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Audrey Coon
Audrey Coon is a second-year student in the Master’s of Science in Kinesiology program at Boise State University. She has worked as the Graduate Assistant for Dr. Nicole Bolter for the past year helping with several ongoing research projects focused on positive youth development through physical activity. Audrey earned her Bachelor’s in Education from Western Washington University and worked for several years following graduation as the Assistant Women’s Rowing Coach at the University of Portland and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Her thesis research focuses on understanding how college women rower’s motivation and persistence in sport are influenced by psychosocial and contextual factors. Audrey’s research interests include gender issues in sport, Title IX and feminist scholarship, and the psychosocial experiences of NCAA college athletes.
Amanda Seneri
Amanda Seneri is a second-year student in the Master’s of Science in Kinesiology program with a Biophysical emphasis at Boise State University.  Her thesis research focuses on the effects of external based attentional focus feedback on skill acquisition and accuracy in young children.  Currently she works with Dr. Petranek as a Graduate Assistant and at Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services as a Physical Therapy Aide.  Amanda earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise and Movement Science with an emphasis in Neuromuscular Science from San Francisco State University in 2012.  Since then, she has been working towards her master’s degree and preparing to apply to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program.  Amanda’s main interests are rehabilitation, specifically pediatric physical therapy (both neurological and musculoskeletal), biomechanics motor learning and motor development.  In her free time, Amanda enjoys staying active, swimming and weight lifting.

Chelsea Allbaugh
Chelsea Allbaugh is a second-year student in the Masters of Kinesiology program with an emphasis on Behavioral Studies at Boise State. Originally from Iowa, Chelsea graduated with a BS in Exercise Science from Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, IA where she also played tennis. She has assisted with research involving the effects of gender in coaching youth sport and hopes to expand her repertoire within CPAS this spring. Her main areas of interest involve sociological aspects of sport and physical activity, primarily gender issues. Also, Chelsea has an ardent interest in the influences of family on sport and physical activity. Aside from being a student, Chelsea works part-time at Bandanna Running & Walking in downtown Boise. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, and trail running.

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Carissa Ware
Carissa graduated from Gonzaga University with her Bachelor’s degree in Education in Sport Management and completed her Master’s in Kinesiology at Boise State University. At Boise State, her research interests included youth sport dropout, athletic career termination, and barriers to youth sport participation. She also led a youth sport parent education seminar entitled The Biggest Fan: A Guide for Youth Sport Parents. After graduation, Carissa worked as the assistant director for sports at Spokane Soccertots for about a year. During that time, she worked on the side with the city of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department. In March of 2014, she was offered a position with the city that she couldn’t turn down so she now works full time with the city. Carissa works within athletics, athletic facilities and golf. Her main duties in athletics are running the softball leagues and working with the youth sport partners. In addition, she assists the athletics supervisor in all other athletic programs including flag football, volleyball, curling, ultimate frisbee, and more. Carissa also does administration for the city golf courses as well as manages any city programming on the golf courses. Currently she’s working on developing new youth and adult programs for the City of Spokane’s Parks and Recreation Department. In the future, she would love to continue her work in the youth sports arena, particularly with youth sport drop out and parent education programs.

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Carla Dellaserra
Carla Dellaserra is a 2nd year PhD student in the Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Wellness program at Arizona State University. She is also a Graduate Women’s Association representative for the College of Health Solutions and a Graduate and Professional Student Association grant reviewer. Carla is a former graduate assistant who received a Master’s in Kinesiology from Boise State University in 2013. She helped with the coaching needs assessment during the initial stages, one of the CPAS initiatives. Other projects included aiding in IRB writing, presented research at conferences, assisted in laboratory projects, and served as a teaching assistant for Foundations of Health. Her current research interests include reducing childhood obesity by using psychological skills training and improvement of women’s health through mindfulness and empowerment.

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Anna Schimelpfenig
Anna grew up in Massachusetts and attended Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She decided to follow her passion for sports and exercise and attend Boise State for a Masters in Kinesiology. While at Boise State, Anna focused her studies on youth sports and sports psychology. Anna was also working for the City of Boise Parks and Recreation, running their youth and adult hockey programs. She focused her readings and research on youth sports and parent education. A large project Anna worked on during her time at Boise State was developing a youth sports parent education seminar: The Biggest Fan: A Guide for Youth Sport Parent’s, with classmate Carissa Ware. Anna decided to leave Boise for a change of scenery and moved to Sun Valley to pursue a career in Executive Recruiting. Anna is still utilizing her youth sports knowledge and helping coach a U12 coed hockey team and an all-girls team. Her personal interests include mountain and road biking, playing ice hockey, skiing, backpacking, camping, running, and canyoneering.

Acen Hansen
Sports and exercise have always been an important part of Acen’s life. Since coming to Boise State, he has developed a passion for using sport as an instrument to develop character and improve psychological health as well as using psychological principles to develop a sound mind and improve athletic performance. Acen is in his fourth year of five at Boise State, and has made waves across campus with his level of involvement in the classroom, as a mentor for incoming Honors College students and for high schoolers participating in the Strive for College program and participating in club and intramural sports and other student clubs on campus. His role with the Center for Physical Activity and Sport is to assist Dr. Nicole Bolter, assist in research conducted by the Center, and he is the administrating manager of the CPAS website. After Acen graduates with his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology, he plans to attend graduate school to earn a Master’s of Science in Performance Psychology, and plans to become a performance consultant.


Julie James
Julie James is a fourth-year student in the Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology program at Boise State University. Throughout her time at Boise State, Julie has participated in many activities related to athletics, including club soccer, intramural soccer and intramural volleyball. As a senior, Julie joined the CPAS community as an intern and assists Dr. Nicole Bolter in research for youth sports and activities. Julie’s responsibility as an intern is to help collect and organize data for the studies being conducted by CPAS. In the future, Julie hopes to attend graduate school and earn a degree in Exercise Psychology to work in research and as a consultant for Sports Psychology.

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Kyle Robb
Kyle graduated from Boise State University with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology where he made the dean’s list his last two years. As a freshman, he was part of the Lifetime REC Living Learning Community at Boise State which consisted of numerous recreational and community service activities. In his senior year at Boise State, Kyle was a Detention/Data Analyst Intern at Ada County Juvenile Court Services as well as an undergraduate research assistant to Dr. Nicole Bolter helping with her youth sports research. Kyle’s research paper on human trafficking for his Senior Seminar class was used by the Idaho Coalition for Justice to gather information about human trafficking. Currently, he is mentoring kids as part of the Communities in Schools of Spokane County and plans to go to graduate school and get his Master’s in Counseling next year. In his spare time, Kyle loves to stay active by playing basketball along with other sports, and spending time outdoors enjoying nature.