Board of Directors

by admin, September 2, 2014
Scott Sehnert, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD
Dallas Cowboys
Scott Sehnert was named the Dallas Cowboys director of sports performance leading into the 2016 season. In his role, Sehnert works closely with the athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coaches in developing player-specific nutrition, performance and recovery plans. Sehnert comes to Dallas after spending the previous seven years as the sports dietitian at Auburn University (AU).

In his role at Auburn, Sehnert oversaw the sports nutrition needs for AU’s 21 varsity sports, including nutrition education, counseling, training tables, body composition analysis and supplement evaluation. Sehnert earned his bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Ball State in 2003. He earned his first master’s degree in nutritional sciences with a wellness and sports nutrition emphasis from the University of Kentucky in 2005. He completed his clinical training at UK’s Chandler Medical Center and the Lexington V.A. Hospital. Sehnert then earned a master’s in Kinesiology with a concentration in exercise physiology from Michigan State University in 2009. Upon completion of his first masters and clinical training, Sehnert spent three months as an intern with the U.S. Speed Skating Team and the University of Utah Sports Nutrition Program (2005). While working towards his second master’s, Sehnert was the coordinator of sports and cardiovascular nutrition program at Michigan State. During the final year of his master’s program, he worked as an intern with the Spartans strength and conditioning staff.

Sehnert is a Registered Dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and is a member of the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition group. He also holds certifications with the AND as a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics and with the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He serves on the board of directors for the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association. Sehnert and his wife, Beth, have a son, Leland and a daughter, Lyla.

KAT_9776Vice President:
Amanda Carlson-Phillips, MS, RD, CSSD

Amanda Phillips is the vice president of nutrition and research for EXOS, formerly Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance in Phoenix, Ariz. A registered dietitian, Phillips earned her bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences with a minor in chemistry from the University of Arizona and then went on to complete a master’s degree in sports nutrition and exercise physiology from Florida State University.

At EXOS, Phillips works directly with the nutrition team and also coordinates research efforts to help EXOS stay on the cutting-edge of sports science.

Allison Maurer, MS, RD, CSCS
Sports Dietitian, Consultant

Allison Maurer is a veteran sports dietitian with more than 12 years of experience fueling athletes.  Currently, she consults with local high schools to bring sports nutrition to high school athletes. Additionally, she manages her private practice and serves as a middle school physical education teacher in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Previously, Maurer spent nearly nine years as the sports dietitian at the University of Tennessee (UT) where she oversaw the nutrition services for all student-athletes. While at UT, she taught two undergraduate nutrition courses in sports nutrition and developed and implemented various policies and protocols.

Maurer has presented at several national conferences for professional associations and on-behalf of sports nutrition brands including the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, Gatorade, Glazier Clinic, Hammer Strength Clinics, NCAA, Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society and has presented webinars for The National Dairy Council and The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association.

Prior to her appointment at Tennessee, Maurer was the sports dietitian and an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  There she oversaw nutrition services for all teams and was also the strength coach for women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, cheer, dance and assisted with football.

Maurer serves on the board of directors for The Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA).  She is a board certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD) and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS).  She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA) as well as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Maurer graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in nutrition and dietetics.  She earned a Master’s in nutrition from Georgia State University.  Maurer is married to Dan and they have three boys, Manny, Emilio and Nico.

KAT_9762Conference and Events Chair:
Amy Culp, RD, CSSD, LD
University of Texas

Amy Culp began as Assistant Athletics Director/Sports Dietitian at The University of Texas in 2012. She previously served as a consultant sports dietitian for the University for five years. Armed with her wealth of nutrition knowledge and a true passion for leading others toward a healthier lifestyle, Culp feels she is doing her life’s work when working with individual athletes and teams on fueling strategies for optimizing performance and health.

Culp earned her bachelor of science with distinction in food and nutrition from San Diego State University and completed her clinical training at the highly competitive and challenging VA San Diego Healthcare System. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and is board certified in sports dietetics.

While at SDSU, she was chosen as the Outstanding California Dietetic Student of the Year for the State of California by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Culp is an active member of the national and local chapters of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA), and Sports, Cardiovascular & Wellness Dietetic Practice Group (SCAN). In 2015, she was recognized by her CPSDA peers and awarded with the Service Award.

KAT_9771Research and Education Chair:
Kelly Rossi, MS, RD, CSSD
University of Virginia

Kelly Rossi joined the Virginia Athletics Department in August 2011 and is currently the Assistant Director of Sports Nutrition. Rossi works with 11 sports at UVa, including women’s basketball, rowing, the 2014 national champion men’s soccer team, men’s and women’s lacrosse, track & field, cross country, volleyball, and women’s tennis.

Before arriving at Virginia, Rossi worked with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) as a contractor for six years, supporting research in Human Performance, Training & Education related to Marines. Research in the program ranged from virtual reality training to performing in altitude, to under-researched nutritional supplements. While working with ONR, Rossi also held part time positions with local Hospice and Fitness Centers.

Rossi received her bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from the Pennsylvania State University with a minor in movement sciences. She completed her dietetic internship at Virginia Tech and received her master’s in exercise, nutrition and eating behavior from the George Washington University. Rossi was the first registered dietitian GA in the GWU’s Fitness Facility, where she also worked as a personal trainer. Her master’s thesis, “Effect of overnight fasting and prolonged caloric restriction on maximal aerobic capacity and resting metabolic rate in cyclists,” was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research in 2009.

Rossi is a registered dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, as well as a certified Health Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine. She is active within the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA) and is also a member of the Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists (SCAN) and Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM).

KAT_9742Secretary and Membership Chair:
Robert Skinner, MS, RD, CSCS
United States Olympic Committee

Rob Skinner, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS is the new Sports Dietitian with Acrobat and Combat Sports at the United State Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He brings 18 years of experience working as a dietitian and exercise physiologist with athletes at all levels.

Rob Skinner comes to the USOC most recently from a stint in the NFL at the Washington Redskins where his primary responsibilities were advising players about eating for performance, investigating new performance technologies, educating players on issues regarding dietary supplements and working with the Redskins’ Executive Chef to provide healthy meal options. Prior to joining the Redskins, Skinner spent three years in Virginia Beach, where he worked as the performance dietitian/exercise physiologist for Naval Special Warfare, working with U.S. Navy SEALs. Prior to working at Naval Special Warfare, Skinner was the Director of Sports Nutrition for the athletic department at the University of Virginia for three seasons and spent 10 years working with student-athletes in a similar capacity at Georgia Tech. He also served as a nutrition consultant for the NFL Atlanta Falcons in the spring of 2007.

Skinner is a registered dietitian with the Academy of of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), as well as a member of The Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists (SCAN), and a board member for the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA). Skinner also holds certifications with the AND as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health and Fitness Specialist (HFS).

Skinner has authored/co-authored several publications, including the chapters on “Ergogenic Aids” and “Working with the Collegiate Athlete” in AND publications, including Sports Nutrition: A Guide for the Professional Working with Active People, 3rd edition (2000) and Working with the Collegiate Athlete and Weight and Body-Focused Sports, 4th edition (2005).

Skinner graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Georgia as well as a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Georgia State University. He also has a master’s degree in exercise science from the Georgia State University. Skinner is originally from Atlanta, Ga., and now resides in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife Barbara.

KAT_9877Student Programming Chair:
Chelsea Burkart, MS, RD
Sports Dietitian, Consultant

Chelsea Burkart has recently relocated with her family to Texas where she has begun working as a private contractor. Previously, she was the first full-time sports dietitian at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA where she began building the department’s sports nutrition program, offering education and counseling services to JMU’s 17 varsity sports. Prior to her time in Virginia, Burkart served as the Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of Illinois for three seasons. During her time at Illinois, the Fighting Illini added a second full-time sports dietitian, as well as a sports nutrition assistant RD, and launched the Illini Fuel initiative to help all Fighting Illini athletes meet their fueling and recovery needs. Burkart began her career as a sports dietitian at the University of Florida (UF), serving as the Gators’ Coordinator of Sports Nutrition upon her departure. While at UF, she also completed her master’s degree in clinical exercise physiology.

Burkart earned her first bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2006 while playing Division II soccer at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. Upon graduation, she attended the University of Wyoming to earn her bachelor’s degree in dietetics and then completed her dietetic internship at the University of Houston.

KAT_9733Professional Development Chair:
Victoria Lambert, RD, CSSD
Sports Dietitian, Private Practice

With more than 13 years of experience in wellness and performance, Victoria Lambert, formerly Rosenfeld, most recently served as the sports dietitian from 2009 to 2016 for Princeton University’s 38 teams and 1,200 NCAA DI varsity athletes. With experiences in medically based fitness, wellness, private practice and as a dietitian in the US Army Reserves, Lambert has developed a well-balanced sport nutrition philosophy centered on food first. She is also a highly experienced eating disorders specialist. With more than 15 years of experience, including serving as the nutrition therapist for one of the most cutting edge eating disorder treatment teams in college health at Princeton, the approach she has developed is highly effective and unique.

She has been very involved in local and national professional organizations, including the Illinois Dietetic Association (State Legislative Chair), the West Suburban Dietetic Association of Illinois (President), SCAN (E- learning coordinator and 2011 conference co-chair) and CPSDA (Advocacy Committee under the Vice President). She is currently dedicated to promoting and advancing the specialty of sports nutrition through professional writing, contributing to special projects for CPSDA and through mentoring young professionals and students.

Lambert holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and completed her dietetic internship Hines VA Hospital in Hines, IL. She anticipates completing her MS in Biology from the University of Nebraska in 2016.

KAT_9712Communications Chair:
Joel Totoro, RD

Joel Totoro is currently the Nutrition Solutions Manager at EXOS in Phoenix, AZ working with the Performance and Innovation Team. Prior to joining EXOS he was sports dietitian for University of Michigan working with Football, Hockey, Men’s & Women’s basketball and chair of the Human Performance Committee. Totoro came to Michigan from the New England Patriots serving eight years as team dietitian, where he became the first full-time sports dietitian in professional sports. While with the Patriots, he directed all aspects of the team’s nutrition and wellness needs. Totoro also served as the assistant chief dietitian at St. Luke’s Hospital in Massachusetts, specializing in trauma nutrition, from 2002 to 2004.

He received his Bachelor of Science, Allied Health-Dietetics from the University of Connecticut in May 2002. Totoro is also a Registered Dietitian (RD).