Wexford University Faculty

Jack Bauerle, MS, ATC, CSCS

Jack is an Orange County native and graduated from Servite high school,  Chapman University with a bachelors degree in sports medicine in 1987 and a Masters degree in sports medicine in 1989. He served as the head athletic trainer and head strength and conditioning coach for Chapman from 1989 to 1993 and taught courses in the movement and exercise science department. In 1998 Jack joined the academic faculty in Chapman’s department kinesiology and was appointed athletic training program director in 1999. He currently serves as an adjunct professor with the university teaching theoretical performance training courses for the sports medicine curriculum in conjunction with his theoretical expertise in sports medicine. Jack is a well renowned certified strength and conditioning specialist. He has coached professional, collegiate and high school athletes in performance enhancement. He is known for his passionate energetic and inspiring way of educating athletes and students. An engaging educator, he regularly presents at sports medicine and performance based symposiums. Jack has more than 25 years of progressive healthcare leadership, specializing in fostering productive partnerships across various academic athletic and philanthropic settings. Jack resides in Yorba Linda California with his wife Kim and two daughters Sierra and Sequoia.


Faculty Chair/Professor
Scott Gaines, BS, MS

Scott has over 18 years experience in the fitness industry. He is the Senior Vice President of the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA). At NESTA, Scott oversees the development of NESTA’s educational programs for fitness professionals and is the author and contributor to many of them. He is a national speaker on fitness in areas such as biomechanics and cardiovascular program design. Scott is currently an adjunct faculty member at Wexford University, A.T. Still University, Chapman University and Concordia University teaching subjects such as Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Functional Biomechanics and Advanced Program Design for Athletes.

Scott’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Human Movement with an emphasis in Corrective Exercise from A. T. Still University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine where is was a scholar athlete in rowing. He is also an experienced martial arts instructor with a 3rd degree black belt in the traditional Korean art of Tang Soo Do.

Tom DeLong, RSCC*D, CSCS*D, PFT, Certified Biomechanics Specialist, USAW Club Coach

Tom is a 35 year veteran of the strength and conditioning industry not only as a coach/teacher/researcher but as a competitive lifter (Powerlifting and Weightlifting).  He has a BS in Exercise Science and Wellness from Ball State University and MA from California State University, Long Beach (Individualized program in Kinesiology specializing in Resistance Training Biomechanics and Program Design).  Tom’s experience includes strength and conditioning coach at Wayne High School, University of Guam, Ball State, CSULB, California Lutheran University, U.S. Navy’s Naval Special Warfare Group 4 (Boat Team 12 and Post-Rehab Navy Seals).  He also ran a private strength and conditioning facility specific to athletic development and biomechanical analysis of movement (Dartfish, Force Plates, Accelerometers, APAS).  Tom is a curriculum developer for both NESTA (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association) and MMACA (Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Association). He recently completed a one year tour at the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) World Headquarters as the Curriculum Development Manager and Intern Development Instructor.

Tom’s teaching experience includes 11 years at UCLA Extension (Kinesiology/Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Resistance Training Fundamentals), 7 years at CLU (same courses), and is currently a curriculum/content developer and adjunct instructor at Wexford University as well as adjunct instructor at the United States Sports Academy teaching Biomechanics in Malaysia and Thailand.

He also was a competitive Powerlifting for 30 years for the USPF and USAPL in the 181 lb class and on the Guam National Weightlifting Team (1986). He has several publications and is currently working on a biomechanics textbook on resistance training exercise specializing in optimizing technique based on somatotype/segmental lengths.


Jim Herkimer, DPT, ATC

  •  DPT: Doctorate in Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine, FL
  • MSc: Sports Medicine/Exercise Science, Chapman University, Orange, CA
  • MPT: Physical Therapy, Chapman University
  • BSc: Athletic Training, California State University, Sacramento, CA
  • Certified: Athletic Trainer, NATA; Track and Field Coach, USATF
  • Clinical Instructor: Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Chapman University

Jim is a native Californian and has lived in the city of Orange his whole life. He spent his youth in the local sports programs both as a player and as a coach. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and received both his Advanced Master of Science degrees in Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine and his Master’s in Physical Therapy from Chapman University.

Jim is a certified USAT track and field coach. He has served as an advisor to the Governors Council on Physical Fitness and Sport and is currently a member of the State CIF Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He has an extensive background in exercise prescription, sports conditioning and functional rehabilitation. Jim has been an industry leader for over 30 years.

Along with his current physical therapy practice (SCAR – Sports Conditioning and Rehabilitation), Jim is also a clinical instructor for the Physical Therapy Department and Athletic Training Education Department at Chapman University. Jim joined the Wexford faculty in 2013 and has truly enhanced all 5 of Wexford’s degree programs.

Jim Herkimer’s thriving clinical practice in Orange, CA. – SCAR – has built an excellent reputation among patients and referral sources. They are known for achieving excellent outcomes.

“When I was in high school, I did an internship at Santa Ana College. I loved physical therapy. Helping people overcome injuries and perform better in sports and life was very appealing to me.

The variety of people I see and the excitement on their faces when they feel better is gratifying. Patients enjoy being educated about their bodies and empowered to take better care of themselves. I see myself as a catalyst for helping others.”

Departmental Chair for the Graduate Programs in Applied Sport Psychology/Professor
Kim Chronister, PsyD

Kim is a health psychologist, author, speaker and online course mentor at Wexford University.  She worked her way through her undergraduate and graduate degree programs as a personal trainer in Orange County, California.
While pursuing her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology, she provided individual and group therapy to clients suffering from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and obesity in an acute psychiatric facility in southern California.  She has extensive experiencing utilizing evidence-based interventions with clients struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, obesity, and depression.  She also utilizes motivational interviewing to help individuals regain motivation to engage in physical activity to decrease stress and improve mood.  She uses a strength-based approach and focuses on strengths of individuals rather than weaknesses. Her specialized areas include fitness motivation, eating disorders, obesity, strength-training, cognitive behavioral techniques, motivational interviewing, as well as all areas of health psychology.
Kim’s passion for fitness has been evidenced in her work as a personal trainer, her contributions to major magazine articles, and most recently in her fitness-related book.  Kim has authored a book titled The Psychology Behind Fitness Motivation: A Revolutionary New Program to Lose Weight and Stay Fit for Life.

Kim’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in health from Alliant International University (CSPP).

Marilyn Sargent

Marilyn Sargent is an International Trainer of Cognitive-Emotional Re-Alignment with
Hemispheric Integration™ and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). She has been training
since 1988 in several areas of communication skills and at all levels of mastery, specializing in
strategies for learning, motivation, and decision making as well as phobia release and dealing
with anxiety disorders. She is also one of a select group licensed to teach Core
Transformation®, a process that offers specific methods to overcome limitations such as low
self-esteem, anger, depression, traumas, unwanted habits, abuse, addictions, and more. The main
focus of her training is with the discoveries, tools and techniques of Hemispheric Integration,
utilizing the hemispheric specialization of the brain. The applications of these processes are in
sport psychology, conflict resolution, stress management, education and learning disabilities,
grief resolution, health, and self-image.
Ms. Sargent has a professional background in physical education, dance, and early childhood
education. Currently she has an active educational consulting practice for individuals,
organizations, and corporate clients. Marilyn is dedicated to improving communication and
building relationships on multiple levels of interaction. Business clients often request her
expertise in teaching negotiation and leadership skills, as well as how to improve presentations
and create productive company meetings. Athletes benefit by learning the mental structure of
successful visualiziation and balanced hemispheric processing, while assisting them in
overcoming the social or emotional difficulties often encountered in the performance of their
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Antioch University – 1992
Extensive Post-Master Training in Communication Skills, Leadership, and Training – On-going
Neuro-linguistics Master Practitioner Certification – 1987
Neuro-linguistics Practitioner Certification – 1985
Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certification, London, England – 1976
Early Childhood Education, Santa Monica College – 1964
Associate of Arts in Education, Santa Monica College – 1963
Adjunct Professor
Al Sargent

Al Sargent is the developer and International Trainer of Cognitive Emotional Re-Alignment with
Hemispheric Integration™. He is a former golf professional with extensive teaching experience
in his sport. This love for bringing more enjoyment into a person’s life through increasing their
skills has carried into the advanced format of training for his company, Success Design
International. He has extensive experience in customer service for a large company in the
communications industry.
Mr. Sargent has a thorough training background in Neuro-Linguistic Programming: NLP
Practitioner, Master Practitioner, Health Certification Training, Hypnosis, and Modeling the
Shaman. His education also includes Learning Strategies and ENVoY™ coaching for group
dynamics and management. These trainings and business experiences have prepared him for
co-ownership of Success Design International. He and Marilyn Sargent form a dynamic team
that is currently presenting communication skills worldwide. He is an authorized trainer for
Anchor Point’s Improving Personal Productivity Training, as well as maintaining a private
consulting practice. He is authorized to train Core Transformation, and has been active in
coaching and coordinating trainings for several large companies.
Al considers it important to create group and individual safety through influence and example.
To him, demonstrating curiosity and confidence from the front of a room allows for a productive
learning experience. Al is approachable, inventive, and credible. He gives a well-structured
presentation designed to generate a safe atmosphere for the participants.
Treasure Valley College, Ontario, Oregon
PGA Business School
PGA Golf Professional
Neuro-linguistic Programming Certification
Master Practitioner Certification
Leadership and Trainer Training Certification


Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Master’s Program Chairperson and Mentor
Prashila Mistry, MS, RD, CLEC

Prashila is an enthusiastic educator and practicing Registered Dietitian (RD). She began her academic journey at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) completing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology along with a minor in Education Studies. After graduating from UCLA, Prashila honed in on her true passion to pursue a career in helping others make informed health and nutrition choices to achieve their best selves. Prashila attained a Master’s of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University (SDSU). While at SDSU, Prashila developed and was the inaugural president of a wellness organization called Headstrong. Prashila went on to complete her dietetic internship through the prestigious University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. As a dietitian, Prashila has unique experience working with the low-income population at the American Red Cross Women’s Infants and Children Program (WIC).   A life-long learner, Prashila was inspired by her time at WIC to further her education about breastfeeding by becoming a Certified Lactation Education Counselor (CLEC). Prashila remains active in the professional dietetic community by working as the Communications Co-Chair for the San Diego Dietetic Association, a position she has held since June 2013. Beyond nutrition, Prashila enjoys music, designing jewelry, and creative writing. Prashila is excited to work with students as they move through their own academic journey to turn their passion into their profession at Wexford University.


Janet Olsen, ATC
Janet Olsen, ATC holds a BS in Athletic Training from CSU Sacramento and teaching credentials in Physical Education and Biology. Her 12 years experience in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic, led to her current position as the Head Certified Athletic Trainer at Irvine Valley College where she has been a faculty member in the Sports Medicine and Fitness Certificate programs since 1990. Janet was drawn to sports medicine during her 10 years as a competitive club and collegiate gymnast. She served as Staff Athletic Trainer at the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships and 2004 U.S. Gymnastics Olympic Trials.  She has mentored hundreds of student interns that have successfully pursued careers in athletic training, physical therapy and the fitness industry.

Chris Camacho, MA

Chris comes to Wexford University with more than 20 years experience within the sports and fitness industry, having worked for The Sports Club/LA and Spectrum Clubs for more than 9 years as a Personal Trainer, Fitness Supervisor and Fitness Manager. Prior to coming to Wexford he served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Fitness Anywhere (the TRX) and Director of Athletic Performance and Sports Relations for Power Plate North America. He was responsibly for helping create Power Plate’s certificate program in Whole Body Vibration as well as the establishing both Fitness Anywhere and Power Plate’s overall brand awareness within the sports and fitness arena. He has worked in sports marketing as a Player Relations Manager and Marketing Manager, and has worked with more than 80 professional and collegiate strength coaches and athletes during the past decade. Chris earned his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology from Chapman University, and his Master’s degree in Sports & Fitness Management from University of San Francisco. He is also a Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, and has worked with every major club chain within the fitness industry as well as consulted numerous sports and fitness manufactures. He is currently a professor at MSCD in
Denver, CO.


Charles Foltz, PhD, CSCS

Charles has over 14 years experience in the health and fitness. He is the Vice President of Research and Development at eHealth Screenings and a Senior Project Officer at Hip Hop Public Health. He is the creator of 360 Cardio and partnered with Polar Heart Rate Monitors, the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) and Total Health Interactive (THI). In addition, he is a strength and conditioning coach and professional triathlon coach and manager. Charles is currently a faculty member at Wexford University, teaching subjects such as General, Organic and Biochemistry and Advanced Exercise Physiology.

Charles’ education includes a Masters of Public Health Degree in Epidemiology and Doctoral Degree in Interdisciplinary Molecular and Cellular Biology from Tulane University and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Molecular Neuroscience from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is earned certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).


Ashley E. Higuera-Oakes

Azusa Pacific University Azusa, California
Bachelor of Arts: Athletic Training
CAATE Accredited Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program
A.T. Still University: Arizona School of Health Sciences Mesa, Arizona
Masters of Science: Human Movement Sports Conditioning

BOC Athletic Training Certification (ATC) June 2008 – Present
CPR & AED for the Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross) January 2003 – Present
Standard First Aid (American Red Cross) January 2003 – Present
TRX Instructor March 2010 – Present
Certified Kinesio-Taping Practitioner 2010 – Present
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) November 2010 – Present
American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor April 2011 – Present
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) June 2011 – Present
Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate February 2012 – Present
NASM Youth Fitness Specialist (YFS) April 2012 – Present

National Athletic Trainer’s Association, Inc.
Far West (District 8) Athletic Trainers’ Association
California Athletic Trainers’ Association

Adjunct Professor/Admissions Advisor
Mark Teahan, BS

Mark has been active in the health and fitness industry since 1999.  After finishing his Bachelors from the University of Utah, Mark set out to make firm the commitment needed to be made to successfully persevere through all career situations in order to constantly evolve, grow and improve.  Over time within the industry, Mark was able to see that one of his key strengths went beyond helping other people get healthy, fit and well.  Education was a new direction that would allow Mark to stay in the industry

Mark has developed nearly a dozen online learning courses while serving as Director for The Spencer Institute, including our class-leading Certified Wellness Coach program.  Mark specializes in creating learning environments that work uniquely for each student.   Mark believes that there is always someone reaching for excellence in life and one of Mark’s strengths is that he relates to this pursuit, based on his history.  It’s his perspective.

Mark is a Master Instructor for the NESTA Personal Fitness Trainer credential and has so far certified more than 1500 PFT graduates since 2007, and he has developed courses certifying over 3000 coaches for The Spencer Institute.   With Wexford University, Mark continues to reach out and touch the lives of health and fitness professionals with his insight and experience, paired with his commitment to excellence.


Adjunct Professor Language Arts
Mrs. Jennifer L. Gladysz-Brown, M.Ed.
Jennifer is currently an assistant principal for two junior high schools in Orange County, California. Besides being a wife to her husband and mother to her three beautiful children, her next favorite thing is being an administrator and teacher.
Jennifer began her career in education working as an instructional aide while attending Cypress Community College where she earned her AA Degree.  Jennifer transferred to Cal. State Dominguez Hills, then National University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Communications,  a Single Subject Teaching Credential in English Language Arts and her Master’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Teaching.  Jennifer also completed a second Master’s of Education Degree as a Reading Specialist. She later attended Concordia University where she completed her Masters in Educational Administration and Administrative Credential.
Jennifer has been teaching English Language Arts, Intensive Literacy, Reading Comprehension, Composition, Expository Reading and Writing, English for Academic Purposes, English Language Develop, and Photo Journalism at the Junior High and High School levels since 2002.  She also worked in Alternative Education and in the online realm because she feels that those programs are the most innovative and flexible for students. Besides being a teacher, Jennifer also worked as a teacher coach, Lesson Design Specialist and served as a Department chair, WASC coordinator and technology trainer. She also work as an adjunct professor for Brandman/Chapman University in the teacher credentialing program, and in the private sector she runs a tutoring program for both enrichment and
students with special needs.

Leslie Musser, MS, CSCS

Leslie has been involved in strength and conditioning for the last 15 years. She was first introduced to the field as a regionally ranked junior tennis player trying to return to top form after an anterior cruciate ligament tear. But weightlifting soon became her passion. Five years later, Leslie became national champion in the 58kg weight category, and over her career she has competed and medaled at the international level, participated in two Olympic Trials, and is currently a California state record holder in the clean and jerk.

After a decade of practical experience in weightlifting and strength training, Leslie was inspired her to pursue a Master of Kinesiology in Exercise Science from California State University, Long Beach. During graduate school, Leslie designed and implemented strength and conditioning programs for division-I student athletes and was awarded a research fellowship to study weightlifting biomechanics and physiology for her master’s thesis. Her education also includes a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology with an emphasis in Biological Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and teaches in the Kinesiology Department at CSU Long Beach and at UCLA Extension in the Fitness Certificate Program.


Adjunct Professor Mathematics
Dolly Shueh, M.A.

Dolly is currently a full time Math teacher at a High School in Orange County. She began her teaching career as a music instructor and private tutor while attending school at UCLA, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Upon graduation she was recruited as the Director of Music at a middle school in South Los Angeles and later an Orchestra Director at a local high school.

She continued her education at California State University, Los Angeles where she earned her single subject teaching credentials in Mathematics, Music and Computer Concepts. She also completed an MA in Educational Technology and Instructional Design. She later joined Anaheim Union High School District where she has been teaching since 2002. During her tenure at AUHSD, she has taught Choir, Reading, English Language Development, Math, and run Tutorial and Math Labs. In additional to working in traditional settings, she also worked in several programs including Alternative Education, Independent Studies, and Adult Education.

Aside from teaching she has worked in the quality assurance department for an educational software company reviewing content and troubleshooting technical errors. She also worked with corporate trainers in developing materials for professional development programs. Whether it is standing in front of a roomful of students, or developing course materials for independent learning, it is always her most important goal to keep the subject matter meaningful and relevant to her students.


Adjunct Professor Drawing and Painting
Tamara Borrego, M.F.A.

Tamara is an Orange County native, who graduated from Brea-Olinda Highschool. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from San Diego State University, with a double major in Journalism (emphasis in Advertising) and an Art emphasis in Studio Arts.

She has a strong passion for health, fitness, art and education, which prompted her to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach; whereby, she could apply her love for Drawing and Painting. Her thesis, while in graduate school, focused on drawing and painting. In addition, she was asked to accept a graduate assistant’s job in the department, which sparked a new love for teaching.

Consequently, she pursued and received a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential plus Secondary Credential in Art, from C.S.U.- Dominquez Hills. Subsequent to receiving her teaching credentials, she has taught in the Paramount Schools and is currently teaching a Preppy Kindergarten class in the Placentia-Yorba Linda School District. Her selection for establishing this new PK class was based on her extensive planning and organizing skills and established performance in a kindergarten class in a minority community, her experiences as a mentor teacher, District trainer, curriculum developer in math and science subjects and computer proficiency – i.e., Powerpoint, Word, Print Shop, and other art/drawing software programs.

In addition to a full-time teaching job, Tamara also spends weekend and summer hours in her own mural painting business for residential and commercial clients. In her spare time, she loves drawing, exercising, surfing, and spending time with her family.


Wexford University Academic Mentors

Mark Teahan, MS – Health and Wellness

Tom DeLong, BS, CSCS – Biomechanics and Exercise Science

Jim Herkimer, DPT, ATC – Biomechanics, Physical Therapy

Prashila Misery, MS, RD – Nutritional Sciences

Al Sargent – Applied Sport Psychology

Marilyn Sargent – Applied Sport Psychology

Dr. Charles Foltz, PhD, CSCS – Exercise Physiology

Dr. Kim Chronister, PsyD, – Applied Sport Psychology


Adjunct Educational Contributors

Janet Olsen, ATC – Athletic Training

Chris Camacho, MA – Sports Marketing

Ashley E. Higuera-Oakes, MA, ATC – Health and Fitness

Mrs. Jennifer L. Gladysz-Brown, M.Ed. – Language Arts

Leslie Musser, MS, CSCS – Motor Control

Dolly Shueh, M.A. – Mathematics

Tamara Borrego, M.F.A. – Drawing of Art Anatomy