Project Creator & Director
School District Coordinators
Candice Williams-Martin currently serves as the LiiNK™ Program Specialist for Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD. She was a successful early childhood teacher in EMS-ISD before being introduced to the LiiNK™ Project. Candice’s desire to foster the growth of the whole child is well suited for LiiNK’s™ mission to increase physical activity and nurture character development in children. She is eager to assist schools as they embark on their journey with the LiiNK™ Project. Candice received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Texas A & M University.
Cathy Wells was trained with the LiiNK™ Project as an elementary teacher and helped implement the project among first grade students for a full academic year. Her passion grew for the LiiNK™ Project as she saw a measurable change in student focus, cognitive and motor skill development, and an overall ability to problem solve both personally and intellectually. Her experience with LiiNK™ over her 34 years in the classroom was the most impactful curriculum/schedule awareness piece that she worked with in her tenure, because it bridged the interaction of play and learning into a well functioning process. She has now joined the LiiNK™ team as a Facilitator, and can’t wait to continue working with the LiiNK™ Project.
Kim Jones is a LiiNK™ Facilitator. She is an experienced elementary educator, having taught for the past 33 years. Kim received her BS in Education from the University of Oklahoma and then received her Masters of Education from Texas A&M University Commerce. During her teaching career, Kim earned Teacher of the Year award, served as a grade level team leader, an ESL team leader, a mentor, and participated in several committees. She is excited to join the LiiNK™ team as a facilitator and assist the project as it continues to grow.
Additional Research Team
Dr. Michelle Bauml
TCU College of Education Faculty
Dr. Michelle Bauml is an assistant professor of early childhood/social studies education in the College of Education at Texas Christian University. She teaches undergraduate courses for the EC-6 program and graduate courses for the Elementary M.Ed. programs. Her recent projects involve exploring curriculum integration in elementary social studies classrooms, preparing social studies teachers for culturally diverse classrooms, and the role of teacher preparation in novice primary teachers’ practice. Currently, she is working on a manuscript about teacher education and a research project that deals with practicing teachers’ use of curriculum in primary grades. The Donovan Patton COE Impact Grant supports both projects.
Dr. Danielle Brimo
TCU School of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Attentional Fatigue Specialist
Dr. Danielle Brimo is an assistant professor in the Davies School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at TCU. She graduated from Florida State University with her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and is a licensed speech-language pathologist. Her teaching focuses on language development and language disorders. Her research interests include assessing and intervening of children’s language and literacy skills. Currently, she is working on developing assessments and an intervention to improve children’s grammar skills.
Dr. Stephanie Jevas
TCU Kinesiology Department
Dr. Stephanie Jevas is the Director for the Athletic Training Program in the Department of Kinesiology at TCU. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Health Education from Texas A&M University, her Masters Degree in Physical Education/Athletic Training from Western Michigan University, and her Doctorate in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Psychological Aspects of Movement from the University of Houston. She worked as an athletic trainer in both the high school and clinical setting for over 10 years before teaching in higher education. Prior to coming to TCU, Stephanie served as the Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Program at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, TX. Her academic interests include psychosocial aspects of athletic injury, burnout in the athletic training profession, and interprofessional practice and education.
Dr. Emily Lund
TCU School of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Attentional Fatigue Specialist
Dr. Emily Lund is an assistant professor in the Davies School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at TCU. She obtained her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science from Vanderbilt University, and is certified (CCC-SLP) as a speech-language pathologist. She teaches on topics concerning teaching speech to the deaf and hard of hearing, speech and hearing science, and aural rehabilitation. Her research interests include spoken and written word learning in children with hearing loss.
Dr. Jackie Pennings
Dr. Jackie Pennings earned a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in experimental psychology from Texas Christian University after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from Belmont University. She has also been accredited by the American Statistical Association as an Accredited Professional Statistician. As a statistician, Dr. Pennings consults with individuals, nonprofit organizations, and faculty on research design, conducting and interpreting statistical analysis, software training, and manuscript preparation. Specific statistical areas of expertise include factor and cluster analysis, basic bivariate analyses, repeated measures analyses, linear and hierarchical/mixed models, structural equation modeling, and nonparametric analyses including logistic regression techniques. She has worked on numerous national and international grants in areas such as health science, nutrition, reading, psychology, and mental illness. She is a member of several professional organizations and has presented her personal research at national and international conferences. Through her training in statistics and research, as well as being personally involved as a researcher, Dr. Pennings has earned the qualifications and skills to advise others on their various research issues and needs.
David attended Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where he obtained his B.S. degree in Physical Education with a concentration in grades 5-12. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Kinesiology at TCU, with a focus in Sport/Exercise Psychology. In his research, David is interested in exploring how exercise affects physical and mental aspects of life among children. He is a lead observer and assists with data entry and other related tasks in the LiiNK™ Project.
April is also pursuing her Master’s degree in Sport/Exercise Psychology at TCU and is interested in investigating the relationship between physical activity and mental aspects of life among children. April was a student athlete at Iowa State University in Ames, IA, where she earned her B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. She is a key observer and assists with data entry and other related tasks with the LiiNK™ Project.
Diana is a sophomore movement science major interested in working with children in either a physical therapy or occupational therapy setting after graduate school. She is working to develop her research related to active levels of children in the school day and their ability to learn and succeed. She is a key observer in the classroom and outside at recess.
Katie is a sophomore movement science major interested in working with children in either a physical therapy or occupational therapy setting after graduate school. She is working to develop her research related to active levels of children in the school day and their academic success. She is a key observer in the classroom and outside at recess.