2017 NBFE Fellows

The NBFE Fellows are a focus group of leading subject matter experts that represent the best practices and broad perspectives of the fitness industry. Under the guidance of our testing development partner, LaserGrade, this group was selected by the NBFE Trustees from over 100 nominations. These experts are all active and experienced personal trainers and most held multiple fitness certifications and/or academic training in related fields.

Jeffrey Bush, MS, CPT, FNBFE
Jennifer Borgio, BS, ATC, CPT, FNBFE
Amanda Boyd, BS, CFT, NBFE
Theresa Cordova, MS, CFT, FNBFE
Marcia Ditmyer, PhD, MBA, MS, CHES, FNBFE
Sara Fleming, MS, CFT, FNBFE
Patrick Gamboa, BS, MSS, FNBFE
Laura A. Gladwin, LGA Fitness, MS, MAFP, FNBFE
Chad Hallett, CPT, SSC, USAW SPC, LMT, FNFBE
Paul Hovan, Jr., BS, CFT, FNBFE
Sean Johnson, JRT Fit, CPT, FNBFE
Dean Lelm, MS, LMT, CPT, FNBFE
William Lockley, BA, CPT, FNBFE
Dorette Nysewander, EdD, MS, MBTI, FNBFE
Jason Pierce, CWO USMC, CPT, FNBFE
John Rowley, UX3, CPT, FNBFE
J.R. Smith, Fit Maxx, CPT, FNBFE
Brian Theiss, Theiss Care, AA, CFT, MFS, FNBFE
 




Jeffrey Bush, MS, CPT, FNBFE

Mr. Bush has been a NBFE Fellow since 2005 and has 25 years of professional fitness experience, including personal training, teaching, program development and writing. He is currently a personal fitness trainer in Chicago, Illinois, where he performs home-based training for private clients. He is also a top-rated certification specialist for the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) facilitating more than 250 three-day, personal trainer certification and business management classes to 1,500+ attendees nationwide.

Mr. Bush is the exercise and fitness consultant for ADHD Centers of America, an organization providing treatment and support services to adults and children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He is co-authoring a book, with leading scientific and medical authorities, on the neuroendocrine effects of exercise on ADHD.

Mr. Bush received his Masters of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with additional study in worksite health promotion through the University of Michigan School of Public Health (Department of Health Behavior & Health Education).He holds Bachelors of Arts in English from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In addition to being a competitive rower and a U.S. Masters swimmer, Mr. Bush has held positions as swim coach for the Northwestern University Triathlon Team and assistant rowing coach for the Lincoln Park Boat Club in Chicago. He holds a Level 2 coaching certification from the American Swimming Coaches Association and a Level 1 coaching certification from U.S. Rowing.

Mr. Bush has a client base that varies widely to include competitive athletes, corporate executives, older adults (ages 65-102), high school athletes and Olympic hopefuls. He also works with special populations, including, older adults, people with diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, HIV, and people undergoing doctorsupervised rehabilitation. He has been involved in fitness, health promotion and disease management programming in managed care, corporate and academic settings. He writes and publishes articles for the lay-public on fitness, nutrition, health promotion and disease prevention.

Jennifer Borgio, BS, ATC, CPT, FNBFE

Ms. Borgio, has led the fitness industry adapting athletic training experience in roles as an AFAA Certification Specialist, Fitness Center Manager, Health and Wellness Specialist, Health and Wellness Coach, Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor for the last 25 years. She is the Director of Training and Education for One Call Care Management, Certified Athletic Trainer, and has Bachelors of Science degree in Athletic Training through Central Connecticut State University.

Ms. Borgio was responsible for online fitness education for six years through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America [AFAA]. She led training sessions for allied health and fitness professional worldwide in the area of personal training, group exercise [multiple modalities] and special exercise programs. Often she would host special events for groups like the Bigger Losers, while certifying trainers in multiple locations throughout the United States.

Ms. Borgio has led corporate health and wellness programs and through her efforts these companies have been recipients of Workplace Wellness Awards, in addition to training her personal clientele. She is a founding member of Personal Running Solutions and Marine Corps Board Member and Officer for the Freedom 5K and Half Marathon Committee both of Jacksonville, Florida. Ms. Borgio is an accomplished marathon runner and stays abreast of acute changes in nutrition to help fuel performance for her family, friends and clientele.

Amanda Boyd, BS, CFT, NBFE

Ms. Boyd is an experienced personal trainer and coach, who founded Impact Training in 2007. After years working in Fitness Center Operations, she wanted to take a more personalized approach in meeting the need of clients. As a successful entrepreneur, the demand of Impact Training programs and services, led to designing and implementing tools and training resources online to meet the quick growth and expansion of the Impact Training business.

Ms. Boyd is degreed with Bachelors of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies, has attained numerous certifications from ISSA, American Red Cross, and facilitates innovative academic courses as an adjunct professor for Bryan University. She spends devoted time enriching her family’s life and others in the community by working with youth through Boys and Girls Town, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Champion Athletes, North Point Church Elementary department, The Bridge Church, Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps.

Theresa Cordova, MS, CFT, FNBFE

Ms. Cordova, is the Co-Owner and Vice President of Academy Applied Personal Training Education. She holds a Masters of Science in Exercise Science from Adelphi University and Bachelors of Science from Hofstra University. She has authored numerous curriculums for academic education, certification and continuing education courses, while facilitating face-to-face seminars and workshops. Ms. Cordova works with a continuum of lifespan, creating Fit Kids 4 Life a youth program.

Ms. Cordova’s primary area of concentration is the musculoskeletal system, mechanical analysis and practical application of resistance training, in addition to the mechanical and physiological pathologies that limit functional capacities. Her aspiration is to provide a critical link to fitness professionals and students in regard to the application of cardiorespiratory and resistance training exercise.

Ms. Cordova’s ideology that exercise affects the structure and the functions of the human body, so it is essential to have a broad view of the potential benefits and risks, prior to initiating an exercise program. In this regard, her focus and determination is to strive to bring a more comprehensive understanding of the mechanical and physiological efficiencies of cardiorespiratory and resistance training exercise.

Marcia Ditmyer, PhD, MBA, MS, CHES, FNBFE
Dr. Ditmyer has been a NBFE Fellow since 2005 and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, School of Dental Medicine. She has a PhD in Public Health, with emphasis on Research and Measurement. Additionally, she holds an MBA and a MS in Health Education. Dr. Ditmyer is also the Program Director for the Master’s of Public Health Program at Independence University in Salt Lake City, UT.

Along with working in the field of Health, Safety, and Wellness promotion, Dr. Ditmyer has worked in the fitness industry for over 30 years. She holds many professional certifications, including Certified Health Education Specialist, Personal Fitness Training, and Group Exercise. She has consulted for many of the nationally-recognized fitness organizations developing, editing, and conducting certification and continuing workshops. Additionally, she has published articles in professional peer-review journals. In the past, she has served on committees regarding licensure and credentialing, and currently serving a five-year term on the Division Board for Certification for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Sara Fleming, MS, CFT, FNBFE

Ms. Fleming is a certified fitness trainer, weightlifting coach with Masters of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Georgetown University. She is certified by the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) as a Fitness Trainer, Youth Fitness Trainer, and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, as well as USA Weightlifting and USA Track and Field. As a coach she has trained numerous athletes at the national and world level in weightlifting and powerlifting. As a proponent of trainer education, Ms. Fleming has mentored and taught a number of trainers, coaches, and athletes, personally orthrough clinics, seminars. Ms. Fleming has served as an assistant coach & strength coach for the Carolina Elite youth track and field club, while designing and teaching strength and fitness classes for third and fourth graders at Baileywick Elementary School, in Raleigh, NC.

Ms. Fleming has authored a certification course for the ISSA, Specialist in Group Fitness, which she is currently teaching for the ISSA’s online college. As a writer and educator she provides articles, educational materials for fitness training and performance nutrition on the ISSA blog, online publications, seminars for coaches, athletes and for other clients on her professional websites.

In her private practice, Ms. Fleming currently trains a broad range of individuals in both personal and group settings including children, adults, senior citizens, and athletes of all ages and sports. As an athlete she enjoys competing in powerlifting and highland games,andcreates a well-rounded fitness program for her family. Prior to her training career, Ms. Fleming worked as a medical researcher for ten years in both the university and private sector in which she co-authored a number of scientific articles and grant applications.

Patrick Gamboa, BS, MSS, FNBFE

Mr. Gamboa has been a NBFE Fellow since 2005 and in the fitness industry for over 25 years. With academic degrees in Exercise Physiology and Biology respectively, he provides leadership in the industry as an educator, writer, consultant, coach and trainer. Patrick is an ISSA Master of Fitness Sciences, an ISSA Master of Sports Sciences and the Head Master Trainer for the ISSA with more than 15 Fitness and Nutrition related certifications.

Upon completing his degree Mr. Gamboa worked in a variety of different settings, working primarily as a biology teacher, trainer and strength and conditioning coach where he contributed to leading the John Muir Mustangs Outdoor Track Team to a 1997 High school outdoor State and National championship. During these initial years Mr. Gamboa developed his love for the sport of natural bodybuilding and is natural bodybuilding champion with the NPC, UNBA, ABA and the ACBA having competed in each of the last ten years.

Mr. Gamboa currently serves as the COO. He is the Editor in Chief of the Associate Newsletter and the Pro Trainer Online magazine. In addition to his responsibilities with the ISSA, he is a Distance Education Training Council certified evaluator and a Regional Lead Testing Coordinator for the National Board of Fitness Examiners.

Laura A. Gladwin, LGA Fitness, MS, MAFP, FNBFE

Ms. Gladwin has been an NBFE Fellow since 2005 and is the owner of LGA Fitness Consulting specializing in wellness educational program development and implementation. Ms. Gladwin received her undergraduate degree in Physical Education and Health from Michigan State University and her Masters, specializing in Exercise Physiology and Gerontology from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF).

Ms. Gladwin served as an associate professor for the Division of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at CSUF and an instructor for CSUF Senior Fitness and St. John Fisher/LIFESPAN Gerontology Certificate Programs. As former Director of Education for AFAA, she led a team of subject-matter experts who were instrumental in the development of AFAA’s standard and guidelines, certifications and specialty workshops. Ms. Gladwin also assisted in the development of the practical component for the NBFE examination process.

Ms. Gladwin is the former Director of the You’re in Charge! health promotions program at Preferred Care/MVP, an HMO located in Rochester, NY, where her staff served over 150,000 commercial and 60,000 Medicare members providing wellness programs within the community and workplace. Under her leadership, the You’re in Charge! program was awarded the 2002 Health Care Achievement Award. She also has worked very closely with the Medical Fitness Association and was honored with the 2013 Marla Richmond Award for her creativity and dedication in the area of health and fitness education.

With over 35 years, experience in the fitness industry, Ms. Gladwin has worked closely with many of the industry’s leading organizations. In addition, Ms. Gladwin is recognized for her roles as an editor, author, mentor and international presenter/instructor.

Chad Hallett, CPT, SSC, USAW SPC, LMT, FNFBE

Mr. Hallett is a well-recognized Sports Performance Coach and Personal Trainer in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area and has been active in the fitness industry for 10+ years. He is the owner of Adrenaline Sports LLC a Sports Performance and Personal Training facility located in Cherry Hill, NJ, offering one-on-one training, group fitness, strength & conditioning for athletes of all levels, as well as corporate wellness programs and massage therapy.

As an avid trainer, he knows the importance of taking care of the body and has a desire to be a great influence on others. His dedication and respect for fitness helps him continue to improve with his own training, as well as motivates and inspires his clients to attain their personal goals. Mr. Hallett has worked with numerous athletes in High School, Collegiate and on the professional level. He also works with clients for general fitness in various levels as well as special populations.

Mr. Hallett has obtained a degree in Exercise Science as well as certifications from USA Weightlifting as a Sports Performance Coach, International Sports Sciences Association as a Specialist in Sports Conditioning, Specialist in Fitness Therapy, Specialist in Youth Fitness and Personal Training, The National Academy of Speed and Explosion as a Specialist in Speed and Explosion and Combine 360 powered by Under Armour as a Level 3 Coach. In addition to the certifications, he has earned the Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor title from RKC Master Mike Mahler and level 1 Coach under John Brookfield’s Battle Rope Training System. He is also a Licensed Massage Therapist.

Paul Hovan, Jr., BS, CFT, FNBFE

Mr. Hovan, Jr. is the Founder and President of Hov Hustle Fitness, LLC – an online personal training and nutrition consulting business. He founded Hov Hustle Fitness his senior year of college and has trained hundreds of clients.Mr. Hovan has used his expertise and background as an Exercise Science Specialist and Fitness Expert.

Mr. Hovan became a personal trainer through the NationalAcademy of Sports Medicine when he was 18 years old, holds numerous certifications through ISSA and frequent writer for Ironman Magazine and several eBook projects. He graduated with his Bachelors in Physical Education/Exercise Science fromCentral Connecticut State University.

Mr. Hovan was awarded with the 2016 Outstanding HonorGraduate Award at the 90th Annual Distance Education & Accrediting Commission [DECA] Conference in Washington, DC in April 2016. This award was presented to him as a graduate of ISSA over 1.5 million students that the DEAC accredits. He has been featured in national campaign ads and the April 2016 issues of Flex Magazine andMuscle & Fitness Magazine.

Mr. Hovan trains clients ranging from bodybuilding competitors, to serious athletes, to the average individual who wants to lose weight throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and South Korea. He is currently back in school to obtain his Bachelors of Science inNursing and become a Registered Nurse, to help people who need thehighest level of care.

Sean Johnson, JRT Fit, CPT, FNBFE

Mr. Johnson is the sole owner of JRT Fit, a private personal training club in Littleton, Colorado, where he provides industry-leading approaches to injury prevention and post-rehabilitation exercise. As a mentor to other trainers, he teaches and encourages scientific inquiry as well as best practices for effective, low-cost marketing. Mr. Johnson has been a personal trainer for over 18 years and is currently certified through ISSA, NASM, and APEX with specialties in Fitness Therapy, Performance Nutrition, Corrective Exercise, and Performance Enhancement. He has held previous certifications with ACE, ACSM, and AFTA.

Prior to establishing JRT Fit, he served as Director of Rehabilitation Services for Foothills Chiropractic & Wellness in the south Denver metro area. His clients have included athletes, doctors, physical therapists, and other trainers. Sean started in the industry by training at numerous area gyms including Life Time Fitness, Bally Total Fitness, Club USA, and 24 Hour Fitness before taking on his first co-ownership and management role in 2001 at Body Werx, a private membership and personal training club in Littleton.

Dean Lelm, MS, LMT, CPT, FNBFE

Mr. Lelm has his Bachelors of Science in Physical Education andMasters Degree in Exercise Science/Education, from Minot State University in North Dakota. He holds a degree in Massage Therapy and has experience in sports medicine and physical therapy. As a Certified Trainer and Holistic Nutritionist through the NCEP, his goal is to expand the NCEP’s practical approach for aspiring personal trainers throughout the United States.

Mr. Lelm has been training a wide variety of individuals for over 20 years. His clientele includes fitness enthusiasts, professional athletes, clients with disabilities, youth and the aging population. Training high school athletes the right way is important as marked by his dedication in the Exercise Physiology Department where he was the head strength and conditioning coach for athletes in North Dakota for 15 years. With his move to Redondo Beach, California he works as a personal trainer, fitness manager for a high end health club and serves as an instructor of the NASM curriculum at a local college.

Mr. Lelm first became interested in health and fitness when he was competing as a collegiate athlete in basketball. He has personally experienced the benefits of health and fitness and also gets great joy out of “teaching it forward.” He enjoys sharing and educating others about NCEP’s approach to fitness. He truly sees how fitness should be more fun, not more work.

William Lockley, BA, CPT, FNBFE

Mr. Lockley has had a covenant career training professional athletes in the NFL, MLB, Olympics and UFC. A few to include Larry Johnson [Kansas City Chiefs], Bryant McKinnie [Miami Dolphins] Terrelle Pryor [Oakland Raiders], Jon Beason [Carolina Panthers], J.P. Arencibia [Texas Rangers] and more. Currently he works as the Director of Business Development and has been featured or published articles in Men’s Health, Huffington Post and other national publications.

Mr. Lockley has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Marketing from Florida International University and credentialed in numerous certifications from NSCA-CSCS,USA Track and Field Level 1, CPR/AED, NASM-FNS, MMACS, ACE-GFI, Precision Nutrition Level 1, ISSA-CFT, TRX, ViPR and Trigger Point Therapy.He enjoys innovative programming and community achievements like taking his athletes to State Championships, encouraging citizens of his city to lose 100,000 pounds in one year, while giving hundreds of presentations to athletes, corporations, community organizations and the media.

Dorette Nysewander, EdD, MS, MBTI, FNBFE

Dr. Nysewander has been a NBFE Fellow since 2005 and as President of D Group Consulting Services, Inc., she provides leadership facilitation and consultation services, develops innovative curriculums and implements organizational health, wellness or behavior change initiatives worldwide. Through public-private partnerships she challenges accomplished workforce teams and creates standard operating procedures.

As a researcher, writer and professor she develops forward thinking curriculums for academia and business, master’s accreditation standards and links education to business results. She received an EdD in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Health Care Education from Nova Southeastern University, holds a Masters in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University, and Bachelors of Science from Southern Illinois University.

Dr. Nysewander directs strategic planning initiatives for the development of community councils, standardizes operation logistics for over 150 corporate sites simultaneously and organizes hundreds of philanthropic volunteers with proven results for business and public commerce. As an accomplished speaker she has given over 1,200 presentations for clients across 4 continents and recognized as one of 75 Most Influential People in JAX Healthcare, 904 Magazine 2012. She has certifications in fitness, leadership and behavior change theories, authored numerous allied health and fitness curriculums, articles, websites, magazines and participated in media events. Committed to innovation in supporting people in environments to improve their health, learn and honor their gifts.

Jason Pierce, CWO USMC, CPT, FNBFE

Pierce is a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in the United States Marine Corps and has been serving for over 20 years. CWO Pierce thrives in challenging environments and has been on four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.He is a Black Belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and recognized for excellence on both the Physical and Combat Fitness Tests. As a seasoned officer he delivers a wealth of military knowledge, experience and leadership to the fitness industry. CWO Pierce combines technical military proficiency with his acumen to educate others on the physical rigors of the military. He diligently seeks to mentor Marines on physical fitness, coaching and assisting service members, veterans and Division 1 Athletes.

CWO Pierce has competed in Men’s Physique in the National Physique Committee, powerlifting in the Southern Powerlifting Association, Triathlon with USA Triathlon, and Marathons with U.S. Road Running Association. He is a member of the New Orleans Track Club and was the Captain of running team who finished third place in its very first season. He has an academic degree in General Studies and is currently finishing a degree in Transportation and Logistics Management.

CWO Pierce was a published fitness and nutrition writer for a newspaper column reaching over 50,000 readers weekly and submits fitness articles in other countries. He has experience working with operations and development with a startup supplement company. As a fitness trainer he holds certifications as an ISSAMaster Trainer - Personal Trainer Certification, Fitness Nutrition Certification, Exercise Therapy Certification, Senior Fitness Certification, Youth Fitness Certification, and Strength and Conditioning Certification. He continues to work closely with professional fitness trainers in Italy, Mexico, UAE, and India.

John Rowley, UX3, CPT, FNBFE

Mr. Rowley is the Founder and CEO of UX3. This innovative company has helped many athletes, those aspiring to gain personal health and well-being and individuals recovery from illness. When a devastating car accident cut his promising college athletic career short, he had a choice. Give up his dream and accept the fate others thought he was doomed to, or search out a new course to better his life. So he did what winners do. Mr. Rowley faced the challenge and conquered his limitations. Determined to be healthy again, he took on recovery with a vengeance, studying kinesiology, exercise, anatomy, fitness and nutrition.

Mr. Rowley’s winning attitude serves him well, as it enabled him to work his way up from a janitor in Brooklyn to the high-powered world of New York City real estate. As one of the youngest Senior VP’s in Manhattan, his reputation as a top executive enabled him to represent some of the most prestigious properties on Park Avenue and the Upper East Side.

With this background in both real estate and wellness, it seemed only natural that his next step would be combining the two. Stretching his entrepreneurial wings, he bought the Brooklyn gym featured in the movie Pumping Iron – starring famed body builders Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno.

Mr. Rowley went on to combine his unique knowledge and his passion to help people with his run-away best seller, Old School New Body. An international sensation, it has motivated people worldwide to work harder toward physical, mental and spiritual fitness. As the author of two other books, The Power of Positive Fitness and Climb Your Ladder of Success Without Running out of Gas were best sellers and well received by the media.

For over 35 years, John has used his passion to inspire others. His simple solutions, crafted from what he’s learned from top athletes, doctors and even celebrities, have change people’s lives. He is very passionate about sharing his knowledge with others so they can become healthy, lean, fit and successful in their own lives!

J.R. Smith, Fit Maxx, CPT, FNBFE

Mr. Smith is the CEO and owner of Fit Maxx an organization dedicated to helping people improve their lives. For over 34 years, Fit Maxx has created innovative programs: Body Sport Strength and Conditioning, Boot Camp Transformation, Obesity Rehab, Post Rehab/Medical Exercise, wellness initiatives of all areas of needs, as well as the first to create personal training in Southern Kentucky to target baby boomers!

Mr. Smith holds an education degree from Somerset College, certifications in Performance Nutrition, Medical Exercise Specialist, Certification Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist High School Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Personal Training, Body Building Sciences and Olympic Weight Lifting Instructor.

Mr. Smith’s passion is helping people. It’s that simple. I want to see individuals get better each day. It’s a process that can’t be rushed. It must be nurtured and managed like any other lifestyle change. Through a step by step process my clients work through theFit Maxx Mastermind Success Coaching program that produces desirable results for clients.

People need help, but they have nowhere to turn. As such, they are pulled into a marketing vacuum that presents itself as the solution when in reality it is full of failure---92% of individuals begin toimplement a lifestyle change. While 8% are successful, it is that 8% that pursued a coach with a working strategy to help them become successful. I like to say that my clients are the 8 Percenters!

Brian Theiss, Theiss Care, AA, CFT, MFS, FNBFE

Mr. Theiss is the Founder and CEO of American Built Bodies, Theiss Institute and Theiss Care, LLC a multidimensional corporate executive health and wellness consulting business. He received his AA from Moorpark College majoring in Biology, minoring in Chemistry with a background in Sports Medicine. He served as a tutor for Santa Barbara City College, UCSB in Chemistry, Biology, and Physiology for 8 years. As a wellness and fitness expert he holds a certification through ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association).

Mr. Theiss has served as the President of Starkey Hearing Foundation working with thousands of patients worldwide. He has been awarded by the Saint John’s Health Center and John Wayne Cancer Institute for valued contributions to the Brain Tumor Center in 2010. He received the World Vision Project Global Humanitarian Award in 2012, for being the most prominent health and fitness consultant in the world for changing lives through the development of revolutionary techniques and processes in the health management. The UCLA Pituitary Tumor Group Appreciation Award, recognized Mr. Theiss for being a valued contributor. He was the Trainer and Performance Consultant for the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team in 2001 and facilitated the VO2 Test Program for the Los Angeles Kings 2000-2005.

Mr. Theiss is a featured keynote speaker, publisher and author. In 30 years of business, he has worked with 975 physicians, 19,000 clients worldwide, and established himself as a pioneer in the field of executive health and wellness.






Fellows 2005 - 2016

Dan Agresti MS, HFI, FNBFE
Ryan Baylor, BS, FNBFE
Staci Boyer, BS, FNBFE
Kevin Brown, CFT, FNBFE
Jeffrey Bush, MS, FNBFE
Kelli Calabrese MS, CSCS, FNBFE
Vincent Carvelli, R.T.S., M.F.S., FNBFE
Marcia M. Ditmyer, PhD, MBA, MS, CHES, FNBFE
Patrick S. Gamboa, BS, MSS, FNBFE
Laura A. Gladwin, LGA Fitness, MS, MAFP, FNBFE
Stephen Holt, BS, CSCS, FNBFE
Doug Jackson, MS, CSCS, FNBFE
Bob Jodoin, CFT, FNBFE
Christine Menna, MS, FNBFE
Dorette Nysewander, EdD, MS, AFP, FNFBE
Amy Powlison, MS, CPT, FNBFE
John Spencer Ellis, EdD, MBA, FNBFE
 




Dan Agresti MS, HFI, FNBFE
Ryan Baylor, BS, FNBFE

Mr. Baylor graduated Cum Laude from Bridgewater State College. He earned a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science. He currently holds a Personal Training certification from AFAA and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Upon completing his degree, Mr. Baylor worked in a variety of settings in the health and fitness field, primarily coaching elite high school and collegiate athletes in their strength and conditioning programs. He then decided to go into the clinical side of the field by working in a cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation center. While there, he also worked with the diabetic rehabilitation program. Mr. Baylor currently resides on the west coast where he works full time as a personal trainer. In addition, he regularly consults for the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, as well as teaches their Personal Fitness Trainer certification workshops.

Staci Boyer, BS, FNBFE

Ms. Boyer is currently the national spokesperson for Bally Total Fitness. She has appeared as a subject matter expert for Bally commercials, with spots on CBS, WGN, FOX, and NBC news. She broadcasts live from 105.9 WCKG radio individually and collectively with panel discussions. Ms. Boyer writes for the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, and makes personal appearances at the Tweeter Center, Taste of Chicago, Chicago Auto Show, Women’s Health Expo, and the Navy Pier. Additionally she has numerous speaking engagements scheduled annually.

Ms. Boyer is a professional athlete winning the Bikini Universe Miami-Classic Division and NPC Mid NPC Mid-Illinois Bodybuilding and Figure Championships–Short Division. She holds many nationally recognized certifications and appears frequently as a model of fitness in many industry magazines. To reach Ms. Boyer, email her at Motiv8nStrength@comcast.net or call 773-351-4646.

Kevin Brown, CFT, FNBFE

Mr. Brown is president and co-founder of Visionary Trainers Inc., one of the largest in-home personal training companies in the metro Philadelphia area. He has created LiberationFitness.com, an online interactive fitness website which provides exercise, diet, and health information to people around the world at an affordable price.

Mr. Brown regularly speaks on the topics of health and fitness throughout the U.S. and Canada. National radio and television enjoy his presentations on the benefits of real food and regular exercise. He often lectures for medical and dental professionals about healthy nutrition and the important role it plays in disease prevention.

Mr. Brown is certified personal trainer through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), certified weight lifting specialist, and AFPA certified in nutrition and wellness. He is truly a visionary in nutrition and a strong advocate of real food for optimal health. His Liberation Diet and exercise plan has helped many people lose weight and improve their health, as well as maintain a healthy lifestyle. Mr. Brown has also co-authored “The Liberation Diet” book which emphasizes whole food nutrition as a long-term solution to the obesity crisis. Contact Mr. Brown through http://www.visionarytrainers.com or call 800.327.301.

Jeffrey Bush, MS, FNBFE

Mr. Bush is a certified personal fitness trainer in Chicago, Illinois, where he performs home-based training for private clients. In addition, he trains clients at Northwestern University's athletic center and is a manager and swim instructor at Edgewater Athletic and Swim Club. Recently, Mr. Bush became the exercise and fitness consultant for ADD Centers of America, an organization devoted to servicing adults and children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD).

Mr. Bush earned holds a Masters of Science in Kinesiology from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with additional study in the area of worksite health promotion through The University of Michigan School of Public Health (Department of Health Behavior & Health Education). He is a competitive rower and a U.S. Masters swimmer. He also worked as assistant rowing coach for the Lincoln Park Boat Club in Chicago and holds a Level 2 coaching certification from the American Swimming Coaches Association.

Mr. Bush's client base varies widely to include competitive rowers and swimmers, older adults (ages 65- 102), high school athletes, and Olympic hopefuls. He also works with special populations, including individuals with HIV, Alzheimer's, arthritis, and those undergoing doctor-supervised rehabilitation. He has been involved in fitness, health promotion and disease management programming in managed care, corporate and academic settings. He writes and publishes articles for the lay-public on fitness, nutrition, health promotion and disease prevention. Mr. Bush also holds a Bachelors of Arts in English from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kelli Calabrese MS, CSCS, FNBFE

Ms. Calabrese is a 19 year industry leader, author, educator, and spokesperson whose educational background includes a Masters, Bachelors and Associates of Science Degrees in Cardiac Rehabilitation, Exercise Physiology and Biology respectively. She has 20 Fitness and Nutrition related certifications including Clinical Exercise Specialist, Medical Exercise Specialist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Post-Rehab Technician, Health Promotion Director, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Nutrition Specialist, Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant, and more.

Ms. Calabrese owned and operated a chain of health clubs for 14 years, and was the founder and director of Xercise Institute, a fitness educational school providing exam preparation courses for thousands of candidates for the American Council on Exercise Exam. She was the Lead Fitness Expert for eDiets and eFitness – the leading on-line subscription based web sites and the number one online destination for diet and fitness information.

She is the Co-author of “Feminine, Firm and Fit”, contributing author to “The Women Doctors Guide to Health and Healing” and to the “The Power of Champions” and has written for and been interviewed by hundreds of popular and professional magazines.

Ms. Calabrese is on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Personal Trainers. She is an Expert Fellow for the National Board of Fitness Examiners, and is the Lead Exercise Physiologist for NESTA – National Endurance & Sports Trainers Association. She is also on the advisory board as an Expert for Family Energy and iParenting magazines.

Ms. Calabrese is the 2004 Personal Trainer of the Year for Online Trainer as awarded by Personal Fitness Professional Magazine. Kelli’s consulting company, Calabrese Consulting LLC, focuses on helping fitness professionals successfully grow their careers and on helping individuals make health and fitness a permanent part of their lives. For more information about Kelli go to www.kellicalabrese.com or e-mail KelliCalabrese@comcast.net or call 908-879-1469.

Vincent Carvelli, R.T.S., M.F.S., FNBFE

Mr. Carvelli is the president of the Academy of Applied Personal Training Education (AAPTE) a certification and continuing education organization. He began his professional personal training career in 1990. In 1996, he co-founded the Academy of Applied Personal Training Education (AAPTE). The Academy maintains an affiliation with Hofstra University College for Continuing Education.

Mr. Carvelli is the resistance training biomechanics instructor for the AAPTE, a Continuing Education Specialist for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and a nationally recognized continuing education/ professional development provider to fitness and allied health professionals. He holds numerous certifications and has received credentialing from many industry leading organizations, e.g., ACE, NASM, AFAA and more.

Mr. Carvelli’s primary area of concentration is in the study of resistance training biomechanics, musculoskeletal system, and human development. The biomechanical concepts he teaches are the result of years of research, study, analysis, and the continued challenging of historical beliefs and common methods of resistance training. The biomechanical analysis and practical application methods he teaches have been successfully applied to a wide range of populations including; youth, geriatrics, post-rehabilitation and competitive athletes.

When he is not presenting, teaching, or training clients, he enjoys time with his family. His personal interests include the practice of a classical form of Karate (Shorin-Ryu Matsubayashi-Ryu), Cooking, Boating, Resistance and Cardiovascular Training.

Marcia M. Ditmyer, PhD, MBA, MS, CHES, FNBFE

Dr. Ditmyer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, School of Dental Medicine. She has a PhD in Public Health, with emphasis on Research and Measurement. Additionally, she holds an MBA and a MS in Health Education. Dr. Ditmyer is also the Program Director for the Master’s of Public Health Program at Independence University in Salt Lake City, UT.

Along with working in the field of Health, Safety, and Wellness promotion, Dr. Ditmyer has worked in the fitness industry for over 30 years. She holds many professional certifications, including Certified Health Education Specialist, Personal Fitness Training, and Group Exercise. She has consulted for many of the nationally-recognized fitness organizations developing, editing, and conducting certification and continuing workshops. Additionally, she has published articles in professional peer-review journals. In the past, she has served on committees regarding licensure and credentialing, and currently serving a five-year term on the Division Board for Certification for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Patrick S. Gamboa, BS, MSS, FNBFE

Mr. Gamboa has been in the fitness industry for over thirteen years. With academic degrees in Exercise Physiology and Biology respectively, he provides leadership in the industry as an educator, writer, consultant, coach and trainer. Patrick is an ISSA Master of Fitness Sciences, an ISSA Master of Sports Sciences and the Head Master Trainer for the ISSA with more than 15 Fitness and Nutrition related certifications.

Upon completing his degree Mr. Gamboa worked in a variety of different settings, working primarily as a biology teacher, trainer and strength and conditioning coach where he contributed to leading the John Muir Mustangs Outdoor Track Team to a 1997 High school outdoor State and National championship. During these initial years Mr. Gamboa developed his love for the sport of natural bodybuilding and is natural bodybuilding champion with the NPC, UNBA, ABA and the ACBA having competed in each of the last ten years.

Mr. Gamboa currently serves as the Vice President of Education for the ISSA. He is the Editor in Chief of the Associate Newsletter and the Pro Trainer Online magazine. In addition to his responsibilities with the ISSA, he is a Distance Education Training Council certified evaluator and a Regional Lead Testing Coordinator for the National Board of Fitness Examiners.

Laura A. Gladwin, LGA Fitness, MS, MAFP, FNBFE

Ms. Gladwin is the owner of LGA Fitness Consulting specializing in wellness educational program development and implementation. She is the acting Director of Education for the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and chairs AFAA’s Board of Certification and Training. Ms. Gladwin received her undergraduate degree in Physical Education and Health from Michigan State University and her Masters, specializing in Exercise Physiology and Gerontology from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF).

Ms. Gladwin served as an associate professor for the Division of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at CSUF and an instructor for CSUF Senior Fitness and St. John Fisher/LIFESPAN Gerontology Certificate Programs. As former Director of the You’re in Charge!sm health promotions program at Preferred Care, an HMO located in Rochester, NY, Ms. Gladwin served over 150,000 commercial and 60,000 Medicare members providing wellness programs within the community and workplace. Under her leadership, the You’re in Charge! program was awarded the 2002 Health Care Achievement Award.

With over 30 years experience in the fitness industry, Ms. Gladwin has worked closely with many of the industry’s leading organizations and is recognized for her roles as an editor, author, mentor and international presenter/instructor.

Stephen Holt, BS, CSCS, FNBFE

Mr. Holt is the owner of www.PersonalTrainerMentor.com, a private membership site that gives new personal fitness trainers all the tools they need to succeed most rapidly. For his leadership in the fitness industry, He was named 2003 Personal Trainer of the Year by the American Council on Exercise. In 1999 he was named “Expert of the Year” by AllExperts.com, the Internet’s largest advice site. He’s also received over a dozen nominations for Personal Trainer of the Year with PTontheNet.com, NSCA and IDEA.

Mr. Holt currently serves on the boards of the International Youth Conditioning Association and the American Running Association. He served two terms on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Fitness in Maryland and also two terms as the State Director of the NSCA. Stephen is the co-author of The Power of Champions, All-Star Trainer’s Secrets, Secrets of Female Strength and Conditioning, ShapeShift: Achieving the Athletic Look, and How to Get Faster in Just 30 Days. His fitness advice has also appeared in numerous national publications including Shape, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Woman’s Day, and Family Circle.

Mr. Holt has 27 years of experience as a personal fitness trainer, speaker, and writer. He’s compiled over a dozen national certifications including ACE Personal Fitness Trainer, ACE Clinical Exercise Specialist, AAFRP Post-Rehab Technician, AAFRP Medical Exercise Specialist, AAFRP Post-Rehab Specialist, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and NSCA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer.

Stephen Holt offers the world’s first multimedia fitness newsletter at www.StephenHoltFitness.com. Feel free to contact him at stephen@PersonalTrainerMentor.com or 410-453-6295.

Doug Jackson, MS, CSCS, FNBFE

Mr. Jackson is the owner and operator of Personal Fitness Advantage, LLC. His business operates in alliance with St. Julian’s Fitness in Bowling Green, OH. He has completed a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and a Masters Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and an ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

While an undergrad at BGSU, Mr. Jackson co-created the university’s Fitwell Personal Training program with Fitness Director, Cathy Swick. During graduate school, he hired and supervised the personal training staff at BGSU. While finishing graduate school, he discontinued his work with BGSU personal training so he could focus on developing Personal Fitness Advantage, LLC.

In 2003 Mr. Jackson directed the strength training instructional video, “Your 24/7 Personal Trainer” as well as began his online newsletter, “Fitness Empowerment”. In 2004, he was a contributing author to the fitness book “The Power of Champions”, in which he contributed a chapter on ‘Time-Efficient Workouts’. He has also written for Personal Fitness Professional magazine and the newsletter of the American Association of Personal Trainers.

For more information about Doug Jackson, go to www.personalfitnessadvantage.com. To reach Mr. Jackson, email doug@personalfitnessadvantage.com or call 419-260-9064.

Bob Jodoin, CFT, FNBFE

A long time competitive strength athlete, Mr. Jodoin applies his experience to the training pro and amateur athletes in a variety of sports. An expert in speed, power, strength, endurance and grip training, he adapts sport specific exercises from a variety of training methods and protocols. He is also an ISSA Master of Fitness Sciences, a New York Strength Master Trainer and a fierce advocate for the female athlete.

Coupled with duties as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Total Performance Sports in Everett, MA, Mr. Jodoin also works with New York Strength (www.nystrength.com) teaching, consulting and writing to help spread fitness education to the masses through trainer and athlete education. He is involved with several projects including NYC2012 (the campaign to bring the Olympics to NYC in 2012), co-promoter of the Massachusetts State Strongman/Strongwoman Championship (a platinum level N.A.S.S. sanctioned charity event), CEU course writing/teaching, ISSA seminar facilitation, seminar hosting and promotion, and extensive training of clients in both fitness and athletics. Mr. Jodoin was a 2004 recipient of the New York Strength™ Spirit of Strength Award. Bob has lectured on a variety of topics including female sports injury prevention at Bridgewater State College, Wild Women Outfitters, and the New York Strength Training Mastery conference in New York.

Christine Menna, MS, FNBFE

Ms. Menna has been in the fitness industry for over twenty years as a coach, swim instructor and personal trainer. She was a member of the U.S. National and Zones Swim teams for twelve years and competed in the Olympic Trials swim camp at Colorado Springs, CO. She has completed eleven triathlons, including an Ironman five years ago.

Her educational background consists of a Masters in Sport Psychology, a Bachelor’s of Science. Education/Specialization Physical Education, Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, Master of Fitness Science ISSA, Certified Mental Training Specialist, Certified Youth Trainer, RNT, Flexibility I, II, III, Water Safety Instructor, and Group Fitness Instructor. In addition to Personal Training, Ms. Menna is a recognized Speaker for NY Strength in Manhattan, where she speaks to Olympic and Professional athletes on Sport Psychology.

Ms. Menna is a full-time elementary school teacher in New York City, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, a competitive swimmer with the U.S. Masters Swim Team and Personal Trainer/Cycle instructor/Swim instructor at Gold's Gym in New York.

Dorette Nysewander, EdD, MS, AFP, FNFBE

Dr. Nysewander is the Founder and President of Dgroup Consulting Services, Inc., Jacksonville, FL, providing clients with wellness education consulting. She received an EdD in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Health Care Education from Nova Southeastern University, holds a Masters in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University, and Bachelors of Science from Southern Illinois University.

With over 30 years in the wellness industry, through public and private partnerships Dr. Nysewander continues to lead accomplished workforce teams, creates standard operating procedures, develops / implements health and wellness initiatives worldwide for Fortune 500 Companies, communities and countries. Areas of specific expertise include strategic alliances/planning, wellness center management and design, health and wellness initiatives through value-based benefits, curriculum development/testing, accreditation services and clinical trials.

Dr. Nysewander volunteers as a fellow of the National Board of Fitness Examiners and the U.S. Department of Education, Human Services. As an accomplished speaker she has given over 1,000 presentations for clients across 4 continents: U.S. Armed Services, Universities, Professional Trade, Hospitality Management, Businesses, Medical Organizations and Governments. Additionally, she holds numerous certifications in the field of wellness and recognized in Sutton Who's Who in Elite Healthcare, One of 75 Most Influential People in JAX Healthcare, Chamber

Her most important role has been that of a mom and she is glad that her two grown daughters and she are now the same age! To contact Dr. Nysewander email her at dorette@dgroupconsulting.com or by calling 888.873.8384.

Amy Powlison, MS, CPT, FNBFE

Ms. Powlison, NSCA CPT- Amy has been hard at work in the fitness industry for the last 10 years. She holds a Masters in Exercise Science, Performance Enhancement, and Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Powlison undergraduate degree is a Bachelors of Science in Recreation and Fitness Management. She also holds several certifications in the fitness field including Certified Personal Trainer certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Ms. Powlison currently provides personal training for private clients in home throughout the tri-state area. Her clientele has included members of the Pennsylvania S.W.A.T. team. She has been a guest fitness speaker for numerous events and locations throughout Pennsylvania. Ms. Powlison is also a contributing author to "The Power of Champions". To contact Amy please email her at amypowlison@hotmail.com

John Spencer Ellis, EdD, MBA, FNBFE

Dr. Ellis has received a bachelor’s degree in business and health science, an MBA with emphasis in marketing, as well as a doctorate in education. He has more than fifteen certifications, which include certified massage therapist, plyometric instructor, self-defense instructor, fitness kick boxing instructor, water fitness instructor, exercise rehabilitation specialist, golf conditioning specialist, Pilates teacher, personal trainer, clinical hypnotherapist, master PACE circuit training instructor, and yoga instructor.

Dr. Ellis has a 2nd degree black belt in kung-fu and has completed the Ironman triathlon. He also finished 5th in the U.S. at the National Biathlon (run/bike) Championships. In addition, he has extensively studied mind-body fitness and alternative health. John is the author of "How Badly Do you Want It? - Your Ultimate Guide to Optimal Fitness" and a contributor to "Power of Champions".

Dr. Ellis’ fitness articles have been featured in over 20 publications, and he is a frequent consultant to the world's media on a variety of health, fitness, and lifestyle topics. His medical training includes being a licensed radiological technologist, certified medical assistant, and training in McKenzie and traditional rehabilitation exercises. He has worked in fitness centers, medical clinics, and has promoted sporting events in California. Dr. Ellis is on the Advisory Board for the American Association of Personal Trainers. He oversees operations at his facilities; Spencer Escape Fitness Resort, Fast PACE Fitness and Spencer Wellness Center, all located in California.

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