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Maureen EdwardsDr. Maureen Edwards

Office: 240-567-7590, Room PE 230

Dr. Edwards holds a doctorate in health education from the University of Maryland at College Park. Her areas of specialization are stress management and gerontology. She is also certified as a Master Health Education Specialist (MCHES). In addition, she has received advanced training by the Critical Incident Stress Foundation as a post-traumatic stress debriefer and has been trained by the American Cancer Society to conduct smoking cessation workshops. Currently, Dr. Edwards serves as the coordinator of the Community Health and Public Health Science programs and serves as advisor to the Aging Studies Letter of Recognition and the Public Sciences program at the Universities of Shady Grove.

Professor Dianne Hagan

Dianne HaganOffice: 240-567-7584, Room PE 228

Professor Hagan is a PhD candidate at Walden University, specializing in Community Health. She received a Master’s of Science in Human Performance at Frostburg University and a BSW from Hood College. Professor Hagan taught at the college level at Shepherd University, Frostburg State University and Lord Fairfax Community College. She worked for 15 years at Winchester Medical Center, as a Health Educator and Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac, Pulmonary Diabetes Management and Cancer treatment and managed outpatient community and employee wellness programs. Professor Hagan is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, a certified yoga teacher and Reiki Master and has trained through the Mindful Schools program. Her research interests include the use of mindfulness to improve
college student support, success and retention and as a means to promote positive health

Professor Christine Harrison

Christine HarrisonOffice: 240-567-7579, Room PE 225

Professor Chris Harrison received her BS in Physical Education with a minor in Health from East Stroudsburg State College and a MS in Physical Education with a specialization in Athletic Training from the University of Arizona. She is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Specialist and an ACSM Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist.  She holds certifications in CPR, First Aid and AED and was a certified Athletic Trainer for 25 years.  Professor Harrison has varied experience in the Health and Physical Education profession.  She has taught Health and Physical Education classes at the college level and elementary school level.  She has worked as an Athletic Trainer in the college and clinical setting providing injury and rehabilitation care, and was a fitness instructor for both college and community based wellness programs.  She currently teaches Health, Exercise Science, and Fitness classes for the College.

Susan MilsteinDr. Susan Milstein

Office: 240-567-7578, Room PE 232

Dr. Susan Milstein earned her BS in Health Education from SUNY Cortland in 1995. She earned an MA in Health Education from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1999. She earned a PhD in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University in 2006. Dr. Milstein became a full time faculty member at Montgomery College in 2000. She currently teaches Health Issues in Human Sexuality, Personal and Community Health, both in the traditional classroom and on-line, Drugs and Lifestyle Wellness on-line, and Science and Theory of Health Education. She is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, as well as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. In 2007 she was named as an “Emerging Professional" in the field of sexology by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Her areas of interest are human sexuality and men’s health.

Professor LaKisha Nickens-Gaither

LaKisha Nickens GaitherOffice: 240-567-7980, Room PE 226

Professor LaKisha Nickens-Gaither received her B.S. from Howard University in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training. She also holds an M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotions with a concentration in Fitness and Wellness and an M.S. in Sports Management with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletics from California University of Pennsylvania. Professor Nickens-Gaither has over 12 years of diverse experience that includes teaching at the middle school and college level, managing fitness programs, coaching women’s basketball, and developing strength and conditioning programs. She holds certifications by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Personal Trainer, Sports Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Group Personal Training Specialist, Exercise is Medicine Specialist and Behavior Change Specialist. She loves traveling and spending time with her family.

Elizabeth RidingsProfessor Elizabeth Ridings

Office: 240-567-7576, Room PE 236 A

Professor Ridings is the College-wide Department Chair for Health and PE. She has a M.A. in Exercise Science and Fitness Management from the University of Connecticut. Professor Ridings worked in the Health and Fitness Industry for ten years prior to becoming a full-time faculty member at Montgomery College. She has experience managing fitness and wellness programs in collegiate, commercial and corporate settings. Professor Ridings is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Certified Exercise Physiologist and as a Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist.


Karen ThomasProfessor Karen Thomas

Office: 240-567-7582, Room PE 228

Professor Thomas received her Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics from Texas Women’s University. Her professional certifications include: ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, Exercise is Medicine specialist, and Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist, as well as Wellness Coach Certification. She has experience in a variety of areas within the profession including teaching and coaching at the high school and college level; cardiac testing at a large heart hospital; exercise, pulmonary and metabolic testing; exercise program development for patients with cardiac, respiratory and chronic pain; teaching stress management and disease management skills for a variety of chronic diseases. Professor Thomas, a former department chair, teaches Fitness, Health and Exercise Science major courses, and is the coordinator for Exercise Science A.A. transfer programs and Personal Trainer Certification.

Margaret TurnbowProfessor Margaret Turnbow

Office: 240-567-7583, Room PE 227

Professor Margaret Turnbow (Marge) was a Montgomery College student who, after receiving two AA degrees, continued on the receive a Bachelor of Science degree from West Chester University in 1986. Following graduation, Marge returned to Montgomery College, Rockville Campus as the Swimming Pool Manager. While in that position, she taught as an adjunct faculty member and attended graduate school at American University. In 1991, she completed her Master’s of Science degree in Health Fitness Management. Marge was hired as a full-time professor for the department in August of 2007. She currently teaches all levels of swimming, a variety of health classes, as well as fitness and strength training courses. Marge is an EMT-B and volunteers at Laytonsville District Volunteer Fire Department. In August 2016, Marge completed 30 years of service at Montgomery College. Marge loves to travel especially to places with a warm climate where she can spend time scuba diving, swimming, reading, and exploring.

Lesley WasilkoProfessor Lesley Wasilko

Office: 240-567-7585, Room PE 233

Professor Lesley Wasilko received her undergraduate degree in exercise science from the Pennsylvania State University and her master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Maryland.  She has taught a variety of fitness and activity courses, as well as professional preparation courses for physical education majors since her hire in 1994.  She was the women’s basketball coach for six seasons and the women’s volleyball coach for seven seasons.  She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as a variety of outdoor activities and reading.





Collette Brown

Administrative Aide
240-567-7575 (main office)

Ms. Collette Brown has worked in higher education in the administrative support field for over 20 years. She received an A.A.S. degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo, MI. Ms. Brown is a health and fitness enthusiast and enjoys exercising as her hobby.

Margaret Ebner

Instructional Lab Coordinator

Ms. Margaret Ebner is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, interning in the Athletics Strength and Conditioning program. Ms. Ebner earned her Master’s degree in Human Sciences/Gerontology from Hood College, concentrating on the physiology and psychology of Aging.  She has extensive experience in Long-Term Care, Continuum Care and the Montgomery County Long-Term Care Ombudsman program. Ms. Ebner began her career in the corporate sector, developing and managing Corporate Fitness centers including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  She is currently the Lab Coordinator for the Health Enhancement,  Exercise Science, and Physical Education department and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Certified Exercise Physiologist.

Miriam SnyderMs. Miriam Snyder

Physical Education Aide
PE building, room 246

Ms. Miriam Snyder received her AA in Exercise Science and Health Fitness at Montgomery College. Miriam is a retired Physical Therapist Assistant and has extensive experience with various ability levels and age ranges of rehabilitative health care. In addition to her position as the department’s Physical Education Aide, Ms. Snyder is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and enjoys working with clientele to help promote healthy lifestyle and exercise habits. In her spare time Miriam enjoys riding dirt bikes, and beekeeping.


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