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Great Lakes Regional Coordinator

Christopher Powell, MS, CSCS,*D, USAW

Christopher Powell has been employed in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years. In that time, he has served roles that have included personal training, owning a sports performance facility, and being a strength and conditioning coordinator at both the collegiate and high school levels. Powell has a passion for helping both the general population and athletes alike. He holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) credential through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is also certified through USA Weightlifting (USAW).

Kentucky State Director

Anthony Mortara, EdD, CSCS

Anthony Mortara graduated from Centre College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Philosophy. Thereafter he received his Master of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Exercise Science and completed his Doctoral degree at the University of Kentucky in Kinesiology. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and holds the Functional Capacity Evaluation Certification. His current research focus involves measuring energy expenditure across exercise modalities. Over the course of his career, he has taught courses in kinesiology, physiology, nutrition, and biomechanics in addition to introductory classes on health and wellness. Before accepting his teaching position at Berea College, he has worked as a Visiting Assistant at Georgetown College and Visiting Instructor at Eastern Kentucky University, University of Tennessee at Martin, and University of Kentucky.

Illinois State Director

James Di Naso, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

James Di Naso

James Di Naso, founder and co-owner of the Body Club, has been operating a personal training and sports conditioning facility in Charleston, IL since 1991. Di Naso also served as the Executive Sports Performance Director for Velocity Sports Performance in Willowbrook, IL during its first two years of operation (2004-2006). He has over 20 years of full-time experience in the field and has trained thousands of individuals and athletes, including professional athletes in the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), and Major League Baseball (MLB), to achieve their fitness and performance goals. Di Naso’s expertise in strength/power development comes from years of involvement in the sport of Olympic Style Weightlifting, where he coached student-athletes of his weightlifting club at the national level. He is also a sought after speaker and has presented at several state and national conferences including the NSCA Coaches Conference, Frank Glazier Football Conference, and NSCA State Clinics. He earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from Eastern Illinois University. Di Naso is a certified advanced level coach with the United States of America Weightlifting (USAW), holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®), and is a certified TRX instructor. He has been the Illinois State Director for the NSCA since 2011.

Indiana State Director

Lawrence Judge, PhD, CSCS

Judge, Lawrence

Lawrence Judge is in his eighth year as an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Education, Sport, and Exercise Science at Ball State University. Judge has successfully transitioned his 18 years as a collegiate coach into his role as coordinator of the graduate coaching program and his scholarly endeavors. As Associate Head Coach at the University of Florida, Judge took the program to unparalleled heights, coaching 34 All-Americans, six National Collegiate Athletic Assocation (NCAA) champions, and three Olympians. Judge coached athletes in the Olympic Games in 1996, 2000, and 2004, and he has continued his coaching career with the United States Paralympics team. He is the former President of the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaches Education (NCACE). Judge currently serves as the National Chairman for Coaches Education for United States of America Track and Field (USATF).

Michigan State Director

Renée Hoppe, MS, CSCS


Renée Hoppe has been personal training, teaching group fitness, and motivating athletes as a strength and conditioning coach for over 10 years. A few of her areas of expertise include program design, sport-specific conditioning, weight management, and nutrition. Hoppe is currently a Delta College Associate Professor holding multiple degrees and certifications in her profession. In addition to her role as an educator, strength coach, and personal trainer, she is often invited as a motivational speaker to present on various topics related to sport performance, fitness, and nutrition for many organization. This experience, along with her knowledge of fitness, allows Hoppe to keep her students, athletes, and clients engaged in meeting and exceeding their goals.