Exercise Science

Our Faculty


Dr. Melissa Knight-Maloney Dr. Melissa Knight-Maloney
Professor/ Chair
Dr. Knight-Maloney is a Durango local. She graduated from Durango High School and Fort Lewis College. She received her Masters and Ph.D. in Physical Education (Exercise Physiology concentration) from the University of New Mexico. She has been at Fort Lewis since 1997 teaching Exercise Science Testing and Statistics, Exercise Testing and Prescription, Exercise Physiology, and ES Research Design & Development. Her research interests are hyperoxia and exercise & diabetes and sport performance. She competes in triathlons as a hobby, making the USA Triathlon Age Group Sprint Triathlon World Championship Team in 2009. She also enjoys the occasional running or cycling race.
Dr. Cathy Simbeck

Dr. Cathy Simbeck

Dr. Simbeck came to Fort Lewis College in 1984 to coach Women’s Basketball and to teach Exercise Science. In 1994, she resigned from her coaching duties and began teaching full time. She earned her Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Adapted and Developmental Physical Activity in 2008 from Texas Woman’s University. Her areas of expertise include Adapted Exercise, K-12 Physical Education, and Senior Research & Design. Dr. Simbeck’s Adapted Exercise students run the Durango area Special Olympics Volleyball tournament in the fall and Basketball tournament in the spring. Dr. Simbeck is a Certified Physical Educator and is a member of the Colorado Special Olympics Hall of Fame as a coach.
Mr. James Cross Professor James Cross
Associate Professor
Professor Cross has been at FLC since 1988 and teaches courses in Exercise Physiology, Sport Sociology, Coaching, Sport Ethics, Sport in Film, and Science of Sport Performance. He came to Fort Lewis after five years at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.(1983-88) He was a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Queens College in New York (1982-83) and he began his teaching and coaching career at the Fieldston School in New York City (1974-82). He holds a B.S. in Physical Education from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. and an M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Queens College in Flushing, NY.
Emily Houghton Dr. Emily Houghton
Assistant Professor
Dr. Houghton received her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities in 2013, an M.S. in Management from New England College in Henniker, N.H., an M.S. in Kinesiology from University of Illinois—Chicago
and a B.A. in American Studies from Elmira College in N.Y.  She joined the Exercise Science Department in 2012. She teaches Sociology of Sport, Legal Aspects of Sports/Phy Ed, Gender and Sport, Sport Administration and ES Research Design & DevelopmentDr. Houghton's research interests include the intersection of race, class and gender in media portrayals of athletes, the ways in which audiences interpret media depictions as well as social media use and consumption within sport.
Dr. Melissa Missy Thompson Dr. Melissa (Missy) Thompson
Assistant Professor
Dr. Thompson teaches Motor Learning and Control, Kinesiology and Biomechanics, Testing and Statistics, and ES Research Design & Development. She received her Ph.D. in 2014 from the University of Idaho. She received her B.A. and M.S. in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Missy’s research interests include the biomechanics and neuromuscular control of locomotion and cycling. Missy is a former professional cyclist and was a member of the US National Cycling Team. She still enjoys recreational cycling and is an avid telemark skier.


Mark Dutro Professor Mark Dutro
Professor Dutro received his M.A. in Physical Education from the University of Iowa in 1993 and his B.S. in Physical Education from Kansas State University in 1982 and his B.A. in Secondary Education from Wichita State University in 1987. He . He previously earned an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Butler County Community College in 1979. He has been an instructor in the Fort Lewis College Exercise Science Department since 2002. He teaches Fitness and Wellness and a variety of skill and fitness activities. He is also head men’s and women’s Cross Country coach and the women's Track coach.
Professor Greg Rhodes
Visiting Instructor

Professor Rhodes came to us in fall 2014 from Minnesota. He received his Masters in Applied Exercise Physiology from the University of Minnesota in 2012 and will present his PhD in Kinesiology defense in the near future. He has a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Mr. Rhodes teaches Nutrition for Fitness & Sport and Motor Learning & Control. In his free time he competes in triathlons, running, cycling, and Nordic Skiing races.

Part Time Instructors


Marisa Asplund

Marisa Asplunda has an M.A.in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State Univeristy, Alamosa, Colorado. She teaches Sport & Exercise Psychology.


Jaymee Carozza

Jaymee Carozza completed  a B.S. (1993) and M.S. (1996) degrees at Calif. State University-Chico. She was a lab technician in the Physiology and Biophysics Department at the University of California-Irvine. Jaymee came to Durango in 1997 to coach the FLC women's soccer program and be an exercise science instructor. She resigned as Women's Head Soccer Coach in 2008. She teaches Officiating Soccer, Beginning Soccer, Sociology of SportPersonal Health and a variety of skill and fitness activities.


Robert Graham

Robert Graham has an M.Ed. in Health Promotion and Fitness and a B.A. in Physical Education.  He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA). He teaches a variety of skill and fitness activities.


Susan Graham

Susan Graham has a B.S. in Kinesiology and Health Promotion and a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics.  She is a certified instructor in Zumba, YogaFit, Silver Sneakers, Hope Pilates, American Council on Exercise Fitness, and American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness.  She teaches a variety of skill and fitness activities.

Terene Foutz

Terene Foutz Started teaching physical education courses for the Exercise Science Department in 2012. She is a CrossFit Level I Certified Trainer. She is a former Head Volleyball Coach at Fruita Monument High School, Ignacio High School, First Assistant Coach CMU Women's Volleyball, and Western CO Volleyball Club. She has an AAS in Hospitality Management from Colorado Mesa University (CMU), a BBA in Business Management from CMU, and an MBA Emphasis in Organizational Leadership.


Dwayne Perry

Dwayne Perry is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has worked with NCAA Division I athletes and NFL athletes. He teaching Weight Training classes and works with the FLC Football team.
Scott Sidner Scott Sidner
Scott Sidner has taught a variety of subjects within several diverse educational settings. For seven years, he taught social studies and outdoor education as a public school teacher. In addition, for twelve summers he taught English to Japanese students in the U.S., Japan and Hawaii who were preparing to attend American colleges and universities. He has also worked as a wilderness instructor leading kayaking, climbing, skiing, mountain biking and other wilderness based trips. Scott has enjoyed teaching outdoor education courses for the Exercise Science and Adventure Education Departments at Fort Lewis College for over 15 years.
Kolin Tomlinson Kolin Tomlinson
Kolin Tomlinson graduated from Fort Lewis in 2008 with a B.A. in Exercise Science - Athletic Training. After passing his BOC certification exam and his NSCA Strength and Conditioning Exam he was hired by Mercy Regional Medical Center as the first full time athletic trainer at Ignacio High School. He has been an instructor at Fort Lewis since 2011.


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Nathan Petesch
Academic Success Coach

Nathan Petesch completed B.S. degrees in Biology and Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and an M.S. degree in Human Performance at Ithaca College. He previously worked as a college cross country and track and field coach at Ithaca College, Brown University, and Wartburg College.  Nathan joined Fort Lewis in the summer of 2015.
Carla Weston

Carla Weston
Administrative Assistant

Carla Weston joined the Exercise Science Department in the spring of 2012. She is a long time Durango resident and a former FLC student. She has 12 years experience working in academic environments and 20+ years of customer service experience.