June 3, 2009

Five Athletic Department Staffers Honored for Dedicated Service to Cal State Northridge

June 3, 2009

Northridge, Calif. - Ashlie Kite, Associate Athletic Director (Internal Operations) and four other members of the Cal State Northridge Athletic Department (Lauree Floback, Isidore Gold, Karen Mariglia, Matt Monroe) were among 300 people honored on Wednesday morning for their continuous service to Cal State Northridge at the 43rd Annual Staff Service Awards and Recognition of Excellence Event at the CSUN Student Union.

Kite, who is in her fourth year at Cal State Northridge, was given the highly prestigious Merit Award for her outstanding work in contributing the fabric of the University. Kite's responsibilities include supervision and oversight of the day-to-day internal operations of the Athletics Department

"Ashlie has done an excellent job, and her Merit Award is well deserved," said Matador Athletics Director Rick Mazzuto. "Congratulations Ashlie."

Floback, Gold, Mariglia and Monroe have a combined 40 years of service at Cal State Northridge and were honored by the University for their dedicated work. Floback has worked at Cal State Northridge for 15 years, while Gold and Monroe have each worked at CSUN for 10 years, and Mariglia for five years.

"Congratulations to Lauree, Isidore, Karen and Matt for their outstanding service and dedication to Cal State Northridge and the athletic department," said Matador Athletics Director Rick Mazzuto.

Lauree Floback - Athletic Director Executive Assistant
Lauree Floback is in her 15th year at Cal State Northridge where she serves as the Athletic Director Executive Assistant/Office Manager for the Matadors' Intercollegiate Athletic Department ... Lauree is responsible for the hiring process of the 65-plus member personnel that makes up the Northridge Intercollegiate Athletic Department ... Floback, who is in her 15th year on the Northridge campus, spent a year and a half in the Instructional Media Center, now presently known as Information Technology Resources, prior to her joining the Matador Athletics program ... Before the Instructional Media Center, Floback spent a combined 16 years as the Office Manager and Professional Legal Secretary to the senior partners of two six-attorney law firms in the San Fernando Valley ... Floback and her husband, Mike, enjoys the outdoors and can be found golfing in their spare time ... She and Mike are also responsible for making sure hundreds of needy children have presents to open at Christmas time ... They have been operating the "Toys for Needy Children Invitational Golf Tournament" along with the L.A. City Fire Department for more than 25 years ... Born in Minnesota, but raised primarily in the San Fernando Valley, Floback currently resides nestled in the foothills of Sylmar ... Although she and Mike lost their home in the Sylmar fires last November, they are anxiously awaiting their new home to be built ... She is a graduate of Cleveland High School in Reseda, Calif.

Lauree's Ledger
Favorite Food: Lobster
Least Favorite Food: Liver
Favorite Movie: Grease
Favorite TV Show: Two and A Half Men
Favorite Actor: Richard Dreyfuss
Favorite Actress: Terri Garr
Would most like to meet: Tiger Woods
Enjoys listening to the music of: Marshal Tucker Band
The best thing about working at CSUN: Never a dull moment
What actress would play the lead if a movie was made of my life: Terri Garr
Hobbies: Golf and collecting Indian artifacts
Greatest Heroes: Firefighters
If I had a million dollars, I would: Quit work and travel the world

Isidore (Izzy) Gold - Equipment Manager
Has been the head equipment manager for Cal State Northridge Athletics since 2001 ... Previous to his current appointment, served as the assistant equipment manager for two years (1999-01) ... Responsible for inventory of 18 sports, including team uniforms and practice gear ... Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York ... Attended Cal State Northridge where he was a Kinesiology major.

Izzy's Incidentals
Favorite Food: Pizza
Least Favorite Food: Veggies
Favorite Movie: Breaking 2 Electric Bugaloo
Favorite TV Show: Emergency
Favorite Actor: George Clooney
Favorite Actress: Catherine Zeta-Jones
Would most like to meet: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson
Enjoys listening to the music of: The Gap Band
What actor would play the lead if a movie was made of my life: Leonardo Dicaprio
Hobbies: Listening to music
Greatest Heroes: My second grade teacher, Dora Bellmeo
If I had a million dollars, I would: Buy a jet plane and travel to the South Pacific

Ashlie Kite - Associate Director of Athletics, Internal Operations
Ashlie Kite is in her fourth year as an Associate Director of Athletics at Cal State Northridge ... She was named to that post on Dec. 17, 2004 and began her tenure on Jan. 24, 2005 ... Her responsibilities include supervision and oversight of the day-to-day internal operations of the Athletics Department ... Specifically, Kite supervises the areas of Compliance, including the coordination of the eligibility and financial aid processes, the Athletics Business Office, Sports Medicine, Strength and Conditioning, Event Management, and the Athletics Equipment Room ... In addition, she directly supervises the sports of men's soccer, women's soccer, women's tennis and men's volleyball ... Kite served as the point person for the NCAA Academic Performance Program and NCAA Athletics Certification ... She is the CSUN representative on the Big West Legislative Review Committee, and served as a peer reviewer for the NCAA Division I Athletics Certification Program ... Kite came to Cal State Northridge from James Madison University, where she spent 15 years and served as the Director of Compliance from 1999-2004 ... In that role, she was responsible for the oversight and monitoring of the Athletics Department's compliance program for more than 750 student-athletes competing in 28 varsity sports ... Kite also coordinated the eligibility and financial aid processes for the university's student-athletes and managed the rules education program ... In addition to her administrative duties in compliance, she was the tournament director for a variety of NCAA and conference championship events hosted by JMU ... During her tenure, she also served as an assistant in the Compliance Office before being promoted to Compliance Coordinator in 1996 ... Kite arrived at JMU in 1990, where she worked for a year in the athletic equipment operation and served as an administrative graduate assistant for two years ... Kite is a native of Elkton, Va. and is a graduate of Spotswood High School ... She earned her Bachelor¹s degree in Health, Physical Education and Coaching from Eastern Mennonite University and her Master¹s degree in Kinesiology with an athletic administration concentration from James Madison in 1993.

Karen Mariglia - Administrative Support Coordinator
Karen's responsibilities include support staff for the baseball, softball and track & field programs ... Karen is also responsible for the hiring of the student-assistant staff ... Karen graduated in 2002 from Cal State Northridge with a degree in Business Management ... In her spare time, Karen trains for marathons, having completed seven in six years.

Karen's Korner
Favorite Food: Hamburgers
Least Favorite Food: Grilled Liver
Favorite Movie: Gone with the Wind
Favorite TV Show: Anything on PBS
Favorite Actor: Cary Grant
Favorite Actress: Natalie Wood
Would most like to meet: Oprah Winfrey
Enjoys listening to the music of: Creedence Clearwater Revival
The best thing about working at CSUN: Working with the student-athletes
What actress would play the lead if a movie was made of my life: Meryl Streep
Hobbies: Running marathons
Greatest Heroes: Abe Lincoln ... My mom
If I had a million dollars, I would: Quit work

Matt Monroe - Associate Director of Media Relations
Oversees the publicity efforts for Matador men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's track & field, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's golf ... Has served as media coordinator at several Big West and NCAA Regional Track & Field championship events ... Winner of three "Best in the Nation" citations for publications by CoSIDA ... Spent five years (1995-1999) as the Sports Information Director at Menlo College in Atherton, Calif ... Served the 1993 season as a Media Relations Assistant with the Oakland A's ... A member of CoSIDA ... A 1992 graduate of Sonoma State University with a B.A. Degree in Communication Studies ... Married (Patty) with three daughters (Molly, Cailey, Ellie) ... The family resides in Simi Valley.

Matt's Memo
Favorite Food: Chicken burrito
Least Favorite Food: Squash
Favorite Movie: Too many, but Raising Arizona, Defending Your Life, Bull Durham to name a few
Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld, The Office
Favorite Actor: Albert Brooks, Will Ferrell
Favorite Actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss
Would most like to meet: Howard Stern
Enjoys listening to the music of: Journey, Francis Dunnery
The best thing about working at CSUN: The people
What actor would play the lead if a movie was made about my life: Jason Statham (same hairline)
Hobbies: Golf, soccer, rooting for the San Francisco Giants
Greatest Heroes: My family (immediate and extended)
If I had a million dollars, I would: Take my family on a European adventure and buy a bigger house