Sandra Peppel is a native of Minnesota and an alumnus of Minnesota State University Moorhead and West Virginia University. She has been employed by WVU since 1991, beginning as a graduate assistant in the School of Physical Education where she led the learning laboratories for WVU students and the Physical Activity programs for babies, toddlers and pre-school children in the aquatic environment under the supervision of renowned CPASS faculty member Dr. Linda Carson. Sandra has served as a WVU clinical faculty member in the College of Physical Activity and Sports Science having taught Water Safety Instruction, Outdoor Leisure Pursuits, History of Sport and managed numerous aquatic instructional / certification programs through Lifetime Activities Program (LAP). Sandra has served as the Aquatic Manager of Campus Recreation for West Virginia University at the Student Recreation Center since its 2001 opening and served as the interim assistant director from 2015-16.
She enjoys working closely with student staff and can often be found teaching, training and mentoring student employees. She has served locally on the American Red Cross Board of Directors, is a member of Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP), having served as a conference committee member and is the recipient of WVU Safety Achievement Award for her Safety Accomplishments in aquatics at West Virginia University. She speaks regularly with the West Virginia Department of Health sanitarians in training and hosts annual sanitarian water training sessions at the aquatic facility. She is an accomplished American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor and Instructor Trainer having trained numerous university students during the past 27 years. She is an expert in pool operations at WVU, is a certified pool / spa operator through the National Swimming Pool Foundation, enjoys teaching others about pump room operations and in her spare time manages her local neighborhood swimming pool so families can have a safe and clean place to build memories.
She strives daily to bring a little “Minnesota Nice” to West Virginia University.