Faculty & Contacts
Don C. Laubenthal, M.S., Associate Professor, Sport & Exercise Studies
Eric Welch, M.A. Professor, Sport & Exercise Studies
Antoinette Perkins, Ph.D. Professor, Sport & Exercise Studies
Amy Hart, Ph. D. Professor, Sport & Exercise Studies
Johnna E. Kay, M.S., Teaching Assistant, Sport & Exercise Studies
Don Laubenthal, M.S., CSCS
Professor, Sport & Exercise Studies
Office: Delaware Hall 077D
Phone: (614) 287-3627
Don has been a part of the Sport and Exercise Studies program since September of 1995 when he began working at Columbus State as an adjunct instructor. In 1996, Don combined his adjunct work with the development of the Sport and Exercise Studies Human Performance Center. He developed policies and procedures, practicum student training protocols, and community outreach programs. Don also designed policies and procedures for a staff of exercise specialists that needed to be hired as demand for the HPC’s services grew. By 2003, Don was the full-time coordinator of the HPC and he was responsible for practicum students, 10 exercise specialists, on campus wellness programs, special training programs, and multiple off campus outreach programs.
In 2008, Don became a full-time faculty member in the Sport and Exercise Studies program and he teaches much of the exercise science curriculum. Courses he teaches include, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Exercise Prescription, Kinesiology, Advanced Resistance Training, and Conditioning the Youth Athlete. Don is responsible for curriculum development, student advising, and classroom instruction.
Don is a graduate of Ohio University where he earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Exercise physiology in 1990. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Don has had the privilege of applying his education in many different environments such as, athletic strength and conditioning, cardiac rehab, occupational therapy, fitness center management, personal training, and teaching.
Master of Science
Bachelor of Science
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist - NSCA
Professor, Sport & Exercise Studies
Office: Delaware Hall 077
Phone: (614) 287-2697
Fax: (614) 287-6064
Eric began his tenure as a full-time faculty member at Columbus State in the fall of 1999. He came to the Sport & Exercise Studies program that year after serving in the Student Activities and Athletics Department for ten years. Welch arrived at Columbus State in the spring of 1990 when he was hired as the Coordinator of Recreational Activities and served in that capacity for three years.
In the summer of 1993, he was promoted to the position of Supervisor of Student Activities. Prior to his full-time employment at Columbus State, Welch served a graduate assistantship here at the CSCC while completing his master’s degree at The Ohio State University. During that time, he helped coordinate recreational and intramural programs and started the school’s first baseball program in the spring of 1988. After graduating from OSU, Eric served as an assistant baseball coach at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1989 and 1990.
Outside of Columbus State, Eric has been involved in numerous activities. From 1991 to 1993, he served as the Director of Public Relations for the Ohio Community College Athletic Association. The Huntington, West Virginia native also served as that organization’s Commissioner from 1997 to 1999 and was voted the OCCAC’s “Athletic Director of the Year” for 1999.
In 1993, Welch began a seven-year stint coaching and managing in the independent Frontier Professional Baseball League. During the 1993 and 1994 seasons, he was a coach with the Zanesville Greys and was then named manager of the club before the start of the 1995 season. He served in that capacity for two seasons until the organization left Zanesville after the 1996 season. From there, Eric was hired as a coach with the Chillicothe Paints and worked with that organization from 1997 to 1999. From 2001 through 2003, Welch served as an assistant baseball coach at Westland High School before becoming the head baseball at Columbus State for one season – 2004.
At Huntington East High School (WV), Welch was a member of the three-time state championship baseball team (1980, 81, 82) and also played on the school’s basketball team. From 1984 to 1987, he was a varsity letter-winner with the Marshall University baseball team.
Eric resides in the Columbus area and spends all of free time with his three children.
Master of Arts, Sport Management
The Ohio State University
Bachelor of Business Administration
Dr. Antoinette Perkins joined the SES faculty in 2010 after serving as the Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the Massage Therapy program at Columbus State for six years. Dr. Perkins teaches courses in the Exercise Science major as well as some Physical Education course work.
Dr. Perkins earned her B.S degree from the University of Florida in Sport & Exercise Studies in 1999. She earned her Masters in Human Physiology from Ball State University in 2000 and earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Capella University in 2010. Antoinette is married and has two children. She enjoys pending her free time with her family and is an avid runner.