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Kinesiology
Instructor Profiles

Jani Vogell (M.Kin, CSEP- CEP)​

photo of Jani Vogell with a studentJani has been an instructor in the Kinesiology program at the COTR since 2007. She  holds a Masters degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary (Exercise and Functional Fitness) and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist  with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP-CPT). Her master’s degree primarily focused on exercise and training considerations for persons with chronic disability and disease.

Jani's career spans more than 15 years in a variety of Kinesiology-related professions including personal training, coaching running and yoga, occupational and functional rehabilitation, and in the Human Performance Lab at the University of Calgary. She has worked with a variety of clients and athletes with considerably vast goals and abilities, from marathoners and elite athletes, to those needing to regain functional abilities. She has been contracted with the National Sport Center- Calgary as the Conditioning, Testing and Program Development Specialist for Canadian Paralympic Athletes and specialized in developing cardiovascular fitness testing protocols and athlete monitoring. She was also employed with the Calgary Health Region as an Exercise specialist for patients with chronic disease and was responsible for the metabolic and stress testing for all patients entering the program.

Formerly a University of Calgary varsity athlete in track and field, fitness, sport, and outdoor recreation have always played a major role in her life. She loves being back in the Kootenays where she grew up and where her passion for mountain biking, skiing, backpacking, and a small, connected community was shaped. 

Steve Kamps (B.P.E, M. KIN)

photo of Steve KampsSteve has been an instructor in the Kinesiology Program at COTR since 1999.  He holds a Masters degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary (Art & Science for Coaching - Sport Psychology) His master’s degree primarily focused on improving athletic performance using coaching science and sport psychology.  

Steve's career spans more than 15 years in a variety of Kinesiology-related professions including coaching, administration, and performance consulting. . He has worked with a variety of clients and athletes from the grass roots level to professional athletes. Steve worked with the 2011 WHL Champion Kootenay Ice as a performance consultant.

Steve was a varsity athlete playing volleyball for Red Deer College and the University of Calgary.  He is a Level 3 NCCP Volleyball Coach and was the Men's Avalanche Head coach from 1999-2014).  Steve was named the CCAA Canadian Coach of the year in 2001. 

As a former varsity volleyball athlete, Steve appreciates the role that recreation, leisure, and tourism have played in his life. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys golfing, hiking, and camping with his family and friends.

Jodie Pickering (MSc, CSEP-CEP)

photo of Jodi Pickering - instructorJodie has been an instructor at the College since 2011. She holds a Masters of Science degree (Exercise Science and Health Promotion) and is also a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP). Her master's degree primarily focused on personal training and health promotion.

Jodie's career spans more than 10 years in the field of Kinesiology including working in personal training, Kinesiology, instructor training, coaching, injury management, corporate wellness and rehabilitation. Most of the clients she works with are dealing with chronic injuries. One of her other passions is working with children and families to teach physical literacy skills and promote the importance of physical activity in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Jodie has been involved in fitness and athletics her whole life and enjoys biking, baseball, horse-back riding, snowshoeing, skiing and working on her family ranch. She is grateful to be teaching in this beautiful area of the Kootenays where she grew up.