DAPER Welcomes John Bryan and Matt LaVita to the Staff

DAPER Welcomes John Bryan and Matt LaVita to the Staff

Cambridge, Mass. (April 8) -- John Bryan and Matt LaVita have been hired by the MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER), as announced by Dr. G. Anthony Grant, director of athletics/DAPER department head. Bryan, who currently works in DAPER as the morning member service supervisor with MIT Recreation, has been named as the assistant manager for events and rentals and LaVita joins the department as the MIT shooting center manager and physical education and wellness firearms instructor.

"I would like to congratulate John in his new role within DAPER and welcome Matt into the MIT family," said Dr. Grant. "These are important positions for our department in a number of areas with events and daily operations, management of our shooting center, as well as providing instruction within the Physical Education and Wellness program. I am excited to have both John and Matt on board as we continue to strive for excellence across all areas of DAPER."

Bryan, who started at MIT in 2017 as a part-time member service associate, has been in his member service supervisor role since October 2019. Acting as the emergency point of contact for the building, he supervises recreation operations while on duty, including processing registrations for programs, memberships and locker rentals via point of sale software. He also oversees the management of locker rentals, reviewing squash and golf reservations each morning and auditing new membership registrations. He is also a member of the Health and Safety Committee and the DAPER Culture Committee-Community Group. Prior to his arrival at MIT, Bryan worked as a building supervisor at WPI in Worcester, Mass. for five years and was also a member service counselor at AAA Northeast from 2008-2019.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sports sciences from Colby-Sawyer College (N.H.) in 2008, along with his Master of Arts in school counseling from Assumption College (Mass.) in 2013.

LaVita joins the MIT staff after a 20+ year career as a uniformed trooper with the Massachusetts State Police. During his time with the State Police, he has been a member of the Firearms Training Unit, which provides intensive, court-defensible firearms training for all members of the State Police force, to include recruiting, in-service and specialized training iterations. In September of 2004, he was tasked with and accepted the role of Director of the FTU at the Massachusetts State Police Academy. In this role, he was highly successful in overseeing all unit operations, as well as administering recruit level training, in-service training programs for department personnel, and advanced firearms training to officers serving in specialized units. As Director, he was also responsible for the oversight and administration of a six-million-dollar training facility, which included a state-of-the-art firearms training complex comprised of two large ranges, several outbuildings, and the attendant grounds. 

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history from Norwich University in 1992, along with earning a Master of Arts in education from Salem State College in 1996 and a Master of Arts in criminal justice from Anna Maria College in 2002. 

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