Physical Education


2014-2015 Adjunct Instructor Information



Suzanne Brauer


Whether on land or in water, Suzanne is a cross-training fitness fanatic. She considers herself a “jack-of-all-trades” and a “master of none,” while enjoying all types of sports and activities.

Suzanne has previously taught at many other colleges and universities, and also currently teaches at PCC.

Suzanne’s hobbies are masters swimming, her own work-out routine, and cooking/baking everything from scratch, along with helping her husband do home improvement projects. She is married to John Brauer, who is a data base engineer at a small software company, and a former UO Duck track and cross-country runner. They have one daughter, Ali Beata, a student at Lewis & Clark. She also teaches cross-training, indoor cycling, and employee fitness classes.

Classes: Pilates, Step Aerobics, Group Fitness (Beg. & Int.)





Nelson started his Tae Kwon Do life at Mt. Hood Community College. He received his first degree black belt in 1995. He has been Oregon State Junior and Senior National team head coach for Olympic style Tae Kwon Do. Currently is an International Referee in Hanmadang Tae Kwon Do and a National Referee in Olympic Tae Kwon Do. He is a 6th degree black belt in WTF Tae Kwon Do, 5th degree in Ji Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do, 3rd and 2nd degree Black belts in to Ryukyu Kempo systems. He has  spent time learning other various arts like: Arnis, Kali, Escrima, Hapkido, Jeet Kune Do, Small Circle Jujitsu, Gung Fu, and Kyushu Jitsu. He started teaching Tae Kwon Do at Mt Hood CC, then took over the class at Lewis and Clark College from his instructor who chose to retire. He enjoys seeing the growth of his students, through the time they train. He believes Tae Kwon Do has many great aspects for students from learning life saving self-defense to experiencing sparring to the artistic value of forms. When not teaching at Lewis & Clark he teaches at Choi's Taekwondo Academy Troutdale, enjoys watching sports (mainly NFL), and doing things around the house.

Classes: Taekwon/Hapki Do





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: Navigation/Piloting






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








Mario Messina-Azekri is a licensed massage therapist and certified Bowenwork practitioner, with a B.A. degree in Pre-Medicine and Spanish Literature. He has been in private practice for 14 years in both Portland and Rhododendron, Oregon. He also holds black belts in Tai-Chi and Judo and has studied other styles of martial arts. He has coached soccer for 22 years at all levels and held the highest coaching license offered in the USA. He has studied yoga, meditation and chanting for the last 20 years. He has been seven times to India where he learned more about chanting and some forms of prayer and meditation.

Classes: Qi-Gong & Meditation, Advanced Qi-Gong & Meditation




Philip Morton

Philip Morton was born and raised in Klamath Falls and graduated from Willamette University. Philip has lived and worked as a teacher in Japan, which is where he began rock climbing. Philip is currently the youth program manager at The Circuit, where he is the head coach of two of the teams. Clibming is a great way to understand your body, exercise your mind, interact with nature and get into the community. 

Classes: Rock climbing








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

Classes: Beginning Ballroom Dance; Intermediate/Advanced Ballroom Dance





After watching her children begin training Poekoelan 13 years ago, Abi Phillips decided to try it out for herself. She took the Poekoelan women’s self defense course and through the inspiration of her own instructors found her desire to share the experience and instruct others. Abi has now been training Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen for over 12 years and has earned a third degree black belt. She has also been instructing martial arts and self-defense for 6 1/2 years at colleges, schools, local community programs and businesses. Abi finds that as a self defense instructor, she is able to help influence the incredibly moving experience of a young woman discovering herself as both beautiful and powerful, with the right to decide. She is an instructor at Lewis & Clark through the One With Heart center.

Classes: Self Defense for Women; Poekoelan




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; Advanced 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: Cross Country/Skate Ski, Outdoor Adventures


Footer Shadow