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Doctor Susan Bertelsen

Dr. Susan Bertelsen
Professor, K-12 Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Health Education


303-615-1346



bertelse@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
202B

Office Hours:

FALL OFFICE HOURS

Tuesday

  • 9:00-10:45am
  • 3:30-4:30pm

Wednesday

  • 12:30-1:30pm

Thursday

  • 9:00-10:45am

 

 

 

Campus Box Number:
25


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Bio:

Dr. Susan Bertelsen is a professor in the Human Performance and Sport department at Metropolitan State University of Denver where she has been employed for eleven years. Previously, she taught two years at the University of Wyoming, one year at Santa Barbara City College and over 10 years at the high school level in California, Hawaii, and Colorado. Susan specializes in methods of teaching fitness and physical activity education, health education and physical activity behavior change. She has owned and operated a 3,000 square foot fitness center from 2007-2009 and has been a certified personal trainer since 1997.

Originally from California, Susan earned her Bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; Master’s from California State University Fresno; and Doctorate from University of Northern Colorado. She is an avid mountain bike rider and enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits including golf, water sports, and traveling.



Doctor Colleen Colles

Dr. Colleen Colles
Professor, Sport Management


303-615-1329



ccolles@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217E

Office Hours:

 

 

Campus Box Number:
25


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Bio:

Dr. Colleen Colles is a Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver in the Human Performance and Sport Department and serves as the Program Chair for the Sport Industry Operations (SIO) concentration.  This concentration is designed for students interested in careers pertaining to the business of sport. Colleen teaches Senior Seminar, Organization & Administration, Legal Liabilities, Event Management, and Career and Professional Development courses. In 2013, Dr. Colles led the efforts to transform the SIO curriculum. Significant modifications included the addition of eight new required classes, several innovative elective courses, increased options for minors, and a heightened focus on professional dispositions. In addition to teaching, Colleen serves as the university supervisor for SIO students completing their internships.

Dr. Colles has over 25 years of experience teaching in higher education and has also spent time as a collegiate volleyball coach, athletic administrator, and sport event manager. She has been heavily involved with the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) since its inception, serving on the Board of Commissioners for multiple terms.  Much of her current research and professional development is focused on the quality and accreditation of sport management programs. Colleen is an active member of the North American Society for Sport Management and the Sport & Recreation Law Association. Her recent service to MSU Denver includes co-chairing the College of Professional Studies’ Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee, serving on the Enrollment, Retention, and Graduation Committee, the Experiential Learning Task Force, as well as multiple search committees.

Prior to MSU Denver, Dr. Colles spent 12 years at Nichols College in Dudley, MA where she served as a faculty member and Department Chair for the Sport Management program.  During her tenure at Nichols, Colleen taught several courses in the MBA program, chaired the college’s Curriculum Committee and Faculty Senate, and served as the Faculty Athletics Representative.



Kristin Dupuis
Exercise Science


303-605-7189



kdupuis@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217F

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

Monday

  • 9:15-10:45am

Tuesday

  • 11am-12pm

Wednesday

  • 9:15-10:45am

Thursday

  • 11am-12pm

Campus Box Number:
25


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Kelly Evans

Dr. Kelly Evans
Assistant Professor


303-605-7190



kevans37@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217H

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

Monday/Wednesday

  • 10am-12pm

Tuesday/Thursday

  • 2-3pm

Campus Box Number:
25


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Bio:

Dr. Kelly Evans is an Assistant Professor within the Human Performance and Sport Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. At MSU Denver, Dr. Evans teaches a variety of courses, including sport promotion/marketing, sport enterprise/finance, and intro to sport management. Evans believes in a student-first teaching philosophy that both encourages and prepares MSU Denver students for the next step in their sport-related careers.

 

Before moving to Denver, Dr. Evans earned her undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in sport management from the University of South Carolina. As a practitioner, Kelly was also an integral member of a summer collegiate baseball team in the Coastal Plain League. She worked her way to become the league’s first female general manager within seven years. Dr. Evans has also worked closely with MiLB, MLB, NFL, and NBA teams in the areas of marketing, operations, sales, event management, and finance. She has also worked closely in planning local festivals, charity events, and concerts.

 

Dr. Evans’ research interests include sport and entertainment marketing, sport sponsorships, and consumer behavior. She has presented research at national and international conferences where she won research grants to continue her work within sport sponsorships. Kelly is also an avid reader of mystery novels, enjoys hiking and camping (as well as a good Netflix binge), and traveling to new places.



Dr. Chad Harris
Department Chair, Human Performance and Sport


303-615-1818



charr112@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217-A1

Office Hours:

Available by appointment

Campus Box Number:
25


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Jennifer Huseman

Dr. Jennifer Huseman
Assistant Professor, Athletic Training Clinical Education Coordinator


303-615-1328



jhuseman@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217D

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

MONDAY/WEDNESDAY

9:15am - 11:00am

TUESDAY

12:30pm - 1:00pm

THURSDAY

10:00am - 11:00am

or by appointment

 

Campus Box Number:
25


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Bio:

Education:

2016 - Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

University of Missouri Columbia

1998 - Master of Science in Exercise Science/Athletic Training Concentration

University of Central Missouri

1996 - Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/Fitness & Wellness Concentration

University of Central Missouri

Current Work and Volunteer Experience Highlights:

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver:  Assistant Professor & Clinical Education Coordinator (2013-Present)
  • University of Central Missouri:  Assistant Athletic Trainer & Instructor (2008-2013)
  • Bothwell Regional Health Center:  Outreach Athletic Trainer (1999-2006)
  • NATA Work Group on Continuous Quality Improvement (2017)
  • Colorado Athletic Trainers’ Association:  Secretary (2017-Present)
  • Colorado Athletic Trainers’ Association: Government Affairs Committee (2014-Present)
  • Missouri State High School Activities Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee:  Secondary Schools Athletic Training Member (2000-2006)

I began my career in a rural hospital, building a successful outreach athletic training program with the local high school.  I spent many years working in this setting and was exposed to an incredible group of clinicians and clientele.  In addition to working with my high school, the clinic allowed me to engage with clientele such as rodeo, pediatric, geriatric, weekend warriors, work hardening, TBI, spinal cord injury, industrial athletes, hippotherapy, aquatic therapy, and more.  This experience was so enriching, as I worked alongside other health care professionals and truly learned about what it takes to be a medical team for successful patient outcomes.  During this time I also began to precept for two local universities and taught a few classes for another.  Athletic Training education began to creep into my life.

In 2006, I proudly became an Air Force spouse and moved to South Korea.  I returned to the United States in 2008 and began working for the University of Central Missouri.  I accepted the 50/50 position of Assistant Athletic Trainer and Instructor.  I worked mainly with Women’s Soccer and Track and Field, however, UCM is my alma mater and I’ve had experience working with just about every team on campus.  In 2010, I was given the opportunity to become the Interim Clinical Education Coordinator at UCM for a year.  In 2013, my husband received his final permanent change of station to Denver.  The planets aligned and I earned the position at Metropolitan State University of Denver as the Clinical Education Coordinator as I completed my doctorate from the University of Missouri.  I have been at MSU Denver since 2013 and consider myself blessed to be a part of such a unique and diverse institution.  I am proud to be a part of the mission to ready students who are diverse, tenacious, primed, purposeful, and entrepreneurial. I am heavily involved in the Colorado Athletic Trainers’ Association as the Secretary.  As a member of the Board of Directors, we have accomplished a number of positive goals.  We have aided in reestablishing communication with membership by creating, updating and maintaining a new website, new social media, and eBlasts.  Assisted in the re-established of a positive CATA and Colorado High School Activities Association working relationship on the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.  Assisted the Vice President with the planning and running of CATA's Annual Clinical Symposiums.  Updated the historical documents as needed.  Best of all, I assisted Colorado Athletic Trainers to win licensure and conclude a 40-year legislative battle.  I estimate that over the course of the year, I spend at least 400 hours dedicated to the CATA Secretary duties.  I have also worked at the national level on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Work Group on Continuous Quality Improvement.

Undoubtedly, I am most proud of my work as a wife, mother, and daughter.  I have worked hard to maintain balance in my life, to make my family and friends proud, and love with my whole heart.  At the end of the day, I want to be able to face my daughter and tell her I gave my all, with integrity.  Every day will be different. Every day will not be great, but every day I will try to give the best of parts of me.

 



Clare Kost
Academic Advisor, College of Professional Studies


303-615-7139



ckost@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217J

Campus Box Number:
25


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Bio:

Clare Kost is excited to join the Department of Human Performance and Sport as an Academic Advisor, where she will specialize in working with Sport Management, Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Dance students. Clare is originally from the southwest suburbs of Chicago, IL, but completed her undergraduate degree in Sports Management at Saint Joseph’s College where she also competed as a student-athlete.  After receiving her undergraduate degree, Clare went on to pursue her master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration at Illinois State University. There, she served as a graduate assistant in the Athletic Study Center providing academic, career, and life skills to student-athletes. Clare is excited to join the MSU Denver family and the opportunity to work with MSU students as they work toward their academic, professional, and personal goals



Leslie Merrill
Lecturer, Dance


303-605-5178



lmerril4@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
214.1

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

Wednesday

  • 1pm-2:30pm

Friday

  • 2:30pm-3:30pm

 

Campus Box Number:
25


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Bio:

Leslie Merrill is a Lecturer in the Human Performance and Sport Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver and serves as a Co-Coordinator of the Dance Program. She enjoys teaching a range of dance courses in the HPS Department, including Dance Teaching Methods, Choreography, Interdisciplinary Performance, Dance History, Community-Based Dance, and Jazz, Modern, and Tap Technique.

Merrill holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Colorado and has been teaching dance for over 20 years. She has enjoyed performing with Haan Dances, Ascential Dance, the Cindy Brandle Dance Company, and Louder Than Words Dance Theatre, and dancing and choreographing for Interweave Dance Theatre. She currently performs and collaborates choreographically with the dance theatre company, Projekt Move. She has worked for the Colorado Dance Alliance as a writer and editor and has shared her research in conference presentations and publications. She has been fortunate to receive a variety of grants for her creative scholarship, in addition to numerous artist residencies and choreographic awards.

Merrill has been commissioned to collaborate in the creation of several dance films. In Colorado, she has had the opportunity to present her choreographic and video work extensively. Her work has been shown nationally as part of the American Dance Festival’s Dancing for the Camera Series, the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, the Holland Project, the Intangible Bodies Conference, and the TARLA Dance for Camera Festival. Internationally, her creative work has been presented in British Columbia, Mexico, and Germany. Her body of dance theatre and interdisciplinary performance work ranges from short pieces to evening-length concerts, and she has collaborated in the direction, production, and choreography of multiple original musicals.



Joe Morales
Equipment Manager


303-615-1317



morales@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
107

Campus Box Number:
25


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Dr. Troy Morgan sitting

Dr. Troy Morgan
Assistant Professor, Sport Management


303-615-1530



tmorga27@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
214

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

MONDAY/WEDNESDAY

  • 1pm-2:15pm

TUESDAY/THURSDAY

  • 11:15am-12:15pm

Campus Box Number:
25


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Bio:

Dr. Troy Morgan has over 15 years of experience in the talent identification and development field. He has been a college baseball coach and recruiting coordinator, college football research assistant, Major League Baseball scout, athlete mental health therapist, and is currently an assistant professor in the Human Performance and Sport department. His research focuses on organizational systems and structures of talent identification and athlete development, non-cognitive aspects of performance, and sport ethics. His work has been featured at national and international conferences in the areas of sport sociology, psychology, law, and leadership. Dr. Morgan has helped develop sport for development programs in African refugee camps and is a member of the Judicial Committee for USA Taekwondo – the U.S. Olympic Committee-designated National Governing Body for the sport in the United States.

Dr. Morgan earned a Bachelors’ degree in psychology from the University of Kansas, a Masters’ degree in counseling and development with an emphasis on adolescent athletes from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in physical education, sports, and exercise science with a focus in mental health counseling from the University of New Mexico.



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Dr. Tony Nunez
Assistant Professor, Exercise Science


303-615-1335



tnunez1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
209A

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

TUESDAY

  • 1-3:30pm

WEDNESDAY

  • 8-10:30am 

 

Campus Box Number:
25


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Bio:

Dr. Tony Nuñez is an Assistant Professor of Human Performance and Sport at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He teaches in the Exercise Science major and specializes in resistance training and metabolic conditioning. During his time in the private sector, he has worked as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, business owner and personal training supervisor. Dr. Nuñez’s academic preparation includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Fitness and Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Long Beach, as well as a Doctorate of Philosophy in Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Science from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Dr. Nuñez’s research interest lies in the area of exercise programming for metabolic conditioning and the prevention of chronic diseases through the use of exercise, as well as resistance training programming for both athletic and general populations. He has presented his research at national and international conferences around the United States and plans to continue doing so throughout his career. Dr. Nuñez has published in peer-reviewed scientific and professional journals, most notably the IDEA Fitness Journal, who has a readership of over 300 thousand fitness professionals. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and holds his Exercise is Medicine credential from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Dr. Nuñez takes great pride in the success of his students and hopes to help them reach their academic and professional goals. In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, watching sports, and getting outside!



Doctor Chris Odell

Dr. Chris Odell
Professor, Athletic Training


303-615-1327



codell6@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217C

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

MONDAY

  • 11:15am-1:15pm

TUESDAY

  • 11:00am-1:00pm

WEDNESDAY

  • 11:15am-12:15pm

Campus Box Number:
25


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Bio:

Dr. Christine Odell has been a certified Athletic Trainer since 1992.

She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and earned her Master of Arts Degree in Education/Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver.

She then worked in a variety of athletic training settings throughout the course of her career: traditional Division II college, physician extender, out patient rehabilitation clinic and has also worked several professional cycling races here in the United States as well as one Tour of China.

When she discovered her passion for teaching, she earned her doctorate at Colorado State University in Education/Interdisciplinary Studies – Health/Exercise Science.

She has taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2004 and has served as the Director of Athletic Training Program since 2008.  Her teaching philosophy revolves around teaching students how to incorporate the bigger picture into patient care – trying never to let her students forget that they are working with people who have many needs beyond just returning to an active lifestyle.  



Nicole Predki
Lecturer, Dance


303-605-5186



npredki@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
214.1

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

TUESDAY

  • 7:15am - 8:00am
  • 12:15pm-1:15pm

THURSDAY

  • 7:15am-8:00am

 

 

Campus Box Number:
25


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Bio:

Nicole Predki has taught in the Human Performance and Sport Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2010 and currently serves as a Co-Coordinator of the Dance Program. Nicole teaches because she believes that everyone can dance and create and strives to give students the confidence and tools to do both. She has an MFA in dance from the University of Colorado Boulder with a focus in somatics and multidisciplinary performance and graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science from Columbia University in NYC. Her focus in dance and science revolves around diverse applications of the creative process. Nicole’s movement style reflects her background with an eclectic mix of gesture and athleticism fed by her training in Horton, Graham and Cunningham techniques, as well as Ballet, Jazz and Aerial Dance.


Nicole has held a variety of administrative positions with over two decades of experience working in the arts and sciences. Her experience includes choreographing and producing collaborative multimedia productions as well as directing professional evening-length productions with casts of over 40. Her role in productions has encompassed everything from artistic direction to music editing, video editing, stage-managing, fundraising, aerial rigging, budgeting, marketing, and choreography. She served as Education Director and Marketing Coordinator for Frequent Flyers Productions, Marketing Assistant for Nancy Cranbourne's dance company "40 Women Over 40," and helped plan and execute events for EcoArts, a non-profit founded by Marda Kirn that organized art and science collaborations.


She was awarded the ATLAS Innovator Residency, ACE performance grant, Charlotte York Irey Award for talent in performance, choreography and teaching and a three-year Roser fellowship. Her choreography has been featured at the ATLAS Blackbox Theatre and produced by internationally renowned Frequent Flyers Productions.



Gabriela Rodriguez
Academic Department Coordinator


303-615-1818



rodrigga@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217B

Campus Box Number:
25


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Doctor Ben Thompson

Dr. Ben Thompson
Associate Professor, Exercise Science


303-615-1341



bthomp50@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217G

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

TUESDAY/THURSDAY

9:00am - 11:30am

Campus Box Number:
25


Directory Profile

Bio:

Dr. Thompson is an Associate Professor of Human Performance and Sport at MSU Denver.  He teaches a wide variety of courses in the Department of Human Performance and Sports’ Exercise Science concentration.  They range from introductory courses like Physical Fitness Techniques and Programs to senior courses like Exercise Electrocardiology and Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription.  Prior to working in higher education, he was employed as an exercise professional for Johnson & Johnson as well as in hospital and community based fitness facilities.  Thompson is dedicated to his students and strives to provide them the foundations to become successful exercise professionals.

Professionally, he is an active member in the American Physiological Society (APS) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).  He currently serves as the chair of the Committee on Certification and Registry Boards (CCRB) Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) subcommittee for ACSM as well as a member-at-large for the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES).  Dr. Thompson was recently honored to be named a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.  He is one of approximately 1400 in the entire College.  He is also an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and has maintained this certification for over 16 years.

Dr. Thompson has published in well-known, peer-reviewed journals like the American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology and the Journal of Applied Physiology.  He has continued research interests in skeletal muscle blood flow as well as the efficacy of physician/exercise professional national initiatives.



Doctor Joe Quatrochi

Dr. Joe Quatrochi
Professor, Exercise Science


303-615-1319



quatrocj@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
209B

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

TUESDAY

  • 8:45am-10:45am
  • 12:45pm-1:45pm

THURSDAY

  • 8:45am-10:45am

Campus Box Number:
25


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Bio:

Dr. Joe Quatrochi is a Professor of Human Performance and Sport at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He served as the program director for the Exercise Science major within the HPS department for more than 20 years. His academic preparation includes an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and post-graduate degrees in Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion.

Dr. Quatrochi's primary research interest lies in the area of physical activity for the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. His professional experience includes extensive consulting activities for public and private entities in the areas of worksite health promotion and physical activity programs for adults, seniors/retirees, athletes and public service professionals (firefighters, security personnel). He has won numerous awards for his teaching and professional service. During the past 30 years, he has shared his expertise on numerous fitness and wellness-related topics in a variety of ways: through the publication of several articles and chapters in books; delivery of dozens of presentations to various professional, private and public groups; and through many interviews for both print and electronic media. Most recently, Dr. Quatrochi has shared his experiences as a cancer survivor. Specifically, he has presented to various groups regarding the importance of self-responsibility to those being treated for cancer and other diseases.  Dr. Quatrochi enjoys a variety of outdoor sports – particularly cycling. 



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