• Coaching Staff

  • Steve Curtis – Assistant Track and Field Coach

    Steve  Curtis
    Steve Curtis

    Assistant coach Steve Curtis begins his second year coaching the throwers at Mt Hood. Coach Curtis comes from Warner Pacific College (WPC) where he was the throwing coach for the past three years. During his tenure at WPC his throwers rewrote the record book, setting six new school records and placing 26 other marks in the school's all time top ten lists. He has had the privilege of coaching athletes that competed at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

    As a collegiate competitor, Curtis was the NAIA District 2 hammer throw champion for three consecutive years, finishing 11th and 12th nationally in the event for George Fox College. He also was third in the district in the discus his senior year, when he was named the Bruin MVP.

    Curtis lives in SE Portland with his wife, Karen. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.

    Fernando Fantroy – Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach; Fernando.Fantroy@mhcc.edu

    Fernando  Fantroy
    Fernando Fantroy

    Fernando L. Fantroy Sr. has 37 years of track and field experience. Sixteen of those were spent coaching athletes at the high school level. Coach Fantroy was also the founder and head coach of Dare to Dream Track Club and Dare to Dream Sports Academy, where he coached various level of athletes for 17 years.

    During his career, Coach Fantroy has developed over 50 individual state champions, three United State of America Track and Field (USATF) Youth National Champs, 15 USATF finalist and seven state record holders. The range of his athletes' championships was from hurdles, middle distance runners, girls & boys long distance runners and the triple jump. Coach Fantroy's motto for his athletes is to be "DSMO" (dedicated self-motivated ones.)

    Coach Fantroy is Level-1 USATF certified. He was a volunteer sprint coach at Warner Pacific College for the 2014 track season. Coach Fantroy is the owner and head coach at The Furnace Athletic Academy LLC. Because of his vast wealth of knowledge in hurdle training and competition; he has been deemed by his athletes and fellow coaches as "The Hurdle Doc." He has been one of the presenters at the Aloha Chat n Chew now The Nike NW Coaches Clinic for the past three years.

    Taylor Gould – Assistant Softball Coach
    Taylor Gould enters her fifth year (’17) on the Mt. Hood coaching staff after coaching Team Mizuno (7th place finish at nationals) for one year and Northwest Batbuster's organization for one season as well. Coach Gould primarily works with the Saints outfield. In 2018, Gould was named the NFCA NWAC Assistant Coach of the year and guided Makiah Johnson to All American honors in the outfield. Gould also helps assists the NW Bullets 16u program. Gould played for two years at rival Clackamas Community College where they finished 2nd place during the 2013-2014 season.

    Brittany Hendrickson – Head Softball Coach; Brittany.Hendrickson@mhcc.edu

    Brittany  Hendrickson
    Brittany Hendrickson

    Brittany Hendrickson is entering her fifth season as head softball coach at Mt. Hood Community College. During her first 3 seasons as head coach, Hendrickson led her team to 3 consecutive NWAC Championship Tournament appearances. In 2019, the Saints were among the NWAC leaders in almost all offensive categories and spent the entire year ranked as high as No. 2 in the NWAC RPI and Coaches polls. Hendrickson and her 2019 staff (Sammi Brandstetter and Taylor Gould) were awarded Southern Region coaching staff of the year after winning the program's 9th Southern Region title.
    In 2019, the Saints went 33-7 against NWAC member colleges. Eight players received all league recognition, led by Southern Region Pitcher of the year, Mckenzie Pierce. Pierce, along with infielder Kennedy Jantzi, were named to the NWAC All-American team.

    Prior to coming to Mt. Hood, Hendrickson was the assistant coach at Concordia University Irvine where the team finished with a 42-13 record. Her responsibilities included assisting with operations, recruitment, scouting, fiscal planning, monitoring academic success, fundraising, as well as conducting a strength, speed, agility and conditioning program for the players.

    Hendrickson attended Portland State University where she played softball from 2011-2015, and was a member of the 2012 & 2013 Big Sky Championship teams. She also competed in the NCAA regional tournament in 2012 & 2013. She was a five-time Big Sky Player of the week, three-time all-league selection and remains in the Portland State record book in multiple offensive categories. She was an outstanding scholar athlete, having been named to the All-Big Sky Academic Teams from 2011-2015.

    Hendrickson earned an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from Portland State University in 2015 and a master's degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine in 2016. An Oregon native, Hendrickson attended Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon and was a three-sport standout athlete in soccer, basketball, and softball.

    Along with her coaching duties at Mt. Hood, Hendrickson also coaches in the NW Bullets organization in the 16u division. She also works as a Physical Education Instructor at the college.

    Kelly Holding – Assistant Track and Field Coach;

    Kelly  Holding
    Kelly Holding

    Kelly Holding has 29 years of coaching experience, including 25 years at the high school level where she won seven team state championships and coached her athletes to 63 state championships and multiple state records. Coach Holding is a six-time Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Track and Field Coach of the Year.

    In her three years at Warner Pacific College, Holding's athletes earned four NAIA All-American titles in the long and triple jump. As an NAIA All-American high jumper herself for Central Washington University, Holding has a deep knowledge of the jumping events. She is USATF Level 2 certified and knowledgeable in the sprints, hurdles, and relays as well.

    Holding lives in Damascus with her husband, Jim, and has three adult daughters.

    Brent Johnson – Assistant Baseball Coach
    Coach Johnson joined the Saints in 2013 and has been a great addition to help continue the winning tradition here at MHCC. As the infield coach, Brent helps keep the foundation of the Saints defense strong and always in position to capture yet another Southern Region championship.

    Originally from Dayton High School in Nevada, where Brent was a four-year letterman and all league infielder, Coach Johnson played his college ball at Feather River Community College (99-00). Immediately following his career at Feather River, he began his coaching career, starting as a private instructor with youth and high school players in the Reno Nevada area as a part of Bret's Baseball Academy. From 2004-2012, Coach Johnson coached a select team, the Reno Muckdogs, where in 2008, his team won a bronze medal at the AAU Junior Olympics. Many of Coach Johnson's former players and students have continued on to play at various levels of college and professional baseball around the country.

    Full-Time Faculty

    Matt Hart – Matt.Hart@mhcc.edu

    Petra LeBaron-Botts – Petra.LeBaronBotts@mhcc.edu

    Petra LeBaron-Botts
    Petra LeBaron-Botts
    Petra LeBaron-Botts

    Petra LeBaron-Botts is a full-time faculty member in our Health, Physical Education, Athletics, Aquatics, and Recreation (HPEAAR) Division. Petra started working at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) in the Fall of 2017.

    Petra has a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Indiana University and a Masters’ degree in Environmental Education from Western Washington University. Petra is a certified Wilderness First Responder (NOLS,WMI), Northwest Naturalist, Certificate of Non-Profit Management, Certified Interpretive Trainer (NAI), Climbing Wall Instructor (PCIA), Avalanche I (AIARE), Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor (American Red Cross), Advanced Open Water Diver (NAUI), and 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

    Petra has taught HE252 Responding to Emergencies, HE261 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, PE185GC Indoor Rock Climbing, PE185SB Beginning Skiing and Snowboarding, WL120 Intro to Navigation, WL130 Backpacking and Camp Management, HPE285OL Wilderness Survival, HPE293 Certified Interpretive Guide, PE185WBT Winter Backcountry Travel.

    Petra has been working or volunteering in the outdoors since 2010 when she first became an assistant instructor for the Mazamas Mountaineering Club here in Portland. In the intervening years she has worked as a backpacking instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, a wilderness therapy guide, a canoe trip leader, and an adjunct adventure education instructor. Petra’s work has taken her all over the west including Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Alaska. She is a passionate mountaineer, long-distance hiker, scuba diver, canoe paddler, and backcountry board game player. These days she is an aspiring mountain biker.

    Dawn Markell – Dawn.Markell@mhcc.edu

    Dawn Markell
    Dawn Markell

    Dawn Markell is a full-time faculty member in the Health, Physical Education, Athletics, Aquatics and Recreation (HPEAAR) Division. Dawn started working at Mt. Hood in 2001 as a part-time faculty member and in the Fall of 2018 took a temporary position as a full-time faculty member.

    Dawn received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology with a minor in health and nutrition and an option in Adaptive Physical Education from Oregon State University (OSU). Dawn also completed her Master’s degree Physical Education. While OSU, she completed her graduate research in the Effects of Strength Training on Multiple Sclerosis Remission and Balance raining Effects on Cognitive Development. She is a nationally Certified Adaptive Physical.

    Dawn has taught a number of classes for our HPEAAR division including HE205 Diet Appraisal, HE207 Stress Management, HE208 HIV and other STI’s, HPE265 Women’s Health, HPE295 Heath and Fitness for Life, PE185SWQ/SWY Fitness Lap Swim and Flexible Fitness Lap Swim, PE185WD/WE Beginning and Intermediate Weight Lifting. She has also taught Anatomy and Physiology courses for the science department.

    When not teaching at the college Dawn coaches swimming for Corbett High School and enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, backpacking kayaking, and camping with her family.

    Amanda Shelton – Amanda.Shelton@mhcc.edu

    Amanda Shelton
    Amanda Shelton

    Amanda Shelton is a full-time faculty member and serves as our athletic trainer in our Health, Physical Education, Athletics, Aquatics, and Recreation Division. Amanda started working at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) in the spring of 2014 when she was hired as our athletic trainer to provide healthcare coverage for our MHCC athletic teams. In the Fall of 2014, she began working as a part-time faculty member and in the Fall of 2017, she started her current position as a full-time faculty member and athletic trainer.

    Amanda has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin @ Eau Claire and a Master’s of Science degree in Athletic Training from the College of Saint Scholastica. She is a board Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and is a Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) in the state of Oregon. Amanda is also certified by the American Red Cross (ARC) a Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers and Lay Responder & Basic Life Support Certified Instructor. Amanda is also certified in Mental Health First Aid.

    Amanda has taught the following courses at MHCC: HPE172 Exercise Science, PE185PF Applied Cross Training, PE185CE Cardio, Lower body, and Abs, HE204 Nutrition for Health, HE252 Responding to Emergencies, HPE270 Sports Psychology, HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life, and FN225 Nutrition.

    Amanda also has experience working with the following organizations:

    • Professional/Elite soccer (National Women’s Soccer League, U-16 and U-17 Women’s National Team, and United Soccer League) and track & field (US Paralympics and IAAF)
    • NCAA DI hockey, tennis, cross country, track & field, and cheer
    • NCAA DII football
    • NCAA DIII soccer and softball
    • NWAC Sports Medicine Advisory Committee
    • MHCC’s athletic teams (volleyball, cross country, basketball, track & field, baseball, and softball).

    Amanda also enjoys staying active while participating in soccer, tennis, distance running, powerlifting, golf, and cycling.

    Josh Stratman – Josh.Stratman@mhcc.edu

    Josh Stratman
    Josh Stratman

    Josh Stratman is a full-time faculty member and the program coordinator for the Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (WLEE) program. Josh started working at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) in the Fall of 2013.

    Josh earned his Master of Science in Outdoor Recreation and Facility Management from the University of Idaho. Josh also has multiple certifications including: Wilderness First Responder Instructor from the Wilderness Medicine Training Center; Instructor Trainer Whitewater Paddle Raft and Oar Raft from the American Canoe Association; Technical Rope Rescue Instructor from Rescue 3; Leave No Trace Master Educator; Single Pitch Rock Instructor from the American Mountain Guides Association; CPR/First Aid Instructor from the American Red Cross; Emergency Medical Technician – Basic; Swiftwater Rescue Technician I from Rescue 3; Avalanche Level II Technician from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).

    Josh has taught multiple courses in the WLEE program and in the Health, Physical Education, Athletics, Aquatics, and Recreation (HPEAAR) Division including HE251 Wilderness First Aid, HE289 Wilderness First Responder, HPE110 Teambuilding and Group Facilitation, HPE285OL Wilderness Survival, PE185BK Backpacking, PE185GC Indoor Rock Climbing; PE185OJ Mountaineering, PE185OT Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Safety Skills, PE185RT/RTI Beginning and Intermediate Whitewater Rafting, PE185SS Snowshoeing, PE185WBT Winter Camping, ORLX 30 Climbing Wall Instructor, and WL178 High-Angle Rescue.

    Josh's passions include mountaineering and multi-day raft trips. He ha been climbing mountains and rafting rivers for over 25 years. Josh has climbed Denali, Pico de Orizaba, Ixta, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood and other peaks in the Cascades and Rocky Mountains. He has been a volunteer Climbing Ranger with Denali National Park. He has also rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon as well as numerous other rivers in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. Additionally, Josh has taught wilderness first aid in Kenya and throughout the U.S. and is a member of Portland Mountain Rescue.

    Part-time Faculty

    John Adler, Ph.D. – John.adler@mhcc.edu
    John Adler is a part-time faculty member who has been teaching at MHCC since 1987 and teaches psychology classes as well as tennis. Dr. Adler is also a licensed psychologist in private practice and a professional musician.

    Dr. Adler earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at UCLA and his Masters degree and Ph.D. in psychology from Alliant Intl. University (formerly California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles).

    In addition to 50+ years of experience at competitive tennis (most recently in USTA singles, ranked as high as #1 at 4.0 level), including personal training, John has completed various courses in tennis instruction, and recent USTA membership. He stays active playing competitive tennis and racquetball on a regular basis.

    Harry Affley – Harry.affley@mhcc.edu

    Dianne Bangerter – Dianne.Bangerter@mhcc.edu

    Shanon Barker – Shanon.Barker@mhcc.edu

    Michelle Boling – Michelle.Boling@mhcc.edu

    Michael Bowers – Michael.Bowers@mhcc.edu

    Shane Conrad – Shane.conrad@mhcc.edu

    Jarmila Darby – Jarmila.Darby@mhcc.edu

    Jarmila  Darby
    Jarmila Darby

    Namaste! I'm Jarmila Darby and I have been teaching at MHCC as a part-time faculty member since 2002. I began my yoga journey in 1977, in my first year of college and was certified to teach in 1982 in Benares, India. I continued to study and teach abroad for 17 years. I am currently enrolled in a 300-hour Alignment Based Yoga advance teacher training program. Lifelong learning keeps my life interesting and enriched. In my free time I hike, dance, and meditate.

    At MHCC I teach Mind/Body Yoga. Mind/Body Yoga guides students to bring their academic and personal lives into balance. In this course students will learn yoga and relaxation techniques that they can use to manage the stresses of everyday life, (and the stresses of the unusual life we are all experiencing presently!) They will also learn yoga poses and stretches that will benefit their physical health and wellbeing.

    In Winter term I will be teaching two sections of PE185YC, Mind/Body Yoga. One Class meets Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and the other Tuesday and Thursday evenings in e classrooms on Zoom. I will help you to listen to your body and progress safely and carefully on your yoga journey. This class will be a fun and relaxing enjoyable experience. I look forward to meeting every one of you in Zoom!

    Fernando Fantroy – Fernando.Fantroy@mhcc.edu

    Fernando  Fantroy
    Fernando Fantroy

    Fernando L. Fantroy Sr. is a part-time faculty member with nearly 40 years of track and field experience and serves as the Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at MHCC. Fernando teaches our track and field and cross country classes for our intercollegiate teams.

    Fernando earned his degree from Compton and he is Level-1 USATF certified and has a vast wealth of knowledge in hurdle training and competition.

    Jason Hairston – Jason.Hairston@mhcc.edu

    Michelle Hanley
    Michelle Hanley is a part-time faculty who started teaching Jazz Hip Hop at MHCC in 2000 before moving to Las Angeles and returning in 2019.

    Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a minor in Dance from the University of Oregon. She currently teaches PE185DAH/DAJ Jazz Hip Hop at MHCC.

    While in Las Angeles, Michelle started an adult ballet program at the Hollywood YMCA and ran a variety of Youth Dance groups teaching Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap Dance, Creative Movement and Circus Arts to kids age 3-18. She also taught dance enrichment classes in elementary schools, summer camps and at local studios for 17 years in the greater Los Angeles area. She also took advantage of participating in classes at some of the premiere Hollywood Dance Studios. In 2010, Michelle traveled to South America for six months, studying Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires and Circus Arts in Brazil.

    In 2019, with my husband and 2 young children, Michelle moved back to the Pacific Northwest and also teaches at Stites Performing Arts Center in Portland, OR.

    Kathleen Hannigan

    Brittany Hendrickson – Brittany.Hendrickson@mhcc.edu

    Brittany  Hendrickson
    Brittany Hendrickson

    Brittany Hendrickson is a part-time faculty member who also serves as our head softball coach at MHCC. She started at MHCC in 2016 after earning her Masters degree in Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine. Brittany also earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences at Portland State University while playing softball for the Vikings.

    Brittany currently teaches PE185FA Lower Body & Abs, PE185FD Core Conditioning, PE185FE Exercise Bootcamp, PE185WD/WE Beginning & Intermediate Weightlifting and our softball classes.

    Prior to coming to MHCC, Brittany was a personal trainer and enjoys CrossFit style workouts.

    Jane Kelly – Jane.Kelly@mhcc.edu

    Maria Khorasani – Maria.Khorasani@mhcc.edu
    Hello! My name is Maria Khorasani, and I received my degree in Education from The University of Portland. I have been teaching at MHCC for 10 years and grew up about 30 minutes away from the campus! I am currently certified and teaching Cardio Kickboxing, Cardio Lower Body & Abs and Core Conditioning. Some of my favorite things include my dog Kobe, Gilmore Girls and a hot cup of coffee in the morning! Fitness and education are my passion and I love sharing it with my students!

    Joel Lechelt – Joel.Lechelt@mhcc.edu

    Keith Maneval – Keith.Maneval@mhcc.edu

    Marshal Meyer – Marshal.meyer@mhcc.edu

    Cherilyn Nederhiser – Cherilyn.Nederhiser@mhcc.edu

    Birdie Wermy – Birdie.Wermy@mhcc.edu


    Rachelle Ham – Rachelle.Ham@mhcc.edu and (503) 491-7452

    Rachelle  Ham
    Rachelle Ham

    Rachelle Ham is the administrative assistant to the Athletics department in HPEAAR. Rachelle joined MHCC in 2004 as an Administrative Assistant in the Science Division. She joined our staff in 2015. Rachelle brings 27 years of experience working in administrative support. Her passions for organization and streamlining processes along with her proactive positive approach to problem solving make her a great part of the team.

    Rachelle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Portland State University.

    During her service at MHCC, Rachelle has worked on many college wide committees and continuous improvement teams. She has previously been assigned special projects working for the Vice President of Instruction. In 2007 she was recognized with the Outstanding Support Staff Award.

    Rachelle has been happily married to the love of her life for 28 years and together they have three children and (currently) one beautiful grandson. When you can’t find Rachelle in the office, spending time with her family or serving in her church you should check the hiking trails. She finds great joy spending time in the peacefulness of the outdoors.

    Schell Langley – Schell.Langley@mhcc.edu and (503) 491-7450
    Hi! I am Schell Langley, and I work in the Health, Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation Department.

    I was born in the panhandle of Texas, was raised in a west Texas town of Midland, and I moved to the Dallas Ft. Worth area in 1976.

    I moved to the awe-inspiring Pacific Northwest in the spring of 1987-where I was exposed to the green trees, fresh water, majestic mountains, and snow!

    I have learned lots of customer service skills working on the job throughout the years! I was employed at MHCC in 1998 and started in the cashiering department, then to Evening and Weekend College, and finally to the Health, Physical Education, Athletics, Aquatics, and Recreation Department in 2000.

    I love the vision and mission of our community college and that brings me closer to the working class and diverse students that we serve! Each individual whether a staff, faculty, student, community member is important and valued. It has been my pleasure to work with such a caring, hardworking, goal-oriented group of humans these past 23 years.

    My motto: Keep Growing, Keep Going forward! We all are a part of this beautiful, unique and ever evolving tapestry of life!