Fitness Education Faculty

Ute Jannesn-Kerr Ute Jannsen-Kerr
Chair, Fitness Education Department

Ute Jannsen-Kerr received her M.S. in exercise science from California State University Long Beach and is certified by the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) as a health/fitness specialist. She has been working at SFCC since 1995 in the capacity of Wellness Center Coordinator and faculty member, before becoming the Department Chair in 2007. Ute teaches classes in exercise science as well as yoga, hiking and conditioning courses.

Jason Beam Jason Beam
Assistant Professor

Jason graduated from the University of New Mexico in July of 2013 with his Ph.D. in Physical Education, Sports, & Exercise Science. He received his Master's Degree in Health & Exercise Science from Louisiana Tech University in March of 2007 and his Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from Louisiana Tech University in February of 2006.

Jason is currently certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His major interest area in the field of Health & Exercise Science is in disease prevention. He is interested in seeking ways to teach and encourage people how to enjoy exercise and nutrition so they can live a long, healthy, and disease-free life.

He teaches classes within the Exercise Science Associate in Applied Science degree program, the Fitness Instructor Training Certificate program, and the Nutrition Certificate program. He also teaches fitness classes such as Bootcamp Fitness, Beginning Coed Strength Training, and Fitness Cycling. Jason became a full-time faculty member in the School of Fitness Education in August 2014.

Tomas Duran Tomas Duran
Aquatic Department

Tomas Duran received his B.A. in psychology from the College of Santa Fe. He has been working at SFCC since 1999 in the capacity of lead instructor and faculty for the Aquatic department. Tomas helps to oversee the scheduling of all programs and part-time instructors in the Aquatic department.

Enita Pendleton Enita Pendleton
Fitness Education Department

Enita received her Bachelor of Creative Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Enita is certified through the following organizations: ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association, NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and ACE (American Council on Exercise) as a personal fitness trainer and group fitness instructor.

Enita has been working as a full-time faculty member at SFCC since 2006 and is also the director of the Fitness Instructor Training (FIT) Certificate program. Enita teaches classes within the Exercise Science AA degree program and the FIT Certificate program. She also teaches a variety of fitness classes such as cycling, beginning body sculpting, suspension training and senior flexibility and conditioning.

Gretchen Scott Gretchen Scott

Gretchen has been an instructor and faculty member at SFCC since 1997. She has several advanced degrees including a B.S. in dietetics and food administration from California Polytechnic State University; a master's degree in food and human nutrition, University of Arizona; a Dietetic Internship at University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona, and she is a registered dietitian and licensed dietitian. Gretchen teaches and coordinates nutrition classes and programs.

For more information, please contact Ute Jannsen-Kerr, Chair, Fitness Education Department, 505-428-1420,

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