HES Alumni Profiles

Randy L. Aldret, Ed.D., ATC, LAT
Master of Science, Health and Sport Science


  • Assistant Professor and Director, Athletic Training Program,
     University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2012-present)
  • Athletic Trainer and Adjunct Faculty, Radford University (2011-2012)
  • Head Athletic Trainer, Cascia Hall (2004-2011)Head Athletic Trainer, Casady School (2000-2004)
  • Chair, College Student Section, Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association (2012-present)
  • Completed doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Higher Education Administration (2014)
  • Staff athletic trainer for back-to-back New Orleans Bowl Champion "Ragin' Cajun" Football program (2013 and 2014)
  • Secretary, Oklahoma Athletic Trainers Association (2006-2008)
Ghadah Alshuwaiyer, Ph.D., PT
Doctor of Philosophy, Health Promotion

  • Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, Stephens College (2014-present)
  • Worked on curriculum development for newly established Health Science program at Stephens College
  • Working with executive director of the Academy of Health Sciences at Stephens College to develop various programs that will be available to K-12 and undergraduate students

Michael Burrell, M.S.
Master of Science - Sport Management

  • Director of Student Life, Murray State College 
  • ITV Coordinator, Murray State College
  • Assistant to the President, Murray State College
  • Math Teacher & Assistant Girls Soccer Coach, East Central High School
  • Assistant Girls Volleyball Coach
Paul D. House, Ph.D.
 Master of Science, Health and Sport Science


  • Faculty, Kinesiology and Health Studies Department, University of Central Oklahoma (2006-present)
  • Physical Education Teacher, Deer Creek Elementary (1998-2006)
  • Most Inspiring Professor, UCO Student Athletes (2014)
  • Vanderford Distinguished Teaching Award Winner, UCO College of Education and Professional Studies (2012)
  • Deer Creek School District Teacher of the Year (2004)
  • Deer Creek Elementary Teacher of the Year (2004)

Gina Kraft, Ph.D.
Master of Science in Exercise Physiology

  • Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education, Arkansas Tech University (2015-present)
  • Instructor/Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Oklahoma Baptist University (2001-2015)
  • Physical Therapy Tech/Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist, St. Anthony-North, OKC (2000-2001)
Susan B. Sisson, Ph.D., RDN, CHES, FACSM
Master of Science, Health and Sport Science


  • Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (2011-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Laboratory, College of Allied Health, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (2009-present)
  • Philip E. Smith Award for Outstanding Service Nominee, College of Allied Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (2015)
  • Oklahoma Shared Clinical Translational Resources Scholars (2015-present)
  • Awarded Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (2013)
  • IT3 (Infants, Toddlers, Twos and Threes) Center, Research Fellow (2012-present)
  • Who's Who is Health Sciences Higher Education, Academic Keys (2012)
  • Associate Member, Stephenson Cancer Center, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (2011-present)
  • College of Allied Health Teacher of the Year Nominee (2012)
  • Outstanding Faculty in Area of Research (less than 5 years) Nominee, College of Allied Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (2012)
  • Outstanding Faculty in Area of Research (less than 5 years) Nominee,
     College of Allied Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (2011)
  • Early Career Oral Presentation Award Nominee, Characteristics of
     children in the US. who have a TV in their bedroom
    : National Survey
     of Children's Health 2007. Presented at 2010 Annual Conference of
     the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical
     Activity, Minneapolis, MN, June 9-12, 2010
  • Who's Who in America (2009)
  • Christine L. Wells Outstanding Researcher Award, Arizona State University (2006)

HES Board of Visitors

Jennifer Hopper Dugan*
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center

Jennifer Hopper Dugan gravitated toward the field of medicine since she was a child; even reading the Taber’s Medical Dictionary. Her educational and professional path has always involved the Physical Sciences and Medicine, and she earned both her Bachelor’s (1992) and Master’s (1996) degrees from the University of Oklahoma Health and Exercise Science Department (HSS). She currently serves as the Coordinator of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation for the INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She also happens to be an oenophile alongside her husband and maintains a 1,000 bottle wine collection from frequent Oregon and Napa Valley visits.
Bridgit Finley
Physical Therapy Central

 Bridgit grew up in Oklahoma City with her two brothers and attended Casady High School where she lettered in basketball, volleyball and softball. She moved south to continue her education at Baylor University. Bridgit received an undergraduate and graduate degree in Exercise Physiology from Baylor University in 1988 and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from The University of Oklahoma in 1994. In March of 2005, she graduated from A.T. Stills with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. In December 2009, she completed the Executive Management Course with Evidence in Motion.
Bridgit is CEO of Physical Therapy Central and she is committed to growing the company as well as providing opportunities for talented and hardworking physical therapists. She continues to treat patients a few days a week as well as mentor students during clinical education.
John Friedl*
Oklahoma State Department of Health

John Friedl earned both his Bachelor of Science (2007) and Master of Science (2010) degrees from the University of Oklahoma’s Department Health and Exercise Science with the latter focusing on childhood physical activity. He has been involved in many different research projects and has presented at the American Public Health Association annual conference. He has done work to promote physical activity in a variety of different sectors over the past decade. He has experience working in Corporate Wellness, has instructed yearlong physical activity courses for preschool children, has worked within and designed summer camps for children of all ages, and has taught classes for college students and working adults. John has also worked in personal health coaching, and recently helped establish a free multi-disciplinary obesity clinic in Oklahoma City. Most recently, he has moved into a management role with the Oklahoma State Department of Health after a year serving as a Physical Activity research consultant. John currently works in the Center for the Advancement of Wellness as the Physical Activity and Nutrition Manager.
Christa Gatewood*
INTEGRIS Health Jim Thorpe Outpatient Rehabilitation

Christa Gatewood has been a practicing physical therapist for more than 12 years and is a graduate of the OU Health and Sport Sciences Department (1997). She earned her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Hardin-Simmons University (1999) and now serves as a Clinical Manager. She has extensive knowledge in orthopedic and spine rehab, and is a specialist in pelvic floor health. She has worked for the INTEGRIS Health Jim Thorpe Outpatient Rehabilitation facility since 2001 and is now a Multi-Site Clinical Manager. This includes management of an orthopedic and spine clinic, a larger multi-discipline clinic, as well as an aquatics clinic. Christa is passionate about the field of Physical Therapy and enjoys working with a multitude of physicians to care for patients in their recovery efforts. She enjoys educating the community and other professionals regarding the importance of pelvic floor health.
R. David Nordyke
University of Oklahoma Architectural and Engineering Services

 David completed his BS in Environmental Design in 1975 and his Bachelor of Architecture degree and his Maters of Architecture degree in 1977 from the University of Oklahoma. David currently serves as an assistant director and senior project manager for numerous complex new construction and renovation projects located on the Norman campus, with project costs in the range of $200,000 to $85,000,000.

 Besides his numerous duties at the University of Oklahoma and his community involvement, he enjoys participating in cycling classes and working out in the Y’s fitness center, camping, hiking, backpacking and snow skiing.
Brock Schnebel, MD
St. Anthony Hospital

Brock graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 1981 and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and fellowships in AO trauma (Universitat Landeskrankenhaus, Austria), and spine surgery (Alamo Bone and Joint Association, San Antonio; Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic, Los Angeles; University of Basel, Switzerland).
Currently, Dr. Schnebel has hospital Associations with Bone and Joint Hospital (OKC), St. Anthony Hospital (OKC), Norman Regional Hospital (Norman), and McBride Clinic Orthopedic Hospital (OKC).

Richie Splitt*
Norman Regional Health System

 Richie was born and raised in the Moore area and graduated from Moore High School. Richie earned his BA from the University of Oklahoma, a Master’s of Science in Health and Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University.

 Richie is the Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Moore Medical Center and the HealthPlex. He is responsible for planning, directing and managing current operations, program development and future growth for the two hospitals. With more than 25 years of healthcare experience, Richie began his career as a physical therapy technician. He provided direct patient care for nearly a decade before transitioning into healthcare management. Board certified in health care management and an American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Fellow, Richie has an extensive background in clinical, operational and service excellence within a multi-facility environment.

 An active member of the community, Richie is the immediate past corporate chairman for the United Way of Oklahoma County, serves on the Council of the Earlywine YMCA, and current member of South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Lance Walker*
Michael Johnson Performance Center

 Lance completed his BS in Kinesiology from Kansas State University in 1993 where he lettered in football for three years and attained Academic All-Big 8 honors. He completed his MS degree in Health and Sports Science at the University of Oklahoma in 1996 and his BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1998.
 Lance is currently the Global Director of Performance at Michael Johnson Performance. Based in McKinney, Texas, he directs global operations for the company in the USA, as well as global operations in China, Great Britain, Brazil, and Greece. He is also responsible for ensuring product development and implementation for MJP licensed facilities, the first of which was the SPIRE Academy in Ohio, which opened in 2010. Prior to coming to MJP in 2007, he served as Director of Performance Training at Integrated Athletic Development and also served three seasons as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Dallas Cowboys.
Jody Watson*
USPS National Center for Employee Development

Jody Watson has worked in the fitness and recreation industry for over twenty five years. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University (1980) in Physical & Health Education and was a certified K-12 Teacher in Texas. She completed her Masters of Science degree at the University of Oklahoma in Sports Administration and Facility Management (1990) and in 1992 she accepted the Director of Fitness and Recreation position at USPS-National Center for Employee Development. She oversaw the design and development of its fitness and wellness programs from ground up and currently manages the thriving program. Jody has extensive knowledge of fitness and recreation services and operating procedures. She has the ability and background education to develop exercise prescriptions for diverse populations and the knowledge of fundamentally sound research techniques; including data collection, statistical analysis and interpretation.
*Department of Health and Exercise Science alumna or alumnus