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Kinesiology Department Faculty

Athletic Training Faculty

Tom Godar

Tom Godar 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.

Exercise Science Faculty

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 College of Science, Technology, and Health. 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 College of Science, Technology, and Health 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 College of Science, Technology, and Health.

Physical Education, Wellness and Recreation Faculty

Annie Alameda

Annie Alameda Dr. Alameda is a professor and chair of the Physical Education, Health, and Wellness Department in the College of Science, Technology, and Health 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 College of Science, Technology, and Health and the employee wellness program 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

Heather Pennington Heather Pennington has taught at Lindenwood University since 2010 as an assistant professor in the College of Science, Technology, and Health. 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.

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