Administrative Staff

Camp Staff of Mini Canes Camp Staff of Mini Canes

Camp Staff is made up of energetic, well-qualified University of Miami professionals, Miami-Dade County teachers, and college students.

Tom Soria

Associate Director, Recreational Sports and Director of Camp
305-284-8518
tsoria@miami.edu

Tom Soria received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education and his master’s degree in sports administration from Wichita State University. He has been a part of the Mini Canes camp staff since 2006 and has been the camp director since 2014. He is CPR/AED certified and is also a Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional (RCRSP). Tom enjoys officiating sports, traveling, the beach, and is a proud father to his two boys.


Merrissa Vault

Assistant Director, Recreational Sports and Camp
305-284-1764
mvault@miami.edu

Merrissa received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education at Eastern Kentucky University in 2016, where she also played Division I Soccer for four years. She later moved on to receive her Master of Science in Sport Management in 2018. Merrissa previously came from George Mason University where she served as the Competitive Sports and Camps Coordinator for Mason Recreation. As a sports enthusiast she is excited for her first year at Mini Canes Camp!


Zac Bemmel

Coordinator, Recreational Sports and Camp
305-284-2643
zbemmel@miami.edu

Zac received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Florida Atlantic University in 2015 and his Master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Administration at University of Toledo. Zac came from the University of Cincinnati where he served as the Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Camps. Zac has worked with kid’s camps for 15 years and is excited to bring his experiences to Mini Canes Camp.


Marena Gavilan

Administrative Assistant and Camp Registration
305-284-8510
minicanescamp@miami.edu

Marena Gavilan joined the Department of Wellness and Recreation in August 2007. She works directly with Dave and Tom assisting with club sports, intramurals, and camp. Marena has two sons and a daughter. She enjoys traveling, reading, music, and exercising. Marena is responsible for all camper registration and is very excited for another great summer.