As a lecturer in KHS I currently teach Exercise Physiology and Fitness Assessment. In addition to my roles with teaching, I am the Lab Coordinator for the Exercise Physiology lab and help to develop curriculum within the department.
My original BS undergraduate degree is in Communications from Northwest Missouri State University (1985). In 2009, I returned to school and completed my MS in Exercise Science at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (2013). Following a semester of doctoral coursework at the University of Nebraska's Lincoln campus in 2013, I accepted a full-time faculty position.
After a 17-year "corporate world" career, I followed my passion into the health and fitness industry, first as a personal trainer, then as a trainer/business owner, and finally as a Masters student and Biomechanics Lab Technician. While a grad student, a teaching opportunity resulted in another career change and over my career I have been a faculty member at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Purdue University, the University of Nebraska-Kearney, University of South Dakota, and Briar Cliff University. I hold a Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and have held various Personal and Fitness Training certificates from the American Council on Exercise, International Sports Sciences Association, and the National Council on Strength and Fitness. I am a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
My teaching interests include Exercise Physiology, Exercise Testing and Program Design, Kinesiology, Motor Behavior and other Exercise Science-related coursework.
My interests are in the areas of exercise for special populations groups, particularly the elderly and those afflicted with COPD and MS. I have also conducted several research projects on elastic loading-based resistance training in adult and youth populations. My Masters thesis focused on this training methodology’s potential for positively impacting biomechanical markers related to lower extremity sports injury in young female athletes.