NSCA Foundation Governance

Learn more about the Board of Directors and the governance behind the National Strength and Conditioning Foundation.

President | Dr. Don Melrose, PhD, CSCS,*D

Don Melrose is a Full Professor and Chair of Kinesiology and Military Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). He is currently in his 21st year with TAMUCC. Completing his PhD in Exercise Physiology in 1999 from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale, he served as TAMUCC’s first Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for its new Division 1 Athletic Program. Prior to that point he served as an Assistant Strength Coach at another university. Three years later he became a full time Assistant Professor in TAMUCC’s Department of Kinesiology and Health. Dr. Melrose is a teacher and a researcher who has spoken nationally, regionally, and locally. In addition, he has organized and promoted numerous NSCA events between 2011 and 2019. On behalf of the NSCA, he served as Texas State Advisor, Texas State Director, Midwest Regional Coordinator, and Vice Chair and Chair of the State-Provincial Director/Regional Coordinator Committee, overseeing the program in the U.S. and Canada. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Education Committee for the NSCA. He has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters on a variety of sport, fitness, clinical, and educational issues. In a previous life he was a competitive bodybuilder and powerlifter. He is a proud Dad and husband as well as a guitarist and singer in two different bands. Lastly, he proudly served in the US Air Force Reserves from 1990-1996. Term End: July 2024 (At-Large Position)

Vice-President | Scott Caulfield

Scott Caulfield oversees, develops, and manages the individual and group strength and conditioning programs for over 600 student-athletes participating in Norwich University's 22 Division III varsity athletic programs. As a native Vermonter and US Navy Veteran, he has honed his expertise through "under the bar" lifting and coaching throughout his various roles, including his tenure at the NSCA world headquarters in Colorado Springs from 2011-2019. Before joining the NSCA, Coach Caulfield was an assistant strength & conditioning coach at Dartmouth College from 2008-'11, working with football, men's & women's swimming, and men's rugby teams. Notably, from 2006-08, he was the head strength and conditioning coach and director of camps for the back-to-back American Basketball Association champions, Vermont Frost Heaves. Caulfield holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from Castleton University in 2000 and a master of arts in sports coaching from the University of Denver in 2017. His credentials include the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS,*D) and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator with Distinction (TSAC-F*D) certifications and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCCD), as well as USA Weightlifting's Level 2 Advanced Sports Performance Coach certification and Precision Nutrition's PN1 sports nutrition certification.

Secretary | Dr. Kristen Snyman, PhD, CSCS,*D (she/her/hers)

Kristen C Snyman (Cochrane), Ph.D., CSCS,*D is an Assistant Professor of Health & Human Performance and doctoral program coordinator at Concordia University, Chicago. She has previously worked as an Assistant professor in the California CSU system. She earned her Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and MSc in Kinesiology at California State University-Fullerton. Her research involves physiological mediators of the perception of effort and neuromuscular adaptations to exercise. She maintains an active role as a reviewer and associate editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and has been an active member of the NSCA for 10 years with a consistent record of poster and oral presentations at NSCA National conferences and service on the NSCA research committee (2017-2020). She’s also the proud mom of a future scientist. Term End: 7/2024 (At-Large Position)

Treasurer | Dr. Ludmila Cosio-Lima, PhD, CSCS (she/her/hers)

Dr. Ludmila Cosio-Lima, is a professor of exercise science at the University of West Florida. Her specific areas of study and research involve Sports Cardiology and 12-Lead ECG as a screening tool for sudden cardiac death, and investigating modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease. She has published more than 115 articles and abstracts on various aspects of exercise and its effects on health. Cosio-Lima puts her research into practice: she is an USA Triathlon All-American and level II coach who currently competes in Ironman triathlons (she completed 27 triathlons during the past 19 years). She is also an American College of Sports Medicine Fellow. She speaks six languages fluently. She received a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration from the University of New Mexico, and a master’s and doctorate in exercise physiology from Springfield College and was a Postdoctoral fellow in Preventive Cardiology at Hartford Hospital, Hartford CT under Paul Thompson, MD. Term End: 7/2022 (Academic Position)

Public Member | Kevin J. Farley (he/him/his)

Kevin Farley currently serves as Director of Marking and Communications at Pikes Peak Community Foundation in Colorado Springs. He has more than 15 years of experience in professional communications management, brand development, and marketing strategy. Before joining the Community Foundation, Kevin served five years managing the communications and marketing activities for the national brand of USA Weightlifting, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of weightlifting. He also spent ten years serving communities across the west coast as an award-winning broadcast journalist. Kevin has been honored with two Emmy Awards and a Colorado Broadcasters Association award for his news coverage. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from California State Polytechnic University. Term End: 7/2025 (Public Member Position)

Member | Dr. Dave Heikkinen

Dave Heikkinen is an Associate Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He earned a doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology at Springfield College in 2012, and has held the CSCS credential and been an active member of the NSCA since 2003. Prior to his career in academia, Dave worked in the fields of Strength & Conditioning, Personal Training, and as a Coach in the sport of Alpine Ski Racing. He has been involved in many volunteer roles within the NSCA, with previous terms at the Massachusetts State Director, and the Northeast Regional Coordinator. He continues to serve the organization on the Membership Committee, as a member of the Northeast Regional Advisory Committee, and as an Administrator to the NSCA Northeast Facebook group. Dave has spoken at many conferences, for the NSCA as well as for other professional organizations. He has authored scientific articles and book chapters in the field of sports performance. Dave is a certified Alpine Coach and remains active as a competitor in Masters ski racing events.

Member | Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA, ACSM-HFS ASCA-L2

Dr. Jay Dawes is an Associate Professor of Applied Exercise Science at Oklahoma State University. Dawes has worked as a university athletic performance coordinator, strength/performance coach, personal trainer, and educator for approximately 25 years. He also frequently coaches and provides sports science support to numerous elite and professional teams, as well as law enforcement, fire, and military groups. His primary research interests are focused on improving the health, fitness, and human performance for the tactical athletes/first responders, as well as sport athletes. Dawes has a broad background in strength and conditioning, with specific training and expertise in training and conditioning methods for athletes and first responders.  Term End: 7/2023 (NSCA Appointed Liaison/Member Position)

Foundation Executive Director

Executive Director | Carissa Gump, OLY, MPA (she/her/hers)

Carissa Gordon Gump has previously worked for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and USA Weightlifting serving as their Associate Executive Director for Business & Development as well as the USA Weightlifting Foundation Executive Director. Gump is a 2008 Olympian in the sport of weightlifting, an American Record holder, National Champion, Pan American Champion, All-American, World Team member and USA Weightlifting & New England Weightlifting Hall of Fame member. Carissa holds an B.S. in Business with an Emphasis in Sport Management from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, an M.P.A. in Non-Profit Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, and is pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from Liberty University.

Committee & Panel Leadership

  • Scholarship Committee
    Eric Pohl
    Brennan Thompson 
    Jeremy Townsend
    LeShawn Nastvogel
    Michael Naparalsky
    Katelin Valster
    Mitchel Magrini
  • Scholarship Panel

     

    Bryanne Bellovary
    Dimitrije Cabarkapa
    Kyle O'Toole
    Martin Dietze-Hermoa
    Robert Herron

     

  • Research Grant Review Panel
    Catherine Sanez
    Haley Bergstrom
    James Tufano
    Jenevieve Roper
    Kelly Hammond
    Lem Taylor
    Martin Dietze-Hermosa
    Sean Collins
  • Research Grant Reviewers
    Mark Abel
    Dawn Anderson
    Bryanne Bellovary
    Stuart Best
    Brian Brabham
    Robert Butler
    Dimitrije  Cabarkapa
    Lydia Caldwell
    Joshua Carr
    Loren Chiu
    Erin Choice
    Ryan Colquhoun
    David Cornell
    Brett Crossland
    Sarah Deemer
    Cody Diehl
    Martin Dietze-Hermosa
    Sam Dolezal
    Jim Farnsworth
    Brent Fedorko
    Zachary Gillen
    Joaquin Gonzales
    Adam Gonzalez
    Sue Graves
    G.Gregory Haff
    Ashley Herda
    Garrett Hester
    Ethan Hill
    David Hooper
    Rick Howard
    Adam Jajtner
    Joshua Keller
    Kristina Kendall
    William Kraemer
    Kathryn Lanphere
    Danielle Levitt
    Rhodri Lloyd
    Hui  Luk
    Lisa Marquette
    Joel Martin
    Brian McFarlin
    Jacob Mota
    LaShawn Nastvogel 
    James Navalta
    Julia Olsen
    Ty Palmer
    Sharon Perry
    Erin Pletcher
    Luke Pryor
    Troy Purdom
    Kara Radzak
    Jan Redmond
    Nicholas Ripley
    FranciscoJavier Robles-Palazón
    Jenevieve Roper
    Michael Samaan
    Matt Stock
    Timothy Suchomel
    Brennan Thompson
    Nan Triplett
    Katelin Valster
    Matthew Vukovich
    Andy Waldhelm
    MalcolmT."Todd" Whitehead
    Charles Williams
    Donna Wolf

Past Board Leadership

Founded in 2007 with the aim of supporting the advancement of strength and conditioning practical applications, the NSCA Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to providing funding to the NSCA members taking part in educational and research endeavors. Here is a list of the Foundation's past leadership.

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    January  2007 President Joe Weir
        Vice President Larry Weiss
        Secretary/Treasurer  Lee Brown
        NSCA Board Liaison Lee Brown
    July  2007 President Joe Weir
        Vice President Larry Weiss
        Secretary/Treasurer  Lee Brown
        NSCA Board Liaison Carlos Santana
    July  2008 President Joe Weir
        Vice President Jeff Stout
        Secretary/Treasurer  Joan Eckerson
        NSCA Board Liaison Jeff Stout
    July  2009 President Lee Brown
        Vice President Jeff Stout
        Secretary/Treasurer  Joan Eckerson
        NSCA Board Liaison Jeff Stout
    July  2010 President Lee Brown
        Vice President Jeff Stout
        Secretary/Treasurer  Joan Eckerson
        NSCA Board Liaison Jeff Stout
        Member Jill Bush 
    July  2011 President Lee Brown
        Vice President Jill Bush 
        Secretary/Treasurer  Joan Eckerson
        NSCA Board Liaison Steve Fleck
    June 2012 President Lee Brown
        Vice President Jill Bush 
        Secretary/Treasurer  Joan Eckerson
        NSCA Board Liaison Jill Bush
    July 2012 President  Joan Eckerson
        Vice President Todd Miller
        Secretary/Treasurer Jared Coburn
        NSCA Board Liaison Todd Miller
    August 2012 President/Secretary Joan Eckerson
        Vice President/Treasurer Todd Miller
        NSCA Board Liaison Todd Miller
    October 2012 President/Secretary Joan Eckerson
        Vice President/Treasurer Todd Miller
        Member Brian Schilling
        Member Tammie Evetovich
        Public Member John Wingender
        NSCA Board Liaison Todd Miller
    February  2013 President Joan Eckerson
        Vice President/Treasurer Todd Miller
        Secretary Tammie Evetovich
        Member Brian Schilling
        Public Member John Wingender
        NSCA Board Liaison Todd Miller
    July  2013 President Joan Eckerson
        Vice President Brian Schilling
        Secretary/Treasurer Tammie Evetovich
        NSCA Board Liaison Todd Miller 
        Public Member John Wingender
    July  2014 President Tammie Evetovich
        Vice President Brian Schilling
        Secretary/Treasurer Chad Kerksick
        NSCA Board Liaison Todd Miller
        Public Member John Wingender
    July 2015 President Tammie Evetovich
        Vice President Chad Kerksick
        Secretary/Treasurer Brian Schilling
        NSCA Board Liaison Todd Miller
        Public Member John Wingender
    July  2016 President Tammy Evetovich 
        Vice President Brian Schilling
        Secretary/Treasurer Chad Kerksick
        Public Member Tom Mahoney
        NSCA Board Liaison David Szymanski
    January  2017 President Brian Schilling
        Vice President Chad Kerksick
        Secretary/Treasurer Chad Kerksick
        Public Member Tom Mahoney
        NSCA Board Liaison David Szymanski
        Member Korrey Hammond
    July 2018 President Matt Stock
        Vice President Nicole Dabbs
        Secretary/Public Member Tom Mahoney
        Treasurer Chad Kerksick
        NSCA Board Liaison Margaret Jones
        Member Korrey Hammond
    July 2019 President Matt Stock
        Vice President Nicole Dabbs
        Secretary/Public Member Tom Mahoney
        Treasurer Chad Kerksick
        NSCA Board Liaison Patrick McHenry
        Member Korrey Hammond
    July 2020 President Nicole Dabbs
        Vice President Ludmila Cosio-Lima
        Secretary/Public Member Tom Mahoney
        Treasurer Chad Kerksick
        NSCA Board Liaison Colin Wilborn
        Member Matt Stock
        Member Ashley Jackson
    July  2021 President Nicole Dabbs
        Vice President Don Melrose
        Secretary/Public Member Tom Mahoney
        Treasurer Ludmila Cosio-Lima
        NSCA Board Liaison Helen Binkley
        Member Ashley Jackson
        Member Kristen Snyman
    July  2022 President Don Melrose
        Vice President Kristen Snyman
        Secretary Ashley Jackson
        Treasurer Ludmila Cosio-Lima
        NSCA Board Liaison Jay Dawes
        Public Member Kevin Farley
        Member Nicole Dabbs

     

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes are provided here for each board meeting of the National Strength and Conditioning Foundation Board of Directors. 

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