Danne Gilmore Kasparek, faculty for the Exercise Science Program, has been in higher education for 15 years. After completing an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Iowa, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, she worked in the chemistry department researching cholesterols. After earning a MAT from the University of Iowa, she and her family moved to Pensacola, Florida, for her husband to complete his Navy duty. Dr. Kasparek owned an exercise gym/facility in Rock Hill with 20 instructors and 16 city-community programs for nearly 20 years.
She still instructs the ‘light weight circuitry’ exercise format that meets the ACSM aerobic and strength recommendations for Healthy Americans. Dr. Kasparek earned a Masters Degree in Exercise Science and Ph.D. in Health Behavior, Education, and Promotion at the University of South Carolina. Her focus is on health behaviors and weight maintenance. She was awarded “outstanding teacher’ at Winthrop in 2007, an honor given by the students. She is married to Gene Kasparek, has three grown children and five grandchildren. Dr. Kasparek was instrumental in developing the Exercise Science undergraduate program and teaches the introductory course as well as courses in health and health promotion.