Meet our new Membership Coordinator

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Posted on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 by Erik D Unger under Member Services, Recreation Center Project. Tags:

Catie Payne is a familiar face around Recreation & Wellness. Members have interacted with her in a variety of rolls including Patron Service Assistant, Facility Supervisor, and Intern. Traditionally we have to say farewell to our student staff once they graduate, but Catie was not your average student. We are happy to announce that Catie has joined the RecWell professional staff as our Membership Coordinator. This newly created position is directly responsible for membership and educating students and patrons on all of the programs and services we offer.

Nobody could have anticipated how impactful a simple part-time job would be for Catie. “When I was first hired, I just thought of this as an on-campus job as a student trying to make some extra money, but I fell in love with the atmosphere and the energy. Having the opportunity to play a role in moving over and opening the Kaplan Center was such an awesome feeling” says Payne. Although Catie received her bachelor’s in education with a concentration in psychology, don’t expect to see her in front of a classroom anytime soon. “I’ve realized that the collegiate recreation field may just be what I want to do with my life.” It is understandable that Catie has a passion for student affairs as her father in the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UNC Chapel Hill

When not at work, Catie, a native of Colorado, enjoys remaining active. “I enjoy working out, yoga, and I love to run. I just ran my first half-marathon back in May. Of course I also enjoy spending time with my friends outdoors and I love to eat pizza.”

If you have questions about RecWell programs or services, or are interested in purchasing a Kaplan Center membership, you may contact Catie at or stop by the Kaplan Center Administrative Suite. To learn more about our membership options visit our Member Services page at