NSCA has a network of volunteer leaders who direct NSCA’s efforts at the state level. NSCA’s Southwest Regional Coordinator provides oversight and training to local state directors. Members in the Southwest Region can connect to other professionals in this area at local and regional events as well as on Facebook.
The NSCA hosts state, regional, and provincial events throughout the year
The Southwest Region has its own facebook page where you can join the conversation and learn what is happening in your area.
Regional Coordinator: Whitney Leyva, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
Whitney Leyva-Camberos received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). While at the university, she then pursued her Master’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning, and graduated in 2016. She is also one of five women who established the CSUF weightlifting club. In addition, she has been involved conducting physical evaluations with the Anaheim Ducks and other scientific research studies, while at the university. Today, she is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of Fresno Pacific University. She has been volunteering with the NSCA since 2014, became Southern California Director in 2017, and is now the NSCA Southwest Regional Coordinator.
State Director: Jess Sayo, MS, CSCS
Jess Sayo earned his Master's degree in Kinesiology - Exercise Physiology from San Jose State University. He is a Sports Performance Coach for Menlo College, Menlo-Atherton High School, and the Owner/CEO of JCS Training Lab, all based in Atherton, CA. He is passionate about improving athletic performance across all ages, sports, and activities, while promoting the field of sports performance and coaching.
State Director: Colin Shumate, MS, CSCS, RSCC
Colin Shumate earned his undergraduate degree while playing football at San Diego State University and later earned his Master's degree in Human Health and Performance from the University of the Cumberlands. He is currently the Director of Strength and Performance at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine, CA. In 2021, he was nominated as the NSCA High School Strength Coach of the Year, and Crean Lutheran is currently recognized as an NSCA Strength of America Award recipient.
State Director: Trevor Short, PhD, CSCS
Dr. Trevor Short currently holds the position of Performance and Sport Scientist at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. In his role, Dr. Short works with all 21 intercollegiate teams, collaborating with coaches, athletic training staff, strength and conditioning staff, and other support staff to create an effective, high-performance system, with the goal of optimizing athletic performance and student-athletes’ readiness.
State Director: Leo Lozano, MS, CSCS
Leo Lozano received two Bachelor's degrees, one in Exercise Science and one in Sports Psychology, from California State University, Long Beach. He also holds a Master's degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Biomechanics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a full-time lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences at UNLV, and a sports performance coach working with youth and college athletes in the private sector.