I received my Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition from the University of Hawaii in 1985. I received a Teaching Credential in Nutrition, Health, and Physical Education from Chapman College in Orange, California in 1990. I completed my Master's Degree in Wellness Management (Kinesiology Dept.) from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California in 1992, developing an ultraendurance drink for my nutrition thesis.
I have been working in the fitness and nutrition field since 1981 as a certified fitness instructor, nutrition consultant, aerobic director, fitness studio owner, ESPN "Bodies in Motion" demonstrator, weight training supervisor, head track and field coach, dance instructor, soccer coach, trainer, and many director and administrative roles, nutrition guest speaker, elementary PE specialist, high school health teacher, nutrition instructor, I helped kick off the stationary bike class movement by designing and implementing workouts beginning in 1982, and I developed some of the original aerobic and personal training certification exams.
I have also completed the Center for Lactation Education Lactation Consultant program. Two of my nutrition specialty areas are Sports Nutrition and Maternal and Child Nutrition, which have inspired me to develop these two classes at Cuesta College.
I served 6 years as the Curriculum Chair of Cuesta College. Now in addition to teaching I am serving as the Division Chair of Applied Behavioral Sciences. I am have been the advisor of the Cuesta College ASCC Plant-based Nutrition Club and the Men's Soccer Club. I became the first recipient of the Virginia Sullivan Inspirational Faculty Award at Cuesta College and in 2016 received Outstanding Academic Employee of the Year.
I enjoy cycling, running, weight training, triathlons, camping, kayaking, hiking, backpacking, and I have competed in numerous ultramarathon cycling events, which included a transcontinental world record and a RAAM tandem victory. I especially have enjoyed coaching my son and doing these activities with my family.
My goal is to help students think critically about nutrition and to have a positive impact on your health and lives!