Meet Our Team



Steven T. Devor, Ph.D., FACSM

Program Director

Dr. Steven T. Devor received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of California, Berkeley. Following his doctoral studies, Dr. Devor was a National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan Medical School in the Department of Physiology and the Institute of Gerontology. Currently, Dr. Devor is an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University in the Department of Human Sciences, Kinesiology Program. Dr. Devor holds a joint academic appointment in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology in the College of Medicine. He is also a faculty member of the OSU Buckeye Wellness Leadership Team in the College of Nursing.

The research interests of Dr. Devor are focused on human performance and how skeletal muscle adapts during the aging process. He teaches courses in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology. Dr. Devor has published more than 100 articles on how skeletal muscle adapts to exercise, and he is widely sought out by newspapers and magazines as an expert in the field. He also serves as the Exercise Physiologist for the Central Ohio Commit To Be Fit program, and is the Head of Performance Physiology for the Central Ohio Marathoner-In-Training program, where he has tested and counseled thousands of endurance athletes on optimizing their performance.

Based upon his research and commitment to the field of Exercise Physiology, in 2001, Dr. Devor was elected Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. In 2006 was a recipient of the university wide Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has worked with many of the athletic teams at OSU, and has consulted for a number of years with the strength and conditioning staffs for the Columbus Blue Jackets and The Columbus Crew. Outside the university Dr. Devor has worked extensively with two local continuing care retirement communities in Columbus.

Job # 140098 Emily Martini, staff member EHE Inspire Magazine Studio MAR-25-2014 Photo by Jo McCulty The Ohio State University

Emily R. Martini, MS

Program Manager

Emily Martini received her M.S in Exercise and Sport Science from Iowa State University. Emily was a division I athlete at Iowa State, Lettering 4 years in Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor track, where she earned several athletic and academic awards. Following her studies, Emily held research roles at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine in Dallas, Texas, the Nike Sport Research Lab in Beaverton, Oregon and the Human Physiology Lab at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Emily is currently a program manager in Kinesiology within the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. Her role includes managing the Faculty and Staff Fitness Program, Exercise Testing Labs, and Undergraduate teaching. Emily also serves on the College of Education’s Staff Advisory Council, is a Buckeye Wellness Innovator, and is heavily involved in the community with various organization including Girls on the Run of Franklin County and the American Red Cross.



LaKeesha Leonard

Graduate Student, Kinesiology

LaKeesha earned her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Capital University here in Columbus.  She then moved back to her hometown to earn her Master’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Athletic Training from the University of Toledo. Upon graduating LaKeesha relocated to Columbus to accept a position at Denison University (Granville, OH) working on their sports medicine staff. After being employed there for 7 years, she decided to return to the classroom as a student and pursue her PhD. LaKeesha is currently in her third year here at The Ohio State University working on a doctoral degree in Kinesiology with a Public Health cognate.  Her research interests involve culturally-tailored, faith-based interventions for increasing physical activity and improving nutrition choices of African American women. This year LaKeesha was awarded the honor of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.  Through this fellowship she is given the opportunity and support to favorably impact the health and quality of life of Black women in the Columbus area.


Matthew Beeler

Graduate Student, Kinesiology

Matthew Beeler is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Exercise Science and hales from South Dakota. At SMSU, he was the head powerlifting coach for the area Special Olympics team.  After graduation, Matt was a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach in Lakeville, Minnesota for several years.  He then attended the University of South Dakota and received a Master’s degree in Kinesiology and Sport Science where he was a graduate assistant in the department.  At USD, Matt studied the biomechanical and muscular activation differences between two types of deadlift exercises for his Master’s thesis.  He is now a first year PhD student in Dr. William Kraemer’s laboratory group and a graduate teaching assistant.   In his personal time, Matt is a competitive power lifter and enjoys arm wrestling and strength sports.


John Paul (JP) Anders

Graduate Student Kinesiology

John Paul (JP) Started lifting in 2006 as part of a Football strength and conditioning program and immediately fell in love with olympic lifting. With a passion for fitness and wellness, JP went to the Ohio State University to earn a Bachelors in Exercise Science Education and is continuing his education here for a Masters in Kinesiology. He is currently interested in the subjects of ergogenic aids (supplements) and brain adaptation to exercise.


In addition to being a student, JP also works as a personal trainer and a CrossFit coach at a local gym. He loves talking to people about their personal fitness goals, providing different and exciting workouts to spice up the usual routine, and discussing pretty much anything related to fitness and wellness.


Outside of the health world, JP is also interested in food, beer, and the outdoors. Feel free to walk up and start a conversation any time!



Zach Chaplow

Graduate Student Kinesiology

Zach received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science Education from The Ohio State University and is currently serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Kinesiology program. He has a passion for working with people of all ages to better understand how physical activity can impact their lives. As a volunteer at older adult recreation centers, Zach has instructed arthritis group fitness classes and promoted health and wellness. He is a senior coach for Jumpbunch of Central Ohio and has a wealth of experience working with kids in a sports and fitness environment. He also had the opportunity to work as a physical education teacher at two private academies in Columbus. Working as a wellness leader in a physical therapy clinic, Zach gained valuable knowledge of physical rehabilitation techniques and how to apply them to recover from and prevent injury. Zach’s diverse experiences have given him a unique base of training knowledge which he loves to share with his clients. He hopes to use his time in the FSFP program to inspire others to practice healthy habits, no matter their age or physical condition.


Vincent Hardesty

Graduate Student, Kinesiology

Vince is a personal trainer for the FSFP program. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science Education here at The Ohio State University and is now a first year master’s student studying Kinesiology. He is interested in injury prevention and rehabilitation as well as exercise and its potential use in the prevention/treatment of disease and injury of the brain. Outside of school, he is a medic in the Ohio Air National Guard stationed at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Ohio.