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Exercise Science Graduates

Emily Phillips

Emily Phillips

  • Certified Surgical First Assistant at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN - pictured with the da Vinci robot

"Western’s Exercise Science program really prepared me for understanding anatomy and appreciating not only the anatomy but also the physiology of the human body. I find myself referring to and carrying out the knowledge and skills that I took away from my Exercise Science classes at Western".

Jean-Marc Charles

Jean-Marc Charles

  • Embedded Performance Expert, U.S. Army
  • 2012-2016 collegiate athlete, playing for the Fighting Leathernecks
  • Graduated Undergrad with a major in Kinesiology and a minor in Dietetics.
  • Masters in Kinesiology with a focus in Sport & Performance Psychology and Strength and Conditioning
  • Employed with the U.S. Army as an Embedded Performance Expert, where I teach mental skills to increase soldier's mental and emotional resilience. 
Kyle Gugeler

Kyle Gugeler

  • Fitness Specialist at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, IA
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • PCIA Certified Instructor
Lauren Ivan

Lauren Ivan

  • Fitness Director at Midtown Health in Oakbrook, IL
  • TRX L1 Certification
  • AFAAA Group Exercise Certification
Nicole Starzyk

Nicole Starzyk

  • Flexologist at StretchLab
  • Use PNF stretching
  • Educate clients on the importance of stretching
  • Create individualized programs

"WIU prepared me as it gave me a deep understanding of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation and periodization programming. I use anatomy and physiology everyday as each clients’ needs are centered around their sports or daily activities".

seth furman

Seth Furman

  • Lecturer in the Exercise Science and Health and Human Performance (Graduate) Programs at Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
  • Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Salisbury Men’s Basketball team
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach by United States of America Weightlifting (USAW)
Curtis Sargent

Alex Simundza

  • General Manager of a multi-faceted fitness facility located in Itasca, IL.
  • Manage all business operations, train clients on a one-to-one and group basis, lead group exercise classes, and institute wellness initiatives for the members and corporate partners

"I was introduced to corporate wellness and fitness during my senior seminar in exercise science. With the help from faculty members, I eventually applied to internships that aligned with my interest of exploring corporate wellness and corporate fitness".


Jason Williams

  • Professional Football Player
  • Dallas Cowboys (2009–2010)
  • Carolina Panthers (2010–2011)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2012)
  • Carolina Panthers (2012–2014)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-15)