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Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator

Rick Howard, MEd, CSCS,*D

Rick Howard

Rick Howard is currently working on his Doctorate degree at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He earned his Master’s degree in Education from Wilmington University Delaware in School Leadership, and his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Temple University. He is very actively involved in the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), where he serves on the Youth Special Interest Group (SIG) as a founding member and Immediate Past-Chair, as well as the Chair of the NSCA State/Provincial Director Committee where he is the Mid-Atlantic Region Coordinator overseeing strength and conditioning clinics in seven states. Howard also is very actively involved with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, where he serves as Co-Chair of the position statement on National Youth Sports and Physical Activity Framework, Immediate Past-Chair of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Sport Steering Committee and the Immediate Past-Chair of the Let’s Move in School Advisory Committee. Howard is an Adjunct Instructor in Exercise Science/Strength and Conditioning at Delaware State University, Neumann University, Rowan University, Temple University, and West Chester University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) by the NSCA. His primary interest is presenting concepts of pediatric exercise science and active learning to sport coaches, physical education teachers, and those who wish to improve the lives of our young people.

Pennsylvania State Director

Keri Kulik, CSCS

Keri Kulik

Keri Kulik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education and a faculty member at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). At IUP, Kulik is the Graduate Education Coordinator for the Health and Physical Education MEd Program. She also holds several national certifications including the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Physical Best Health-Fitness Instructor Certification. Kulik recently served as the Chair of the Exercise Physiology Research Academy Committee for the NASPE. She also sits on the Executive Board for the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Kulik’s research interests are in the area of improving child and adolescent health and fitness through lifestyle modification and increased physical activity, particularly in the school setting. She has presented at numerous regional, state, and national conferences. In addition, Kulik was selected as a textbook reviewer for McGraw-Hill and has served as a grant reviewer for the Head Start Body Start Project.

Virginia State Director

Sean Collins, PhD, CSCS

Sean Collins is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA. He is also the Director of the Walker Human Performance Laboratory and is charged with guiding and supervising laboratory and student research activities. Collins teaches courses in exercise physiology, laboratory techniques, and strength and conditioning. Collins received his Doctorate from Springfield College in Springfield, MA in Exercise Physiology specializing in Thermoregulation and Neuromuscular Physiology. He also holds a credential as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

West Virginia Director

Carmine R. Grieco, PhD, CSCS

Carmine Grieco

A personal trainer with 17 years training experience, Carmine recently made the transition from trainer to college professor. Now an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Glenville State College, Carmine received his doctorate in Human Movement Sciences from Old Dominion University in 2012. Since then he has been working diligently to create the Health and Human Performance department at Glenville State. Carmine is the NSCA West Virginia State Director as well as being CSCS certified, yoga certified and a board-certified exercise physiologist (EPC). He is passionate about the profession of fitness and is now focusing his time and energy on fostering the next generation of fitness professionals.