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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colin Wilborn, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT, *D, FISSN, FNSCA
Dr. Wilborn is Executive Dean of the Mayborn College of Health Sciences and Professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. He has published over 200 peer reviewed articles, abstracts, and book chapters on the effects of sport supplements and exercise on body composition, metabolism, and performance. Colin has a published book on Sport Nutrition and has written for magazines such as Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness. Colin was the recipient of the NSCA’s 2015 GNC Nutritional Research Award. He is a Fellow and two-time Vice President for the NSCA Board of Directors. He is also Fellow and former Vice President of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, Associate Editor for the Journal of the International Society of Sport Nutrition, a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and editorial board member or reviewer for 10 Journals. Colin’s professional and personal interests include the effects resistance training and sport nutrition on health, body composition, and performance.
Michael G. Miller, PhD, EdD, AT, ATC, CSCS*D, TSAC-F*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNATA, FNSCA,FF1&II
Regine Rossi, PhD, PT, DPT, CSCS
Ludmila Cosio-Lima, DPE, FACSM, CSCS*D, ACSM-EP, ACSM-CEP
Stefanie Meyer, PhD, CSCS
CASCE BOD Liaison - Diane Bartholomew, DHSc, ATC, LAT, CES, CSCS
Michael J. Rebold, PhD, CSCS
Brian T. Gearity, PhD, FNSCA, ATC, CSCS
Timothy M. Dornemann, Ed.D, CSCS, RSCC
CASCE BOD Liaison - Marissa Wehr, CSCS
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.