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Exercise Science

Lori Crow

Lori Crow Lori Crow has a Master of Science degree in human performance from Pittsburg State University. For more than a decade, she was the owner and president/CEO of a local corporate fitness company. Currently, she owns a local athletic facility, where she serves as president/CEO and program director. Crow has nearly 30 years of experience in the health and fitness industry and has served as a coach for more than 35 years. Crow has taught at Lindenwood University since 2011 and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and expertise with future professionals in the field.

Susan Gustafson

Susan Gustafson Susan Gustafson earned a B.S. in dietetics from Fontbonne University, an M.S.Ed. in kinesiology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and a certificate in biosecurity & disaster preparedness from Saint Louis University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in health promotion & wellness at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. In previous positions, she was the director of fitness at Lifelong Fitness, LLC, a researcher for Saint Louis University, and had her own business as a neurodevelopmental specialist. She began her career at Lindenwood University as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Exercise Science before being hired as a fulltime instructor in the School of Health Sciences. Her previous teaching experiences have been as an instructor at SIUE in the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, and an adjunct instructor at St. Charles Community College in the Department of Biology.

Chad Kerksick

Chad Kerksick Dr. Kerksick is currently an associate professor of exercise science in the Exercise Science Department in the School of Health Sciences at Lindenwood University. He currently serves as the director of the Exercise and Performance Nutrition Laboratory ( and the Master of Science in Health Sciences program at Lindenwood University. His primary research interests include sport nutrition as well as the biochemical, cellular, and molecular adaptations relative to various forms of exercise and nutrition interventions, primarily those that promote muscle hypertrophy, prevent muscle atrophy, and promote health and recovery in healthy as well as clinical populations.

Petey Mumford

Petey Mumford Dr. Mumford has an M.Ed. in exercise science from Wichita State University and a Ph.D. in kinesiology from Auburn University. His research expertise focuses on examining the impact of exercise and nutrition interventions on physiological, molecular, and genetic outcomes in human, animal, and cell culture models. Dr. Mumford actively conducts research in these areas in the EPNL with undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to research, he teaches classes at the undergraduate and graduate level and enjoys mentoring students during their academic journeys.

Scott Richmond

Scott Richmond Dr. Richmond earned a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University, then an M.S. and Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Kansas. Following his graduate work, Richmond was a post-doctoral research scholar at Washington University-School of Medicine. His teaching background ranges from introductory and general education to upper-level majors courses and graduate courses. He has also supervised numerous student research projects, which have presented at local, regional, and international conferences.

Cynthia Schroeder

Cynthia SchroederDr. Schroeder earned a Ph.D. in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas, an M.S. in Exercise Science and Cardiac Rehabilitation from Northeastern Illinois University and a B.S. in Physical Education and Athletic Training at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She has more than 15 years of professional experience teaching and researching in the area of Exercise Science and working as a Certified Athletic Trainer at the high school, university and professional levels.

Kyle Sunderland

Kyle Sunderland Dr. Sunderland has a background in exercise physiology focusing on the cellular and molecular effects of exercise on metabolism. He conducts research in the EPNL with undergraduate and graduate students, evaluating the influence of training and nutrition on metabolic alterations in both healthy and obese/diabetic populations. Dr. Sunderland teaches courses in exercise physiology, metabolism, and testing. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in exercise science from Fresno State University and his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Oklahoma.

Kate Tessmer

Kate Tessmer Dr. Tessmer earned a Ph.D. in health and physical activity-exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S.Ed. in PE-exercise science from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and a B.A. in PE-management from Blackburn College. She is an A.C.S.M. Certified Exercise Physiologist. Currently, Dr. Tessmer serves as the associate dean for the School of Health Sciences.

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