NSCA’s Southeast Region

NSCA has a network of volunteer leaders who direct NSCA’s efforts at the state level. NSCA’s Southeast Regional Coordinator provides oversight and training to local state directors. Members in the Southeast Region can connect at local and regional events as well as on Facebook to others in this area.

States/Provinces in this Region: 

Alabama
Florida
Georgia
Mississippi
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee
Puerto Rico

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The NSCA hosts state, regional, and provincial events throughout the year

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The Southeast Region has its own facebook page where you can join the conversation and learn what is happening in your area.

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Southeast Regional Leadership

Southeast Region

Regional Coordinator: Tom Palumbo, CSCS,*D
Contact:  pbo1222@gmail.com

Tom Palumbo is the former Florida and Ohio State Director for the NSCA. Palumbo has been the Human Performance Advisor for the Air Force Special Operations Command Headquarters since 2019.

Alabama 

State Director: Stacy Bishop, PhD, CSCS,*D
Contact: sbishop2@montevallo.edu 

Stacy Bishop currently works at the University of Montevallo as an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Exercise and Nutrition Science program. Bishop is a former NCAA strength coach and is currently interested in research using cryotherapy to aid performance in baseball as well as other sports including mixed martial arts. 

Florida

State Director: Sara Terrell, PhD, CSCS,*D
Contact: sterrell@flsouthern.edu

Bio coming soon!

Georgia

State Director: Greg A. Ryan, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F
Contact: gryan@georgiasouthern.edu  

Greg A. Ryan currently works as an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and the Graduate Program Coordinator at Georgia Southern University. Ryan is a former National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) football coach (defensive line). His current line of research deals with external load and fatigue monitoring among collegiate and professional athletes, as well as body composition and performance testing with tactical athletes.

Mississippi 

State Director: JohnEric Smith, PhD, CSCS,*D
Contact: johneric.smith@msstate.edu

JohnEric Smith is an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State and Director of the Joseph A. Chromiak Laboratories of Applied Physiology researching human performance and sports nutrition. Smith is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has worked with athletes ranging from youth to professional.

North Carolina

State Director: Jena Ready, MS, CSCS
Contact: jena.ready1@gmail.com

Jena Ready received her Master of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Currently, she works as the Director of Sports Performance for Women's Basketball at Wake Forest University. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has worked with numerous sports and athletes at the Division I and II levels. Ready's interests focus on empowering female student-athletes through mentorship programs.

South Carolina 

State Director: Joni M. Boyd, PhD, CSCS,*D
Contact: boydj@winthrop.edu

Joni M. Boyd is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Winthrop University. Her main interest focuses on bridging the gap between science, practice and education in the areas of strength training and conditioning.

Tennessee

State Director: Vanessa Moreno, PhD, CSCS,*D
Contact: vanessa.lc.moreno@gmail.com

Vanessa Moreno is a full-time faculty member at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. Her main research interest is human performance, specifically post-activation potentiation. Moreno received her Bachelor's degree from Whittier College, Master's degree from California State University, Fullerton and PhD from Concordia University Chicago. 

Puerto Rico

State Director: Maria Teresa Mendizabal, NSCA-CPT,*D
Contact: mendiza@yahoo.com

Maria Teresa Mendizabal is an international presenter, a weekly columnist for El Nuevo Día, the first newspaper in Puerto Rico and in Buena Vida, a fitness magazine, as well as starring in a TV fitness program for six years.

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