NSCA’s Great Lakes Region
  • NSCA’s Great Lakes Region
    NSCA has a network of volunteer leaders who direct NSCA’s efforts at the state and provincial level. NSCA’s Great Lakes Regional Coordinator provides oversight and training to local state and provincial directors. Members in the Great Lakes Region can connect at local and regional events as well as on Facebook to others in this area.
  • States/Provinces in this Region: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Ontario 

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    Great Lakes Regional Coordinator: Christopher Powell, MS, CSCS,*D, USAW
    Contact: cjp78@hotmail.com

    Chris Powell Great Lakes RegionChristopher Powell has been employed in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years. In that time, he has served roles that have included personal training, owning a sports performance facility, and being a strength and conditioning coordinator at both the collegiate and high school levels. Powell has a passion for helping both the general population and athletes alike. He holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) credential through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is also certified through USA Weightlifting (USAW).

    State Director:
    Joel Chapman, MS, CSCS
    Contact: jchapman@mchenry.edu 

    Joel ChapmanJoel Chapman is the Coordinator of the Fitness Center at McHenry County College where he provides exercise testing and programming for students, athletes, employees, and community members ranging in age from 16 to 90 years old. Chapman has 20 years of experience in the fitness profession, and has hosted strength clinics, NSCA Symposia, and NSCA Exams on Site.


    State Director: Lawrence Judge, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, RSCC*E
    Contact: lwjudge@hotmail.com

    Judge, LawrenceLawrence Judge is in his eighth year as an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Education, Sport, and Exercise Science at Ball State University. He is the former President of the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaches Education (NCACE). Judge currently serves as the National Chairman for Coaches Education for United States of America Track and Field (USATF).   


    State Director: Anthony Mortara, EdD, CSCS
    Contact: ajmortara@outlook.com

    A.J. MortaraAnthony Mortara graduated from Centre College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Philosophy. Thereafter he received his Master of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Exercise Science and completed his Doctoral degree at the University of Kentucky in Kinesiology. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and holds the Functional Capacity Evaluation Certification. His current research focus involves measuring energy expenditure across exercise modalities. Over the course of his career, he has taught courses in kinesiology, physiology, nutrition, and biomechanics in addition to introductory classes on health and wellness. Before accepting his teaching position at Berea College, he has worked as a Visiting Assistant at Georgetown College and Visiting Instructor at Eastern Kentucky University, University of Tennessee at Martin, and University of Kentucky.

    State Director: Renee Hoppe, MS, CSCS,*D
    Contact: reneehoppe@delta.edu

    Renee_Hoppe_2Renée Hoppe has been personal training, teaching group fitness, and motivating athletes as a strength and conditioning coach for over 10 years. Hoppe is currently a Delta College Associate Professor holding multiple degrees and certifications in her profession. In addition to her role as an educator, strength coach, and personal trainer, she is often invited as a motivational speaker to present on various topics related to sport performance, fitness, and nutrition for many organization.

    State Director: Dustin Kaplan, CSCS,*D, RSCC
    Contact: dustin.r.kaplan@gmail.com 

    Dustin Kaplan OhioDustin Kaplan has dedicated the last five years to improving the health and fitness levels of his clients and athletes. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Ohio University and is currently a licensed Athletic Trainer (AT) and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC). Kaplan is also a licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and as the owner of the Kaplan Institute of Performance Health, he utilizes corrective exercise techniques and medical massage to help his clients reach their optimal performance levels via personal training. Additionally, he acts as the strength and conditioning coach at the high school level and is a certified USA Boxing coach and judge (USA-B).

    State Director: Timothy Suchomel, PhD, CSCS,*D
    Contact: timothy.suchomel@gmail.com  

     Tim Suchomel Tim Suchomel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Movement Sciences and Strength and Conditioning Coach at Carroll University. His primary areas of interest include strength and conditioning, weightlifting movements and their derivatives, and athlete testing and monitoring.  


    Provincial Director: Kevin Serre, PhD, CSCS
    Contact: krserre@gmail.com  

    Kevin Serre OntarioKevin Serre is in his 6th year as the Strength and Conditioning Specialist for a Canadian Special Forces Unit, where he is currently the lead on both their performance and reconditioning programs. A 2011 graduate of Bond University, Serre earned a PhD in Exercise Physiology and a Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning. He holds current accreditations in Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) and Exercise Physiology (CSEP-CEP). He is an active member of the tactical strength and conditioning community and is currently a member of the Editorial Review Panel for the NSCA’s Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Report.