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Kathleen Cannon

Kathleen Cannon

Director of Human Resources

Human Resources

Kathleen Cannon is the director of human resources. Kathleen joined UWS in 2013 coming from a start up into the academic world. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Portland State University and more than 15 years of human resources experience. Kathleen enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outdoors as…

Leeja Carter

Leeja Carter

Adjunct Instructor, Sport and Performance Psychology

Sport and Performance Psychology

Dr. Leeja Carter believes sport and exercise are not only personally enriching, but can transform families and communities. Her work addresses gendered racism in sport, historical and contemporary representations of Black women's "strength," and culturally responsive health and sport psychology approaches for women of color. Dr. Carter has presented nationally and internationally as well as published peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and popular articles on topics related to feminist sport psychology, black feminist politics, social justice, feminist leadership, gendered racism in sport, inclusion and diversity. In 2019 she published Feminist Applied Sport Psychology: From Theory to Practice, an edited text addressing intersectional feminist, womanist and black feminist praxis in sport psychology. In 2018 she was awarded the Fulbright Specialist Scholar award and served as a Visiting Scholar at London South Bank University (LSBU) on the “This Girl Can” project, where she consulted on the center’s work addressing cross-cultural barriers to exercise engagement amongst racial and ethnic girls residing in the region. A Fulbright Scholar, feminist changemaker, and expert on inclusive and equity-focused practice in sport and health, Dr. Carter's work has been featured on CNN’s Connect the World, Black News Channel, NPR, Salon.com, Self Magazine, Livestrong, Bustle, Women's Health, Pride Magazine, Beauty INC and Psychology Today. Dr. Carter is also founder and executive director at the Coalition for Food and Health Equity, and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)'s first Diversity and Inclusion Executive Board division head. She received a bachelor's and master's degree in psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a post-master's certification in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in kinesiology with a concentration in the psychology of human movement from Temple University.

Sarah Castillo

Sarah Castillo, PhD, CMPC

Director, Sport and Performance Psychology

Sport and Performance Psychology

Dr. Sarah Castillo completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at UCLA, her master’s degree in kinesiology at Cal State Long Beach and her PhD in education at the University of Idaho. Her graduate research projects built on one another, with her master’s thesis focusing on the impact of coach and athlete compatibility on levels of team cohesion, and her dissertation centered on the creation of a two-year intervention program with a newly formed NCAA Division I women’s soccer team. She is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) and approved CMPC mentor through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). She currently serves on the AASP executive board as the professional standards division head, overseeing activities related to certification, ethics and continuing education. Dr. Castillo comes to UWS from National University in San Diego, Calif., where she served as the program director for the bachelor’s in sport psychology program, acted as editor-in-chief for the online Journal of Performance Psychology and was co-director of the Center for Performance Psychology. Prior to her tenure at National University, she spent nine years as a performance enhancement instructor at the United States Military Academy, West Point. During her time with the Army, Dr. Castillo worked extensively with more than 15 intercollegiate, intramural and club athletic teams. Dr. Castillo’s passion is working with individuals and teams in their search for peak performance in any area of life. She currently works with various collegiate teams and individual athletes in the San Diego area, as well as the USOPC Paralympic track and field team. One of Dr. Castillo’s main areas of interest is the implementation of interventions designed to allow performers to reach their potential through the application of mental skills and mindfulness training. Her goal is to collaborate with performers to help them become fully engaged in competition despite adverse thoughts, emotions and playing conditions.

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Josh Civiello, MA

Associate Vice President, Enrollment

Admissions, Leadership

Phone: 503-206-3210 | Email: [email protected]

Josh has served in a variety of admissions and academic counseling roles over the past 15 years, and has experience working with aspiring students ranging from high schoolers to doctoral degree candidates. He earned his MA in counseling psychology in 2011. Originally from the great state of Maine, Josh moved to Oregon in 2016 where he continues to enjoy spending time with his family, exploring the local mountains and beaches, and cheering for his favorite New England sports teams. 

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Ericha Clare, ND, LAc, IFMCP

HNFM Instructor

Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

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Erin Cochran, MEd

Content Strategist

Marketing and Communications

Erin Cochran, MEd began with University of Western States in June 2017 with a background in working in collegiate athletics at the University of Minnesota and University of Oregon. She earned her BA in Mass Communications: Public Relations from Winona State University in Winona, Minn., in 2013 before earning her MEd in Applied Kinesiology emphasis in Sport Management in 2015 from the University of Minnesota. As content strategist for UWS, Cochran serves as the ASB liaison, is responsible for multimedia strategy, internal and external communications content, photography, copy editing and media relations efforts. Erin is currently working towards her EdD within the UWS clinical mental health counseling program specialization in sport and performance.

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Chantelle Combe, MA

Student Success Advisor, Online Students

Student Affairs

Phone: 503-847-2559 | Email: [email protected]

Chantelle grew up in the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon and moved to Portland, Oregon in 2009. She worked in the coffee industry and completed her undergraduate degree in international development at Portland State University and master’s degree in student affairs administration at Lewis and Clark College. The focus of her work is to make…

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Matthew Condie, CMPC

Adjunct Instructor, Sport and Performance Psychology

Sport and Performance Psychology

Dr. Matthew Condie is an Australian-trained and based clinical psychologist and adjunct faculty member for the department of sport and performance psychology at University of Western States. He is a certified mental performance consultant with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, has a doctorate education in sport and performance psychology, and is currently studying a Master of Educational Neuroscience. Matt has held several key roles in clinical psychology and leadership, including child protection, youth, and adult mental health, forensic drug and alcohol, emergency psychiatric services, perinatal and infant mental health, and refugee mental health both in Australia and abroad. He currently is a full-time faculty member teaching into the Master of Clinical Psychology program at Central Queensland University. Matt works with athletes from community level to Olympic level. He sees his mission to explore and challenge the status quo regarding human performance, functioning, and coping through the lens of reflective practice, innovation, positive psychology, achievement and motivation, mindfulness, and a commitment to lifelong learning. Together with his clinical knowledge and experiences, Matt's passion is to promote the integration of well-being and mental wellness theoretical and applied principles to support athletes and performers to be self-aware, balanced, resilient, well-rounded and consistently high performers. With any individual he works with, Matt balances autonomy with accountability, with a focus on respecting the relationship, education, skill acquisition and reflective practice to foster self-awareness, self-management and resilience in athletes and coaches. Of particular interest to Dr. Condie is developing competent, equipped and resilient practitioners into the fields of clinical and sport psychology, self-care, positive psychology, the athletic identity, managing transitions in sport and resilience. 

Mary Kate Connolly, DC

Associate Professor, Chiropractic Science

Doctor of Chiropractic

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Andrea Cook, PhD

Board Member

Board of Trustees

Andrea Cook served as president at Warner Pacific University in Portland, Oregon from 2008 to 2020. Dr. Cook has worked as an administrator at five colleges and universities over a period of 43 years, working in financial aid, records, enrollment, marketing, advancement, external relations and as president. Cook also has extensive experience in institutional and programmatic accreditation processes, and has served on national and regional boards; including the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. During her presidential tenure at Warner Pacific University, the institution became the first 4-year institution in the state of Oregon to be federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Dr. Cook earned a MS and PhD, in educational policy and management from the University of Oregon.

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Christopher Cooper, DC

Adjunct Faculty, Clinical Sciences

Clinical Sciences, Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Chris Cooper graduated from University of Western States in 2013. He started his private practice, Cascade Chiropractic & Wellness, in 2014. He began teaching at UWS in 2016 while continuing full time in private practice. Currently, Dr. Cooper teaches courses in business, marketing and transitioning into practice. He found that teaching students about how…

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Malia Cumming

Library Access Services Assistant

Library

Malia (they/them) has been the access services assistant for the UWS library since 2019. As such, they help out in the day-to-day functions of the library, including circulation, research guide maintenance, assisting the student workers and other administrative tasks. They also handle interlibrary loans and document delivery, and give occasional reference services when needed. They're the main frontline contact of the UWS library along with the student workers. Malia received a BA in communication from Portland State University and later graduated from the Master of Library Science program of Emporia State University in 2018. Outside of work, they're a quiet homebody who likes to read all kinds of books.

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Josette Curtis, MS, RD

HNFM Course Facilitator

Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

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Robert Davidson

Adjunct Instructor, Sport and Performance Psychology

Sport and Performance Psychology

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Erin Davis, PhD

Registrar

Registrar

Phone: 503-251-2835 | Email: [email protected]

Dr. Erin Davis holds a PhD in Higher Education and a MS in Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University.  She also received her BA in History and English Literature from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.  Dr. Davis has worked in the field of higher education since 1993, working in the areas of admissions,…

Stephanie Debner

Stephanie Debner, MA, MLIS, AHIP

University Librarian

Library

Phone: 503-251-5757 | Email: [email protected]

Stephanie Debner (she/they) serves as the University Librarian in the UWS library. They are responsible for understanding the information needs of academic programs and providing appropriate resources to meet those needs. Ms. Debner oversees information literacy programming and ensures that the library is a key asset in faculty development and student attraction and retention. They manage the library's collections, which includes acquiring, managing, and delivering those resources to all campus constituencies. Prior to this position, they served as the Head of Library Public Services at UWS, managing the reference, instruction, and access services functions of the library. With over 20 years of experience as an instructor, they taught within the doctor of chiropractic program and created learning objects, tutorials, and mini-courses for all academic programs at UWS. Before coming to University of Western States, Stephanie was a tenured faculty librarian at Mt. Hood Community College, where they were a liaison to its health sciences and science programs. They have also served as a librarian at Portland Community College, Lewis & Clark College, Clackamas Community College, and Minneapolis Community & Technical College. Prior to their library career, they taught French at the University of Minnesota and martial arts at a dojo in Minneapolis, Minn. Ms. Debner has a Bachelor of Arts in French from Bryn Mawr College, a Master of Arts (MA) in French from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Dominican University. How do you engage with the UWS mission on a daily basis? A core part of my role in the library is assisting faculty and students to find, access and use the best available and most clinically-relevant evidence to provide the best care for the good of the patient. This supports excellence in teaching and learning in evidence-informed, integrated health care, as well as scholarly inquiry. I engage students in critical thinking about the research evidence, its appraisal and its fit for real-life questions and cases. The whole library team in the UWS library strives for excellence in the services and resources that help members of the UWS community succeed in their educational, research and clinical endeavors.

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Cari DeCandia, EdD, CMPC

Adjunct Instructor, Sport and Performance Psychology

Sport and Performance Psychology

Dr. Cari DeCandia is a peak performance coach, consultant and educator who has the privilege of working with a broad range of elite performers looking to close the gap between their current and potential outcomes. Dr. DeCandia is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC®) with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and has both a master’s and doctorate in sport and performance psychology from University of Western States. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member for the department of sport and performance psychology.

Jennifer DeFeo

Adjunct Instructor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Nicole Detling

Nicole Detling, CMPC, DISC

Adjunct Instructor, Sport and Performance Psychology

Sport and Performance Psychology

Dr. Nicole Detling, CMPC, is the founder and owner of HeadStrong Consulting, LLC, a mental performance coaching company. Having worked with performers in disciplines from sport to coaching to dance to business since 1998, Nicole regularly travels the world in support of high level performances. She is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker and has worked with businesses all over the world to deliver dynamic and memorable speeches.  Dr. Detling has been to three Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of Team USA and has worked with 32 different athletes who won medals in their respective sports. She has also coached 16 world champions, two national championship teams, six PAC-12 championship teams, and 14 state champions. In addition, Nicole has worked with individual athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB, PGA, NHL, MLS, MLR and professional rock climbers and cyclists. She also spent three years as the mental performance coach for the MLS club Real Salt Lake (1st team), Real Monarchs (2nd team), an Utah Royals (NWSL team).

Beth Dominicis, DC

Adjunct Professor, Chiropractic Sciences

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Dominicis graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1994 after teaching in public school (graduate degree in education) and working in the radio and film industries (bachelor’s in film). Her experience with chiropractic began in high school where she worked as a front and back-office chiropractic assistant….

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Susan Donoff, PhD

Senior Director of Appraisal and Accreditation

Institutional Effectiveness

Phone: 503-808-7993 | Email: [email protected]

Dr. Donoff was born and raised in Florida, and received her BA and MA in history from the University of South Florida. Following a change in career interests, Dr. Donoff relocated to Nevada to pursue her PhD in educational leadership from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. In 2017, Dr. Donoff joined University of Western States…

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Claire Duffy

Student Ambassador

Admissions

Hi! My name is Claire Duffy, I am a Doctor of Chiropractic Student. I grew up in Cranbrook BC, Canada. It is a small town located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. I did my undergrad at University of Lethbridge where I studied kinesiology. It was around that time that I discovered my passion…

Ashley Duguay

Ashley Duguay, MPC, CSPA, MSPE

Adjunct Instructor, Sport and Performance Psychology

Sport and Performance Psychology

Ashley Duguay holds a PhD from the University of Windsor (Kinesiology – Sport and Exercise Psychology) along with a Master’s of Human Kinetics (Sport and Exercise Psychology) from the University of Windsor and a Master’s of Education (Sport Leadership) from the Center for Sport Leadership (CSL) at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her graduate research centered on athlete leadership, with her master’s thesis focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of an athlete leadership development program for varsity athletes, and her dissertation focused on understanding shared leadership and emotional intelligence in relation to athlete leadership. Her research has recently expanded to also include topics associated with high-impact teaching and learning in the field of sport and exercise psychology, especially as it relates to distance education. In addition to her role as an adjunct instructor, Ashley works as a Mental Performance Consultant (MPC) and is a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA). She is a trained Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE) instructor and an approved CMPC mentor through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). As an MPC, Ashley seeks to facilitate the development of skills, attitudes, qualities, processes and perspectives that support her clients’ (e.g., athletes, teams, coaches, sport organizations) mental performance while helping them achieve positive personal development and performance improvement. Her interest in this field has been directly influenced by her experiences in sport (especially team sports) as an athlete and coach.

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Carrie Ebling, DC, LMT

Assistant Professor, Chiropractic Sciences, Clinical Education

Clinical Education, Doctor of Chiropractic

Phone: 503-251-5788 | Email: [email protected]

Carrie Ebling is a self-professed anatomy geek with Gray’s Anatomy being the first coffee table book she ever owned. She became interested in massage therapy and chiropractic after witnessing the profound effect hands-on therapies had on the family horse and dog when she was growing up. She has been working on bodies since the late 90’s, balancing art and science to create individualized sessions that get people back to doing whatever they love.  She joined UWS in 2006 with the inaugural class of massage therapy students, began assisting in chiropractic sciences courses in 2008 and became a full-time faculty member in 2017. Additionally, she maintains a private practice where she sees patients part-time when she's not on campus teaching in the rehab series, extremity orthopedics and muscle testing. She can often be found on weekends sprucing up some landscaping or honing her gardening skills, watching a Timbers game and walking through various neighborhoods in Portland enjoying the changing seasons. She is an avid seasonal eater and loves the access to farm fresh food that Portland has to offer. Her partner is an amazing cook and together they enjoy hosting dinner parties and playing cards with friends.

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Dana M. Elia, DCN, MS, RDN, LDN

HNFM Instructor

Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

Dana M. Elia, DCN, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, is an integrative and functional nutrition doctor and a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist with more than 25 years of clinical experience. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Elia relocated to Lancaster, PA in 2001 where she is the owner of Fusion Integrative Health and Wellness, LLC. For UWS, Dr. Elia is the course writer for the Clinical Reasoning in Nutrition Practice and Functional Nutrition Therapeutics II - Gastrointestinal course for the forthcoming DCN program.  An active member of her community, Dr. Elia serves on the executive committee of Dietitians in Integrative and Function Medicine (DIFM) where she holds the Past Chair position and previously served as Chair, Chair-Elect, Treasurer and Member Services Chair. Dr. Elia previously served on the executive committees for the Lancaster Area Celiac Support group and the Lancaster Chapter of the American Holistic Nurses Association. Dr. Elia’s fervor and dedication for the power within the food as medicine approach, stems from her own personal journey with autoimmune disease and a rare form of sarcoma. As a survivor and warrior for rare disease advocacy, in 2017 Dr. Elia was chosen as a one of four survivors for featured videos with the Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple University. Dr. Elia enjoys writing about diet and nutrition and sees the process as a means to help people identify the underlying root causes of the barriers preventing them from optimal wellness. She is also the author of The Stem Cell Activation Diet and the upcoming 2021 book, The Sugar Detox Diet for 50+. In her free time, she loves hiking, camping at the Delaware seashore, traveling with her husband James, scuba diving or going on an adventure with her rescued lab, Champ.

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Horace Elliott

Board Member

Board of Trustees

Horace Elliott was elected to the Board in May 2014. He is the immediate past executive vice president of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE), retiring after serving 28 years (1986-2014). He is a graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and taught biology and mathematics for several years.
 Prior to joining the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Elliott was manager of communications at Bendix Corporation’s Research Laboratories, and was director of administration for the Houston regional office of Price Waterhouse Coopers and director of administration for the Houston law firm of Susman-Godfrey. As executive vice president of the NBCE, he was responsible for operational and financial affairs of the organization that provides third-party, independent, pre-licensure testing the chiropractic profession required by all 50 states and several foreign countries. The National Board is governed by an eleven-person board of directors. While serving the NBCE, Elliott received an Honorary Doctor of humanities from Texas Chiropractic College; and a Doctor of Humane Letters from the American College of Chiropractors (FACC); and named a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors (FICC). He received the George Arvidson Award from the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards for service to chiropractic regulation, and prior to his retirement, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Hanseo University College of Chiropractic in Korea and was named the Dynamic Chiropractic’s 2013 Person of the Year. He has served on several boards of directors, including the Farmington Village Housing Cooperative (president); the National Management Association’s Bendix Corporation Chapter (president); the Greeley Rotary Club (president elect); and the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, representing the National Board.

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