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Athletic Training Advisory Board

Rhonda Beemer

Organization: NW Missouri State University

Position: Assistant Professor; Program Director of Applied Health Science

Current City: Bedford, IA

Degrees: BS in Exercise Science, 2000, Missouri Valley College;
MS in Physical Education, 2001, Eastern Kentucky University;
PhD in Administration and Teaching in Human Performance, 2003, The University of Southern Mississippi

Lisa Bengtson

Organization: Buena Vista University

Position: Clinical Education Coordinator of Athletic Training; Instructor of Exercise Science

Current City: Storm Lake, IA

Degrees: BA in Athletic Training, 2009, Augustana University;
MS in Athletic Training, 2011, University of Northern Iowa;
EdD in Interdisciplinary Leadership, conferred 2019, Creighton University

Nicholas Galioto

Organization: Broadlawns Medical Center

Position: Director of Transitional Year Residency Program; Associate Director of Family Medicine

Current City: Urbandale, IA

Degrees: BS, 1984, Creighton University; MD, 1988, Creighton University; 
Family Medicine Residency, 1988-1991, Broadlawns Medical Center;
Masters Medical Education, 2011, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine


Melanie Mason

Organization: Select Physical Therapy

Position: Iowa Director of Sports Medicine

Current City: Waukee, IA

Degrees: BA, 1997, Northwestern College; MS, 1998, Kansas State University;
Doctor of Athletic Training, conferred 2020, Temple University

Scott Meyer

Organization: Iowa Orthopaedic Center

Position: Physician

Current City: Des Moines, IA

Degrees: BA in Chemistry, 1982, Wartburg College; MD, 1986, University of Iowa College of Medicine


Jen Spry-Knutson

Organization: Iowa State University; Des Moines Area Community College

Position: Lecturer, Dept. of Fitness and Health (ISU); Chair, Fitness & Sports Management (DMACC)

Current City: Story City, IA

Degrees: BA in Leisure Studies, 1990, Iowa State University;
MA in Sports, Health, Leisure, and Physical Studies, 1995, University of Iowa



Kristen Strawhacker

Organization: Breathe Physical Therapy & Wellness

Position: Clinic Manager; Staff Physical Therapist

Current City: Des Moines, IA

Degrees: BS in Athletic Training, 2011, University of Iowa;
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, 2014, Washington University in St. Louis


Health Sciences Advisory Board


Susie Anderson

Organization: Mercy Cancer Center

Position: Administrative Coordinator


Denise Attard-Sacco

Organization: WISEWOMAN Program

Position: Implementation Coordinator


Marc Baumert

Organization: Broadlawns Medical Center

Position: Physician Assistant


Traci Bush

Organization: Des Moines University

Position: Chair, Program Director and Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program


Logan Clarahan

Organization: Iowa Pathology Associates

Position: Histology Aide


Richard Deming

Organization: Mercy Medical Center Des Moines

Position: Physician, Radiation and Oncology


Kyla Dippold

Organization: Mercy College of Health Sciences

Position: Medical Laboratory Science Program Chair and Assistant Professor


James Grunert

Organization: Stryker

Position: Sales Representative


Meghan Harris

Organization: AmeriHealth Caritas

Position: Director of Quality Management


Steve Herwig

Organization: The Iowa Clinic

Position: Chairman, Board of Directors


Susan Leeson

Current City: Urbandale, IA

Degree(s): B.S. Pharmacy, 1978, Drake University


Denise Hill

Organization: Drake University

Position: Associate Professor of Practice in Public Administration


James Holsapple

Organization: Boston Medical Center

Position: Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery; Program Director, Neurological Surgery


Layne Huey

Organization: Kids First Iowa Law

Position: Office Manager and Workshop Director


Rachel Reimer

Organization: Des Moines University

Position: Director, Department of Public Health


Joshua Sandquist

Organization: Grinnell College

Position: Associate Professor, Department Chair of Biological Chemistry


Occupational Therapy Advisory Board


Jane Arnold

Organization: UnityPoint at Home

Position: Vice President of Operations and Home Care


Beth Barkley

Organization: Des Moines Public Schools

Position: Occupational Therapist - North/East Elementary


Denise Behrends

Organization: VA Central Iowa Health Care System

Position: Director of Therapy Services


Nichelle Cline

Organization: Kirkwood Community College

Position: Dean of Allied Health


Gloria Frolek-Clark

Organization: Des Moines Public Schools

Position: Occupational Therapy and Early Childhood Consultant


Pam Halvorson

Organization: UnityPoint Health Partners

Position: Next Generation ACO


Angela Hansen-Abbas

Organization: Millennium Therapy

Position: Director of Compliance & Documentation


Denise Hill

Organization: Drake University

Position: Director of Health Law Program


Abraham Martinez

Organization: Flex Physical Therapy

Position: Occupational Therapist


Leanne O'Brien

Organization: Care Initiatives

Position: Rehab Services Consultant


Brenda Pedersen

Organization: Blank Children's Hospital

Position: Occupational Therapist


CPHS Events
  • ASHP Reception
    Dec 9 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM
    Luxor Hotel and Casino Pyramid Café
  • December Commencement
    Dec 14 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Knapp Center
  • CPHS Health Professions Day (formerly PHS Day)
    Feb 27
  • College Calendar
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