Meet Our Team

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.


Rachel Dickson

Program Assistant

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.


Barbara Sanchez

Graduate Student, Kinesiology

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.



Balea Schumacher

Graduate Student, Kinesiology

Balea received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Florida in her home state of Tampa, Florida. For her graduate thesis she focused on perceptions and behaviors with warm-ups and cool-downs when participating in aerobic activity. Her passions include adolescent physical activity engagement and behavioral interventions with a focus on health, wellness, and physical activity. Back home Balea was an intern for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine on campus program. She is passionate about encouraging and assisting others to get up and move and to live an overall healthier life. Outside of just being a student Balea enjoys being outdoors, watching her favorite sports teams, and finding new food places to try! She is excited to be a Buckeye and to help you on your quest to be better!



Abigail Bowman

Graduate Student, Public Health

Abby Bowman received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in the spring of 2020 with majors in Psychology & Nutrition.  She researched cultural differences in dietary patterns and how they impact longevity, specifically between the United States and Italy, during her undergraduate studies.  She started her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Behavior and Health Promotion in the autumn 2020 semester.  She is passionate about improving community health outcomes by promoting healthy nutrition and physical activity habits!  Outside of academics, she played lacrosse for 11 years and loves power-lifting.  She also loves her outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and kayaking.

Navi Kaur

Graduate Student, Kinesiology

Navi Kaur received her bachelor’s degree of Human Nutrition here at The Ohio State University. She is currently in the first year of her master’s degree. She is interested in combining her passions for movement and nutrition to help individuals better their physical and mental health. Navi recently became a Registered Dietitian and began her online nutrition coaching business working with individuals to help them eat for their health, reach their goals, and recognize food as medicine. She has a huge interest in strength training and wants to empower more females to lift heavy weights. She also loves power-lifting, hiking, and cooking. She is excited to assist you in your health journey!


Megan Kilar

Graduate Student, Kinesiology

Megan Kilar received her bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion, Nutrition, and Exercise Science from The Ohio State University in May 2021. She will be starting the first year of her master’s of Kinesiology in the autumn of 2021. Megan is interested in behavioral interventions targeting diet and physical activity in clinical populations and affective responses to exercise. She enjoys any and all activities outdoors, especially hiking and biking. Megan is excited to get to know all of the FSFP members and help them find exercise that they enjoy doing!