Health and Physical Education













Dr. Amy Jo Sutterluety

Interim Chair, Division of Health & Physical Education
Program Coordinator, Exercise Science & Pre-Physical Therapy
B.S., Kent State University
M.S., University of Akron
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Currently teaches: Physiology of Exercise, Exercise Prescription for Special Populations, Health and Physical Fitness Assessment Techniques. She is the Academic Coordinator of Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy for the Division, providing leadership in curricular and program development. She is advisor to the Pre-Physical Therapy/Exercise Science Student Organization and co-coordinator of LifeSpan. She has been instrumental in securing funding and implementing an employee health promotion program on campus. She is past president of the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine, a participant in the Ohio Public Health Leadership Institute, and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. She is currently a speaker for the American Heart Association, a member of the Health Educators Association of Greater Cleveland and a member of the Certification and Credentialing Review Board of the American College of Sports Medicine. She recently became a Peer Reviewer for the MERLOT Teaching and Learning Organization, a leading edge, user-centered, searchable collection of peer reviewed and selected higher education, online learning materials. She received the Strosacker Award for Excellence in Teaching at Baldwin Wallace University in 2000, The Bechberger Award for Human Development in 2013 and has been recognized by the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education for her excellence in teaching.





Prof. Cassandra August, CFCS, CNS
B.S., Northeast Louisiana University
M.S., Kent State University

Prof August is an RD eligible nutrition educator. She teaches Nutrition in Daily Living, Nutrition for the Athlete, a hybrid online Diet and Disease course, Freshman Experience and the Liberal Arts and Sciences Enduring Questions course. A member of the Society for Nutrition Education and The American Dietetics Association, she belongs to the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists and the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition practice groups. Professor August regularly addresses audiences on current nutrition topics. She is a past and current recipient of the Positive Force Award for support of students of color and a past recipient of the Alpha Sigma Lambda continuing Education Honor Society's Faculty Excellence Award for her work with Evening and Weekend students.






Dr. Swagata Banik

Director, Public Health Program
M.S., Shivaji University, India
Ph.D., Shivaji University, India
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Cleveland State University

Named the director of BW's new Public Health Program. Swagata served as a lecturer and research scholar at Cleveland State University. He also was also a faculty member and research fellow at Shivaji University in India. His current research focuses on individual and environmental factors related to HIV health disparity in the United States and in India. Dr. Banik is currently the Principle Investigator of a NIH-funded research grant on HIV Stigma Reduction among Health Care Providers.








Dr. Kerry A. Bebie

Program Coordinator, Health Promotion & Education
B.A., John Carroll University
M.A., John Carroll University
Ph.D., The University of Akron

Currently teaches Physical Education Methods for Early Childhood, Historical, Philosophical, and Curricular Foundations of Physical Education, Special Teaching Methods in Physical Education, Principles of Coaching and Psychology of Coaching. Professor Bebie serves as faculty advisor for the HPE Majors Club, is the Academic Coordinator for Health and Physical Education Teacher Education major and the Coaching minor. She holds memberships in AAHPERD, AHEE, NCACE and OAHPERD and is the College Student Volunteer Coordinator for the OAHPERD Convention Committee. Professor Bebie formerly taught at John Carroll University where she was also the Assistant Women's Basketball Coach and Notre Dame College of Ohio where she served as the Head Women's Volleyball and Swim Coach.





Dr. Charles Campisi
B.S., Syracuse University
M.S.Ed., University of Miami (FL)
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Currently teaches in the Sport Management program and serves as the Internship Coordinator for the program. His previous experience in academics includes teaching at Lock Haven University and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Campisi has also worked, in various capacities, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Twins, University of Miami Athletic Department, and the IMG Academies. He has been published and presented research on Academic Corruption and is currently working on research regarding Baseball in the Dominican Republic.






Dr. Jaimy M. Dyer
B.S., Ohio University
M.A., The Ohio State University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Currently teaches: Strength and Conditioning, Research Design and Statistics, Fitness and Health Promotion Management, Health Behavior Management, and Personal Wellness. Dr. Dyer serves as faculty advisor to the Lifespan student group in the Division and is involved in Faculty Student Collaboration research with HPE majors on a consistent basis. She is currently serving as faculty advisor for the BW Student Government, editor for the Journal of Research and Creative Studies and is an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine at both the regional and national levels.


Jessica Jochum

Dr. Jessica Emlich Jochum
B.S., Grand Valley State University (MI)
M.P.A., Grand Valley State University (MI)
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

Jessica joins BW in the Athletic Training Education Program. She has experience in the classroom and as an athletic trainer at Franklin College (IN), the University of Southern Mississippi, and Grand Valley State University (MI). She also served an an athletic trainer for middle and high school sports in Indiana, and at Hackley Hospital and Upper Peninsula Sports Medicine in Michigan.


James Fell







Prof. James R. Fell

Accelerated BSN Program Director/Interim Administrator and Associate Professor
B.S., Biology, Allegheny College
B.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
M.B.A., Baldwin Wallace College

Associate Professor in Nursing Jim Fell has a number of years teaching and administrative experience in schools of nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Cuyahoga Community College, Lorain County Community College, St Vincent Charity Hospital, and Meridia Huron Hospital. Captain (retired) Fell served over 28 years in the Navy Nurse Corps Reserve and recently deployed to the Warrior Transition Program, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait managing the psychologically decompression of personnel suffering from combat and operational stress disorders. As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant he assisted attorneys in the defense of toxic tort, medical device, pharmaceutical, Superfund, and other class actions, as well as medical malpractice litigation. Prof. Fell comes to Baldwin Wallace from the Cleveland Clinic Department of Clinical Risk Management where he was responsible for promotion of patient safety.





Prof. Karyn Gentile

Director and Clinical Coordinator, Athletic Training Education Program
B.A., Baldwin Wallace University
M.S., Syracuse University

Currently teaches: Basic and Advanced courses in Athletic Training Education, Therapeutic Modalities, Athletic Training Administration, AT Practicum courses as well as the College's Freshman Experience course. Professor Gentile is the Director and Clinical Coordinator of the CAATE accredited Athletic Training Education Program. She advises students majoring in Athletic Training Education and coordinates their clinical experiences both on-campus as well as at the various off-campus affiliated sites. Professor Gentile also serves as the faculty advisor for the student organization, COAST, the Collegiate Organization of Athletic Student Trainers.

Mark Gersten







Dr. Mark Gersten

Professor and Medical Director, Physician Assistant Program
B.S., Albany College of Pharmacy
M.S., Union College
M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine Residency, Akron General Medical Center

Dr. Gersten completed his residency in emergency medicine at Akron General Medical Center and has been a practicing emergency physician since 1991 at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, OH. Since 1991, he has also been Director of Medical Education for the Emergency Department. He has worked with physician assistants for the past fifteen years and has been a clinical preceptor for medical students and residents. Dr. Gersten received an undergraduate degree in pharmacy studies from Albany College of Pharmacy, a Master’s degree in Health Systems Management from Union College, and an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine. For the past several years he has been a clinical preceptor for physician assistant students from several programs. His special interests include toxicology and medical mission work.







Prof. Sandra Harris

Assistant Professor
M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
B.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
Diploma in Nursing, St. Alexis School of Nursing

Ms. Harris teaches Medical Surgical Nursing. Ms. Harris came to Baldwin Wallace University from the Cleveland Clinic where she was a Research Nurse Coordinator engaged in various research projects, including ones funded by the National Institute of Health Studies. She currently is a Teaching Assistant in the Ohio University online RN to BSN Program. Ms. Harris also has many years’ of instructional experience on the faculty at Huron School of Nursing where she taught Leadership, Critical Care, Medical Surgical, and Pediatric Nursing. Prior to this, Ms. Harris was an Intensive Care Unit staff nurse at Fairview General Hospital and Bedford Community Hospital, a nursing supervisor at Richmond Heights General Hospital, an Orthopedic Nurse at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, and a Rehabilitation Nurse at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Emilia Lombardi








Dr. Emilia Lombardi
B.A., University of Akron
M.A., University of Akron
Ph.D., University of Akron

Dr. Lombardi has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Akron specializing in Medical Sociology. She has been doing HIV research and examining health disparities among race/ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities for approximately 15 years. Her work examines the relationship between stigma and discrimination, social networks, substance use, and HIV risk behaviors. Currently, her work is focused on substance use issue as well as the influence of stigma and discrimination upon HIV related behaviors. She has been a long time researcher on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health disparities. She has received many grants including a NIDA funded study examining transgender men's and women's experiences and access to substance use treatment (R03 DA12909). She has been published within many journals including the American Journal of Public Health.

Chandra Lynch






Prof. Chandra Lynch

Academic Coordinator, Physician Assistant Program

B.S., Cleveland State University
P.A., Cuyahoga Community College
MSHS, Cleveland State University

Full-time faculty and academic coordinator for the Physician Assistant Program. She has a background in laboratory medicine, particularly HLA typing for organ and bone marrow transplant. She is a graduate of the Cuyahoga Community College physician assistant program and has over 10 years of clinical experience in various fields including neurology, bone marrow transplantation, and family practice. Previously served as the academic coordinator for the Cuyahoga Community College/Cleveland State University Physician Assistant Program and served as the admissions chair, coordinating and overseeing the admissions process. Continues to participate in clinical work with an interest in primary care.






Dr. Carol Morton
A.B., Miami University
M.A.T., Miami University
Ph.D. University of Akron

Currently teaches Kinesiology/Biomechanics, Medical Terminology, History of Sport, Outdoor Recreation and Education, Community Recreation, and Camping. Dr. Morton has traveled extensively throughout the world, camped on six continents, affording her the opportunity to meet and interact with international students and deal with global issues. Current interests and research include program planning/volunteering with the Olympics and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and curriculum development for globalization of Physical Education, such as Theory and Practice of Chinese Physical Education. Much of her current committee work at BW reflects her interest in issues and involvement in multicultural/international affairs.

Jared Pennington







Prof. Jared Pennington

Director, Physician Assistant Program

PA, Drexel University
MHS, Drexel University

Prof. Jared R. Pennington is the founding director of the Baldwin Wallace physician assistant program. Jared is a graduate of the Hahnemann Physician Assistant Program at Drexel University and has extensive experience as a practicing physician assistant in abdominal organ transplantation, emergency medicine, and pediatrics. He has taught as an adjunct instructor at Drexel University and The University of Akron. Jared is actively pursuing a doctorate in public health from Kent State University under a specialization in health policy and management with research interests in the intersection of physician assistant practice and public health, access to care for underserved children, and chronic disease epidemiology in pediatric populations. He maintains his membership status with the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Academy Health, The American Public Health Association, and The American College of Epidemiology.


Dr. Alvy Styles

Program Coordinator, Sport Management
B.A., Methodist College
M.A., Kent State University
Ph.D., Kent State University

Currently teaches: Introduction to Sport Management, Program Organization and Administration, Ethics in Sport Management, Legal Issues in Sport Management, Fitness, and Weight Training. Her primary research focus is on "risk management practices" for administrators in sport, recreation, and sport settings. A native of Dublin, Ireland, Dr. Styles formerly taught at Ashland University and Kent State University. She has published numerous refereed articles, abstracts, and proceedings, and has presented at various state and national conventions.


Bill Taraschke






Dr. William Taraschke
B.S., Ohio University
M.S., Southern Illinois University
Ph.D., University of Toledo

Currently teaches: Motor Learning, Personal Health. In addition to his academic courses, student advising, and committee work, Dr. (Coach) Taraschke also serves as Head Coach in Men's and Women's Cross Country and Head Coach, Men's and Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field. Taraschke is a member of the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA); the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; a member of numerous academic honoraries and a guest lecturer at clinics. Taraschke also has served as the NCAA Division III national meet director three times; and Chair of the NCAA Div.III Track Coaches Committee for three years.

Joseph Yonke

Prof. Joseph Yonke

Academic Coordinator, Physician Assistant Program
BS, Bowling Green State University
MPH, The Ohio State University
MSBS, University of Toledo

Joseph Yonke has been in clinical practice at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for 3 years, where he was nominated for PA of the year. He has practiced in both infectious disease and emergency medicine. He currently practices as a Hospitalist PA at Saint John Medical Center part-time. His research interests include HIV/AIDS, health disparities, physician assistant practice issues, as well as psychiatric disease. He authored reports for local health departments. His research was also presented at the 2010 International AIDS Conference. He served as a clinical advisor on medical mission to Peru, has given various lectures, and served as a clinical preceptor. He is currently a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.



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