Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness


Deona L. Hatley, affectionately known as “Dee”, joined the Campus Recreation Team in February 2023 as the Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness. 

Hailing from Chicago, IL, Deona earned a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Deona also obtained a Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University. 

After graduate school, Deona began a career in university administration and has worked in various roles at Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, and Rutgers University. During this time, Deona discovered an unwavering passion for fitness & wellness and became a Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach. Deona thoroughly enjoys teaching and training, and aims to provide fun, creative and engaging HIIT, Cardio, and Strength Training sessions. 

When Deona isn’t teaching or training, you can catch her traveling, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with her significant other, family, friends, and sorority, as Deona is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. 

A fun fact about Deona, she lost 50+ pounds and is passionate about living an active lifestyle and helping others do the same!