School of Physical Education, Health & Wellness
Born and raised in Washington State, I attended a public high school and played sports
as much as possible without Sabbath interference. After high school, I decided to
go to an Adventist college and attended Union College in Lincoln, NE. Although Union
did not have an athletic program there was plenty to do and intramurals kept me involved
in sports. I went as a student missionary to Kenya, East Africa for a year which helped
me see the world differently and grow spiritually.
After graduating from Union with degrees in PE and History, I worked at Maplewood Academy for two years and then moved to Oregon and worked at Milo Academy for seven years. For the first five years at Milo I was the girls’ dean and the last two years I was the athletic director and vice-principal. I completed my masters’ degree at Central Washington University in the summer of 1994. After my time at Milo Academy, I returned to Lincoln, NE and began a Ph.D. program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I came to Southern Adventist University in 2001 and graduated with my Ph.D. from UN-L in May of 2003.
I greatly enjoy being at Southern Adventist University, the campus is friendly and spiritually focused. I love the variety of classes that I am able to teach from fitness-based classes like Women’s Fitness, Active Brain, and Backpacking to theory classes like Motor Learning, Elementary Physical Education Methods, and Administration of Physical Education and Recreation. I love being outdoors and there are plenty of opportunities for camping, backpacking and biking in Tennessee.