Meet Our Team

Emily R. Martini, MS

Program Manager

martini.36@osu.edu

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.

 

Rachel Dickson

Program Assistant

dickson.195@osu.edu

Rachel Dickson supports the day to day functions of the Faculty and Staff Fitness Program as well as all faculty, staff, and students within the various branches of OSU’s Kinesiology Program; with a smaller role in helping other areas within the OSU Department of Human Sciences. Rachel serves as an OSU Buckeye Wellness Innovator, an ESL tutor with the Columbus Literacy Council, and is a trained volunteer for the Franklin County Sheriff’s department in Public Safety Support (VIPSS), general deputy support (Citizen’s Academy), and court appointed special advocate Guardian ad Litem for Franklin County. She has an ever growing list of hobbies [and even longer list of ‘goal hobbies’]; these include beekeeping, cooking, learning Japanese, playing the ukulele, sewing, dancing ballet, rock collecting, and gardening.

Matthew Beeler

Graduate Student, Kinesiology

beeler.56@osu.edu

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 third year PhD student in Dr. William Kraemer’s laboratory group and a graduate teaching assistant.  Matt’s dissertation plans to study the effects of different types of resistance training programs on muscle size, strength, and brain function.  In his personal time, Matt enjoys power-lifting and arm wrestling and is an avid video game player.

 

Tori DeScenza

Graduate Student, Kinesiology

descenza.1@osu.edu

Tori DeScenza received her bachelor’s degree of Exercise Science Education here at The Ohio State University. She is currently in the first year of her master’s degree. She is interested in the effects of exercise programs in clinical populations, more specifically in cancer patients. She hopes to continue to evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic exercise programs for the rehabilitation and mitigation of side effects in cancer patients. In pursuit of that, she and a group of other academic students created HERO Cancer Health, a non- profit aimed at offering free exercise classes for cancer patients and survivors in the Columbus area. Outside of her academic interests, she was also a former women’s lacrosse player at the university where she spent her four years of undergrad playing. Tori also spent a year working in a fitness center where she gained a great deal of knowledge in training and programming in a variety of populations and age groups. She is excited to be able to work with you in FSFP, and help you begin and assist your fitness journey!

 

Kathryn Dispennette

Graduate Student, Kinesiology

dispennete.2@osu.edu

Kathryn received her B.S. in Exercise Science and B.A. in Psychology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, where she also ran cross-country and track. After graduating, she worked as a Physical Therapy Technician and Personal Trainer before getting her M.S. in Kinesiology at Western Kentucky University. She is now pursuing her P.h.D in Kinesiology here at OSU. Her research is focused on developing therapeutic exercise interventions in the cancer population to combat cancer-cachexia. In her spare time she enjoys running, kayaking, skateboarding, and playing soccer.

 

Barbara Sanchez

Graduate Student, Kinesiology

Sanchez.1094@osu.edu

Barbara recently graduated from the University of South Florida with her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science with an Honors distinction. For her undergraduate thesis she focused on how resistance training impacted body composition and strength development in pre-menopausal, adult females. She hopes to continue working on the influence of exercise parameters on the female population. Back home, Barbara worked as a fitness trainer for youth athletes, coaching skills such as power development, movement mechanics, strength development, agility, and speed tactics. She is passionate about moving with purpose and is a proponent of functional training. Barbara’s outside passions are with salsa dancing. She has taught people how to dance salsa, bachata, and cha-cha, she loves to go out and dance as it is a great way to meet people and keep her cardio up! Her goal is to assist you in any way she can with your fitness plans and help develop a healthier lifestyle that works for you.

 

Stephanie Hohn

Graduate Student, Kinesiology

hohn.8@osu.edu

Stephanie Hohn is a born and raised Buckeye who received her bachelor’s of science in Sport & Leisure Studies: Leadership & Humanities here at The Ohio State University. She is currently in her first year of her master’s degree. She fell in love with personal training in 2011 as an undergraduate at here and 7 years later, she now runs a full-time personal training business working with a large array of populations and age groups. She has always been interested in how exercise prescription interacts with modern medicine, so she is back pursuing her master’s degree with an interest in weight management in cancer patients. Outside of her academic world, she spent the last 7 years as a competitive powerlifter and Olympic Weightlifter, and she still loves lifting heavy weights. She also loves exploring new restaurants, reading about nutrition, and anything to do with food! She is excited to bring all of her experience to help you become the best version of yourself in FSFP!

 

Taylor Friedman

Undergraduate Student, Health Promotion in Nutrition and Exercise Science

Friedman.472@osu.edu

Taylor Friedman is expected to graduate in the Spring 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion in Nutrition and Exercise Science, with a minor in Public Health. Following her undergrad, Taylor aspires to become a pediatric Physician Assistant. She is a central Ohio  native and grew up in the Olentangy Local Schools’ district. While at Ohio State, Taylor has found a love for the wide range of fitness activities that OSU offers. In her free time, you can find Taylor with friends, at the gym and in a yoga or barre class. Taylor is eager to help the members reach their fitness goals through water aerobics, yoga and pilates! Taylor will be happy to assist with your questions.

 

Owen Kubalak

Undergraduate Student, Health and Exercise Science

kubalak.4@osu.edu

Owen Kubalak will graduate in summer 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and minor in Personality and Social Psychology. He is a local to the city of Columbus and grew up in the Dublin school system. While at Ohio State, he has helped with the HERO Cancer Health nonprofit as well as the Physical Therapy Department in the Wilce Student Health Center. He has spent the last two summers working as a lifeguard and swim instructor at a gym in Dublin. Owen is also a member of the Ohio State Ski and Board Team, where he skis freestyle competitively. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, volunteering, running and just about anything outside. Most people don’t know this about Owen; but he is a very talented whistler. Following undergrad, he aims to study and practice Physical Therapy. Owen is eager to get to know the members and assist them with any questions or help they may need!