Faculty and Staff

Brian Solberg

Associate Professor in Health Promotion and Exercise Science

Education: M.A., Athletic Training, University of Iowa, L.A.T.; B.A., Physical Education, Luther College

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Kris Agena

Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Exercise Science

Education: DAT (Athletic Training), A.T. Still University; MS (Exercise Science), University of Iowa; BA (Biology), Simpson College

Jeff Boeke

Adjunct Faculty in HPE

Education: Doctor of Education (EdD); Educational Leadership and Management; M.S.; Exercise Science and Adventure Education

Teaches Applied Leadership Studies, Adventure-Based Experiential Education

Professional Experience: CEO and Owner of ABEE, Inc. for 28 years. ABEE Corporation is an industry leader in program development for challenge course, leadership training, and adventure education disciplines serving a variety of education-based, corporate, and government clients worldwide. Following the sale of ABEE, Inc. in 2010, Boeke joined the Luther faculty to develop adventure and leadership disciplines of study. Previous teaching experience through contract and adjunct positions include the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and Wartburg Theological Seminary. In addition, Boeke has provided adventure programming service to the national ELCA Youth Gathering events for the past 30 years.  


Education: Phd in Health Education and the Psychology of Physical Activity with a specialization in Public Health from the University of Kansas; MSE in Health Education from the University of Kansas; BA from Luther College in Health and Psychology 

Coordinates HP 100 Lifetime Health and Wellness general education requirement and teaches courses in the Health Promotion Major.

Professional Experience: In addition to teaching in the Health Promotion and Exercise Science Department, Dr. Jennings leads the wellness program for both employees and students on campus. Health promotion majors have opportunities for hands-on experiences and research through the wellness program. Dr. Jennings is a Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) and recently served as an expert on national panel which developed a description of the contemporary practice for CHES® and MCHES® and provided a framework for professional preparation and professional development in health education and health promotion. Her prior experiences include teaching at the University of Maine Farmington and University of Kansas; field work as a health promotion specialist with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Bureau of Health Promotion and Healthy Maine Partnerships.


John Androus

Assistant Men's Basketball Coach/Staff Instructor in HPE

Teaches HP 100 Lifetime Health & Wellness

Amanda Bailey

Hd Women's Basketball/Sr Woman Administrator/Comp Officer


Teaches ES 110 Insanity

Raven Battle

Teaches HP 100 Lifetime Health & Wellness

Chris Garcia-Prats

Head Men's Soccer Coach and Asst. Athletic Director

Adjunct Faculty

Teaches HP 100 Lifetime Health & Wellness, ES 110 Aerobic Fitness

Steve Hornbacher

Adjunct Faculty in HPES

Teaches ES 110 Yoga I, ES 110 Yoga II

Roger Jaeger

Adjunct Faculty in HPES

Dave Mitchell

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Teaches ES 250 Theory of Coaching

Jeffrey O'Gara

Equipment Room Manager and Assistant Wrestling Coach

Adjunct Faculty

Teaches ES 110 Archery, ES 110 Mountain Biking

Steven Pasche

Director of Men's Track and Field and Cross Country

Education: M.S., University of Iowa

Teaches ES 110 Rock Climbing


Yarrow Pasche

Director of Women's Track and Field and Cross Country

Teaches ES 110 Trail Running

Teaches HP 126 Human Performance Nutrition

Brittany Sisk

Head Volleyball Coach/Staff Instructor in HPE

Teaches HP 100 Lifetime Health & Wellness, ES 110 Volleyball

Adam Strand

Hd Men's and Wmen's Tennis Coach/HPE Instructor

Teaches HP 100 Lifetime Health & Wellness, ES 110 Racquet Sports, ES 110 Badminton

Ellen Drewes-Stoen


Education: M.A., Mankato State University

Betty Hoff


Su Oertel


Joe Thompson


Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison


Education: M.A., University of Iowa