Scaling the Summit-- Radio Gold
By National Academy of Health & Physical Literacy
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Scaling the Summit-- Radio Gold Dec 07, 2023
S4, E4 Holiday Special
In this festive episode of "Scaling the Summit", hosts Charity Bryan and Sandra Sims dive into the holiday spirit with a lively discussion and many heartwarming tales. Join them as they explore the magic of the season, sharing personal anecdotes, traditions, and tips for making the holidays memorable. Charity and Sandra bring a delightful blend of humor and warmth, making this episode a perfect companion for the holiday season.
Don't miss this special edition that captures the essence of the most wonderful time of the year!
S4, E3: Curt Martin
Get to know Curt Martin. Curt is the National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy Eastern Seaboard Representative on the Board of Directors. Curt has had a full teaching and coaching career. During our conversation, he discusses his love of coaching.
S4, E2: Jodie Leiss and Damon Leiss
Jodie Leiss and Damon Leiss are co-Executive Directors of the Midland Region of the National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy. We were excited to have them on the show to discuss their careers, physical education majors clubs, their vision for the Midland Region, and more!!
Jodie Leiss is an Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education in the Department of School of Health Science & Wellness at Northwest Missouri State University. Leiss is a teacher educator, physical education advisor, past President of the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Damon Leiss is an Assistant Professor and serves in the school of Health Science and Wellness at Northwest Missouri State University in several capacities. Damon Leiss works with both undergraduate and graduate students in Applied Health Science, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching Education.
Season 4 Kick-off
Join Sandra and Charity as they kick off another great season with "Scaling the Summit".
Learn more about the Academy by visiting: www.nahpl.org
S3, E9: Southern Tier LDC Recap
Hollie Newnam takes the host chair for this episode. Hollie, K-Lynn McKey, and Megan Lee discuss the highlights of the Southern Tier Region Leadership Development Conference.
S3, E8: NCAA Basketball Women's Final Four
In this episode, Charity Bryan and Donna Hester take a reflective look at the women's final four.
S3, E7: Christine Brennan
Christine Brennan is an award-winning national sports columnist for USA Today, a commentator for CNN, ABC News, PBS NewsHour and NPR. She is also a best-selling author and a nationally-known speaker.
Her USA Today column in April 2002 on Augusta National Golf Club triggered the national debate on the club’s lack of female members.
In December of that same year, Sports Illustrated’s Golf Plus section named her one of golf’s 12 heroes of the year.
Ten years later, in August 2012, Brennan broke the news that Augusta National was admitting its first two female members.
Learn more at: https://christinebrennan.com/
S3, E6 National Summit Recap
During this episode, show hosts Charity Bryan and Sandra Sims recap the highlights from the NAHPL National Summit. Maria Melchionda and Hollie Newnam stop in to also share their favorite aspects of the Summit. Recorded live in Newport, RI.
S3, E5 Mary Ellen Pethel
Today's episode features Dr. Mary Ellen Pethel.
Dr. Pethel is an author, historian, archivist, and digital humanist. She is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Education at Belmont University.
- Mary Ellen was a five-sport high school athlete at Rome High School in Rome, GA and played basketball at Berry College.
- In 1996, she transferred to the University of Tennessee and joined the history honors program where her senior thesis (on women's sports from 1897 to 1917) won best thesis award.
- While teaching and coaching tennis, softball, and basketball) at the high school level, Mary Ellen earned her Master’s degree in Education from Berry College in 2001 and began the PhD program at GA State University, graduating in 2009.
- Mary Ellen completed a Post-grad certificate in Digital Humanities from George Mason University.
- Prior to her appointment at Belmont, Dr. Pethel taught in the Social Science Department at Harpeth Hall School in Nashville.
- Mary Ellen has written five books: Athens of the New South; A Heartfelt Mission; All-Girls Education from Ward Seminary to Harpeth Hall; and her latest book which we will be discussing today: Title IX, Pat Sumitt, and Tennessee’s Trailblazers: 50 Years, 50 Stories.
- Mary Ellen has been featured on C-SPAN speaking about the 2020 Presidential Debate at Belmont University.
More info about "Title IX, Pat Summitt, and Tennessee's Trailblazers: 50 Years, 50 Stories" : https://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/college/ut/2022/10/12/belmont-professor-book-title-ix-pat-summitt-trailblazers-50-stories/69551048007/
S3, E4 Beth Uhlman
A bit about Beth:
- Bachelor of Science: Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance & Bachelor of Social Work UNA
- Master of Education: Educational Leadership UAB
- 25+ years of teaching experience at all grade levels
- 39 seasons of coaching experience in a variety of sports
- Wrote and won more than $25,000 in grants
- Presented professional development sessions at local, district, state, and national levels
- OPEN Physical Education National Trainer
- i3 Academy Middle School Teacher of the Year
- Bluff Park Teacher of the Year
- ASAHPERD Elementary Teacher of the Year
- ASAHPERD Secondary Teacher of the Year
- HHS-FC Spring Teacher of the Quarter
- ASAHPERD Coach of the Year
- Curriculum Instructor for State Department L.I.F.E Master Teacher
- ASAHPERD Vice President of Physical Education
- ALSDE Course of Study Committee - Physical Education Curriculum
- ASAHPERD Middle/Secondary Physical Education Council Chair
- ALSDE Curriculum Instructor for L.I.F.E Master Teacher
S3, E3 Carol Persson
Meet Carol Persson!!
Carol grew up in New Jersey, lived in Massachusetts for 29 years, retired to North Carolina for 8 years and moved to Florida this past June 2022.
Carol attended Slippery Rock University where she received a BS in Physical Education; then earned her Master’s at Montclair State University in New Jersey, then her doctorate in Physical Education from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Carol spent 26 years at Westfield State University serving as Vice President of Enrollment Management; Department Chair of Movement Science, Sport & Leisure Studies; Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and Professor of Movement Science.
Carol was President of AAHPERD in 1994-1995 and served on what appears to be every committee AAHPERD had!
Carol served Eastern District as President in 1989-1990 and, again, served in what had to be every possible Board and Committee position in the Eastern District!
She also served at the state level in Massachusetts AHPERD and New Jersey AHPERD.
We consider Carol a TRUE LEGEND!!!
S3, E2: Ben Kern
Meet Ben Kern.
Ben received his Doctor of Philosophy in 2017 from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His Principal Licensure was completed in 2002 and his BA in 1999 in Kinesiology K-12 Physical Education.
Currently, Ben is the Program Coordinator of the Physical Education Teacher Education in the Division of Kinesiology & Health at the University of Wyoming.
Ben is a Board member for Wyoming Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (WAHPERD) and previously served on the Board of Directors for Louisiana AHPERD.
Ben spoke to us regarding the US Physical Education and Physical Activity Policy Project-- a project that is important for all those involved in physical education and physical activity.
We hope you'll take a listen!!
S3, E1: Updates and more!
In this episode, hosts Charity Bryan and Sandra Sims discuss the resources available on the National Academy website, upcoming professional development opportunities, the new PLCs and more!
If you haven't spent time looking at the Academy website, you can find it here: www.nahpl.org
S2, E27: Adam Mullis
Meet Adam Mullis:
- Ph.D. Candidate: Health Education and Promotion:
- Master of Science in Education: Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction: May 2017 Walden University
- Bachelor of Science in Physical Education: Minor in Health May 2015 Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
- Currently teaching at Griffin Middle School 6th-8th Health and Physical Education Teacher
- Taught and coached at Crayton Middle School: 6th-8th Health and Physical Education Teacher
- South Carolina Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance President Elect, President and Past President (2015-2020)
- Numerous presentations for groups in South Carolina, SCAHPERD, SHAPE America & Human Kinetics
- Serving as the NAHPL Southern Tier Health Promotion Program Council MAL
- Healthier Generations National Award Winner- Silver (2018-2020), Bronze (2016-2018), Bronze (2015-2016)
- Winthrop Young Alumni Award (2019)
- Crayton Middle School Teacher of the Year (2018 -2019)
- Crayton Middle School Above the Call of Duty Award (2018 -2019)
- South Carolina Association for Physical Educators- Presidents Award Winner (2016)
- Most Outstanding Major- Winthrop University (2015)
- Physical Education Major of the year (2015)
- Physical Education Major of the year (2014)
- Eagle Scout (2011)
Adam chats with us about quality middle school physical education and his call to be actively involved in the profession!!
S2, E 26: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in Health and Physical Literacy, featuring Dr. Mara Simon
Our podcast for this month is the audio version of NAHPL's "Voices of the Academy" webinar that was presented in December 2021. This conversation features Dr. Mara Simon from Springfield College and includes Dr. Charity Bryan and Dr. Shawn Ladda.
For the webinar version, please visit: https://nahpl.org/webinars/
S2, E25: Tecca Kilmer & Kim Gerlich
Tecca Kilmer and Kim Gerlich are middle school physical education teachers at Turkey Creek Middle School in Plant City, Florida.
Tecca has served Southern District on the Leadership council, the Southern District Advocacy Committee, and the Southern District LMAS state coordinator chair. She is also a Past-President of SHAPE Florida. She represented SHAPE America as one of the TOY’s that was invited to work with NASA to develop Train Like an Astronaut curriculum/materials.
Kim has served on numerous committees for SHAPE Florida and Southern District. She has been teaching for 33 years and has certifications in the following areas: Elementary Education (Grades 1-6), English of Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL/Endorsement), Health (Grades K-12), Mentally Handicapped (Grades K-12), and Physical Education (Grades K-12).
Kim and Tecca love to laugh. Longtime co-workers, you can sense their enthusiasm and energy.
Thanks for tuning in!
S2, E24: Sarah Cahill
This episode is the podcast version of the National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy's July webinar. You can find that webinar here.
This webinar, titled "What is Physical Literacy? Do I have it? How do I help others achieve it?" was presented by Sarah Cahill.
To learn more about Sarah, please visit her bio.
The National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy is a diverse organization that seeks to advance health and physical literacy in our society, especially in K-12 schools, higher education, and in dance and sport venues. NAHPL seeks to grow and advance professional leaders who will interact and network on regional, national and global levels to expand health and physical literacy opportunities for all children and adults.
S2, E23: Dayna Watson, Trauma Informed Schools
This episode is the podcast version of the National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy's January webinar. You can find that webinar here.
This webinar, titled "Trauma- Informed Schools: How Schools Can Make the Shift" was presented by Dr. Dayna Watson.
Dayna Watson completed a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of Florida. She has extensive experience and training in clinical supervision and mental health counseling, specializing in counseling children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Watson’s clinical areas include play therapy techniques and creative interventions with children and adolescents, group therapy with young children, and cognitive therapy. Her research interests include issues of social class and poverty in mental health counseling, community-school collaboration, and counseling student development.
The National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy is a diverse organization that seeks to advance health and physical literacy in our society, especially in K-12 schools, higher education, and in dance and sport venues. NAHPL seeks to grow and advance professional leaders who will interact and network on regional, national and global levels to expand health and physical literacy opportunities for all children and adults.
As a member and mission centered organization, NAHPL encourages and facilitates active participation by all members, advocating for health and physical literacy. NAHPL leadership and members plan and implement professional learning opportunities and events at the regional and national levels, and advocate for health and physical literacy in Pre-K-higher education and across society.
To learn more about the Academy please visit www.nahpl.org
S2, E22: D-D Breaux
Coach D-D Breaux retired in 2020 after 43 years as head coach of the LSU Gymnastics team. An excellent athlete in her own right, Breaux was a nationally-ranked gymnast by both the A.A.U. and the U.S.G.F. and she was also a Junior Olympic National Champion.
A native of Donaldsonville, Louisiana, Breaux attended Southeastern Louisiana University where she competed for the Lady Lions gymnastics team for two seasons and helped SLU to a second-place finish at the 1972 AIAW Championships.
She has been named the SEC Coach of the Year on nine occasions, NCAA Central Regional Coach of the Year nine times, and in the summer of 2009, Breaux received one of the highest honors as she was voted into the USA Gymnastics Region 8 Hall of Fame. D-D was recognized as the National Gymnastics Coach of the Year in 2014 and again in 2017.
Coach Breaux chats with us about leadership, coaching, Title IX, mental health, and fishing!!!
S2, E21: Radio Gold Reunion
Recorded with a live studio audience, MC Dr. Hollie Newnam honors and recognizes previous guests of "Scaling the Summit" and puts Charity, Sandra, and Ginger in the hot seat. Enjoy this celebration!
S2, E20: Mimi Murray
Mimi Murray is an esteemed leader.
- Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Springfield College
- PhD from the University of Connecticut
- Springfield College professor of exercise science and sport studies for 52 years (the longest-standing faculty member in Springfield College history.
- Served as president for:
- International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance (ICHPER-SD)
- American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
- National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).
- Served as vice president for the United States Collegiate Sports Council
- Coached women’s gymnastics at Springfield College where her teams were undefeated in dual meet competition and won three Division I national championships.
- Coached the USA Gymnastics Team for the World University Games
- Served as a sport psychology consultant to the USA Olympic Field Hockey Team, the USA Olympic Equestrian Team, and numerous professional, collegiate, and high school athletes and coaches.
A few of her many honors inclue:
- Ethics Fellow of the International Institute for the Study of Sport
- Luther Halsey Gulick Award from AAHPERD
- R. Tait McKenzie Award
- Honor Awards from AAHPERD, ICHPER-SD, and NAGWS.
- Inducted into the inaugural class of the New Agenda: Northeast Women’s Hall of Fame and is an inductee in the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame.
- Recipient of the 2017 Springfield College President’s Humanics Achievement Award
S2, E19: Glenn Roswal
Glen Roswal has had an impactful career.
- Degrees from University of Florida and University of Maryland
- Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville State University, 2011-current
- President of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (now SHAPE America)
- Vice-President of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA)
- Chair of the Board of Easter Seals Alabama's Special Camp for Children and Adults (Camp ASCCA)
- Chair of the China Research Center on Sports for Persons with Disabilities International Advisory Council.
- Served on the board of directors for the National Easter Seal Society, National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Handicapped, Special Olympics Alabama, and the Easter Seal Society of Alabama.
- Fellow of the SHAPE America Research Consortium, International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, and the North American Society of HPERD Professionals.
- Competed at the collegiate level in tennis, held officials and head referee certification from the USTA, and was previously a tennis teaching professional.
- Jacksonville State University men’s tennis team to top 20 national rankings, earning Gulf South Conference coach of the year honors in 1980.
- Forged partnerships between the PTR, USTA, and Special Olympics, including recognition of the PTR as the Official Tennis Training Partner of Special Olympics.
Glenn has authored over 100 publications and spoken at more than 250 conferences, workshops and seminars in 30 countries. He has led a number of projects in eastern Europe and China and was twice selected as a European Union Erasmus Mundus Scholar, which involved guest teaching positions at Palacky University in Czech Republic and Limerick University in Ireland.
S2, E18: Conversations with K-5 educators
Our Scaling the Summit team is on holiday break. This week we replaying a webinar from the National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy. Focused on K-5 physical education, we hope this episode will help you recharge, reconnect, and refuel as you head into 2022.
See you next year!!
S2, E17: Holiday Show
The team is on Holiday Break. We hope you will enjoy last year's holiday show!!
Happy Holidays. We will see you again in 2022!
S2, E16: Sunshine Cowan
Sunshine Cowan is the Assistant Dean in the Jackson College of Graduate Studies (JCGS) and the University College, where she works on the new Quality Initiative for the university. Sunshine has a deep commitment to health literacy.
- Bachelor’s degree in in Community Health from University of Central Oklahoma in 2000
- MPH in Health Promotion Science from the University of Oklahoma in 2002
- Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in Environmental Science with a focus on environmental justice in 2009.
- Muscular Dystrophy Association 1999-2002
- Health Educator and YRBS Coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Education 2002-2004
- Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) where she co-coordinated the Public Health program 2004-2021 (17 years)
- Founding board member of the Oklahoma Health Equity Network (OHEN)
- Past President of the Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD)
- Former President of the Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA).
- Current Health VP Elect for Southern Tier Region (NAHPL)
We were thrilled to have Sunshine on the show.
S2, E15: Fely Curva
Fely Curva is currently serving as the National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy Advocacy Committee co-chair. Fely has much experience lobbying, specifically working with SHAPE Florida. Fely works for Curva and Associates, LLC in the areas of of research and evaluation, legislative advocacy, grant-writing, and staff development and training in the areas of health and social services with emphasis among others on medical education, gerontology, education, home and community-based services, safe and drug free school programs, and substance abuse.
Fely has been recognized for her efforts by receiving the following awards and honors:
Society of Health and Physical Educator (SHAPE) Florida Presidential Award
Florida Community Health Action Information Network (FL CHAIN), Budd Bell Advocacy Award
Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sports (FAHPERDS), Legislative Recognition Award
Florida Council on Aging, Annual Aging Network Conference, 2003 Quality Senior Living Awards, Dr. Carter Osterbind Outstanding FCOA Member Award
Take a listen and learn how you can become more advocacy focused.
S2, E14: Steve Cone
Steve Cone has led a rich career devoted to service and leadership. We were fortunate to have him on the show.
S2, E13: Sally Nazelrod
Sally Nazelrod has a rich career in physical education. She finished her 40-year career in Baltimore County Public Schools as the Supervisor of Physical Education. What a legacy!!
Her professional roles include:
- Bachelor’s Science Degree in Health and Physical Education from Lock Haven State University in Pennsylvania
- M.Ed Educational Management and Supervision from Loyola University in Maryland
- Coordinator of Health and Physical Education for Baltimore County Public Schools (2007-2015)-Total time employed by Baltimore County Public Schools=40 years!
- Supervisor of Physical Education-1994-2007
- 1993-94-Specialist in Physical Education
- 1992-93-Assistant Principal-Hernwood Elementary
- 1983-92-Instructional Specialist in Elementary Physical Education-Northwest
- Teaching Responsibilities at: Hernwood Elementary, Owings Mills Elementary & Summit Park Elementary
- 1973-1983-Physical Education Teacher-Catonsville Elementary/ Relay Elementary
- Executive Director of SHAPE Maryland/MAHPERD (2016-2019)
- Supervisor of student interns McDaniel College (2015-2020)
Sally's honors include:
- MD AHPERD - Simon McNeely Honor Award -1983
- Outstanding Young Women in America -1984
- William Burdick Award-Outstanding Service to MD AHPERD-2005
- R. Tait McKenzie Award –Distinguished Leadership in Health and Physical Education –
- MD AHPERD - 2016
- CLSPE (Council for Leadership in Supervision of Physical Education)-Distinguished Leadership in Physical Education Award- AAHPERD National Convention 2007
- Manchester Valley High School- Inaugural President-Athletic Boosters 2011
- AAHPERD EDA Acknowledgement Award 2011
- AAHPERD EDA Honor Award 2012
- Baltimore County Board of Education - Board Resolution 2012
- Eastern District SHAPE America – Outstanding Professional Award 2016
- SHAPE America – Joy of Effort – Tampa 2019
Sally is a true advocate for health and physical education. Thanks for tuning in!
S2, E12: Stephanie Canada-Phillips
Stephanie has a career of service, serving in positions such as:
- Past Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (OAHPERD) President (2014), and continues to serve the OAHPERD Board and Council as a committee member for Professional Development.
- Oklahoma National and State Teachers of the Year Chapter President.
- Southern District, Leadership Council as a Member at Large, and Professional Development coordinator.
- SHAPE America Physical Activity Leader Trainer
- Committee member in the development of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Physical Education (Second Edition, 2014).
- Program manager for the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Physical Education Committee and the subsequent curriculum framework development committee. Recently she worked with the Center for Curriculum Redesign participating in their Context in Competencies Study for the 21st Century Learner.
- Currently serving as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee for the National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy.
She has also received several prestigious honors and awards:
- Oklahoma Teacher of the Year
- Betty Ambercrombie Scholar Award, Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, October, 2018
- Virginia Peters Higher Education Award, Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, October, 2016
- East Central University Distinguished Alumnae, East Central University, February, 2011
- Honor Award, Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, October, 7, 2010
- East Central University Education Hall of Fame Inductee, College of Education, East Central University, April, 2008
- Shawnee Public Schools Teacher of the Year, Shawnee Public Schools, February, 2007
- Masonic Teacher of Today, Oklahoma Masonic Lodge, September, 2007
- Certified Employee of the Month, Shawnee Public Schools, December, 2006
- Teacher of the Year, Will Rogers Elementary, Shawnee Public Schools, 2006
- Best Practices Award, State Department of Education Healthy and Fit Schools, November, 2005
S2, E11: Michelle Grenier
Michelle Grenier is the current President of the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilties (NCPEID). She is an expert in the field of adapted physical education. Michelle received her Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from the University of Massachusetts, her MS in Special Physical Education from the University of New Hampshire, and her PhD in Physical Education and Disability from the University of New Hampshire. She is Professor Emeritus for the University of New Hampshire where she has been in the Department of Kinesiology since 2000. Michelle is well known for her numerous publications and presentations.
Michelle's teaching career spans more than 30 years. She is the recipient of many awards and honors, such as:
- 2021 SHAPE America- Julian U. Stein Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2020 NHAHPERD Meritorious Achievement Award.
- 2019 Outstanding Program Award. SHAPE America. Tampa, FL.
- 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Governor’s Council on Physical Activity and Health.
- 2015 Inducted International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity as a Research Fellow, Netanya, Israel.
- 2009 Outstanding College Faculty Award, American Associated of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Waterville Valley, NH
We were honored to have Michelle on our show.
Be sure to visit the NCPEID website for resources mentioned in the show.
To view the ASAHPERD UDL webinar mentioned in the show, visit the ASAHPERD Connection website.
S2, E10: Dave Bellar
Dave Bellar currently serves as the UNC Charlotte Department of Applied Physiology, Health & Clinical Sciences Founding Chair and Professor, He received his BS Degree in Biology and Life Science Chemistry and his Master of Science in Secondary Education from John Carroll University. Dave earned his PhD in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University.
His past professional involvement includes:
- Director Human Performance Lab, in the School of Kinesiology, at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
- Director of the School of Kinesiology, at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
- Volunteer Track and Field Coach at UL Lafayette
- Sport Scientist for the National Olympic Committee of Romania
- Membership committee - National Strength and Conditioning Association
- Executive Committee Coaching Education – USA Track and Field
- Contributing Editor – Louisiana AHPERD Journal
- Research Chair – Southern District AHPERD
- State Program Director Louisiana – National Strength and Conditioning Association
- Vice Chair – Executive Committee Coaching Education – USA Track and Field
- Board of Director – American Kinesiology Association
- Kids on the Geaux Program co-Developer, provided direction to a joint project between the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Dave is the Co-Editor of the Journal of Health and Physical Literacy, the official journal of the National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy.
S2, E9: Larry Judge
Larry Judge currently serves as Associate Chair and Professor of Kinesiology at Ball State University [at Ball State since 2006]. He has BA in Political Science, MPA Public Administration, MS Physical Education (Exercise Science/Sport Management), and PhD Education Administration (Higher Education Admin/Exercise Science).
Larry holds many professional certifications:
- National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer.
- USA Weightlifting Advanced Sport Performance Coach.
- USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach
- United States Track and Field, Level 3 Coach
- American College of Sports Medicine, Health Fitness Instructor
- American Council on Exercise, Certified Personal Trainer,
- National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Larry is one of the preeminent throw coaches in the country. Hagan Landry, one of Larry's athletes, won the silver medal in the men’s shot put (F41) in the Paralympics this Summer.
S2, E8: Susan Jackson
Susan Jackson received her Bachelor’s and Ed.S. degrees in Physical Education from University of Montevallo and her Master’s degree in Physical Education from UAB. She has retired with 30+ years as an Elementary Physical Education teacher in two different schools. She has worked as an adjunct instructor for two universities. Currently, Susan is an archery instructor for Hoover Parks and Recreation. She serves as a representative for HEAL United. She works with Alabama Conference of Educators. Susan has served and continues to serve in numerous positions at the state, regional and national level.
Susan has received numerous awards and honors, such as:
- Alumnus of the Year for UM and UAB
- Elementary Teacher of the Year for ASAHPERD and Southern District
- TOY for both schools she taught (Childersburg Elem & Valley Elem)
- Teacher Hall of Fame at Childersburg Elementary
- Jump Rope for Heart Awards at the state, regional and national level
Susan was a cooperating teacher for many student interns and definitely has made her mark within the profession.
We hope you'll listen!
S2, E7: Linda Woods Huber
Linda received her Bachelor’s Science Degree in Health and Physical Education from Lock Haven University. She taught Health and Physical Education for 10 years and coached field hockey, basketball and gymnastics. Linda's experience also includes managing a racquet club for 5 years. Linda received her Masters Degree in Management from Penn State University.
Linda served as the Executive Director of PSAHPERD for 37 years and is now retired. She has been a PSAHPERD member for 45+ years and has served on many Eastern District Association Councils and Committees, including Eastern District President, Eastern District Parliamentarian, and Society of Association management (SAM).
Currently, Linda is the Parliamentarian for The National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy.
S2, E6: Brent Powell
Brent has a distinguished career in Health Education/Health Literacy and serves the profession in a number of leadership roles. Brent's background includes receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Samford University and his PhD in Health Education and Health Promotion from UAB.
Currently, Brent is a Professor at California State University, Stanislaus and is the President of Western District SHAPE America.
Brent has been recognized for his work by receiving a number of honors and recognitions, such as:
- Outstanding Doctoral Health Education Student UAB 2008
- Nominated for Outstanding Professor Award CSU Stanislaus 2014-2015; 2016-2017; 2017-2018
- Stan State Club/Organization Advisor of the Year 2015
- Outstanding Alumni Health Education UAB 2018
- CAHPERD Honor Award 2020
We enjoyed our conversation with Brent and we think you will too!
Capture the Rainbow 5K - Special Announcement
Former Scaling the Summit- Radio Gold guest, Larissa Maloney brings us information about this great family fun event.
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S2, E5: Toni Leo
Toni Leo has had a storied career in physical education and coaching. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education from University of Montevallo and her Master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She served for 29 years as MS/HS Physical Educator, Health Educator, Dance Educator and Coach at 8 schools where she coached volleyball, basketball, tennis and archery AND was the choreographer of 5 musicals and show choir.
Toni also worked with the Alabama State Department of Education as the Health and Physical Education Specialist and retired from public education in 2013.
In her "retired" life, Toni has worked and/or volunteered for the Alabama Sports Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Alabama Sports Festival Foundation, HEAL United, and the Hoover archery range. Additionally, she is an adjunct instructor for the University of Alabama - Birmingham (UAB).
Toni has received numerous awards and honors, including:
ASAHPERD/Southern District to AAHPERD –
High School Health TOY; High School Physical Education TOY; SD High School Physical Education TOY; Dance TOY; Pathfinder Award; Honor Award; Hoops For Heart Coordinator of the Year
State Championship Boys Tennis Coach – 1993 Grissom H.S.; County Basketball Coach of the Year; Over the Mountain Basketball Coach of the Year; County Tennis Coach of the Year; Over the Mountain Tennis Coach of the Year
Enjoy the show!
S2, E4: Gene White
Gene White is the President Elect for the National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy.
He holds a BS and MEd in Health and Physical Education from West Chester State College in Pennsylvania (Now West Chester University). Gene received his Principal Certification from Penn State. Gene's PhD is from Temple University in Psycho-Social Interactions in Play.
Gene also serves as the current Chair and Fellow, North American Society for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance and is a professor of Physical Education Teacher Education at East Stroudsburg University.
Gene has held many service roles including:
President of Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
President of Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
It was a joy having Gene on the show.
#3 Ginger Aaron-Brush
Ginger Aaron-Brush has 22 years of experience teaching physical education and is currently a teacher at Pelham Oaks Elementary School in Pelham, Alabama. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Montevallo and her Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S) from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Additionally, she is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher.
Ginger serves on the ASAHPERD (Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) Board as Social Media Manager. She also manages social and digital media for the the National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy and HEAL United. Ginger is also the technical producer of "Scaling the Summit-Radio Gold".
Her physical education program is innovative where all students find joy in moving and her hope is that all students develop the skills necessary to become physically literate and skillful movers.
To connect with Ginger on Twitter: @gingeraaron
#2 Beth Kirkpatrick
Beth Kirkpatrick is the Director of Education and Advocacy of Heart Zones Inc. She has taught middle school PE in the public schools’ systems in Vinton, Iowa for 20 years Beth is considered the pioneer of wearable technologies – the heart rate monitor – in schools. Previously, she served as the Director of Education for Polar Electro Inc. for 18 years
Beth has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Life Magazine, countless magazine and newspaper stories nationwide. Her published work includes one of the first books for using heart rate monitors in physical education titled “Lessons From the Heart.”
Beth has keynoted over 1500 conferences in all fifty states as well as international keynotes in Malaysia, South Africa, Germany, Brazil, China, and Canada.
She has been awarded the Emens Distinguished Professorship at Ball State University, and numerous state and national education awards including the U.S. Department of Education’s Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Award, as well as the US West Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Iowa, and National Association of Sport and Physical Education’s Teacher of the Year for the state and district.
#1 Maria Cornelius
Maria Cornelius, who joined Moxley Carmichael in 2013, is a longtime communications professional with extensive experience as a writer and editor across various media, including digital, video and print. Moxley Carmichael is one of East Tennessee's premier public and media relations firms, providing comprehensive communications services to local, regional and national companies and organizations.
Maria has been immersed in Tennessee media for more than 30 years, including a 14 year stint at the Knoxville News Sentinel, where she rose through the ranks from reporter to assistant managing editor.
Maria also is an accomplished sportswriter with bylines in local, regional and national media. She wrote the award-winning book, “The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt,” which chronicles the last season of the legendary Lady Vols basketball coach. The book sold 4,000 copies in the first five days after its release. (https://www.amazon.com/Final-Season-Perseverance-Pat-Summitt/dp/1621902722)
Maria was named the 2020 recipient of the Mel Greenberg Media Award by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The award is presented annually to a member of the media or sports communications professional who has best displayed a commitment to women’s basketball and to advancing the role of the media in the women’s game.
Maria is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists; U.S. Basketball Writers Association; Association for Women in Sports Media; and the WBCA.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Memphis in 1987. Originally from North Carolina, Maria now resides in Seymour, Tennessee with her dogs, Gus and Sansa, and assorted cats, including the angelic Patches and a diva named Sophia Maria.
#52 Darlene Kluka
Darlene Kluka is currently consulting sport management programs and will be faculty in residence at Southeastern Louisiana University this fall.
Prior to her retirement, Darlene was Dean of the School of Human Perf. & Leisure Sciences at Barry University in Miami Fla.
Before serving as Dean at Berry, Darlene taught at the Univ. of Pretoria in SA, Kennesaw State, LA Tech, LSU Shreveport, Grambling, and UCO among others.
Darlene's K-12 experiences included teaching and coaching for 9 years at three high schools. Coaching included: volleyball, field hockey, gymnastics (boys and girls), softball.
Her service in numerous capacities includes President of the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women and President of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).
Darlene also served as Deputy Delegate for AAHPERD to the United States Olympic Committee and served as a member of Women’s Sports Foundation. In 2001 The Women’s Sports Foundation established The Darlene A. Kluka Women’s Sports and Physical Activity Research Award as the Foundation’s way of respecting her leadership, vision and desire to create a legacy that acknowledges the outstanding performance of researchers.
Darlene has been the recipient of numerous awards including the NAGWS Honor Award, Women’s Sports Foundation President’s Award, ICHPERSD Scholar in Sport and the Olympic Movement, NAGWS International Pathfinder Award.
#51 Sandra Sumner
Without Sandra Sumner, thousands of physical educators across this country would not have had the quality professional development opportunities that were provided during Sandra’s tenure at AAHPERD and SHAPE America.
From 1987 to 1999:, Sandra served as the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Convention Program Coordinator
- Provided key support to the Director of Conventions for this organization that promoted and supported leadership, research, education, and best practices in professions that support creative, healthy, and active lifestyles, ensuring the successful planning, production, and execution of the Alliance’s national convention and exposition, Leadership Development Conference, and other events.
From 1999 to 2017, Sandra served as the Convention and Event Management Director for the Society for Health and Physical Education (SHAPE America), Formerly AAHPERD
- In this role, Sandra managed contracts and RFP’s, negotiated key terms, conditions, and pricing of agreements with vendors and key hotel and convention center stakeholders providing services, venues, and goods critical to the successful execution of each event.
#50 Gayle See
Gayle See currently serves as the Executive Director SHAPE Washington and the Executive Director of Oregon SHAPE. She has led a full career of professional service. She has taught physical education at all levels and coached several sports. Although she is currently retired from teaching she still coaches tennis.
Throughout her career, Gayle has been recognized for her efforts and has received several awards, including the AAHPERD HONOR Award (2013), the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport – Pathfinder Award (2009), and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education – Joy of Effort Award (2008).
It was a joy to have Gayle on the show.
#49 Introducing the National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy
During this episode of Scaling the Summit, you will be introduced to the leaders of the Academy.
Maria Melchionda, CEO
Charity Bryan, President
Karen J. Thomas-O'Dowd, Past President
Deb Berkey, Executive Director of the Midland Region
Carol Ciotto, Executive Director of the Eastern Seaboard Region
Hollie Newnam, Executive Director of the Southern Tier Region
Cam Kerst, Executive Director of the West Coast Region
#48 Deb Berkey
Deb Berkey is currently the Executive Director of SHAPE Michigan and the Executive Director of the Midwest District in SHAPE America.
She earned a masters in physical education and motor development and a doctorate in professional preparation, pedagogy and behavior analysis from West Virginia University. Deb retired in June 2018 after 33 years of service at Western Michigan University where she was instrumental in the development of the online graduate program in pedagogy. She also served as Chair of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department at Western Michigan from 1994-2007.
Among her professional roles, Deb has served as the President of the Midwest District, President of the National Council of Phi Epsilon Kappa, Midwest Representative to AAHPERD Board of Governors and the Midwest Representative to the National Council of Phi Epsilon Kappa.
Deb has received Midwest District and AAHPERD Honor Awards, Meritorious Service Awards and the Michigan AHPERD University Professor of the Year Award.
An avid golfer, Deb also enjoys cycling and international travel. She has traveled to the Netherlands, Italy and southern France on bike and barge trips and has been fortunate to visit Belgium, Switzerland, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Greece, Turkey, Scotland, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
#47 Sister Jean Marie Craig
Sister Jean Marie Craig is a Sister of the Blessed Sacrament for Native Americans and Colored People
She received her doctorate in Physical Education from the University of Southern Mississippi; her Master’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Northern Arizona University, and her Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Xavier University in New Orleans, where he has been teaching Physical Education, First Aid and CPR for almost 40 years.
In addition to serving as President of Louisiana AHPERD, Sister Jean Marie has served in many other roles for LAHPERD over the years and she has served on the Southern District AAHPERD Board as well.
Sister Jean Marie has received NUMEROUS awards in her career including the AAHPERD Pathfinder Award, the Louisiana AHPERD Pathfinder Award, the Southern District Ethnic Minority Award, the Southern District Leadership Award, the Louisiana AHPERD Honor award, and the Outstanding doctoral student award from the University of Southern Mississippi.
In addition to her awards, Sister Jean Marie has also been recognized as Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Arizona, Basketball Coach of the Year for AIA, President of the Louisiana Association for Teachers, and President of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.
#46 Kim Thompson
Kim Thompson received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Health and Physical Education from the University of West Georgia. Kim began working in the Department of Sport Management, Wellness, and Physical Education at West Georgia in the Fall of 2012 when she retired from working in the Douglas County School System (after 30 years).
She attended Florida State University where she was a member of the Lady Seminoles basketball team.
Kim has served as the Georgia AHPERD Executive Director since 2010 and is the past Chair of the Society of Association Management.
Kim is passionate about teaching and loves spending time advocating for improvements in the profession to better serve the students and teachers of Georgia.
Kim is a true leader in the profession and we were honored to have her join us!
#45 Diana Everett
Diana Everett retired in 2018 as the Executive Director for TAHPERD (Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance).
She holds a PhD in sport administration from the Texas Woman’s University (TWU). Her Master’s degree in physical education is from Baylor University and her Bachelor’s degree, also in physical education, is from The University of Texas Arlington. Diana taught physical education, health, and biology and coached basketball, tennis, track, and volleyball at these Texas schools: Midlothian High School, Travis Middle School (Temple ISD), San Marcos High School, Clear Creek High School and Clear Brook High School.
Diana began her association management career in 1995 as the Executive Director for the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS), which was allied with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) in Reston, VA.
Diana has presented at local, state, regional, and national conferences. She also has several publications and awards. Some of her most treasured recognitions are the Kitty Magee Most Promising Professional Award from Texas Woman’s University, the Meritorious Service Award from USA Volleyball, Midlothian ISD Athletics Hall of Honor, and the TAHPERD Honor Award and Distinguished Service Award. Some of Diana’s favorite activities are kayaking, golf, sailing, traveling, and reading.
It is a true honor having Diana on the show.
#44 Danny Ballard
Danny Ballard earned her BS from the University of Houston in Elementary Education, her MEd form University of Houston in Health Education, and her EdD from Oklahoma State University. She began her career as a classroom teacher Houston and Pasadena, Texas. Danny served as an Assistant Professor at Idaho State University and a Professor of Health Education at Texas A & M.
Danny has served in many roles in AAHPED, Southern District, and TAHPERD including: AAHPERD President, AAHPERD Board of Governors
and Southern District President.
We enjoyed our conversation with Danny and we hope you will too!