CASCE Leadership & Governance

Learn about CASCE’s leadership and how the organization is governed including our bylaws.

CASCE is governed by a board of directors and supported by volunteer committees, each powered by dedicated and respected individuals in the strength and conditioning industry. The board, our staff, and our committee members share the goal of increasing the credibility of profession and to advance the level of knowledge and skills of all practitioners.


  • CHAIRMAN | Educator Representative | Todd Miller

    Todd Miller, PhD, CSCS*D, TSAC-F, FNSCA

    Todd Miller is an Associate Professor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is responsible for the creation of the Master of Science concentration in Strength and Conditioning at George Washington University, and currently serves as the Program Director. He is also the Director of the Weight Management and Human Performance Lab at George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus. Miller’s research interests have included studies of exercise adherence in commercial health clubs; caloric expenditure during interactive video gaming in schoolchildren; obesity treatment in retired National Football League (NFL) players; and most recently, the role of resistance training in preventing and treating obesity. Miller has a long history of involvement with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), including serving two terms on the Board of Directors.

  • VICE CHAIR | Educator Representative | Maura Bergan

    Maura Bergan, PhD

    I’m Maura Bergan. I’m an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies at Springfield College in Massachusetts. I teach a variety of classes within the undergraduate Applied Exercise Science program and the occasional graduate course in our Strength and Conditioning program. I completed by master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning and my Ph.D in Physical Education, both from Springfield College. I have experience with curriculum, course design and accreditation.

    Within my role, I serve as the undergraduate Internship Coordinator. Prior to my role as a faculty member, I spent time in the weight room coaching in both the collegiate and private sector. Next fall, I will be headed back to weight room to work with Softball. I’m very excited to be a part of this endeavor over the next few years! It’s a pleasure to meet you all.

  • SECRETARY/TREASURER | Educator Representative | Nicholas Hanson

    Nicholas Hanson, PhD, ACSM EP-C, CSCS

    Nicholas received a BS in Biology (2006) and an MS in Exercise Science (2009) from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). He received a PhD in Kinesiology from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 2013. He has worked as a Research Assistant in the Creighton University Rehabilitation Science Research Lab, and was a Graduate Teaching Associate at both UNO and OSU. He has certifications through both the National Strength & Conditioning Association (CSCS) and the American College of Sports Medicine (EP-C). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science in the department of Human Performance & Health Education at Western Michigan University (WMU). His research focus within the Human Performance Research Lab at WMU is on exercise and cognitive function, environmental exercise physiology, fatigue, pacing strategies and perception during exercise.

  • PRACTITIONER REPRESENTATIVE | Strength and Conditioning Coach | Marissa Wehr

    Marissa Wehr, CSCS

    Marissa Wehr is an instructor and works as an Account Manager at Employee Health Solutions, a Maine-based wellness company.  Marissa received her Bachelor in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University and her Master of Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania.  She is currently working on her MBA in Athletic Administration at Husson University.  Marissa has worked with clients of all ages and levels of play through her undergraduate studies and professional career.  At Husson University, Marissa has helped to build the Exercise Science program from scratch.  The department is currently in the process of designing courses and tracks for students.

  • PRACTITIONER REPRESENTATIVE | Strength and Conditioning Coach | Bob Jones

    Bob Jones, M Ed, CSCS*D, RSCC*E

    Dr. Jones became William Woods University's first strength and conditioning coach in July 2001 and currently serves as an adjunct instructor for the university.

    Dr. Jones began work with the NSCA as a clinic instructor in 1988 and became a CSCS in 1989. He has spoken at numerous clinics and has consulted with colleges and universities from the NAIA to NCAA D-I. Dr. Jones has been the NSCA’s Missouri State Director for two different terms: 1992-94 and 2008-10. In February 2015, he became involved as an instructor for the NSCA-CSCS Exam Prep Live Clinic program. Dr. Jones received the NSCA’s RSCC Emeritus distinction in January 2016, and in January of 2017, he became qualified to conduct the NSCA’s Foundations of Coaching Lifts course. 


    Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN

    Dr. Chappell is the Senior Vice President of Accreditation, Certification, Measurement, and the Institute for Credentialing Research and Quality Management at the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is responsible for certification of individual registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses; and development of certification examinations.  She is responsible for the accreditation of organizations that provide continuing nursing education and interprofessional continuing education; and for accreditation of residency and fellowship programs for nurses.  



    Ryoji Abe, MS, CSCS

    Ryoji Abe, born in Japan, began his enthusiasm for sports and fitness playing rugby in college. In the 1980s, Abe continued studying coaching and personal training earning a Masters from the Department of Physical Education at the University of Oregon. In the 1990s, Abe focused on working with athletes while educating personal trainers on current best practices provided by the NSCA.

    In 2001, Abe became an NSCA Japan Board Member supporting NSCA education and promoting its impact within Japan's health and fitness markets. In 2005, Abe became NSCA Japan's Executive Director, further supporting the NSCA's growth and development within sport and fitness communities in Japan. Abe's experience with coaching athletes and working as a personal trainer helped relate to the needs and challenges of NSCA Japan's members.

    Abe's collaboration with colleagues from the United States has been instrumental in NSCA Japan's growing success. As NSCA's most tenured foreign affiliate since 1991, NSCA Japan serves over 5,700 certified professionals and 7,000 members. Abe's dedication and leadership have led NSCA Japan to be the most successful foreign affiliate in Asia.


    Diane Bartholomew, DHSc, ATC, LAT, CSCS, CES

    Diane Bartholomew is currently the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Missouri Valley College. She’s been a certified athletic trainer for more than 25 years, has over 20 years in higher education, including 15 in supervisory and administrative roles. Diane has served as a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) site visitor for over a decade, was the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) Vice President, Iowa Athletic Trainers’ Society (IATS) President, and currently chairs both a regional and state athletic training committee.  She and husband John are the parents of a 17-year daughter.


    Robert Alejo, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E

    Mr. Alejo is the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Performance and Student-Athlete Welfare at CSU Northridge. He was previously the Director of Sports Science for Power Lift. 2011-2017: Assistant AD/Director of Strength and Conditioning, NC State, overseeing the strength and conditioning for the entire athletic department, while coordinating the day-to-day efforts of the men's basketball team. During that time, the Wolfpack men’s basketball team earned two trips to the Sweet Sixteen in four NCAA Tournament appearances. 1993-2001 and 2009-2011: Director of Strength and Conditioning, Oakland Athletics, which included the “Moneyball” period. During those 12 years, he was responsible for all aspects of the organization's year-round physical preparation at both the MLB and minor league levels. 2010 Season: Strength and Conditioning Consultant, San Jose, Earthquakes. 2005-2008: Director of Strength and Conditioning, UC Santa Barbara. 2017-present and 2001-2005: Alejo Athletic Performance Consulting.1984-1993: Assistant, Associate Head, Head Administrator/Strength and Conditioning, UCLA, working with 23 men's and women's teams. During that time, the Bruins racked up 25 national championships and produced more than 100 AllAmericans. 1982-1984: Program Coordinator/ Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Sports Medicine and Training Center, Chico, CA. Also, the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for CSU Chico Football, 1983- 84. U.S. Olympic Team: 2008 Beijing and 2012 London as strength and conditioning coach for men’s beach volleyball team Todd Rogers/Phil Dalhausser. 2007 World Champions, 2008 Olympic Gold. In addition to CSCS,*D and RSCC*E, he is ASCA Level 2 certified (Australian Strength and Conditioning Association).


  • Accreditation Review Committee

    Michael G. Miller, PhD, EdD, AT, ATC, CSCS*D, TSAC-F*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNATA, FNSCA,FF1&II

    • Dr. Michael Miller is a Professor and Director of Graduate Athletic Training at Western Michigan University.


    Regine Rossi, PhD, PT, DPT, CSCS

    • Dr. Regine Rossi is an Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology at University of Connecticut.


    Ludmila Cosio-Lima, DPE, FACSM, CSCS*D, ACSM-EP, ACSM-CEP

    • Dr. Ludmila Cosio-Lima is a Professor of Exercise Science at University of West Florida.


    Stefanie Meyer, PhD, CSCS

    • Dr Stefanie Meyer is the Director of Accreditation/Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University.


    CASCE BOD Liaison - Diane Bartholomew, DHSc, ATC, LAT, CES, CSCS

    • Dr. Diane Bartholomew is the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Graduate Studies at Missouri Valley College.
  • Standards Committee

    Brad Leshinske, PhD, CSCS

    • Brad Leshinske is an Assistant Professorial Lecturer and Program Coordinator of the Exercise Science, Physical Education and Fitness Business Department at St. Xavier University.


    Brian T. Gearity, PhD, FNSCA, ATC, CSCS

    • Dr. Brian Gearity is an Associate Professor and founding and current Director of the Master of Arts in Sport Coaching program and other online sport programs at University of Denver.


    Timothy M. Dornemann, Ed.D, CSCS, RSCC

    • Tim Dornemann is an Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Director of the undergraduate Exercise Science Program and Master of Science in Kinesiology program at Barton College.


    CASCE BOD Liaison - Marissa Wehr, CSCS

    • Marissa Wehr is an Instructor at Husson University.


The CASCE bylaws outline how the organization operates and is governed. The current bylaws were adopted on January 7, 2020. In our effort toward practices of transparency, our board and committee meeting minutes will be shared with the community as meetings take place.


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