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.

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Great Lakes Regional Leadership

Great Lakes Region

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

Christopher 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 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

Lawrence 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

Anthony 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: Renée Hoppe, MS, CSCS,*D
Contact: reneehoppe@delta.edu

Renée 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 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 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: Alanna Coulson, MA, CSCS
Contact: alanna.veerman@utoronto.ca  

Alanna Coulson is the Lead Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues program, where she primarily works with the men's and women's swim teams, women's hockey team, and women's volleyball team. Coulson is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and her passion for the latest research brings evidence-based approaches to athletic training. Coulson earned her Master's degree in Human Kinetics specializing in Intervention and Consultation from the University of Ottawa and her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University.

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