Cenell Munford-Clark ‘93
Major: Sports Medicine
Job Title: Athletic Trainer
Employer: Columbus Fitness Consultants
I do a therapeutic exercise and practice a technique called Muscle Activation Technique (MAT). In addition, I evaluate individuals for orthopedic concerns and provide therapeutic exercise and treatment. I also do personal training.
Why Mount Union
Mount Union was close to home – I was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. Also, the sports medicine field was growing and it was something I enjoyed. When I visited campus, I met the late Dan Gorman (director of athletic training), and after talking with him and visiting the campus, I fell in love. It was so beautiful, and I liked the small campus feel.
After graduating from Mount Union, I earned a Master of Science degree in exercise physiology from the University of Akron. I also completed Doctor of Philosophy degree work (ABD) at the Ohio State University.
The Mount Union Difference
I did my undergraduate work at Mount Union and experienced what it was like to study at a smaller university before attending the University of Akron for a Master’s degree and the Ohio State University for Ph.D. work. One thing that was most unique at Mount Union was that you developed closer friendships and bonds with other students and faculty members. Those bonds have been 20-plus years in the making now.
Dr. Steve Kramer – I went on a wilderness trip with him and I will never forget the experience of being in the Adirondack Mountains with my peers, being scared to death and Dr. Kramer being there and walking us through that experience. It’s professors like that who helped mentor me along the way.
In athletic training, we worked with Mount Union athletic teams so we traveled quite a bit with them. It allowed me to have practical experience and learn to do manual therapy. Getting that practical experience, being able to work in that setting and feeling comfortable working with people put me ahead of colleagues who had never worked with another person.
Mount Union Mentors
I give a lot of acknowledgement to my mentor, (the late) Dan Gorman. Those types of relationships I built with mentors, friends and as colleagues were more valuable than what I received in the classroom. A lot of the relationships I built while at Mount Union are still very fruitful today. There is sincerity and a true sense of community that I felt at Mount Union.
My main goal is taking care of my sons, Fendrich Clark Jr., 14 and Daniel Clark, 11 and watching them grow up to be successful leaders in society. My daily goal is to have the ability to be of service to others and to show love.
Favorite Part of My Job
I enjoy helping people feel better and stronger. It’s very rewarding when someone says they feel so much better after I’ve worked with them.
One thing that was most unique at Mount Union was that you developed closer friendships and bonds with other students and faculty members. Those bonds have been 20-plus years in the making now.
- What’s your favorite book?
- "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho
- Where is your favorite travel destination?
- If you could have lunch with anyone, who would you choose and why?
- Oprah. I was on the Oprah show in 2007 and it was great but I wish I had more time to actually talk with her.
- What is your favorite quote or motto?
- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." – Philppians 4:13.
- What is your favorite Pandora station?
- Jazz masters.
- What was your favorite toy/board game as a child?
- You’re meeting a friend for coffee. What do you order?
- What’s your all-time favorite movie or TV show?