smokers quit the habit in a four-week program, and she is a member of the Central Region of the Healthy Ohio Business Council. Her knowledge includes over seven years of experience with general health and fitness programming within the Columbus State community and the Central Ohio community. She also holds a Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist certification from the ACSM.
In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, weightlifting, and various types of outdoor sports.



photoDanielle Smith 

Recreation & Fitness Specialist 

B.S., Business Management concentration: Sport Management
A.A.S., Sport & Exercise Studies CSCC
A.A., Boyce College
Certified Personal Trainer: ACSM

Danielle holds an Associate's degree in Exercise Science from Columbus State Community College as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a concentration in Sport's Management from Union Institute & University. Danielle began in the Health and Fitness industry in 2010 where she held multiple positions at the New Albany Country Club and began working for Columbus State Community College in 2014. She enjoys assisting clients in reaching their personal health and fitness goals through personal training and helping others pursue and embrace the transformative power that physical activity can have on the mind and body. In addition to weightlifting, she enjoys hiking and snowboarding in her free time.




GraceGrace Edwards

Fitness and Wellness Specialist

B.A., Exercise Science, Capital University
A.A.S., Sport and Exercise Studies, CSCC

Grace holds a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Capital University and an Associate's degree in Sport & Exercise Studies from Columbus State Community College. During her time at Columbus State, Grace was awarded the Exercise Science Student of the Year recognition in 2014. Her knowledge includes over four years of experience with exercise relating to diabetes prevention and control. Grace has a passion for helping others discover their individual path toward improving health and wellness, and achieving fitness goals. In her free time, Grace enjoys walking, weightlifting, and various outdoor sports.