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Danielle Burt

Danielle Burt

Danielle Burt

Dr. Danielle Burt was involved in a motorcycle accident in 2004 where her right leg was amputated. During her recovery, Dani was inspired to become a physical therapist so that she can help others who are going through a similar experience. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from San Diego State University in 2015 and is currently working at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, CA. She is honored and proud to work for the same hospital she had therapy at as a patient. Four years after her accident, amputee surfer Alcino “Pirata” Neto inspired her to try surfing. She is now a highly-respected U.S. Surf Champion. On June 19, 2016, she was crowned the 2016 U.S. Adaptive Surfing Champion in the adaptive stand division (2). She also competed for TEAM USA in the International Surfing Association’s (ISA) Adaptive World Surfing Championships, where she placed 1st among women and 16th overall in the standing division in 2015. Dani recently competed on December 11, 2016, where she placed 1st for women and 7th in overall.


Kathie Davis

Kathie Davis

Kathie Davis

Kathie Davis is the co-founder of IDEA Health and Fitness Association.  Kathie is recognized as an authority on fitness and exercise-related topics and frequently contributes to news stories and research studies to educate our communities and the world. Upon graduation from SDSU with her degree in Physical Education, she embarked on a journey to pursue her passion and dedicate her life’s work to promoting healthy lifestyles. Together with her husband Peter Davis, Kathie co-founded IDEA in 1982. Her vision, creativity, and leadership led to the development of the largest annual international fitness event, the IDEA World Fitness Convention®, which brings together over 12,000 fitness professionals from 60 countries to learn, work hard and gain the tools they need to change millions of lives around the planet. Kathie is a key supporter and influencer of several national initiatives that contribute to conquering the global obesity epidemic including “National Physical Activity Plan Alliance” and “PHIT America” initiatives.


Steve Estes

Steve Estes

Steve Estes

Dr. Steve Estes is a professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Estes did his undergraduate and masters studies in kinesiology (both in sociocultural sport) at San Diego State University, and received the doctorate from The Ohio State University with an emphasis sports culture. After completing the doctorate, Dr. Estes taught at California State University – Fullerton, State University of New York – Cortland, East Carolina University, and Missouri Western State University before coming to Middle Tennessee State University. His administrative appointments include Director of the Center for Technology in Education at Cortland, Department Chair at East Carolina University and Middle Tennessee State University, and Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Missouri Western State University. He has also served twice as President of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education, Faculty Senate Chair at SUNY Cortland, and as the keynote speaker at academic and professional conferences in his specialty areas.

Dr. Estes’ studies in kinesiology began his career as an athlete. He was a rower in college at San Diego State University, and trained and competed for United States National Rowing Teams through 1987. Career highlights include two national championships in the elite eight-oared shell, and seventh place at the 1982 World Rowing Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Dr. Estes’ research interests include the relationship of mind and body in sport and physical activity, philosophy of science in physical activity studies, postmodern sport, and the processes of leader development. He is an author or co-author of four textbooks in kinesiology and numerous articles on leadership in kinesiology and the military. Dr. Estes coordinated the Leadership Symposium at the Educator Visit for the ROTC Leader Training Course at Ft. Knox, Kentucky from 2009 through 2012, and he continues to study leader development processes in ROTC. His studies in military leadership led to a commission in the Tennessee State Guard, where he currently serves as the Public Affairs Officer, Headquarters, Headquarters Company in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Estes is married to Dr. Betty Block, also a professor of kinesiology at Texas A&M – Commerce. They have three daughters, Nan, Katherine, and Erin.

 


Keith Gordon

Keith Gordon

Keith Gordon

Keith Gordon, Ph.D., ATC, CSCS, holds appointments as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University and as a Research Scientist at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. Dr. Gordon is the director of the Northwestern Human Agility Laboratory. His research focuses on understanding how humans balance and maneuver during walking and applying this knowledge to develop effective interventions to improve community ambulation after neuromuscular injury.

 


Doug Harvey

Doug Harvey

Doug Harvey

Doug Harvey is a 1950’s Alum and worked in 4,673 regular-season big league games and was a crew chief in 18 of his 31 seasons (1962-92) as a National League umpire. Harvey worked nine National League Championship Series (1970, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1991), six All-Star Games (1963, 1964, 1971, 1977, 1982, 1992) and five World Series (1968, 1974, 1981, 1984, 1988), and was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.

 

 


Ash Hayes

Ash Hayes

Ash Hayes

Dr. Asahel (Ash) Hayes (Kinesiology, ’49) was named a winner of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award by The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS). Dr. Hayes, former executive director of the PCPFS, has worked vigorously to advocate physical activity and the importance of an active lifestyle during his six-decade career. The award is presented to individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement and encouragement of physical education. Dr. Hayes is a role model for a healthy lifestyle, and continues to promote physical activity in his work as a Physical Education, Physical Fitness and Sports Consultant. In addition, Dr. Hayes was recognized in 2007 with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award by the SDSU Alumni Association.

 


Jake Lawler-Schwartz

Jake Lawler-Schwartz

Jake Lawler-Schwartz

Jake Lawler-Schwartz has worked as a biomechanist for the NIKE Sport Research Lab since completion of a Master’s in Kinesiology from San Diego State in 2013. Based out of Michael Johnson Performance (MJP), a sport performance facility north of Dallas, Texas, Jake works with some of NIKE’s most prestigious athletes and teams conducting biomechanics and applied sport science research. As a member of the Sport Performance Insights team, he has helped both American and international athletes prepare for the Olympics, return to professional play from injury, and make decisions related to apparel and footwear and has taken on projects ranging from in-depth athletic evaluations to footwear-specific biomechanics research.  Jake also contributes as a consultant for MJP’s sport performance staff, informing them on concepts relevant to sport science and athletic evaluation and synthesizing strength and conditioning research for their practical application.


Jeff Nessler

Jeff Nessler

Jeff A. Nessler

Jeff A. Nessler has been a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, San Marcos since 2008.  Dr. Nessler’s interdisciplinary background includes an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, an M.A. in Biomechanics from San Diego State University, and a B.S. in Sports Medicine from Pepperdine University.  Before joining the faculty at Cal State San Marcos, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University and spent two years as an assistant professor of Kinesiology at Cal Poly Pomona.   Dr. Nessler currently serves as the chair of the Kinesiology Department at CSUSM.

Dr. Nessler’s research is focused on the control and mechanics of human movement.  He has spent several years studying gait and locomotion, where much of his work focused on the development and use of robotic devices.  Recently, he has applied his background in movement analysis to paddling mechanics, balance, and wave riding in surfers.  To date, Dr. Nessler’s work in the study of human movement has been supported by grants from both the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

 


Anne Rosser

Anne Rosser

Anne Rosser

Anne Rosser was a very active professional throughout her physical education teaching career in San Diego, much of which was at Madison High School. During that time she was a leader in the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, as well as the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and she has continued this work during her retirement. She has also been an active SDSU alum, especially lending support to the College of Arts and Letters programs in China. She was also instrumental in helping us make contact with many of the 1950s Kinesiology alums (at the time, of course, the major was titled Physical Education).  Anne was the 2009 recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award at the San Diego County High School Coaching Legends 11th Annual Induction Banquet.