Tom Godar received his B.S. in athletic training from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and his M.S. in health management from Lindenwood in 2003. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from Lindenwood University in instructional leadership with an emphasis in higher education administration. Godar joined the faculty in 2003, and from 2003 to 2015, he served as a clinical athletic trainer in the athletics department and an assistant professor in the athletic training program. He became the clinical education coordinator for the athletic training program in 2005, and he was promoted to associate professor in 2009. In 2016, he assumed the position of the program director for the athletic training program.
William Dill received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from McKendree University in 2002. He went on to be a graduate assistant at Ohio University, where he spent time as a research lab assistant and provided healthcare for a local NCAA D-III soccer team. Dill received his master’s degree in recreation and sports management with an emphasis in athletic training from Ohio University in 2004. Since graduating, he has been dedicated to providing healthcare to athletes of all ages as well as teaching in accredited athletic training programs. In 2017, he obtained his Ed.D. from Lindenwood University in instructional leadership with an emphasis in andragogy. Dill is married to his wife, Meredith (2007). They have two children, Brayden and Addison, and live in Lake St. Louis, Mo.
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 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.
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 (www.lindenwood.edu/epnl) 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.
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.
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.
Dr. 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.
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.
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.
Physical Education, Wellness and Recreation
Dr. Alameda is a professor and chair of the Physical Education, Health, and Wellness Department in the School of Health Sciences at Lindenwood University. She earned a Doctor of Education from Lindenwood University in instructional leadership, a Master of Science in nutrition and dietetics from Saint Louis University, and a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and exercise science from Illinois State University. She serves as one of the liaisons for the School of Health Sciences and the employee wellness program (LindenWell) through Human Resources to develop and implement programming for the university. Dr. Alameda currently teaches classes in health and nutrition, stress management, and community health. In her time at Lindenwood, she has received the University Service Award for her commitment to health and wellness in the Lindenwood community. She enjoys sharing her passion for living a well-balanced, fulfilling life and hopes that her classes give students the knowledge and skills to influence positive health behaviors in their chosen fields.
Heather Pennington has taught at Lindenwood University since 2010 as an assistant professor in the School of Health Sciences. In 2014, she initiated the creation of a new minor in adapted sports and recreation. Pennington received her master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in exercise science from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. She has obtained the NSCA CSCS and CSPS and NASPE CAPE certifications, among a few others. Throughout her career, Pennington has worked for 21 years in the field of adapted sports and therapeutic recreation. This included 11 years at the Lakeshore Foundation Olympic and Paralympic Training Site in Birmingham. She has also traveled the country speaking and serving as a consultant for adapted sports, recreation, and fitness to professionals and people with all types of disabilities and has done so with organizations such as United States Paralympic Military Program, U.S. Paralympic Sport Development Program, and more. She has taught at the university level for 20 years, specializing in adapted sport, exercise, and recreation for nine years.
Paul Wright received his B.S. in parks, recreation, & tourism management from Clemson University in 1993. As a graduate research associate, he was employed by the Strom Thurmond Institute working with intergenerational programs through a grant provided by the AARP Andrus Foundation. In 1996, he earned his M.S. degree from Clemson University with an emphasis in Community Leisure Services. His master’s thesis was titled “The Effects of a Unique Summer Prescriptive Recreation Program on the Self-Perceptions of Youth in At-Risk Environments.” Beginning in 1996, Dr. Wright joined the faculty at the University of Utah, teaching classes in the Exercise Science Department and therapeutic recreation major. In 2001, he received his Ph.D. in therapeutic recreation from the University of Utah. His dissertation was titled “Evaluating Developmental Assets in Adjudicated Youth.” Following his doctoral studies, Wright served six years as the department chair of Physical Education & Recreation Administration at Southern Virginia University before joining the Lindenwood University faculty in 2007. Dr. Wright has a background in sport psychology and served as the Olympic coach for Hong Kong, China, for track & field at the 2012 London Olympic Games. In 2014, he completed his M.A. in professional counseling from Lindenwood University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri. Always an avid learner and teacher, he is midway through the M.B.A. program in the Robert W. Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship.
Nicholas Miller is a nationally recognized expert in paramedic education, military medic transition programs and paramedic simulation training. He is a national conference speaker, EMS1.com columnist, published simulation author and recipient of the JEMS Physio Control EMS 10 international award for innovation. Nick has traveled the country training elite military groups including the US Air Force SERE IDMT Paramedics, the US Navy SEALS Special Operations Tactical Paramedics (SOT-P) and US Air Force Pararescuemen (PJ). He has provided subject-matter expertise to numerous governmental agencies and paramedic education programs.
Darrell DeMartino is a nationally certified paramedic (NRP) with over 25 years in emergency medical services working in urban and suburban areas in New York, Texas, and Michigan. He has over 20 years of teaching experience in the university and community college settings. Additionally, he is a registered nurse with emergency department experience, and currently practices as a critical care nurse practitioner. He presents nationally on topics related to EMS education, measurement, and testing. He has written items for national licensing examinations, is a continuing education reviewer for CAPCE, reviews journals, and has served in leadership roles in several national organizations. Besides his expertise in educational evaluation, DeMartino has significant experience in curriculum development and instructional design; having developed one of the first military medic-to-paramedic bridge programs in the United States.
Janet Schulte is a published author and recognized expert in EMS education. She has over 40 years of teaching experience in the community college and EMS Academy settings. She has provided subject matter expertise and item writing to various EMS publishers and national organizations.
Janet has volunteered her time to the American Heart Association since 1976 by serving on various committees and leadership roles as ACLS, BLS, and PALS Training Center Coordinator/Faculty, Regional Faculty, and National/International Training Faculty.
Janet coordinates the paramedicine skill/scenario labs, American Heart Association classes, and other programs for the University and the community.
Amy Estlund earned a B.S. in biomedical sciences from Marquette University and an M.P.H. in behavioral science from Emory University. She worked in health education, youth development, and program management in the nonprofit sector for eight years in Atlanta and rural Georgia. She then transitioned to community-based participatory research at Saint Louis University, followed by clinical research at Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine. She completed her Ph.D. in public health from Saint Louis University. Her research interests focus on sexual and reproductive health, school health and culture, health policy, and dissemination and implementation. Estlund looks forward to engaging students in research and bringing relevant experiences from her nonprofit work to the classroom to enhance student learning.
Amanda Harrod earned her undergraduate biology degree from Washington University. She completed her master’s degree in public health and doctorate in public health studies at Saint Louis University. Her research interests include social determinants of health and maternal and child health. Harrod has worked with various public health programs across the country. Her previous experience includes working with the Congressional Hunger Center, Fremont Public Association, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Obesity Prevention Center, and March of Dimes. She was also the project director for the National Children’s Study Gateway Study Center based at Saint Louis University. She provided fiscal and administrative oversight for multiple subcontracts and four Study locations in both Missouri and Illinois. Harrod is a member of Generate Health, a coalition that mobilizes and inspires the St. Louis region to advance racial equity in pregnancy outcomes, family well-being, and community health. She enjoys sharing her passion for public health with students at Lindenwood University.
Catherine Shoff earned her Ph.D. in public health studies and M.P.H. in behavioral science/epidemiology from Saint Louis University. Prior to that, she completed a B.S. in combined sciences from Santa Clara University. Catherine’s work aims to reduce health inequalities in the Saint Louis region through community-academic partnerships. Specifically, her research explores food insecurity, social determinants of health, child health, and community engagement. She enjoys creating an active learning environment for students through community projects and engaging students in research.