SHAPE America Board of Directors

The governing body of SHAPE America is an 11-member Board of Directors. The Board is composed of 11 professional members, including the president, past president and president-elect. The Board may also appoint up to two (2) non-voting members who are not professional members of SHAPE America.

Directors serve at-large and represent the whole membership. The chief executive officer serves as an ex-officio director without vote.

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2016-17 Board of Directors

Jacalyn Lund, Georgia State University, Atlanta
Jacalyn Lund is professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Georgia State University. During 16 years of public school teaching, Lund experienced many of the problems faced by teachers, which led to her interest in accountability and assessment in her higher education career. Throughout her career, she has focused her efforts on making physical education an essential part of the school curriculum and on improving teacher effectiveness. She served on the committee that developed the National Content Standards for Physical Education in 1995 and was president of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). In 2012, she was inducted into the NASPE Hall of Fame. Lund received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, M.S. from the University of Northern Colorado, and her B.S. from Michigan State University.

E. Paul Roetert
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Roetert is CEO of SHAPE America. He holds a Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut and completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in physical education at California State University, Fullerton. He has authored four books and numerous chapters and articles related to health, fitness, sport science and medicine, and strength and conditioning; and has given hundreds of scientific and invited presentations in the U. S. and worldwide. Prior to joining SHAPE America, he served as the managing director of player development for the United States Tennis Association.

Marybell Avery, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE
Marybell Avery is a curriculum specialist for health and physical education for Lincoln Public Schools. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before serving as assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Sciences at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Her primary work focus is K-12 health and physical education curriculum, including professional development of teachers, instructional practice, assessment of student performance and program assessment. She served on NASPE's Assessment Task Force that developed PE Metrics and was president of NASPE from 2000-2001.

Collin Brooks, R.E. Jewell Elementary School, Bend, OR
Collin Brooks is an elementary physical educator in Bend, OR. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Oregon State University, and since the start of his teaching career in 2007, he has received the NASPE STARS Award for Physical Education Program Excellence and his National Board Teaching Certification. Brooks recently served on the SHAPE America Northwest District Leadership Council. As chair of professional development, he created a free webinar series for physical educators all over Northwest District as well as the nation. He is also part of a new movement of physical educators who are dedicated to finding innovative ways of expanding professional learning networks and professional growth digitally via social media, podcasting and blogging.

Charlene Burgeson, Let’s Move! Active Schools, Washington, DC
Charlene Burgeson is executive director of Let’s Move! Active Schools, a national collaboration of leading health, education and private sector organizations working to ensure that 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the new norm for children in K-12 schools. She is employed by the Partnership for a Healthier America. Burgeson served as executive director of NASPE from 2003-2011. She has given more than 100 national and international presentations and is a certified association executive. She received a master's degree in physical education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Fran Cleland, West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Fran Cleland is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at West Chester University (WCU). She has been teaching at WCU for 21 years and is also the assistant chair of the Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification Division. Cleland also taught at the University of New Hampshire and East Stroudsburg University (PA). Prior to teaching at the college level, she taught K-12 health and physical education in Indiana, Virginia and Oregon. Cleland's research has focused on implementing critical thinking in K-12 physical education. She is the lead author of the textbook, Developmental Physical Education for All Children –Theory into Practice, to be published in 2016.

Terri Drain, Vintage Hills Elementary School, Pleasanton, CA
For the first 12 years of her career, Terri Drain taught high school and coached in rural and urban communities in British Columbia, Canada. In 1998, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and began her current assignment as an elementary physical educator in the Pleasanton Unified School District. In this position, she has written curriculum, developed the district's wellness policy, fought against program cuts, advocated for quality physical education, worked to educate the community about the value of physical education, and secured grants to reduce class size. In 2007, she was recognized as the CAHPERD Elementary Teacher of the Year and in 2008, she was named the Southwest District Elementary Teacher of the Year. Drain is a National Board Certified Teacher (2003, 2013) and earned her master's degree in health, human performance and recreation from Central Washington University in 2007.

Baker Harrell, IT’S TIME TEXAS, Austin
Baker Harrell is the CEO and founder of IT'S TIME TEXAS, a non-profit cause organization whose mission is to empower people to lead healthier lives and build healthier communities. Based in Austin, IT’S TIME TEXAS has become a preeminent community health organization that has impacted the health of millions of Texans in hundreds of communities. Prior to founding IT’S TIME TEXAS, Harrell completed a master’s degree in health education with a concentration in childhood obesity. His philosophy of empowering people to initiate pro-social change is reflected in the work of IT’S TIME TEXAS and is supported by his interdisciplinary doctoral research, which focused on the intersection of social movement studies, social marketing and public health.

Steve Jefferies, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
Past President
Steve Jefferies is a professor emeritus at Central Washington University. Originally from Great Britain, he taught public school physical education before receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. He served as NASPE president in 2008 and was the initiator of the PE 2020 project. He is creator of the online magazine pelinks4u and served six years as a publicly elected school board member. Today, his primary professional focus is on issues influencing the future of American public school physical education.

Artie Kamiya, Great Activities Publishing Company, Durham, NC
Artie Kamiya is a former elementary physical educator (Raleigh, NC), state director of health & physical education (NC Department of Public Instruction), and the senior administrator for K-12 Health & Physical Education (Wake County Schools, NC). Kamiya received a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A self-proclaimed #PEGeek, Kamiya is very active on social media and wants more SHAPE America members to do the same! He is also known for his work as the president and founder of Great Activities Publishing Company.

Judy LoBianco, South Orange-Maplewood School District, Maplewood, NJ
Judy LoBianco is the supervisor of health, physical education and nursing services for South Orange-Maplewood School District. LoBianco earned her undergraduate teaching degree in health and physical education and her MA from Montclair State University. She has taught all levels of physical education and presented numerous times at state, district and national conferences. LoBianco is a past president of the Eastern District and New Jersey AHPERD. She also serves SHAPE America as a Physical Activity Leader (PAL) trainer.

Steve Mitchell, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
Steve Mitchell has been at Kent State University (KSU) in Ohio since 1992. He holds a Ph.D. from Syracuse University and is currently a professor of physical education in the School of Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Studies at KSU. Mitchell has authored numerous articles and book chapters related to standards-based teaching in physical education, and has also co-authored two textbooks related to teaching games for understanding within public school physical education. Mitchell is a past president of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. Recent undertakings include membership on the state PE standards curriculum writing and assessment development teams, membership on SHAPE America restructuring committees and the PE Metrics revision task force.

Hans van der Mars, Arizona State University, Mesa
Hans van der Mars serves as program director for Arizona State University’s Physical Education Teacher Education Program, and its Master’s of Physical Education (M.P.E.) program. A sport pedagogy scholar, he has authored/co-authored 68 refereed research and professional papers, three textbooks and 26 book chapters. In addition, he has made more than 140 national and international presentations. He is a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK), SHAPE America and the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance Professionals. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Program Councils

The Program Councils are the idea generators of the organization. The councils carry out SHAPE America's mission by organizing task forces, carrying out and accomplishing work on behalf of the organization and communicating with the membership at large about the needs of the profession and the resources that SHAPE America should provide. Click here to learn more about the councils .

Standing Committees

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Delegate Assembly

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North American Society

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