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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 Personal Trainer: ACSM
Clinical Exercise Specialist: ACSM
Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist: ACSM
Johnny G. Spinning Instructor

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, she is a certified Johnny G Spinning Instructor. 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 

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. 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, focusing mostly on distance running. In his spare time Dustin enjoys running, hiking, and playing soccer.





Dawn Skedell

Dawn Skedell

Fitness & Wellness Specialist 

MBA, Ohio Dominican University
B.S., Leadership concentration: Sport Management
A.A.S., Sport and Exercise Studies – CSCC

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.
In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and various types of outdoor sports. Dawn has run several half marathons and several 5k races. She is very involved with her church in Delaware County by serving as a member of the Leadership Team, a small group of people who make the administrative decisions of the church. She has even combined her love of fitness into her church life by organizing stress management classes and served as the race director for a 5k race in July of 2014 for her church.



photoDanielle Smith 

Recreation & Fitness Specialist 

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

Danielle holds an Associates degree in Sport & Exercise Studies through Columbus State Community College. Danielle is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Leadership with a concentration in Sports Management through Union Institute & University. Danielle began working in the industry at the New Albany Country Club in 2010 and became a part time employee for Columbus State in March, 2014 working as an Exercise Specialist in the Human Performance Center. Danielle is now employed as a Fitness and Recreation Specialist in the Fitness Center for the Department of College Recreation & Wellness. Danielle enjoys fitness programming for clients of all different fitness backgrounds and levels and helping to educate others on the importance and benefits of physical activity.


Questions, comments, and inquiries may be directed to the Recreation & Wellness Conditioning Center

Mandi Cecil, Supervisor
DH 083




The Recreation & Wellness Conditioning Center
Delaware Hall Room 083

550 East Spring Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-3843