Monica Verity, Director of Recreation, Assistant Professor of the Practice (Parental Leave Spring 2015)
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 Club Sport oversight, Boathouse activities, the Climbing Wall, Outdoor Adventure rentals, Special Events and much more. She is the Chair of the Recreation Outreach Committee as well an essential member of the PERA Senior Leadership Advisory Committee, Field House Renovation Design Committee, Boathouse Renovation Design Committee, Homecoming and Reunion Committee, Friends of Athletics Committee and the Fitness and Wellness Committee. Monica also serves as a member on various campus-wide Committees including the Hazing, First Year Orientation as well as the Wellness Outreach Collaboration Committees.
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 and was named the 2010 New England Rugby Collegiate Administrator of the Year.
Monica also spent two years as the Assistant Director of Intramural and Club Sports for BC. During this stint, she notably created the Boston College Recreational Day Camp, the Campus Recreation Business Travel Account (BTA), and the Club Sport Council student advisory committee. Beginning her professional career at in BC in 2003, Monica served 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 grew up in Walpole, Massachusetts and was a 1999 graduate of Walpole High School. She currently resides in Hyde Park, Massachusetts with her husband, Alex and their cat, Smudge. Monica enjoys teaching spinning and Barre.
Callie Lekas, Interim Director of Recreation (Spring 2015), 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.
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.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont, where she was a Division I swimmer. In addition, she holds a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, where she was assistant coach and interim head coach. During her tenure with the Volunteers, Dix coached Tennessee’s first Southeastern Conference Individual Champion.