Faculty and Staff

Administrative Faculty and Staff

Lisa Griffin, Director and Professor
331 Health Sciences Building
EdD, Physical Education-Teacher Education, West Virginia University
478-445-4072
lisa.griffin@gcsu.edu

Dr. Lisa Griffin has served as the Director of the School of Health & Human Performance (SHHP) since 2013. In this role, she provides administrative leadership to SHHP and assists with the implementation of the College of Health Sciences’ programs, instruction and service goals. Prior to 2013, she was the Chair of the Department of Kinesiology at Georgia College (2010-2013), and the Program Coordinator for the Master in Arts in Teaching (MAT) Kinesiology/Physical Education degree (2008-2009). Before coming to Georgia College, Dr. Griffin served as a principal in a K-8 charter school and as a college professor. Her jobs have taken her to West Virginia, Maine, New York, North Carolina, and finally to Georgia. Dr. Griffin is a certified health and physical education teacher who earned a master’s degree in motor development and doctorate in physical education teacher education from West Virginia University.

 

Scott Butler, Assistant Director and Professor
PhD, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Purdue University
123 Parks Memorial Building
478-445-1218
scott.butler@gcsu.edu

 

Dr. Butler arrived at GC in 2007 and has served as the Assistant Director of the School of Health and Human Performance since 2014. Currently, he is a Professor of Public Health and Faculty Affiliate in the Women’s Studies and Liberal Studies Programs. His teaching interests including human sexuality, sexology, women’s health and social issues, nutrition, and research methods/statistics. His research specialties include sexual healthcare availability among US colleges and universities and the sexual health needs of college students. Dr. Butler received the GC Outstanding Scholar Award in 2012 and the GC College of Health Sciences Outstanding Scholar Award in 2010 and 2014. In 2010-2011 he participated in the Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellowship program. In 2016 he was accepted into the inaugural class of the USG Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellows program.

 

Toyia Barnes, Office Coordinator
332 Health Sciences Building
478-445-4072
toyia.barnes@gcsu.edu 
 

 

Sarah McCook, Administrative Assistant
336 Health Sciences Building
478-445-5136
sarah.mccook@gcsu.edu 
 

 

Faculty

Justin Adeyemi, Assistant Professor - Athletic Training
ABD, Valdosta State University 
323 Health Sciences Building
478-445-8560
justin.adeyemi@gcsu.edu

 

Mr. Adeyemi comes to Georgia College after serving as the head athletic trainer at Central Georgia Technical College. He has also had the privilege of working at Resurgens Orthopedics, and has experience educating patients about the use of durable medical equipment. Justin’s undergraduate and graduate degrees are from Georgia College’s Athletic Training and Physical Education/Kinesiology program respectively. He is completing his doctoral dissertation at Valdosta State University, where he is investigating the impact of the professional degree transition for the athletic training profession. He has experience teaching in primary education and at the technical college level. His research interests are geared towards cultural competence in athletic training and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

 

Bradley Alban, Lecturer - Exercise Science
PhD, Sport Physiology, East Tennessee State University
335 Health Sciences Building
478-445-2135
bradley.alban@gcsu.edu

 

Dr. Bradley Alban comes to Georgia College from Tennessee but is originally from Southern California. His areas of expertise include optimal training methods, sport performance, and endurance athletes. Dr Alban earned his PhD from East Tennessee State University (ETSU), while also coaching cross country & track and field at Milligan College. At ETSU, he worked as a sport scientist and taught courses within the exercise science program. Prior to this, he spent three years as the head cross-country and track coach for Miramonte High School in Orinda, CA and earned his master’s degree in kinesiology from Cal State East Bay. He received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from St. Mary’s College of California. Dr. Alban teaches in the exercise science program.

 

Laura Childs, Lecturer - Exercise Science
MEd, Kinesiology: Health Promotion, Georgia College & State University
327 Health Sciences Building
478-445-5909
laura.childs@gcsu.edu

 

Mrs. Childs received her BS Exercise Science and her Masters in Education degree in Health Promotion from Georgia College. She has been certified as an AFAA/NASM Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor for over 17 years. Mrs. Childs is an ACSM/ACS Cancer Exercise Trainer and has held several specialty certificates from SCW Fitness Education in advanced functional training, small group kettle weights, matwork Pilates, and piloxing. She has taught as adjunct faculty for Health and Physical Education at both Mercer University and Georgia College. Mrs. Childs worked for eight years as Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia before returning to Georgie College in 2009.

 

Jorie Flores, Lecturer - Public Health
MAT, Kinesiology & Physical Education, Georgia College & State University
104 Parks Memorial Building
478-445-1226
jorie.flores@gcsu.edu

Jorie Flores graduated from Georgia College with a BS in Health Education and MAT in Kinesiology and Physical Education. Additionally, she is an ACSM certified personal trainer. She teaches courses in the BS Public Health program. Her teaching interests are in public health and health promotion, especially how nutrition and physical activity can help to promote health and prevent disease, disability, and premature death.

 

Heidi Fowler, Assistant Professor - Public Health
ABD, Public Health, Georgia Southern University
103 Parks Memorial Building
478-445-3929
heidi.fowler@gcsu.edu

 

Mrs. Fowler’s background is in vector borne disease epidemiology with a focus on integrated pest management, mosquito and tick-borne illnesses and bed bugs. Her primary teaching responsibilities are public health, environmental health and health communications/social marketing. She also has research interests in student engagement and classroom assessment techniques.

 

 

Barbara Funke, Professor - Public Health
PhD, Health Education, Pennsylvania State University
122 Parks Memorial Building
478-445-1780
barbara.funke@gcsu.edu

 

Barbara Funke, Ph.D., MCHES, is a Professor and Health Coordinator in the School of Health and Human Performance. Dr. Funke received her Ph.D. in Health Education from Penn State University in 1990 and has been teaching at Georgia College since 1991. Her community health background prior to teaching at the University level consisted of eight years of work in the family planning field. Her community service activities have varied over the years and include suicide prevention, sexual health, and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention. She is a strong advocate of community based engaged learning primarily in the form of service learning and was an inaugural ENGAGE Fellow. She works with multiple community-based, health-related organizations and involves students in the work of these organizations as interns or service learners. She has been a Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor since 2009 and offers the training to students and community groups.

 

 

Sandra Gangstead, Professor - Physical Education
Dean, College of Health Sciences
PhD, Physical Education/Pedagogy and Higher Education Administration, University of Utah
131 Parks Memorial Building
478-445-4092
sandra.gangstead@gcsu.edu 


Jacob Grazer, Assistant Professor - Exercise Science
PhD, Sport Physiology and Performance, East Tennessee State University 
333 Health Sciences Building
478-445-1225
jake.grazer@gcsu.edu

 

Dr. Grazer came to Georgia College from Tennessee, but is originally from Pennsylvania. Dr. Grazer has taught major courses in the B.S. Exercise Science program as well as graduate courses in the M.S. Health & Human Performance degree program. His areas of scholarly expertise include sport physiology, human performance, and athlete monitoring. Dr. Grazer brings with him instructional expertise in the discipline of movement sciences and also brings professional practice expertise through his work as a sport scientist for various college-level athletic teams. Dr. Grazer also works closely with other SHHP faculty and students at both the UG and graduate levels and mentors graduate students in collaboration with GC Athletics to assist GC in becoming a preeminent NCAA Division II model for athlete monitoring.

 


Brittney Hardin, Lecturer - Athletic Training
Athletic Training Clinical Education Coordinator
MS, Mercer University, Higher Education Leadership
325 Health Sciences Building
478-445-5137
brittney.hardin@gcsu.edu

 

Brittney Hardin comes to Georgia College from Mercer University and was GC’s Outstanding Athletic Training Clinical Student in 2013 and a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She is a nationally certified athletic trainer and a licensed athletic trainer in GA. Her teaching and scholarship interests include academic leadership and athletic training education. She is currently attending Mercer’s doctoral program of Higher Education Leadership.

 

Michael Hobbs, Lecturer - Exercise Science
M.Ed. Exercise Science, Texas State University 
230 Parks Memorial Building
478-445-5135
michael.hobbs@gcsu.edu

 

Michael Hobbs comes to Georgia College from Dine' College in New Mexico. He has taught exercise physiology, introduction to exercise biochemistry, and methods of resistance training courses. His teaching and scholarship interests include: exercise and biochemistry; and the physiology of exercise.

 

 

Will Hobbs, Assistant Professor - Outdoor Education
PhD, Leisure Behavior, Indiana University
102 Parks Memorial Building
478-445-1781
will.hobbs@gcsu.edu

 

Dr. Hobbs joined the Outdoor Education program in 2008 and teaches field-based courses, environmental education, and leadership development. He studied outdoor education and outdoor leadership development at Indiana University and holds multiple credentials: Certified Outdoor Educator with the Wilderness Education Association, Master Educator from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, Project WILD instructor-trainer, Wilderness First Responder (with more in progress – AMGA, American Red Cross, ACA, etc.). He also serves as the WEA representative on the editorial board of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership. He is the Secretary for the Georgia College Sustainability Council and is active in sponsoring student research grants to improve sustainability efforts campus-wide as well as contributing to efforts to integrate sustainability across the curriculum. With 17 years’ experience in outdoor leadership, Dr. Hobbs is also learning traditional “bait-and-bullet” pursuits, enjoying hunting and fishing seasons throughout the year.

 

 

Kevin Hunt, Associate Professor - Physical Education
PhD, Physical Education Teacher Education, University of South Carolina
326 Health Sciences Building
478-445-3926
kevin.hunt@gcsu.edu

 

Dr. Hunt earned his doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina in 2011. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the School of Health and Human Performance at Georgia College. He has accumulated eight publications in peer reviewed academic journals; twenty-seven presentations at local, state, district, national and international conferences; and approximately $55,000 in awarded research and scholarship grants. Dr. Hunt was awarded the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning award in 2015, the Scholarship and Creative Endeavors award in 2016, and the Georgia AHPERD Young Scholar award in 2016.

 

 

Mandy Jarriel, Associate Professor - Athletic Training
Athletic Training Program Director
PhD, Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Georgia
330 Health Sciences Building
478-445-4072
mandy.jarriel@gcsu.edu

 

Dr. Mandy Jarriel received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, her MEd. in Health Education and Promotion and her BS in Athletic Training from Georgia College. She has served in both Program Director and Clinical Education Coordinator roles for the CAATE accredited athletic training program at Georgia College. Dr. Jarriel is active at the professional level where she serves as the southeastern regional education committee chair, on the state athletic training by-laws committee, and has previously lobbied nationally for the profession on Capitol Hill. She has also served as a moderator and presenter at state, district, and national education meetings as well as serves as a CAATE site visitor. Her research agenda focuses on the use of standardized patients in athletic training education, interprofessional education in athletic training, and transition to practice issues where she has published in athletic training education journals. She previously worked as a health educator for HealthMPowers a nonprofit school-wide intervention that includes trainings, direct services and resource materials to promote healthy behaviors and environments in schools.

 

Jim Lidstone, Professor - Public Health
EdD, Physical Education, University of NC - Greensboro
478-445-2133
jim.lidstone@gcsu.edu

 

 

Dr. Jim Lidstone is a professor in the School of Health and Human Performance and Director of the Center for Health & Social Issues. The mission of the Center is to improve the health of the residents of Central Georgia through collaborative campus/community partnerships. Dr. Lidstone is also Director of Live Healthy Baldwin, a childhood obesity prevention project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2010 – 2013 and the Healthcare Georgia Foundation through 2017. The mission of Live Healthy Baldwin is to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in Baldwin County by implementing changes to policy and the built environment to make it easier for people to access to healthy, affordable food and to have opportunities for physical activity. In 33 years in higher education, Dr. Lidstone has authored 32 publications, made over 100 scholarly presentations, and received $3,500,000 in grant funding. In October 2016, Live Healthy Baldwin received the All-Star Communities Award at the inaugural Healthy Georgia Awards sponsored by Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health and Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle.

 

Mike Martino, Professor - Exercise Science
PhD, Exercise Physiology, University of Alabama
329 Health Sciences Building
478-445-6987
mike.martino@gcsu.edu

 

Dr. Martino received his BA from Furman University in Health and Exercise Science in 1988. From 1990 to 1995, he completed his MA and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, with emphases in Molecular Biology, Statistics, Nutrition, and Health Promotion. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with distinction through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, a Master Instructor for the Evidence Based Fitness Academy, a certified Functional Movement Screen professional, a Certified Battling Ropes Coach, and a Cancer Exercise Specialist. During his tenure at Alabama, he served as an assistant coach to the nationally ranked varsity swimming team. Dr. Martino has been involved with fitness and human performance for over 35 years. From 1983 to 1988, he was a scholarship athlete at Furman University and developed into a world class swimmer. His unique combination of education and elite level coaching has provided him with the opportunity to work with a variety of groups including; Olympic gold medalists, elite level college athletes, personal training clients, cancer survivors, geriatric patients, and adolescents. Dr. Martino served as a USA Swimming National Team Coach from 1990 to 2000. He was a member of the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Advisory Coaching Staffs in Barcelona and Atlanta. He has traveled the world competing, coaching and lecturing on human performance. Dr. Martino began his career at Georgia College in 1997 and is a tenured full professor serving as the Coordinator for the undergraduate Exercise Science and graduate Human Performance programs. He has won the university wide Excellence in Teaching and Service awards during his tenure at GC. In addition, he currently serves as the Bobcats Sports Performance Program overseeing 200 varsity athletes with the assistance of graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Health and Human Performance. He has been a member of the NSCA since 1987 and has served as the Georgia State Director, SE Regional Coordinator and Chair of the State Provincial Director Committee. In 2012, he received the prestigious Educator of the Year Award presented by the NSCA for his outstanding teaching and service to the field of strength and conditioning.

 

Kelly Manning Massey, Assistant Professor - Exercise Science
PhD, Sport Science, Georgia State University
334 Health Sciences Building
478-445-1221
kelly.massey@gcsu.edu 

 

Kelly Massey, Ph.D. EP-C, CMES, AASDN-NS completed her graduate work at Georgia State University in Exercise Physiology and Sport Science. She began at Georgia College in 2010 and is an Assistant Professor and the Clinical Coordinator of Exercise Science. She is in charge of the exercise science internship program and is also very active in undergraduate research. Currently, she serves as the Health Sciences division chair and a member of the executive board for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Her work on the CUR Student Programs Task Force is focused on promoting undergraduate exercise science research and mentoring programs in institutions across the Southeast. Her research interests include cardiac rehabilitation, metabolism/energy balance studies, and nutrition interventions and ergogenic aids. She has served for the past five years on the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Strategic Health Initiative – Women, Sports, & Physical Activity committee where she promotes cardiac rehabilitation programs for women. Dr. Massey also serves as the editor of the Health Sciences community online repository of education materials for MERLOT. In 2014, she was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Recognition award for the College of Health Sciences and the Excellence in Scholarship of Teaching & Creative Endeavors award in 2017.

 

Emily Simonavice, Assistant Professor - Exercise Science
PhD, Exercise Physiology, Florida State University
328 Health Sciences Building
478-445-3930
emily.simonavice@gcsu.edu

 

Emily Simonavice is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and currently serves as director of Survive & Thrive: A Cancer Wellness Program at Georgia College. She received both her BS in Exercise Science and her MS in Exercise & Leisure Studies from Murray State University. In 2011, she received her Ph.D. in Movement Science, with a concentration in Exercise Physiology, from Florida State University. Her areas of special interest include: exercise and cancer populations; exercise as an alternative treatment for chronically diseased populations; and exercise motivations, barriers, and adherence factors.

 

Liz Speelman, Lecturer - Outdoor Education
PhD, Educational Psychology, University of Georgia
102 B Wellness and Recreation Center
478-445-7536
liz.speelman@gcsu.edu 

 

Liz Speelman is a Senior Lecturer in Outdoor Education and currently serves as Director of the Outdoor Center at Georgia College. Liz received her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph in Guelph, ON, Canada and her M.Ed. in Outdoor Education from Georgia College & State University. In 2013 she received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Applied Cognition and Development, from the University of Georgia. Her areas of interest challenge course research, group development and a specialty in meta-analytic methods.

 

Jeff Turner, Associate Professor - Outdoor Education
PhD, Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Georgia
101 Parks Memorial Building
478-445-0947
jeff.turner@gcsu.edu
 

 

Jeff Turner is an Associate Professor of Outdoor Education. He teaches classes related to outdoor education theory and design along with technical skills classes related to water-based outdoor pursuits. His research is focused on the social and physical environments of adventure-based learning environments and the development of outdoor leaders.

 


Contact Information
Dr. Lisa Griffin
Campus Box 112
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone 478-445-4072
Fax 478-445-4074
lisa.griffin@gcsu.edu