Board of Directors

by fuelvm, September 2, 2014
Chelsea Burkart, MS, RD, CSSD
Texas State University

Chelsea Burkart is currently working as the first-hired sports RD for Texas State University Athletics and also teaches sports nutrition in the Dietetics department.

Previously, she was the first full-time sports RD at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA where she began building the department’s sports nutrition program. 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 RD, 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 RD 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.


Vice President:
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.


Secretary and Membership Chair:
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
Pittsburgh Pirates / Private Practice

Allison Maurer is a veteran sports dietitian with more than 13 years of experience fueling athletes.  Currently she teaches sports nutrition at Knoxville Catholic High School  and manages her private practice.  She also serves as the Performance Nutritionist for the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball organization.

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 Gatorade, The National Strength and Conditioning Association, Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, Glazier Clinic, Hammer Strength Clinics, NCAA, Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society and the National Basketball Strength Coaches Association 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).

KAT_9762Professional Development and Student Programming:
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).

Advocacy and Career Development:
Becci Twombley, MS, RD, CSSC
University of Southern California

Becci is a Veteran Sports Dietitian with 10 plus years in the field of Collegiate Athletics.  She is a founding Board Member of the CPSDA previously serving on the Board from 2010 – 2014.  Becci is currently one of 4 sports RD’s at the University of Southern California. USC Sports Nutrition strives to  implement cutting edge nutrition strategies to optimize the performance and recovery time of the 650 athletes across all 21 sports.  Becci is currently responsible for Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Baseball.

Becci also serves as a consultant sports RD to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  She was hired with a goal to create a nutrition presence which was accomplished by establishing a fresh food supply, educating the athletes with regard to purposeful fueling, creating in-services for equipment staff and ‘clubbies’ and creating signage to direct athletes to their best options when the sports RD was not present to coach them through their fueling.

Prior to USC, Becci was the first Director of Sports Nutrition at UCLA.  The program quickly evolved to be a comprehensive performance nutrition program to include individualized assessments and meal plans for all athletes and training table for Football, Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball, as well as team education and medical nutrition therapy.

Becci has served as a Nutrition Ambassador for the American Pistachio Growers since 2011, acting as a media spokesperson and creating educational materials to support the APG sponsorship of USA Water Polo. Becci has also served as a consultant sports RD for Cirque du Soleil and the Los Angeles Ballet Company.

Becci 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).  She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA).

Becci graduated from Pepperdine University where she was a 4 year letter winner in Women’s Volleyball and remained to coach while completing her dietetic internship through Cal Poly Pomona.  Becci has 3 children, Piper, Tobi and Tucker.

Annual Conference:
Beth Wolfgram, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS
Sports Dietitian, Private Practice

Beth Wolfgram has recently relocated to Maine and is a veteran sports dietitian in private practice. Beth was formerly the Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of Utah Athletic Department for 10 years. She oversaw two centralized fueling stations, an athlete dining hall and the performance fueling for all 17 teams. She also developed the sports nutrition fellowship and graduate student intern program while at the University of Utah. Beth has been the consultant sports dietitian with the Utah Jazz since 2001 and will continue to work with them in this capacity.
Beth is a Registered Dietitian with her Masters of Science degree in nutrition from the University of Utah and her Bachelors of Science degree in exercise science from Northeastern University.

Beth is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), as well as, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She has worked in the health and wellness field for over 22 years in facilities around the United States, as well as, England and Australia.

Beth has been on the Scholarship and Awards Committee (2016-2017), as well as, the Planning Committee for Boot Camp (2014).  She received the CPSDA “Excellence Award” in 2015 and was the Athlete of the Year Nominee Winner in 2015.

KAT_9712Communications Chair:
Joel Totoro, RD
Thorne Research

Joel Totoro is a Registered Dietitian with over a decade experience in trauma and sports nutrition.  Prior to joining Thorne, he served 3 years as the sports dietitian for the University of Michigan and 8 years at the New England Patriots, where he was the first full-time sports dietitian in pro-sports.  Totoro is also an elected board member for the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association.

He received his Bachelor of Science, Allied Health-Dietetics from the University of Connecticut in May 2002. .