Experts on "Exercise"

Electra Allen

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

Electra joined Biola in 2015 after completing her MSN at Duke University. She comes to Biola with a passion for nursing education and is looking forward to being a part of the Biola team for many years to come. Her professional nursing career includes working as a critical care registered nurse in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia. Electra also worked in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a Level 1 Trauma Center.

Electra has been actively involved in the Emergency Nurses’ Association. She spent two years on the national committee, helping to design the educational programs for the annual conference. She has also written items for the Pediatric Certification Board's Certified Pediatric Nurse Exam. Prior to her nursing career, she worked in her church’s children’s and creative arts ministries, and she was actively involved in women’s ministry where she helped to coordinate baby showers for families at the local crisis pregnancy center.

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Kristianna Altamirano

  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science

Kristianna Altamirano currently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. She earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, health and physical education from Biola University, her master’s degree in kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton and holds CSCS and CPT certifications. Altamirano began teaching for Biola as an adjunct professor in 2007 and became a full time in 2010. She is passionate about imparting her knowledge of the diverse field of kinesiology and health to her students. Altamirano, her husband Eliasar and daughters currently attend church at EvFree Fullerton.

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Jacob Gardner

  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science

Jake Gardner is delighted to be a part of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at Biola University to teach students about God’s intelligent design of the human body through the science of movement and exercise. Jake is originally from Montana where he fell in love with the outdoors and being physically active. His love for activity led him to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Development from Montana State University ('05). He then spent approximately three years working for a startup company that developed a one-of-a-kind wheelchair for children with cerebral palsy. This experience resulted in an interest in the mechanics of the human body and a pursuit of a master's degree from Illinois State University in Biomechanics ('10) and a doctorate in Biomechanics from the University of Tennessee ('13). Gardner's research includes a broad interest in lower extremity injury prevention and rehabilitation, as well as strength and conditioning applications. Jake is married to his wonderful wife Keisha, and they have three children.

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Kelsey Miller

  • Instructor of Clinical Sciences, Kinesiology and Health Science

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K. Erik Thoennes

  • Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Chair, Biblical & Theological Studies – Theology Department

Erik Thoennes is committed to teaching biblical and systematic theology so that he and his students love God and people more fully. He strives to make the necessary connections between the study of theology, obedience to Jesus and fulfilling the Great Commission. He has taught theology and evangelism at the college and seminary levels for several years and is a frequent guest speaker at churches, conferences and retreats, in addition to co-pastoring a local church. Thoennes has received the University award for faculty excellence and professor of the year. His research interests include godly jealousy, the atonement, the exclusivity of Christ and theology of culture.

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