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Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator

Nick Winkelman, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, USAW, USATF

Nick Winkelman

Nick Winkelman is the Director of Training Systems and Education for Athletes’ Performance located in Phoenix, AZ. Winkelman oversees the Performance Education Department which includes the speed and testing component of the Athletes’ Performance NFL Combine Development Program. Prior to working at Athletes’ Performance, he worked for the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball (MLB) organization and supported the Oregon State Baseball Team during their 2006 College World Series Championship. Winkelman received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science through Oregon State University and his Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning through Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. He is currently completing his PhD through Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a dissertation focus in motor learning and sprinting. He holds certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), USA Weightlifting (USAW), and USA Track and Field (USATF). Winkelman is an internationally recognized speaker on all topics pertaining to human performance and has multiple publications within the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) Professional Strength and Conditioning Journal and the NSCA website. Winkelman is the NSCA State Director for Arizona.

Arizona State Director

Rachel Larson, MS, CSCS

Rachel Larson

Rachel Larson received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Pacific University and her Master’s degree in Human Movement and Sports Conditioning from A.T. Still University. She is currently working to complete her PhD in Health Promotion and Wellness from Rocky Mountain University with a dissertation focus on motor behavior and human performance. Larson holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is the NSCA Arizona State Director. Larson is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Grand Canyon University instructing on the theory and practice of strength and conditioning. She is also an independent performance coach and has trained multiple athletes in the area of strength and conditioning. Prior to teaching at Grand Canyon University, she was an Adjunct Faculty member and Strength and Conditioning Coach at Chandler Gilbert Community College. Larson aspires to continually further the education of both current and future strength and conditioning professionals in the state of Arizona.

Colorado State Director

Jordan Moon, PhD, CSCS,*D

Jordan Moon

Jordan Moon is currently the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Colorado State Director, the MusclePharm Sports Science Center Research Institute Director, as well as a Distance Learning Faculty for the Department of Sports Exercise Science at the United States Sports Academy. Moon received his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Oklahoma, his Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Florida Atlantic University, and his Bachelor’s degree in Movement Science from Grand Valley State University. Moon is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) through the NSCA and a Certified Health and Fitness Specialist (HFS) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He has trained all levels of athletes, including professionals in Major League Baseball (MLB), National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL), as well as college, youth, and fitness clients. He has presented at multiple scientific conferences, including NSCA and ACSM National Conferences. Moon has published more than 50 research articles and abstracts in the areas of sports nutrition, human body composition, and changes regarding age and fitness level.

New Mexico State Director

Chad Kerksick, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D

Chad Kerksick

Chad Kerksick currently works as an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science in the Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences Department for the University of New Mexico. He received his PhD in Exercise, Nutrition, and Preventive Health from Baylor University, his Master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Memphis, and a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science at Truman State University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) and NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® with Distinction (NSCA-CPT,*D®) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). Kerksick is recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) and International Society of Sports Nutrition (FISSN). Kerksick’s research work focuses on the impact of exercise and nutrition on numerous aspects of health and performance and from this work he has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, given over 100 research presentations, authored multiple chapters, and edited a book on nutrient timing. In addition to serving on the Foundation Board of Directors, Kerksick serves on the Executive Council of the Nutrition, Metabolism and Body Composition Special Interest Group was recently recognized as the State Provincial Director of the Year by the NSCA.