Physical Education

2015-2016 Adjunct Instructor Information



Eve Bernfeld is an AmSAT Certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and a graduate of the three-year teacher training program at the Oregon Center for the Alexander Technique (OCAT).  She also holds an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College and a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Fordham University.  In addition to teaching at Lewis & Clark, she teaches private lessons in the Alexander Technique to performers, pregnant women and people suffering from back pain.  She also works as an Assistant on the OCAT teacher training course and has taught workshops and residencies at numerous regional colleges and theatres, including Pacific University and the Portland Playhouse.  The Alexander Technique helps her do all of her favorite activities with greater ease, including hiking, cross country skiing, singing and baking.

Classes: The Alexander Technique






Suzanne Brauer


On land or in water, Suzanne is a cross-training fitness fanatic, and enjoys all types of endurance activities. She has been previously employed at many other colleges and universities, and also currently teaches at Portland Community College.  Her professional area and education is in Student Affairs/Services and Higher Education Administration, however her passion is in teaching general fitness classes.

When not involved on the L&C campus, Suzanne’s hobbies are her own work-out routine, cooking/baking everything from scratch, along with helping her husband in his garden and home improvement projects. She is married to John Brauer, a data base engineer, and a former UO Duck track and cross-country runner. They have one daughter, Ali Beata, a recent graduate of L&C, who is in graduate school.

Classes: PE Pilates, PE Group Fitness (Beg. & Int.) & Employee Fitness Program Classes






Annie is a second-degree black belt in Poekoelan –Indonesian Kung Fu.  She began training in 1999 on a whim, but connected deeply to the beauty and flow of Poekoelan and the calm strength that comes from knowing how to protect yourself and others.  She teaches martial arts to kids and adults at One With Heart and self defense workshops for individuals and groups throughout Portland.   She loves teaching self defense because she experiences time and again the transformation that comes from connecting to your power and voice.  When not training martial arts, she follows the various athletic pursuits of her two boys and husband, explores the beauty of Oregon’s mountains and rivers, and tends to her well-loved senior dog. 

Classes: Self Defense For Women, Kung Fu Poekoelan 





Richard Hammerstrom is an Emmy and Telly award winning Television Director, Editor and Producer and has worked on numerous documentaries, special events, music performance and concert programs. Richard earned his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television from Washington State University.

In addition to television production, Richard's other passion is sailing and teaching the art of sailing. He has been sailing since high school in a variety of craft, ranging from 26' sloops to 42' ketches in waters ranging from the Puget Sound, the Columbia River, to San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Specializing in Navigation and Piloting, Richard received his maritime education at the College of Alameda in Alameda, California. Currently he shares his passion for sailing as an instructor at Lewis & Clark.

Classes: Beginning Sailing; Sailing: Navigating/Piloting





John Knight and Jim Proctor have fifty years of combined experience studying Kojosho karate, for which John holds a third degree and Jim a fourth degree black belt. John has taught Kojosho since 1999; Jim organized a Kojosho school in Berkeley CA in 1987, from which John and other black belts emerged. John and Jim have organized fall outdoor Kojosho camps (a popular feature of the Kojosho system) as well. 
Their approach to teaching the martial arts blends tradition, safety, and personal growth. Both have studied other martial arts, and are drawn to Kojosho for its rich library of lessons in motion and interaction, its inclusion of soft and hard forms, and its engagement of philosophical concepts with practical applications.
In their day to day lives, John practices massage therapy and bodywork in Portland, while Jim serves as professor in the Environmental Studies Program at Lewis & Clark.

Classes: Beginning Kojosho Karate







Jean Lee founded her massage practice in 2002, in SW Portland.  After studying Qi-Gong healing techniques and meditation with John Cole, LAc, and at Ling Gui Healing Qi-Gong International  School, with Liu He, she incorporated qi gong techniques into her bodywork and offers qi gong classes.  She began studying and practicing meditation in 1987.  A 30-day silent meditation and subsequent shorter retreats deepened her personal practice and continue to inform her approach to both her bodywork and life.

A Pacific NW native, Jean loves hiking – usually camera in hand.  She enjoys yoga and is an enthusiastic cook who grows many of her own ingredients.  She lives with her husband in SW Portland.

Classes: Qi-Gong & Meditation






Susan Lilly received her Yoga Teachers' Credential in 1989, at Val Morin Canada, at the Sivananda Ashram there. She has been teaching Yoga ever since, having taught at Willamette University and Oregon State University before coming to Lewis and Clark in 2001. Her classes are structured around a classic Yoga routine, emphasizing proper breathing, proper postures, proper attitude, proper relaxation, and meditation.


Classes: Yoga





 Jen has been training in Indonesian Martial Arts for about seven years. She earned her Cun Tao (Self Defense) Black Belt in 2010 and her First Degree Black Belt in April of 2015. She has been teaching beginning Indonesian Martial Arts and self defense to adults and children and One With Heart for several years. Jen is an Oncology Nurse by trade and works full time at a local area hospital. She has two beautiful daughters who are also Black Belts. As if all of this is not enough to keep her schedule quite full, she also shares her life with a nearly perfect dog named Nelly.


Classes: Women's Self-Defense





Cynthia Parent has been teaching ballroom dance for the last 16 years. She has owned and operated Impressions Dance Club since 1997. She and her former partner originally operated a strictly competitive ballroom dance studio and trained numerous students to compete all over the country. They also danced together competitively in the Rhythm Division, which means dancing the American style Swing, Rumba, Cha Cha, Mambo and Bolero. In 2001 they won a Rising Star Championship in Honolulu.

Since her days of competition, Cynthia has concentrated on sharing her passion for dance with school age children, developing a Social Education Through Dance program taught at local schools. She has also developed a dance exercise program based on movements utilized in ballroom and broadway style dancing and teaches regular exercise classes to other women who are passionate about dance.  She continues to teach adult ballroom classes and private lessons, and hosts regular bi-monthly dances at Leedy Grange in Cedar Mill. Cynthia has been teaching Beginning Ballroom Dance at Lewis & Clark since 2005. Visit her at ImpressionsDance

Classes: Beginning Ballroom Dance; Intermediate/Advanced Ballroom Dance





Jeff Powelson has been diving almost his entire life. His father, John had him cleaning the pool on scuba at the age of 8 years old, and tag along on open water weekends, during the summer at Hoodsport, WA. At 10 he took his first open water class. He does admit to having a take home test; the U.S. Navy Dive tables were a little complex for a 10 year old. Jeff really did not start diving as a career until 1986. After graduating from the University of Idaho, he began working for the family business, earned his instructor rating from NASDS clinic, and purchased the dive store from his parents in 1989. Jeff has been diving in numerous locations around the world. Jeff’s favorite places to dive would be Canada, Fiji, Palau and Australia.

Classes: Beginning Scuba





A native Oregonian, Kena loves the out of doors and has quite a few hobbies requiring rain gear! She currently owns 4 horses, 4 cats, 1 rabbits, 1 guinea pig and a dog while living on a small 5 ac. farm in Wilsonville.  Her family enjoys down skiing at Mt. Hood Meadows race team.

Formally trained as a Dental Hygienist and having worked as a Pharmaceutical sales representative Kena have a varied background. She is involved with hair and makeup design for video production.

During the 1980's Kena became swept away into the indoor aerobic craze. She became certified shortly there after and has taught almost every form of traditional fitness class. Teaching a balanced class is always a goal and sometimes a challenge during an hour class! Step aerobics is the perfect format for anyone wanting a great low impact workout.

When not busy with her small farm Kena loves to read!

Classes: Step Aerobics





Joel attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies and fostered a relationship with the outdoors that led him to the sport that is his passion and livelihood. Today, he has been rock climbing for 6 years and has been instructing for over 4. His favorite group of people to teach has always been new climbers. He thoroughly enjoys introducing people to the sport, community, and life-style of rock climbing, through which travel, exercise of the mind and body, and life-long friendships are possible. Joel has worked and taught in climbing gyms in the Portland area for over 4 years, including The Circuit Bouldering Gym and Club Sport, Oregon. Along with private instruction, he currently teaches introductory bouldering, intermediate technique, and lead climbing. 

Classes: Rock Climbing - Beginning Bouldering







Katherine White is the Director of Tulen Self-Defense. She has been an instructor at Lewis and Clark for twelve years. She also offers workshops and term classes to schools, businesses and community groups throughout Portland. She loves being part of the powerful experience of women coming together to gain strength, confidence and provide mutual support. Tulen self-defense comes from Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen, an Indonesian martial art. Katherine is a third-degree Black Belt in Poekoelan. She is devoted to training and teaching because "Poekoelan connects me with a community of amazing women and provides a way for me to challenge myself and grow on many levels."

Classes: Women's Self Defense







Joe Yuska has been the director of the outdoor program (College Outdoors) at Lewis & Clark College for over 20 years. He's been to nearly every corner of the Pacific Northwest. He still enjoys getting rained on while out on outdoor adventures.

Classes: Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Leadership, Skiing, Outdoor Adventures


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