Exercise Science

Our Faculty


Dr. Mary Ann Erickson

Dr. Mary Ann Erickson
Department Chair & Professor

Dr. Erickson began her career at Fort Lewis College in 1998. Prior to that she was a Certified Athletic Trainer in several public schools in Texas and New Mexico. She was responsible for designing the Athletic Training Education Program at FLC for initial accreditation in 2002. She currently teaches Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Physical Activity and Aging, and Administration of Programs in Athletic Training. Dr. Erickson received a B.S. from Ithaca College, an M.S. from Indiana State University and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Melissa Knight-Maloney Dr. Melissa Knight-Maloney
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 Personal Health, Fitness and Wellness, K-12 Physical Education Teaching, Coaching, and a variety of skill and fitness activities. He is also head men’s and women’s Cross Country coach (starting 2012) and the women's Track coach (starting 2014).
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

Jaymee Carozza
Jaymee Carozza completed B.S. (1993) and M.S. (1996) degrees at Calif. State University, Chico. She did Exercise Physiology Research as a lab technician in the Physiology and Biophysics Departmentat 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 Head Coach in 2008 and has been a part time instructor in the ES department since Fall of 2008. She teaches Officiating Soccer and Beginning Soccer.
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 the current Executive Director (2007-present), of the USA Volleyball Program Four Corners Volleyball Club, Inc., comprising of fifteen volleyball teams, girls ages 9-18 years of age, amidst eleven school districts in northern New Mexico and southwest Colorado. She is current Camp Director of the Four Corners Volleyball Camps and the Jump Start Volleyball Position Training Camps. 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 from CMU-Gonzaga University.
K-Lea Gifford K-Lea Gifford
K-Lea Gifford is a second-generation Yoga instructor. She teaches Beginning Yoga and Intermediate Yoga. She started practicing Yoga in 1986 and began training in the Iyengar method in 1990. K-Lea has studied in Pune, India with the Iyengars' several times and is certified at the Junior Intermediate Level 2. K-Lea was the founder/owner of two yoga studios in Nashville, TN. She graduated from Florida State University in 1986 and is a certified Advanced Alaya Process Practitioner. She teaches Yoga retreats and workshops in the United States and Canada.
Erin Holloway

Erin Holloway

Erin Holloway received her bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration with a minor in Educational Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in 2011 and her master’s degree in Sports Studies from IUP in 2012. She teaches Techniques of Coaching Softball and Fitness - Weight Training. Ms. Holloway is also an Assistant Softball Coach for the Skyhawks.
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 a visitng instructor at Fort Lewis since 2011. He teaches Athletic Training First Responder and Community First Aid & Safety.


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.