NSCA Foundation Governance

Learn more about the Board of Directors and the governance behind the National Strength and Conditioning Foundation.

President | Scott Caulfield

Scott Caulfield oversees, develops, and manages the individual and group strength and conditioning programs for over 600 student-athletes participating in Norwich University's 22 Division III varsity athletic programs. As a native Vermonter and US Navy Veteran, he has honed his expertise through "under the bar" lifting and coaching throughout his various roles, including his tenure at the NSCA world headquarters in Colorado Springs from 2011-2019. Before joining the NSCA, Coach Caulfield was an assistant strength & conditioning coach at Dartmouth College from 2008-'11, working with football, men's & women's swimming, and men's rugby teams. Notably, from 2006-08, he was the head strength and conditioning coach and director of camps for the back-to-back American Basketball Association champions, Vermont Frost Heaves. Caulfield holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from Castleton University in 2000 and a master of arts in sports coaching from the University of Denver in 2017. His credentials include the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS,*D) and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator with Distinction (TSAC-F*D) certifications and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCCD), as well as USA Weightlifting's Level 2 Advanced Sports Performance Coach certification and Precision Nutrition's PN1 sports nutrition certification. Term End: 7/2026 (Practitioner Position)

Vice-President | Dr. Dave Heikkinen

Dave Heikkinen is an Associate Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He earned a doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology at Springfield College in 2012, and has held the CSCS credential and been an active member of the NSCA since 2003. Prior to his career in academia, Dave worked in the fields of Strength & Conditioning, Personal Training, and as a Coach in the sport of Alpine Ski Racing. He has been involved in many volunteer roles within the NSCA, with previous terms at the Massachusetts State Director, and the Northeast Regional Coordinator. He continues to serve the organization on the Membership Committee, as a member of the Northeast Regional Advisory Committee, and as an Administrator to the NSCA Northeast Facebook group. Dave has spoken at many conferences, for the NSCA as well as for other professional organizations. He has authored scientific articles and book chapters in the field of sports performance. Dave is a certified Alpine Coach and remains active as a competitor in Masters ski racing events. Term End: 7/2026 (At-Large Position)

Treasurer | Dr. Ludmila Cosio-Lima, PhD, CSCS (she/her/hers)

Dr. Ludmila Cosio-Lima, is a professor of exercise science at the University of West Florida. Her specific areas of study and research involve Sports Cardiology and 12-Lead ECG as a screening tool for sudden cardiac death, and investigating modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease. She has published more than 115 articles and abstracts on various aspects of exercise and its effects on health. Cosio-Lima puts her research into practice: she is an USA Triathlon All-American and level II coach who currently competes in Ironman triathlons (she completed 27 triathlons during the past 19 years). She is also an American College of Sports Medicine Fellow. She speaks six languages fluently. She received a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration from the University of New Mexico, and a master’s and doctorate in exercise physiology from Springfield College and was a Postdoctoral fellow in Preventive Cardiology at Hartford Hospital, Hartford CT under Paul Thompson, MD. Term End: 7/2025 (Academic Position)

Secretary | Kevin Schultz, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D, LMT

Kevin Schultz currently serves as the Director of Olympic Strength and Conditioning at the University of Wisconsin. Before his current position, Kevin was an Associate Director at Wisconsin from 2015-2020. He served as the Director of Sports Performance at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L) from 2011-2015 and the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Carnegie Mellon University (PA) from 2008-2011, a graduate assistant at UW-L from 2007-2008 and as a graduate intern at Arizona State University in 2007. While at UW-L for his graduate work, he was awarded an NSCA Assistantship through the NSCA Foundation. Kevin holds a bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sports Science Teaching (’06) and a master's degree in Exercise Science - Human Performance (’08) with concentrations in Strength and Conditioning and Coaching Competitive Athletics from UW-L. Kevin earned post-masters degrees from California University of Pennsylvania in Exercise Science Health and Promotion – Rehabilitation Sciences (’10) and Sports Psychology (’12) and an associate's certificate in Massage Therapy and Bodywork from the Community College of Allegheny County (’11). Kevin is currently a doctoral candidate in the Sports Leadership program at Concordia University of Chicago. Term End: 7/2027 (At-Large Position)

Member | Past-President | Dr. Don Melrose, PhD, CSCS,*D

Don Melrose is a Full Professor and Chair of Kinesiology and Military Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). He is currently in his 21st year with TAMUCC. Completing his PhD in Exercise Physiology in 1999 from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale, he served as TAMUCC’s first Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for its new Division 1 Athletic Program. Prior to that point he served as an Assistant Strength Coach at another university. Three years later he became a full time Assistant Professor in TAMUCC’s Department of Kinesiology and Health. Dr. Melrose is a teacher and a researcher who has spoken nationally, regionally, and locally. In addition, he has organized and promoted numerous NSCA events between 2011 and 2019. On behalf of the NSCA, he served as Texas State Advisor, Texas State Director, Midwest Regional Coordinator, and Vice Chair and Chair of the State-Provincial Director/Regional Coordinator Committee, overseeing the program in the U.S. and Canada. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Education Committee for the NSCA. He has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters on a variety of sport, fitness, clinical, and educational issues. In a previous life he was a competitive bodybuilder and powerlifter. He is a proud Dad and husband as well as a guitarist and singer in two different bands. Lastly, he proudly served in the US Air Force Reserves from 1990-1996. Term End: July 2027 (At-Large Position)

Member | Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA, ACSM-HFS ASCA-L2

Dr. Jay Dawes is an Associate Professor of Applied Exercise Science at Oklahoma State University. Dawes has worked as a university athletic performance coordinator, strength/performance coach, personal trainer, and educator for approximately 25 years. He also frequently coaches and provides sports science support to numerous elite and professional teams, as well as law enforcement, fire, and military groups. His primary research interests are focused on improving the health, fitness, and human performance for the tactical athletes/first responders, as well as sport athletes. Dawes has a broad background in strength and conditioning, with specific training and expertise in training and conditioning methods for athletes and first responders.  Term End: 7/2025 (NSCA Appointed Liaison/Member Position)

Public Member | Kevin J. Farley (he/him/his)

Kevin Farley currently serves as Director of Marking and Communications at Pikes Peak Community Foundation in Colorado Springs. He has more than 15 years of experience in professional communications management, brand development, and marketing strategy. Before joining the Community Foundation, Kevin served five years managing the communications and marketing activities for the national brand of USA Weightlifting, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of weightlifting. He also spent ten years serving communities across the west coast as an award-winning broadcast journalist. Kevin has been honored with two Emmy Awards and a Colorado Broadcasters Association award for his news coverage. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from California State Polytechnic University. Term End: 7/2025 (Public Member Position)

Foundation Executive Director

Executive Director | Carissa Gump, OLY, MPA (she/her/hers)

Carissa Gordon Gump has previously worked for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and USA Weightlifting serving as their Associate Executive Director for Business & Development as well as the USA Weightlifting Foundation Executive Director. Gump is a 2008 Olympian in the sport of weightlifting, an American Record holder, National Champion, Pan American Champion, All-American, World Team member and USA Weightlifting & New England Weightlifting Hall of Fame member. Carissa holds an B.S. in Business with an Emphasis in Sport Management from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, an M.P.A. in Non-Profit Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, and is pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from Liberty University.

Committee & Panel Leadership

  • Scholarship Committee
    Vanessa Moreno (Chair)
    Ethan Hill
    Jennifer Bunn
    Katelin Valser 
    Kyle Beyer 
    Mitchel Magrini
    Michael Mydlo (Student Member)
    Michael Naparalsky
  • Scholarship Panel

     

    Bryanne Bellovary
    Dimitrije Cabarkapa
    Kyle O'Toole
    Martin Dietze-Hermoa
    Robert Herron

     

  • Research Grant Review Panel

     

    Andrew Skibski (Student Member)
    Catherine Sanez
    Carmen Pata 
    David Hooper
    Haley Bergstrom
    James Tufano
    Jenevieve Roper
    Martin Dietze-Hermosa
    Sean Collins
  • Research Grant Reviewers
    Adam Gonzalez
    Adam Wells
    Adam Jajtner
    Adam Bradley
    Andrew Gonzalez
    Andrew Wells
    Ashley Herda
    B. Graves
    Brennan Thompson
    Brent Fedorko
    Brett Comstock
    Brett Crossland
    Brett Nickerson
    Brian Gearity
    Brian Brabham
    Brittanie Lockard
    Bryanne Bellovary
    Bulent Sokmen
    Christopher Johnson
    Daniel Margritz
    Daniel Kadlec
    Danielle Levitt
    David Cornell
    David Church
    David Sanders
    David Hooper
    Dawn Anderson
    Dimitrije Cabarkapa
    Donna Wolf
    Eric Sobolewski
    Erin Pletcher
    Ethan Hill
    Francisco Javier Robles-Palazón
    G. Haff
    Garrett Hester
    Gina Kraft
    Grant Tinsley
    Hui Ying Luk
    Ian Ekery
    J. Luke Pryor
    Jacob Mota
    James Navalta
    Jan Redmond
    Jason Smith
    Jason Pedley
    Jeffrey Montes
    Jennifer Kurtz
    Joan Eckerson
    Joel Martin
    Joshua Keller
    Joshua Carr
    Julia Olsen
    Katelin Valster
    Kathryn Lanphere
    Katie Hirsch
    Kealey Wohlgemuth
    Kyle Beyer
    Lee Brown
    Lisa Marquette
    Loren Chiu
    Lydia Caldwell
    Malcolm Whitehead
    Mandy Parra
    Mark Abel
    Meghan Magee
    Michael Axler
    Nan Triplett
    Nicolas Clark
    Rhodri Lloyd
    Rick Howard
    Robert Chetlin
    Robert Butler
    Rudi Marciniak
    Ryan Colquhoun
    Sarah Deemer
    Sharon Perry
    Steven  Pancoast 
    Stuart Guppy
    Stuart Best
    Terrie Bradshaw
    Timothy Hilliard
    Timothy Suchomel
    Trent Herda
    Ty Palmer
    Tyler Neltner
    William Kraemer
    Zachary Gillen

Past Board Leadership

Founded in 2007 with the aim of supporting the advancement of strength and conditioning practical applications, the NSCA Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to providing funding to the NSCA members taking part in educational and research endeavors. Here is a list of the Foundation's past leadership.

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    January  2007 President Joe Weir
        Vice President Larry Weiss
        Secretary/Treasurer  Lee Brown
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Lee Brown
    July  2007 President Joe Weir
        Vice President Larry Weiss
        Secretary/Treasurer  Lee Brown
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Carlos Santana
    July  2008 President Joe Weir
        Vice President Jeff Stout
        Secretary/Treasurer  Joan Eckerson
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Jeff Stout
    July  2009 President Lee Brown
        Vice President Jeff Stout
        Secretary/Treasurer  Joan Eckerson
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Jeff Stout
    July  2010 President Lee Brown
        Vice President Jeff Stout
        Secretary/Treasurer  Joan Eckerson
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Jeff Stout
        Member Jill Bush 
    July  2011 President Lee Brown
        Vice President Jill Bush 
        Secretary/Treasurer  Joan Eckerson
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Steve Fleck
    June 2012 President Lee Brown
        Vice President Jill Bush 
        Secretary/Treasurer  Joan Eckerson
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Jill Bush
    July 2012 President  Joan Eckerson
        Vice President Todd Miller
        Secretary/Treasurer Jared Coburn
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Todd Miller
    August 2012 President/Secretary Joan Eckerson
        Vice President/Treasurer Todd Miller
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Todd Miller
    October 2012 President/Secretary Joan Eckerson
        Vice President/Treasurer Todd Miller
        Member Brian Schilling
        Member Tammie Evetovich
        Public Member John Wingender
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Todd Miller
    February  2013 President Joan Eckerson
        Vice President/Treasurer Todd Miller
        Secretary Tammie Evetovich
        Member Brian Schilling
        Public Member John Wingender
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Todd Miller
    July  2013 President Joan Eckerson
        Vice President Brian Schilling
        Secretary/Treasurer Tammie Evetovich
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Todd Miller 
        Public Member John Wingender
    July  2014 President Tammie Evetovich
        Vice President Brian Schilling
        Secretary/Treasurer Chad Kerksick
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Todd Miller
        Public Member John Wingender
    July 2015 President Tammie Evetovich
        Vice President Chad Kerksick
        Secretary/Treasurer Brian Schilling
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Todd Miller
        Public Member John Wingender
    July  2016 President Tammy Evetovich 
        Vice President Brian Schilling
        Secretary/Treasurer Chad Kerksick
        Public Member Tom Mahoney
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member David Szymanski
    January  2017 President Brian Schilling
        Vice President Chad Kerksick
        Secretary/Treasurer Chad Kerksick
        Public Member Tom Mahoney
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member David Szymanski
        Member Korrey Hammond
    July 2018 President Matt Stock
        Vice President Nicole Dabbs
        Secretary/Public Member Tom Mahoney
        Treasurer Chad Kerksick
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Margaret Jones
        Member Korrey Hammond
    July 2019 President Matt Stock
        Vice President Nicole Dabbs
        Secretary/Public Member Tom Mahoney
        Treasurer Chad Kerksick
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Patrick McHenry
        Member Korrey Hammond
    July 2020 President Nicole Dabbs
        Vice President Ludmila Cosio-Lima
        Secretary/Public Member Tom Mahoney
        Treasurer Chad Kerksick
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Colin Wilborn
        Member/Past-President  Matt Stock
        Member Ashley Jackson
    July  2021 President Nicole Dabbs
        Vice President Don Melrose
        Secretary/Public Member Tom Mahoney
        Treasurer Ludmila Cosio-Lima
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Helen Binkley
        Member Ashley Jackson
        Member Kristen Snyman
    July  2022 President Don Melrose
        Vice President Kristen Snyman
        Secretary Ashley Jackson
        Treasurer Ludmila Cosio-Lima
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Jay Dawes
        Public Member Kevin Farley
        Member/Past President Nicole Dabbs
    July  2023 President Don Melrose
        Vice President Scott Caulfield 
        Secretary Kristen Snyman
        Treasurer Ludmila Cosio-Lima
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member  Jay Dawes
        Public Member Kevin Farley
        Member Dave Heikinnen
    July  2024 President Scott Caulfield
        Vice President Dave Heikkinen 
        Secretary Kevin Schultz
        Treasurer Ludmila Cosio-Lima
        NSCA Board Liaison/Member Jay Dawes
        Public Member Kevin Farley
        Member/Past President Don Melrose

     

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes are provided here for each board meeting of the National Strength and Conditioning Foundation Board of Directors. 

Strategic Plan

In April 2022, the NSCA Foundation Board of Directors, volunteer leaders, and staff met to develop a new strategic plan for the Foundation. This plan builds on previous strategic plans and will guide the NSCA Foundation in fulfilling its mission and vision in ways that reflect the current needs and societal environment. The NSCA Board of Directors will use the plan to guide the organization’s resource allocation decision-making.

 

 

PHASE 1

2022-2023

»Advance the excitement about the Foundation to members, donors, and potential donors.

»Expand contribution opportunities/modalities.

»Improve awareness of the Foundation’s opportunities and partnerships.

»Provide clear pathways for professional development.

Expanding and broadening membership and member volunteers across demographics and professions.

 

 

PHASE 2

 

2023-2024

» Informing the community about Foundation opportunities.

» Build relationships with major donors and funding sources.

» Increase connections with individuals and entities sharing the foundation’s purpose.

» Build steps to track return on investments.

 

PHASE 3

 

2024-2025

» Introduce publicly available information.

» Improve short- and long-term investment strategies.

» Advance connections with other Foundations.

 

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