Julie Bearden

Director of Campus Recreation at Harper College

Serving as the Director of Campus Recreation at Harper College, Ms. Bearden is responsible for the operations of a 130,000SF Health and Recreation Center scheduled to open August 2018. Julie and her staff will be responsible to create quality programs and services for the campus community. Additionally this newly formed campus recreation department will develop partnerships with building tenants - Palatine Park District and Northwest Community Healthcare. Previously, Julie served as the Senior Asst. Director - Fitness & Wellness at Moraine Valley Community College since its opening in March 2014. At MVCC, she was responsible for supervising a professional work team in the areas of fitness/wellness including group fitness, personal training and instructional programs. She had direct oversight for a significant part-time staff including community and student employees that provided fitness floor and group swim services. She facilitated the MVCC Risk Management Team and played an active role in risk management policy and training. She was a liaison with several college and community partnerships including MVCC Wellness Coordinator and NovaCare Physical Therapy. Previously, she worked for 15 years in medically-based wellness centers in the suburbs of Chicago. Julie is currently completing her Masters in Applied Exercise Science at Concordia University Chicago (completion date summer 2018).
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B.S. Kinesiology (University of Illinois at Chicago)

ATRIC, Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute

Aquatics Group Exercise Instructor, Aquatic Exercise Association

Professional Rescuer CPR and AED, Basic First Aid,& Basic Water Rescue, American Red Cross

Group Exercise Instructor, Moms In Motion

Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine

TRX® Suspension Training Certificate