Kelley Spelman - Director
About me: I earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a Ph.D. in Health Promotion Science from the University of New Mexico. In addition, I am a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Certified Group Exercise Instructor by the American College of Sports Medicine, and a American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED Instructor.
My background includes a variety of experiences in administration, management, marketing, promotion, public speaking, teaching and public relations. Over the past twenty five years, I have worked with corporations, universities, and community populations in Oklahoma, Maryland, and New Mexico.
In 1995, I was responsible for directing the construction and development of The Center for Healthy Living at OU MEDICAL CENTER, a multimillion dollar facility that served thousands of people each year. In addition, I have served as chairman of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, directed Corporate Challenge, the largest business-to-business athletic competition in the State of Oklahoma and raised money for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce for over a dozen years.
In April 2008, I was responsible for opening and directing the operations of the University Health Club at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. The mission of the University Health Club is to provide the best possible experience for the students, faculty, staff, and community members to achieve their optimal health, improve physical and mental performance, and enhance their lifestyles through excellence in teaching, research, creative activity, and service to the state and society.
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is a place of excellence and the University Health Club is no different. The University Health Club is in the best position to provide everything the OUHSC community needs to be fit and healthy. As we strive to incorporate the latest research, technological advancements in fitness and wellness, the health and well-being of the OUHSC community will continue to advance.
Over the course of my career, I have tried to expand my thinking of who a health care provider is and what they can do. I am interested in establishing new standards in the continuum of healthcare, disease management, wellness programming, clinical program integration and outcome measurements.
I have always been energetic. In high school, I participated in every sport I could. I was not very good at any of them but I loved being active. This exposure to sports and exercise lead to my understanding that wellness would be a richer way of life. I knew that if I maintained a healthy lifestyle I could compress the onset of disease and enhance my quality of life.
The truth is I just love to exercise! Recently, I earned a spot on the USA team to compete in the International Aquathlon in Chicago, September 2015.
Brian Phillips, Fitness Manager
I earned my Master’s degree in Wellness Management in 2010 and my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Fitness Management in 2006, both from the University of Central Oklahoma. I am certified as a personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. I am also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.
I have been surrounded by the sports and fitness world as long as I can remember. I started swimming at an early age not knowing about my mom’s secret efforts to treat my asthma with exercise. Thanks mom! I had fun and learned a lot of lessons playing football and tennis through high school. Although I have always enjoyed sports, I never really understood the importance of peoples’ physical health and the impact that exercise can have on their lives until I was in college. It was then when I decided to focus on health and wellness in order to better myself, family, friends, and community. Now I motivate myself to exercise by playing a variety of sports, entering different types of road races, mud runs, competing in dragon boat leagues, whatever sounds fun and challenging!
I began my career here in 2006 as an intern when we were known as the OU Medical Center’s Center for Healthy Living. In 2008, we were welcomed to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and I was able to help with our transition to the University Health Club. I have been fortunate to experience six different job positions during my employment here at the health club. Now, as manager, I enjoy the variety my job offers and highly value the responsibilities I am given. I am happy to help put together special events, plan and implement policies and procedures, lead fitness classes, personal train with clientele, and generally help people achieve their health and fitness goals. With the right attitude, you can achieve anything!