Kinesiology Chair & Clinical Coordinator
Deb Springer Deb Springer, in addition to serving as Chair of the Kinesiology Department, serves as the Clinical Coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Program, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Prior to coming to Aquinas College in 1999, Deb served as an assistant athletic trainer and instructor at Grand Valley State University for 15 years. She received her Bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and her Master's degree from Central Michigan University.

Deborah J. Springer, M.A., AT, ATC,
Athletic Training Program
Exercise Science

Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center 116
(616) 632-2897

Courses currently teaching:  
Athletic Training Courses First Aid
Kinesiology Activity Courses
Medical Aspects of Athletics/PE  
Physical Education Teaching Supervisor
Duane Ambrose Duane Ambrose Duane has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a Master's Degree from Western Michigan University in Exercise Science with an emphasis on Wellness. Previously, Duane taught physical education in a K-8 setting. His goal at Aquinas College is to have a positive affect on more children through teaching prospective students the correct way to teach physical education. Duane completed his Doctor of Sport Management at the United States Sports Academy.
Duane Ambrose, Ph.D.
PE Teaching
Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center 110
(616) 632-2896
Courses currently teaching:  
Physical Ed. in the Elementary Schools
Phy. Act. for Special Populations
Community Health
Promoting and Funding Sport & Recreation
Methods & Measurement in Sec. Phy. Ed.
Sports Techniques and Research
Activity Courses
Athletic Training Education Program Director
Joanne Gorant JoAnne Gorant Prior to joining the faculty full-time in August 2004, JoAnne served Aquinas College as the Head Athletic Trainer and as an adjunct professor. JoAnne has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Ball State University, a Master's Degree in Exercise Science from Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Western Michigan University.
JoAnne Gorant, Ph.D, AT, ATC
Athletic Training Program
Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center 114
(616) 632-2899
Courses currently teaching:  
Athletic Training Courses Folk and Square Dance
Physiology of Exercise Aerobic Fitness
Nutrition for Sport Performance  
Sport Management Program Director
Heather Kesselring-Quakenbush Prior to joining the Kinesiology Department in 2008, Dr. KQ (as her students call her) led the Employee Wellness Program at Lansing Community College. She has a Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University, Master of Arts from Central Michigan University and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Michigan State University.

Heather Kesselring-Quakenbush, Ph.D.

Sport Management

Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center 112

(616) 632-2898

Courses currently teaching:  
Administration of Sport and Recreation Introduction to Kinesiology
Human Growth and Development and Motor Learning Nutrition, Exercise, Stress
Adjunct Faculty:
Chad Bocian
BSBA, Aquinas College
Courses: Officiating Baseball/Softball, Officiating Basketball, Officiating Football
Terry Bocian
Aquinas College Director of Athletics
MA, Western Michigan
BA, Aquinas College
Course: Coaching of Baseball/Softball



Doreen Bolhuis
BS, Central Michigan University
Course: Teaching Gymnastics, Gymnastics Activity
Claire Crowley
MM, Aquinas College
BS, Grand Valley State University
Courses: Pilates, Yoga
Jack Emelander
BS, Ferris State University
Course: First Aid

Mark Fales

Courses: Coaching Soccer


Stephen Greene
BS, Aquinas College
Courses: Activity Courses

Gary Karasinski

MA, Grand Valley State University

BS, Western Michigan

Courses: Coaching Football


Denny Krynicki

MA, Grand Valley State University

BS, Olivet College

Courses: Coaching Basketball

Trey Kubizna

BS, Aquinas College

DPT, Central Michigan University

Courses: Therapeutic Modalities


Crystal Laska

BA, Aquinas College

Courses: Coaching Baseball, Coaching Softball

Mary Lohman

Courses: Ballroom Dance


Matthew McWilliams
Head Athletic Trainer
MEd, Northern Illinois University
BS, Aquinas College
Courses: First Aid, Activity Courses

Linda Nash

MA, Tennessee Tech

BS, Central Michigan University

Courses: Basketball Activity


Kevin Parker
MEd,  Auburn University
BS, Miami University
Courses: Activity Courses, Athletic Training Courses

Jarred Pitts
BS, Michigan State University
Course: Great Lakes Sailing

Richard Powell

Course: Tai Chi

Mikhail Sarkisov
BS, Aquinas College
Course: Fencing
Jeanne Skinner
MEd, University of Michigan
BS, Western Michigan University
Course: Officiating Volleyball

Katie VanderMeer

BS, Aquinas College

Courses: Coaching Volleyball


Sara Warren-Roberts

MS, California College of Health Sciences

BS, Houghton College

Courses: Sport Nutrition, Aerobics, Group Exercise Leadership

Brad Winkler, J.D.

Course: Ethics and Law in Sports Management