Athletic Training Faculty
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.
Biological Sciences Faculty
Dr. Alison Albee
Dr. Alison Albee received her B.S. in molecular biology from Purdue University and her Ph.D. in biochemistry from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She came to St. Louis to pursue her post-doctoral studies in genetics at Washington University before joining the faculty at Lindenwood University in 2013. Her current research interests lie in understanding how the cilium, a cellular organelle implicated in various human diseases, develops and functions using a combination of cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry.
Dr. Gail F. Johnston
Dr. Johnston is a vertebrate zoologist with a specialty in herpetology (amphibians and reptiles). She teaches Introduction to Biodiversity, Vertebrate Zoology, and Advanced Environmental Biology. She has a B.S. degree in wildlife and fisheries, an M.S. degree in zoology from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in zoology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has taught at Lindenwood University for 17 years and previously taught and managed field stations for St. Louis University and the University of Pittsburgh. She conducts research projects with undergraduates, particularly focusing on animal behavior and the impacts of invasive species.
Dr. Ana Londoño
Dr. Ana Londoño graduated with a B.E. in geological engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and an M.S. and Ph.D. in geology from the University of Cincinnati. Londoño has seven years of experience in geologic mapping in the government sector and 11 years of experience teaching at the university level. Her professional interests are diverse and interdisciplinary. Her research deals with the interactions between geologic processes and humans, including landscape modifications by pre-Columbian cultures in southern Peru, agricultural practices under water stress conditions, and 3-D mapping of geologic processes and archaeological sites. In addition, she studies natural hazards, such as landslides, and flooding and earthquakes in the Midwest.
Dr. Joshua S. Neely
A graduate of Washington State University’s Ph.D. program in biological sciences, Dr. Neely has worked in higher education since 1998. His academic interests include botany, genetics, and evolutionary theory.
Dr. Robin R. Rodriguez
Dr. Rodriguez earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in soil science at Utah State University, an M.S. in civil (Environ.) engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Ph.D. in soil science (soil chemistry) from Oklahoma State University, and a Graduate Certificate in clinical toxicology from the University of Florida. She has worked in the environmental industry for more than 25 years as a consultant on chemically contaminated hazardous waste sites. She has taught at the university level since 2004. She specializes in environmental risk assessment for both human and wildlife exposures to chemically contaminated media. In her lengthy career, she has designed and executed environmental risk assessments for over 100 chemically contaminated sites.
Dr. Chad Welsh
Dr. Chad Welsh is a Microbiologist and Immunologist with an interest in bacterial infections and the cellular response. After receiving his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Middle Tennessee State University he attended the University of Louisville Medical School to earn his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology in 2003. Dr. Welsh has been teaching here at Lindenwood since Fall 2010 where he can be found teaching varied courses from Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, and Virology amongst many others. His current undergraduate research interests focus on cellular biological responses bacterial pathogens.
Dr. Megan Woltz
Dr. Megan Woltz received her B.S. in environmental science with an ecology concentration from North Carolina State University in 2007 and her Ph.D. in entomology & ecology from Michigan State University in 2013. While at MSU, she studied landscape effects on insect communities in agroecosystems and completed a Certification in Teaching College Science. As a post-doctoral researcher at Oregon State University, Woltz taught entomology and studied biological control of the invasive spotted wing drosophila in fruit crops. Woltz has been teaching full-time at Lindenwood since 2015 and regularly teaches biodiversity, ecology, and writing for biology. She uses active learning to enhance student comprehension and engagement. Woltz embeds course content into activities designed to practice scientific skills like quantitative reasoning, hypothesis testing, and graph interpretation. She also enjoys mentoring undergraduates in research on insects in urban and suburban environments.
Dr. Jennifer Firestine
Dr. Firestine has a background in instrumental and analytical chemistry. She teaches General Chemistry, Introduction to Chemical Literature and Laboratory Safety, Applications of Forensic Science, Analytical Chemistry, and Instrumental Analysis. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry from Eastern Oregon State College (now Eastern Oregon University) and her Ph.D. in Bioanalytical Chemistry from Arizona State University where she specialized in MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. Her scientific interests are in new instrumental methods and how they can best be applied to education.
Dr. Darla Jia
Dr. Jia has a background in inorganic chemistry and teaches General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University and her Ph.D. from the University of California-Irvine. Her scientific interests are in the synthesis and characterization of transition metal complexes.
Dr. Michael Ibele
Dr. Ibele has a background in surface and colloidal chemistry and teaches General Chemistry, Introduction to Chemical Literature and Laboratory Safety, Polymers, Physical Chemistry I (Thermodynamics and Kinetics) and Physical Chemistry II (Quantum Mechanics). He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina and his Ph. D. in Chemistry from Penn State University, where his research focused on the synthesis and characterization of artificial, bacteria-sized particles which could propel themselves through solution. His interests are in the field of physical and materials chemistry.
Dr. Scott Hasty
Dr. Hasty has a background in synthetic organic chemistry. He teaches General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry I, and Organic Chemistry II. Dr. Hasty earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of Missouri St. Louis. After receiving his PhD, he taught as an adjunct instructor at McKendree and Southeast Missouri State Universities before arriving at Lindenwood. His research interests involve developing methodologies towards expeditious oligosaccharide synthesis.
Exercise Science Faculty
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 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.
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 (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 College of Science, Technology, and Health.
Dr. Wojciech Golik
Dr. Golik is a numerical analyst with research papers on fast numerical solutions of differential and integral equations and on wavelet applications in electromagnetics. He has an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Poznan Technological University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from New Mexico State University. He has over 30 years of experience in teaching at the university level. He teaches a wide variety of courses including Calculus, Linear Algebra, Partial Differential Equations, Numerical Analysis, History of Mathematics, and Statistics. He conducts research projects with undergraduates in numerical analysis.
Dr. Nikhil Gupta
Nikhil Gupta received his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University in 2009. He spent the 2009 academic year as a teaching fellow in mathematics at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. In 2016, he obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Gupta’s research deals with generalizations of periodic functions called automorphic functions; this area of research lies at the intersection of harmonic analysis and number theory. In addition to research, Gupta is a dedicated teacher, having taught numerous courses at the undergraduate level during his tenure as a graduate student. He looks forward to sharing his love and enthusiasm for mathematics with his students at Lindenwood.
Dr. Erin Martin
Dr. Martin received a B.S. in applied mathematics from the University of Missouri – Rolla (now Missouri S&T) in 2004. She completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Arkansas in 2006 and 2008, respectively. After completing her graduate studies, she served as a faculty member and administrator at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., for nine years before joining the Lindenwood faculty in 2017. She has taught a variety of mathematics courses, ranging from Intermediate Algebra to Advanced Calculus. She is a strong proponent of active learning, particularly inquiry-based learning, and is actively engaged in undergraduate research. Besides working with students to conduct research in her own areas of geometric analysis and partial differential equations, she has led projects on topics ranging from graph theory to applied math.
Dr. Nick Wintz
Dr. Nick Wintz is a control theorist whose publications examine processes with continuous, discrete and hybrid measurements. He received his BS and MA in mathematics from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. His master’s thesis was "Eigenvalue comparisons for an impulsive boundary value problem with Sturm-Liouville boundary conditions," written under the direction of Dr. Bonita A. Lawrence. While at Marshall, he served as a Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant. He continued his doctoral work at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formally University of Missouri-Rolla) in Rolla, MO. His dissertation was “The Kalman filter on time scales” under the direction of Dr. Martin Bohner. While at Rolla, he also earned a Graduate Certificate in Financial Mathematics.
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.
Physical Education, Wellness and Recreation Faculty
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 (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 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.
The psychology program faculty consists of six award-winning full-time members with terminal degrees in their area of expertise. We, along with our part-time instructors, offer a wide array of courses from different fields within psychology.
Dr. Stephanie Afful
Dr. Afful is a social psychologist who studies race, specifically racial identity, racism, and interracial relationships. She received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from Drury University and PhD in Social Psychology from Saint Louis University. Dr. Afful teaches courses on Social Psychology, Motivation & Emotion, Human Sexuality, and Health Psychology. She also serves as a co-advisor for the Lindenwood chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. Dr. Afful was the recipient of the 2016-2017 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2018-2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award.
Dr. Sara Bagley
Dr. Bagley is an experimental psychologist who emphasizes behavioral/cognitive neuroscience. Her research interests involve the connections between stress (as measured by physiological changes in the body) and cognition (memory and time perception). She earned her BA in Psychology and Mathematics from Westminster College and her MSR and PhD from Saint Louis University. She teaches courses on Behavioral Science Statistics, Behavioral Neuroscience, Learning & Memory, and Sensation & Perception. Dr. Bagley was the recipient of the 2018-2019 Assessment Champion Award and the 2019-2020 President’s Scholar-Teacher Award.
Dr. Colleen Biri
Dr. Biri is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in the assessment and treatment of children. She received her BA in Psychology from Missouri State University, and her MA degree in Clinical Psychology and PsyD degree from The Georgia School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Biri’s courses include Child Development, Parenting, Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Testing, Careers in Psychology, and Senior Seminar. She also serves as a co-advisor for the Lindenwood chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. Dr. Biri was the recipient of the 2015-2016 President's Scholar-Teacher Award.
Dr. Rebecca Foushée
Dr. Foushée is a developmental psychologist who studies how environmental influences shape perceptual development during infancy, childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. She received her BS degree in Psychology and English, and MS and PhD degrees in Developmental and Biological Psychology from Virginia Tech. At Lindenwood, Dr. Foushée teaches courses on Human Development, Behavior Modification, Psychology of Adolescence, Psychology of Women, and Death and Dying. She also conducts research on best practices in teaching and advising in psychology, and serves as a co-advisor for the Psychology Interest Club. Dr. Foushée was the recipient of the 2017-2018 LSGA Teacher of the Year Award and the 2019-2020 ROAR Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Michiko Nohara-LeClair
Dr. Nohara-LeClair is an experimental psychologist who previously specialized in psycholinguistic research. She received her BSc degree in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Toronto, her MASc degree from the University of Waterloo, and her PhD from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Nohara-LeClair also completed postdoctoral fellowships at Concordia University in Montreal and the University of Kansas. Dr. Nohara-LeClair's courses include Basic Research Methods, Advanced Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology, and Senior Thesis. She currently supervises the Lindenwood Participant Pool and the Student Worker Program for psychology and is co-sponsor for the Psychology Interest Club. Dr. Nohara-LeClair was the recipient of the 2008-2009 President's Scholar-Teacher Award, the 2018-2019 LSGA Teacher of the Year Award, and a 2019-2020 Q2 Award.
Dr. Christopher Scribner
Dr. Scribner is a clinical psychologist with a specialization in psychotherapy and psychotherapist training, and an interest in all aspects of psychological disorders. He received his BA in Psychology from Earlham College, his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tennessee, and later completed an MFA in creative writing at Lindenwood University. Dr. Scribner’s courses include Abnormal Psychology, Psychotherapy, Personality, and Critical & Creative Thinking. Dr. Scribner was the recipient of the 2003 Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2017 Lindenwood Assessment Champion Award.
- Leslie Barry (since August 2014)
- Paul Coutinho (since August 2012)
- Kevin Herbert (since August 2008)
- Accalia Kusto (since August 2020)
- Andrea J. Marsden (August 2010-August 2014; since August 2021)
- Diane Mitchell-Scott (since August 2010)
- Emily Rademan (Class of May 2007; teaching since August 2021)
Dr. Suzanne Stoelting
Dr. Suzanne Stoelting holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Her areas of expertise include sport sociology, gender, and sexuality. Her current research focuses gay and lesbian youth suicide. Suzanne has taught a wide range of undergraduate sociology courses including introduction, sociological theory, stratification, race and ethnicity, sociology of gender, sociology of sport, social deviance, urban sociology, social problems, and applied sociology. She has also supervised many sociology internships and collaborated with students on undergraduate sociology research projects.