Monica Verity, Director of Recreation, Assistant Professor of the Practice
Monica Verity joined the Wellesley College Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics department in July of 2013. She provides leadership to a diverse Recreation program including Aquatics, Boathouse, Club Sports, Climbing Wall, Intramurals, Fitness, Outdoor Adventure and Special Events. She is the Chair of the Recreation Committee as well an essential member of the PERA Senior Leadership Advisory Committee, Friends of Wellesley College Athletics Committee, First Year Orientation and the Student Wellness Outreach Collaborative.
Verity also served on important campus enhancing committees: Field House Renovation Design Committee, Boathouse Renovation Design Committee and Hazing Committee to establish the college’s first hazing education, reporting and compliance system.
Prior to Wellesley, Monica spent 10 years at Boston College in Chestnut Hill. She served as the Assistant Director of Club Sports and Recreational Camp, where she was responsible for all facets of the club sports program. At BC, Monica administered a program that was comprised of 22 club sports with over 700 student-athletes. She was also named the 2010 New England Rugby Collegiate Administrator of the Year, for her work with the BC Rugby team.
Beginning her professional career at BC in 2003, Monica spent two years as the Assistant Director of Intramural and Club Sports, two years as the Assistant Manager of Club Sports, and three years as the Administrative Secretary/Receptionist for of the Department of Athletics. During this time, she earned her Master's of Science in Administration and Advancing Studies and also served as the Women's Club Lacrosse Head Coach in 2006.
A 2003 graduate of Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. Monica earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, while playing four years with the lacrosse team. A four-year starter on defense, she was elected as a team captain during her senior year.
Monica resides in Walpole, Massachusetts with her husband, Alex and their son Wesley. She is a 1999 graduate of Walpole High School.
Callie Lekas, Recreation Coordinator, Assistant Field Hockey Coach
Callie Lekas, a member of the Wellesley Class of 2010, assists with Special Events and the Intramural operations within Recreation. She returns to Wellesley after completing her Masters degree at the University of Massachusetts. A four-year letter winner, Lekas was named to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference First team All Conference Team, as well as the National Field Hockey Coach’s Association First Team New England East Regional All American Team in the 2007, 2008, and 2009 seasons. In the 2006 season, she played in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen Qualifier and was named the team Rookie of the Year. As a senior, Lekas served as the Team Captain for Wellesley and was named to the Seven Sisters All-Tournament Team.
Seth Hussey, Recreation Coordinator, Assistant Rowing Coach
Seth Hussey joined the Wellesley PERA Department in the fall of 2014. He assists the Recreation program with the Boathouse, Climbing Wall and Special Event operations and supervision. Seth is also the Assistant Rowing Coach. Prior to coming to Wellesley, Hussey spent 2013-14 at Bates College, where his women’s 3V eight went undefeated, taking home NESCAC, NERC and ECAC championships. He also coached the women’s novice 4+ to an NERC championship and the varsity 4+ to an ECAC championship. From 2011 to 2013, Hussey served as the women’s rowing graduate assistant at Purdue University where he completed his master’s degree in Kinesiology. While at Purdue, he led the novice women’s squad to an ACRA national championship in the NW4+ in 2013. He coached five ACRA All-American first boat selections and eight ACRA Academic All-Americans over his two seasons with the Boilermakers. Before arriving at Purdue, Hussey spent three years as the assistant women’s coach and recruiting coordinator at Hamilton College. He helped guide the women’s team to its first-ever top-10 finish in the CRCA Coaches Poll in 2011. A 2008 graduate of St. Lawrence University, Hussey rowed for four years in the Saints’ varsity eight boat, while completing a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience.
Rebecca Kimball, Director of Sports Performance and Fitness, Assistant Professor of the Practice
Kimball joined Wellesley after two stints at Division-III colleges in Maine. Most recently she served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Bates College Softball team, while also spending a year as the Strength and Conditioning Coach and Assistant Coordinator for the University Southern Maine. At Southern Maine, she was responsible for the strength and conditioning programs for men’s and women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse and softball.
Prior to her work in Division III, Kimball spent seven years at Southern Illinois University serving as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Southern Illinois University. Her work with the Saluki’s included serving as the primary strength coach for the women's basketball, volleyball, and softball teams, as well as assisting with other Olympic sports. She also served as director of the strength internship program. Kimball spent one year as the Fitness Coordinator with Recreational Sports and Services prior to her departure at Southern Illinois. Before her work at Southern Illinois, Kimball completed internships at the University of Maryland, the University of Connecticut and Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. At Maryland, she worked with the football, soccer and field hockey teams, while at UConn, she served as a strength and conditioning coach with the football and women’s basketball teams.
Kimball is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has also earned her certification through the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE) and served as the State Director for Maine and Illinois. Kimball also holds certification as a United States Weightlifting-Level I Club Coach and a Licensed Massage Therapist (NCBTMB). Most recently, Kimball earned a spot on the NSCA State Advisory Board for Massachusetts. A 2003 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Kimball earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine and Health Fitness. She received her Master’s Degree in Applied Exercise Science from Springfield College in 2005, with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning.
Bonnie Dix, Head Swimming Coach, Associate Professor of the Practice
Bonnie Dix, assists with Pool and Boathouse Recreational events and activities. Bonnie is also the Head Swimming and Diving Coach at Wellesley College, has compiled a career record of 157-50 (.758) in dual meet competition. In the 2012-2013 season, Dix led the team to 16 -straight Seven Sisters title, their 21th in the last 22years. Dix led the Blue to a 3rd place finish at the NEWMAC Championships for the second straight year.
During her tenure, she has produced 21 NCAA qualifiers, 13 All-Americans (responsible for 38All-America honors) and two New England Champions. In addition, Dix’s Wellesley teams have posted three undefeated seasons: 1993-94, 1999-00 and 2000-01.Since the inception of the NEWMAC in 1998, Wellesley Swimming & Diving have won two conference championships. Prior to the formation of the NEWMAC, Wellesley won the only swimming and diving championship ever sponsored by the New England Women’s 8 (NEW 8), claiming the title in 1997-98. For her efforts, Dix has been honored by her coaching peers as the NEW 8 Coach of the Year in 1997-98 and NEWMAC Coach of the Year in 1998-99 and 2004.