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Meet the Faculty

Mike Godard Department Chair of Nutrition and Kinesiology Mike Godard, department chair/professor - Godard received his Ph.D., in Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University. He has published more than 25 scientific articles and has presented at more than 50 regional and national conferences. Godard has acquired approximately $500,000 in grants to support his research program. He has served as the regional president of the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine and is currently the regional president-elect for the central states ACSM chapter.
Gay Anderson Gay Anderson, instructor/ATP clinical coordinator - In 2013 Gay joined UCM with a wealth of clinical and academic experience in athletic training. She began her career at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell before moving to Northeastern University, where she first transitioned to teaching. After returning to the Midwest in 2000, she was the head athletic trainer and a fulltime faculty member at Park University. Prior to UCM, Gay was employed by healthcare companies providing athletic training for two KC metro high schools. Most recently, she was a sports medicine program coordinator and an adjunct instructor.
Ken Bias, assistant professor Phy Ed program at UCM Ken Bias, associate professor - A UCM alumn, Bias brings 10 years of practical experience teaching physical education from pre-K through grade 12. Bias' teaching focus is in the Physical Education Teacher Education program.
Karen Breshears, chef/instructor UCM Deitetics undergraduate program Karen Breshears, chef/instructor - Breshears, a UCM alum, began her career in 1999, after working two years as a registered dietitian and more than 15 years in the food service industry. She primarily teaches the food preparation, quantity food production and service classes.
Steve Burns, associate professor exercise science, disease prevention Steve Burns, associate professor - Burns has an extensive background in cardiovascular disease prevention and 10 years of teaching experience in exercise science. He teaches graduate and undergraduate classes, and coordinates activities in the human performance lab. Burns currently serves as the president of the central states chapter of American College of Sports Medicine and as editor for The International Journal of Exercise Science.
Mike Carter, health education program, personal health at UCM Mike Carter, professor emeritus - Carter began teaching health education courses at UCM in 1962. After 45 years of service, he retired in 2007. Carter has taught many subjects including human diseases, anatomy and personal health. His passion for teaching moves him to continue teaching at UCM even after retirement.
Jennifer Case, assistant professor Nutrition and Exercise Scince programs at the University of Central Missouri Jennifer Case, assistant professor - A graduate of the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, Case became a UCM faculty member in 2012. Her lifelong passion for fitness and athletic competition has directed her educational experiences and research emphasis in the area of sports nutrition. Given her background, Case instructs courses in both the Nutrition and Exercise Science programs.
Dennis Docheff, professor Physical Education degree program, sports and American life Dennis Docheff, professor - Docheff, an educator since 1978, began teaching at UCM in 2001. His experience includes teaching, administration and coaching at the elementary, middle school, high school and university levels. Currently, Docheff teaches courses at UCM in curriculum and assessment in physical education, sports in American life and elementary school physical education activities.
Dan Gerdes, professor and graduate coordinator for the Sport Management program at the University of Central Missouri Dan Gerdes, professor - A graduate of the University of Kansas, Gerdes serves as a professor of sports psychology, a graduate coordinator for the Sport Management program and a key faculty member for the athletic department at UCM. Along with public school teaching and coaching experience, Gerdes has taught for 18 years at UCM.
Bobby Gillespie, instructor of Phy Ed program at the University of Central Missouri Bobby Gillespie, instructor - A former athletic director, physical education teacher and coach, Gillespie came back to his alma mater to serve as an instructor of physical education. Gillespie has his master's degree in Elementary Administration from William Woods University. Gillespie said, working at UCM in his field "is my dream job."
Marilyn Grechus, professor at UCM and coordinator of health education Marilyn Grechus, professor - A graduate of UCM of the University of Missouri, Grechus is a professor and coordinator of health education. She is responsible for teaching the health methods, community health and early childhood nutrition. With 20 years of teaching experience at UCM, Grechus understands the importance of quality teachers in society.
Elizabeth Harrison Elizabeth Harrison, instructor - Harrison is a 2011 Athletic Training UCM graduate. She received her MS in Education from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale while serving as the certified athletic trainer for the swimming and diving team. She teaches functional anatomy and athletic training courses.
Brian Hughes, professor in the athletic training program at the University of Central Missouri Brian Hughes, professor - Hughes has been heavily involved in athletic training profession throughout his high school and college years. He earned his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training at Ohio State University where he worked alongside the university's athletic training team. Later, Hughes went on to become a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Oklahoma State University and obtained his advanced degrees.
Youngjin Hur, associate professor at UCM, Sport Management and Sport Marketing Youngjin Hur, associate professor - Hur began his UCM career in 2008. His research focuses on sport consumer behavior and has led to published articles in journals such as the Journal of Sport Management, and International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship.
Michael Israetel, assistant professor sport physiology, strength coach Michael Israetel, assistant professor - Israetel, born in Moscow, Russia, earned his PhD in Sport Physiology at East Tennessee State University, where he also served as a strength coach and sport scientist to Division I Athletes. Michael's educational background complements his experiences as a competitive powerlifter and bodybuilder. While his greatest passion is teaching, Michael also takes great pride in his nutritional and training consultation to elite strength and combat athletes around the world, experiences which he regularly parlays into classroom lessons.
Lee, assistant professor, Sport Management, Sport Marketing and Sport Public Relations Wooyoung Lee, associate professor - Lee focuses his research on the influence sport consumption behaviors, such as risky sport participation and sport media consumption. He has many presented and published works in the field of sport management. Currently, he instructs Introduction to Sport Management, Sport Marketing and Sport Public Relations courses.
Swarna Mandali, professor with experience as a dietitian, coordinator for the Diactic Program in Dietetics Swarna Mandali, professor - Mandali served 12 years as a registered dietitian and as a certified nutrition support clinician in the dietetic profession. She uses her practical experience to instruct dietetics and nutrition and serve as a program coordinator for the Didactic Program in Dietetics at UCM. She is responsible for teaching the community nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and Senior Seminar courses.
Cathy McGraw, instructor in Physical Education teaching program Cathy McGraw, instructor - McGraw, a graduate of UCM, has instructed the course Teaching Sex Education in Public Schools for 10 years. She offers 37 years of real-world experience from teaching similar courses in a high school setting.
Lacole McPherson Lacole McPherson, assistant professor - McPherson teaches online for the sport management program. Primary research interests combine academics and athletics focusing on career development of student-athletes. Prior to joining the staff at UCM she was the Director for the Sport and Recreation Management program at the University of Minnesota Crookston. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas.
Brad Mears, associate professor and K-12 Phy Ed program coordinator Brad Mears, professor - Mears is the K-12 physical education program coordinator. He provides public school teaching experience in early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school education and serves as a specialist in special education. He is responsible for the elementary methods course and the student teaching experiences.
Robert Slana, associate professor and program coordinator in the Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology Robert Slana, associate professor - Slana is a program coordinator for two areas in the Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology. He serves as the university internship supervisor for both programs and, through his supervision, students have access to many professional contacts. He has served 23 years at UCM, teaching a variety of courses.
Dr. Susan Stockton, instructor health-related courses, dietetics Susan Stockton, assistant professor- Stockton spent five years as food service director for the Warrensburg R-VI School District, nine years in private practice and the past 13 years teaching health-related courses at UCM. Her emphasis is in experiential learning environments and bio-communication technology for optimal human function and performance.
Scott Strohmeyer, professor pedagogical biomechanics and works in teh Biomechanics Lab Scott Strohmeyer, professor - Strohmeyer specializes in pedagogical biomechanics. Alongside his research projects he has published and presented many papers dealing with technique enhancement in biomechanics. With a passion for research, Strohmeyer enjoys spending time in the biomechanics lab he has deemed the "Mule Cave."
Samantha Tienken Samantha Tienken, instructor/ assistant athletic trainer- Tienken joined the UCM family in 2014.  She received her BS in Athletic Training and MA in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation with a concentration in Health Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  While receiving her MA she worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for UNO.  She shares her time teaching within the UCM Athletic Training Program and Athletics.
  Betty Wakou, assistant professor - Wakou holds a doctorate in Nutrition from Oklahoma State University and completed The Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Texas, Austin. She has worked as a clinical dietitian in the state of Texas and served in complex humanitarian crises as a nutrition surveillance specialist. Her interests are Behavioral Health, Weight Management, HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Child Nutrition. She is responsible for teaching courses: Nutrition, Medical Nutrition Therapy I, Food Systems Management, and Freshman Seminar.