Faculty and Staff Profiles
- Gail Dana
The human body is an amazing instrument. Yoga connects the individual to his or her body at once, transforming the body and the practitioner. I teach Yoga I and II and have taught at PCC since 1999. I hold a B.A. in Communications and multiple yoga instructor certifications.
- Laura Demeri
I teach Pilates, Circuit Training and HPE 295 and have been teaching at PCC since the summer of 2005. I have an M.S. in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Queens College, and a Fitness Instructor Certification and Power Pilates Mat Certification from the American College of Sports Medicine.
I absolutely love teaching at PCC! The students are incredible and their energy and commitment make my job truly fulfilling. I’ve been honored to witness individuals transform right before my eyes. By mid-term, it’s not just their bodies that change but their minds and spirits; they embody the true meaning of Health & Wellness. What more can an instructor ask for?
- Sarah Dombrowsky
I teach Yoga I and II and Gentle Yoga at PCC. I've been teaching since 2000 and have Yoga training through various internships and workshops. I also have a B.A. in English from Arizona State University.
For many of us, Yoga is the best way to make our bodies happy, to understand our psychological makeup and to access the highest potential of our spirits.
- Stefanie Fisher
I have been teaching since 1986. I teach Weight Training, Pilates and Boot Camp at PCC. I am a ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and hold certifications in Personal Training, Sports Yoga, Pilates and Boot Camp. I was the 1996 Member of the German National Team in Olympic Weight Lifting. For weight class of 95 lbs., I was the National Champion, European Union Champion, 8th in World Championships, and hold numerous state, national and European Union records.
- John Lee
I have taught since 1967. My class subjects at PCC are: Circuit Weight Training, Walking and Jogging for Health, Basketball, and Adult Fitness. I have a B.S. and a M.S. in Education, Guidance and Counseling.
As a retired teacher, I still enjoy teaching.
- Tim Mossman
I have taught since 2000, and at PCC since 2007. My class subjects are: Pilates, Swiss Ball Class, Cardio Conditioning and Jump Rope. I hold certifications in Power Pilates and Equipment Certification, National Fitness Trainers Association Personal Training Certification, YMCA Group Exercise Certification.
I started out with a love for drawing and painting and was inspired by a trainer at a gym and my wife (a Yoga teacher) to teach Pilates. I have lived an inspirational life.
- Bonifacio Samson
I have taught since 1980. My class subjects at PCC are: Beginning Karate I and II. I have trained for the past 32 years in Sgirub-Ji Ryu and Shobayashi Shorin-Ryn and am a certified Black Belt.
My interests are in all types of Martial Arts. I like teaching Karate at PCC, so I can pass on all my training and knowledge to my students and have them enjoy Karate.
- Levi Query
I have taught since 1967 and at PCC since 2004. My class subjects are: Fitness Walking and Jogging, Boot Camp, Self-Paced Fitness, Circuit Weight Training and Spinning (or studio cycling.) I have a B.A. in Mathematics, an M.S. in Exercise Science, and an ACSM Fitness Technician Certification and an ACSM Fitness Instructor Certification.
I love running and biking with my friends and my two dogs. Teaching at Cascade PCC is my dream job—I get paid to play!
- Marc Spaziani
I have taught at PCC since 2004. My Masters degree is in Exercise and Sports Science with a Public Health minor from OSU. My undergraduate degree is also from OSU in Exercise and Sports Science – go bevs. Besides enjoying teaching Health and PE, I enjoy spending time with my family in the great outdoor playground of Oregon.
- Darlene Staley
I am the Athletics Program Assistant for Rock Creek. I have been in this position and teaching Physical Education classes since January of 1992. My educational background consists of a Master of Science in Physical Education. I have been a competitive swimmer most of my life and am currently the Oregon Registrar for United States Master’s Swimming.
- Anna Casey
I have taught people of all ages and abilities in the areas of physical education and fitness since 1999. I have taught in both public and private schools, in the on-line domain, fitness facilities, and at the college level. I am involved at the regional level of our professional group, Northwest District American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. I received a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education from Gonzaga University and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland. I spend most of my free time in the water swimming for Tualatin Hills Barracudas, a masters swim team. On land, I can be found cooking, gardening, walking, biking, reading, playing soccer, practicing yoga and spending active time with my family.
- Carol Gonzalez
I teach Yoga and Nia at Rock Creek and Nia at Sylvania. I love to share the Movement Arts - I am a Black Belt Nia Instructor, and am registered with Yoga Alliance. I have been teaching Nia since 2001 and Yoga since 2004. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts, with a Dance Emphasis from UC Santa Cruz.
- Craig Fife
I have been teaching Aikido at PCC Rock Creek Campus since Sept. 2001. I have been practicing Aikido for 35 years. I am a member of the California Aikido Association. My teacher is Frank Doran Shihan (Master Teacher). My current rank is 6th Dan (6th degree Black Belt) received from the Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan. My school, Aikido Northwest is located in Milwaukie, Oregon.
- David Glass
I am one of the physical education instructors at PCC teaching classes at both Sylvania and Rock Creek. I have been teaching at PCC since 2007, with my primary courses being volleyball and weight training. In addition to teaching at PCC, I am on the volleyball coaching staff at Portland State University. My educational background consists of a Masters degree in Sport Administration.
- Christine Webb
I have been teaching Taekwondo at PCC since 2007. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master's degree in teaching, but, more importantly, I am a third degree black belt with more than ten years of teaching experience. I love both teaching and coaching, and have coached locally and at Jr. Olympics. I am a certified tournament referee and enjoy refereeing in area tournaments. My classes combine both traditional Taekwondo curriculum (forms, board breaking, and sparring) and "street smarts" self-defense. Students can earn belts and advance through the ranks or they can simply participate in the class. My personal philosophy is that every student can benefit from Taekwondo – I take each student from where they are and help them to become more fit, more flexible, more balanced and more safety-conscious. I believe there is a martial artist in everyone!
- Todd Hicks
Todd teaches Beg./Int./Adv. Weight Training and Circuit Weight Training. He holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Exercise and Science. He is a certified NSCA Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Water Safety Instructor and First Aid Instructor. He has taught since 1996
- Moe O'Connor, PE Faculty Chair
Moe has been with PCC since 1990 teaching in the Physical Education Department and has been the Faculty Chair of the Physical Education and Fitness Technology Program since 2000. Moe’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and Science and a Master’s of Science Degree in Educational Administration.
Moe began her career in Illinois teaching high school physical education and science classes and coached the Track and Field and Swimming and Diving teams. Moe and her husband moved to Oregon in 1978 where she was hired as the first Women’s Athletic Director at the University of Portland. Moe started the women’s athletic program in soccer, volleyball, basketball, track and field, cross country and tennis as well as coaching the Varsity Volleyball and Tennis teams. Moe came to PCC in 1990 to teach Physical Education classes until 2000 when she became the Faculty Department Chair of the Physical Education Department and the Fitness Technology Program.
Moe enjoys working with faculty and staff to create a positive environment for students who take classes in the Physical Education and Fitness Technology program. She is proud of the fact that the PE faculty work hard to bring their passion of teaching to the classroom environment.
Moe continues to enjoy hiking, cross country skiing, Pilates, yoga other fitness activities.
- Michael Boggs
I teach HPE Lab, Circuit Training, Boot Camp and Team Sports and have been teaching at PCC since 2006. I have a B.S. in Exercise Science, an M.B.A. in Technology Management and a CSCS in Certified Strength.
My hobbies are family, fishing and friends (not always in that order).
- Teresa Brill
Teresa teaches Total Conditioning, Kickboxing, Beg./Int./Adv. Weight Training. She has taught group fitness classes since 1991. Teresa has a B.S. in Physical Education and an M.S. in Exercise Science.
"I believe strongly in health and wellness. My teaching philosophy is to look at each of my students individually and to aid them in developing a lifetime commitment in regards to their health, fitness and wellness."
- William Douglass
William teaches Tai Chi Ch'uan and has taught since 2001. He has studied Yang Style Tai Chi Ch'uan under Master Chan Sik Hung for the past ten years.
"I enjoy teaching at PCC. Tai Chi helps the students to relax and take a moment from their hectic schedules to enrich their lives and improve their health."
- David Glass
David teaches Volleyball, Weight Training, Ultimate Frisbee and Softball. He has taught at PCC since 2007 and holds a M.S. in Sports Administration and a B.S. in Marketing and Management.
"When I am not teaching at PCC, I coach volleyball at the collegiate and competitive youth club level."
- Mike Guthrie
The courses I teach are: Beg/Int./Advanced Swimming, Lap Swimming, Swim Conditioning, Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instructor, Circuit Weight Training, HPE 295 Lab. I've taught at PCC since 1999. I hold a B.A. in Business Administration/Marketing from the Univ. of Hawaii, an M.S.T. in Exercise Science and Sports Studies from PSU. I'm certified by the American Red Cross in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, Lifeguard/Lifeguard instructor, and WSI/WSI Trainer. The American College of Sports Medicine has also certified me as a Health and Fitness Instructor.
What drives me as an instructor is seeing my students succeed. I will do whatever is in my power to promote student success. I love to teach!
- Janeen Hull
Since 2004 I have taught a wide variety of both PE & Fitness Technology classes at PCC. Usually, I’m lecturing or trying out new lab activities in Analysis of Movement, Assessment II, Injury Prevention & Management, Nutrition for the Fitness Instructor or Professional Activities in Weight Training. But, you can also find me in cycling, running & swimming courses or cracking the whip in both boot camp & core fitness!
My educational degrees are a B.S. from the University of Alabama in Exercise Science and an M.S. in Kinesiology from Indiana University.
I love being outdoors and playing in the Pacific Northwest with my fabulous husband & super cute English bulldog. So, you may see me running the trails or sweating next to you in a power yoga class or simply cycling around town for my next latte fix!
- Amel Karaselimovic
- Tanya R. Littrell
Tanya has a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science (U of O), an M.S. in Exercise Physiology/Human Performance (OSU) and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology (OSU). She has taught fitness classes since 1989 and has been at PCC since 2005. She currently teaches: Weight Training, Circuit Weight Training, Hydro-Fitness (Aquatic Fitness), Cardio Conditioning, Walking, Health & Fitness for Life Lab, Adult Fitness (online). Her philosophy of education: "In my physical education classes I strive to provide students with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of their body during exercise. I always try to make the class fun, as well as effective at improving personal fitness levels during the term."
- Jane Loverin
Jane teaches Jump Start - P.E. Beginning/Intermediate Aerobics class, and Beg./Int./Adv. Weight Training. She has a B.A. in Health, Physical Education and Dance, a M.S. in Teaching, Health and Physical Education; Health and Fitness Certifications as: a YMCA Fitness Specialist Faculty, Strength Training Faculty, Healthy Back, Stress Management Faculty, Active Older Adults, YMCA Lifeguard and YMCA Water Fitness, ARC First Aid, AED, Oxygen Administration, and CPR-Professional Rescuer. She has taught health, fitness and aquatic programs for youth through adults since 1980.
"It is my philosophy health is a lifelong learning process. It is my desire to help others achieve their goals for health and wellness. I enjoy working with others to assist them with learning new skills, building habits that are healthy and safe, and to grow with them, in their quest for learning new things and reaching their potential."
- Christine Manning
Christine teaches Pilates and Corrective P.E. She has a B.A. and is a Certified Pilates Instructor. She has been a personal trainer since 2004 and has taught Pilates since 2005.
"In my classes, it is my goal to create an enjoyable atmosphere in which students can improve their level of fitness, recognizing that everyone has different goals and abilities."
- Tyler Mitchell
From Western Oregon University I earned my Bachelor of Science in Education degree that included my major in Physical Education and minor in Health Education. I continued my education at Western Oregon University where I earned my Oregon teaching license and Master of Arts in Teaching degree that includes endorsements in both High School and Middle School Physical Education. I completed my student teaching experience in the Sherwood School District at both Sherwood High School and Laurel Ridge Middle School.
My hobbies and interests include spending time with family and friends, coaching basketball, playing sports, working out, and reading.
I believe teaching Physical Education is a unique and perfect opportunity to teach people character, life lessons, and help them grow not only physically, but as well as mentally, emotionally, and socially.
- Ruth Moultrie
Ruth started her Taekwondo studies in 1976 at Lewis and Clark College. In 2003, she began teaching Taekwondo and now teaches hundreds of students in several facilities around Portland. Ruth also coaches competitors and is a certified referee for local and national qualifier tournaments. She has competed in many local tournaments and in the National Tournament held in Colorado Springs. Ruth is currently certified as 7th Dan Black Belt with the Kukkiwon, Seoul, Korea.
"Taekwondo is a means of bettering oneself; in the way we think, feel, and move. Respect, compassion, courage, patience, balance, coordination, agility... an endless list of side effects that naturally occur during this process. We start Taekwondo for its self-defense qualities, we live Taekwondo for its "do", or "way"."
- Heidi VanBrocklin, Sports Facilities Supervisor
- Ann Rasmussen, PE & Fitness Technology Administrative Asst.
Ann has worked for PCC since the fall of 2000.
"My interests are fitness and promoting an active lifestyle, the arts, music and dance, the environment, traveling and exploration."
- Jill Schuldt
Jill teaches Swimming, Swim Conditioning, Lap Swimming, and Masters Swimming. She has a B.S. in Health and Physical Education, is a licensed Massage Therapist, an ASCA Level III Coach, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and currently pursuing a Doctor of Chiropractic. She has taught and coached competitive swimming since 1975.
"To provide an individual with knowledge and guide them to a level of complete understanding is the true role of a teacher. It is the student who brings the commitment and passion to learn that makes a teacher successful."
- Rebekah Sims
Rebekah teaches Circuit Weight Training, Beg./Int. Weight Training, Aquatic Exercise, Walking, Volkswalking. She has a B.S. in Physical Education and has taught aquatic exercise since 1999 and weight training since 2000.
"I believe there is a physical activity that will fit every individual's needs, likes and dislikes. Everyone can find a way to enjoy being active!"
- Theresa Truesdell
Theresa teaches Gentle Yoga, Yoga I & II. She is a Certified Yoga Instructor, holds an A.A. in Science, has a A.C.E. Group Fitness Certification and has the title of Yoga Siromani (Teacher Training Course graduate) from the International Sivanada Yoga Vedanta Center.
"My teaching philosophy is to see my students heal physically and mentally, enlightening them and helping them to find inner peace and enjoy the art of ancient yoga."
- Jill Tuleya
Jill Tuleya teaches the Pro Act: Mind Body class at PCC. She is a certified and registered hatha yoga instructor and has been teaching yoga since 2005. Her yoga teaching career began as a volunteer with Living Yoga, a local non-profit organization "helping people create positive change from the inside out". She has been teaching at Pureheart Yoga studio in SE Portland since 2010 and began teaching for Portland Parks and Recreation in 2012. Jill graduated from Portland State University with a Master's degree in English Literature and has taught various English and writing classes over the years.
"When I'm not teaching, you'll find me hanging out with my two daughters, hiking in the woods or walking in my neighborhood, swimming, commuting by bike, taking a variety of mind-body exercise classes, gardening, and figuring out when and how to get to the next hot springs location to soak it up and relax."