School of Nursing

Our Team

Kerri Winters-Stone, PhD, FACSM

Kerri Winters-Stone, PhD, FACSM
Principal Investigator

An exercise physiologist by training, my expertise is on the use of physical activity to prevent and manage chronic disease. My studies have shown that cancer survivors can benefit from exercise that reverses treatment-related side effects and symptoms. Ultimately the goal of my work is to develop safe, targeted and effective exercise programs that translate well to community settings and clinical practice so that people can make positive lifestyle choices for better long-term health.

Jessica Sitemba, MS

Jessica Sitemba, MS
Research Associate

Since obtaining my Master's degree in exercise science in 2006, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work as a project director on multiple exercise intervention studies aimed at using exercise to improve symptoms and side effects from cancer and cancer treatment, ultimately improving quality of life for many cancer survivors. I have seen firsthand what exercise can do for this population and am thrilled to continue working on these types of studies as long as possible with the ultimate goal of implementing the classes into the community for all cancer survivors to benefit from. 

Carolyn Guidarelli, MPH, CCRP

Carolyn Guidarelli, MPH, CCRP
Research Associate

Since completing my Masters of Public Health degree with a concentration in Epidemiology from Boston University in 2012, I've focused my career on cancer research. My work has ranged the whole cancer spectrum, from cancer screening to cancer survivorship. I truly believe in the positive effect exercise can have in anyone's life, especially cancer survivors, and appreciate being a part of this life-transforming work.

Cassie Boisvert, MS, RD

Cassie Boisvert, MS, RD
Senior Research Assistant

As a Registered Dietitian with a background in health promotion and health research, I am excited to be a part of Dr. Kerri Winters-Stone's research team. My passion is improving patients' quality of life through healthy behaviors such as exercise and nutrition. I'm grateful to be a part of a team that uses exercise to advance the way that we care for cancer patients. In my spare time I frequent the Portland farmers markets and local hiking trails with my family.

Kimi Daniel,

Kimi Daniel,
Senior Research Assistant

After years of being a competitive athlete, I pursued a Master's degree in Sports Medicine-Athletic Training from Florida International University. Upon my return to Portland I have worked as an exercise specialist on several of Dr. Winters-Stone's exercise trials for cancer survivors, while also instructing exercise classes for cancer survivors outside of the research setting. As an advocate of exercise as medicine I maintain a strong base of clients with a range of acute and chronic health conditions that I train to improve their mobility, physical function and general health and wellbeing. 

Jade Moon, BS

Jade Moon, BS
Research Assistant II

Following high school in Northern California, I moved to Oregon to pursue a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science from Linfield College. After receiving my degree, I joined this team in order to combine my passion for exercise and love of research. I firmly believe that exercise is medicine, and I am so excited to work on studies that apply this idea in order to better the lives of cancer survivors. 

Colin Lipps, BS

Colin Lipps, BS
Research Assistant II

I graduated from the University of Oregon in June 2018 with Bachelor of Science Degrees in Human Physiology and Chemistry. I am ultimately interested in the field of medicine, but I am also passionate about contributing to the wide-reaching impact that discovery through research offers. As an Undergraduate, I worked in Dr. Li-Shan Chou's Motion Analysis Lab for two years and through this research completed my senior thesis project. I joined Dr. Winters-Stone laboratory with hopes of advancing my knowledge of, and making a tangible impact within the exercise oncology field. Outside of work, I also love to explore the outdoors. One of my most memorable adventures was backpacking through Bend, Oregon en route to summiting South Sister Mountain.

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Shannon Austin
Senior Research Assistant 

As a longtime fitness professional with an academic background in Exercise Science, I have spent the past two decades studying individuals and groups formally and informally in various sport and fitness settings. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Kinesiology at Oregon State University, and my scholarly work focuses broadly on inclusive physical activity promotion. I believe that all people deserve access to positive and safe physical activity participation experiences, and because I am particularly interested in the development and delivery of such experiences for cancer survivors, I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Winters-Stone lab. I see firsthand through our research how beneficial exercise is to cancer survivors’ overall health and wellbeing, and I am committed to contributing as much as I can toward making safe and effective exercise accessible to all survivors.

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Pablo Herrera-Fuentes
Research Assistant ll 

I graduated from Linfield College in the spring of 2017.  Immediately after, I began to work in a Physical Therapy clinic as my first post-college job experience.  Realizing that this was not the route I wanted to go, I applied and was accepted into University of Mary’s Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology graduate program.  After 2 years at the physical therapy clinic, a job opened up that would allow me to work on my Master’s program and do research at the same time.  I joined Dr. Winters-Stone laboratory in the spring of 2019 with hopes of advancing my degree of understanding in chronic diseases and how exercise plays a role in the fight against disease and its side effects. It has been a pleasure to work in a setting that pins exercise as a pivotal aspect in health care, and a pivotal aspect in the fight against cancer.  
 

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Ashley Lyons
Research Assistant ll

My childhood alter ego was a fluorescent leotard- and leg warmers-clad character named “Exercise Girl.” Today, I’m a devout hiker with no less penchant for neon. I’m also a certified nutritionist after obtaining a Master of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in research. Investigating the life-changing effects of nutrition and exercise is a privilege so I’m very lucky to assist my team with researching exercise in cancer survivorship. Personally and professionally, I cherish accompanying folks on their healthcare journeys and I’m honored to become part of yours.