Randy Bird, RD
University of Virginia

Randy Bird joined the Virginia athletics staff in 2010 as the director of sports nutrition. He had spent the previous five years as the sports nutritionist at the University of Kansas. 

Bird is responsible for the development and coordination of optimal nutritional services at Virginia and for the nutritional development and care of student-athletes. He consults with teams and individual student-athletes to provide direction and communicate the value of nutrition programs specifically designed to promote their health and performance. He works with the chef to develop menus for the training table and organize cooking demonstrations and grocery store visits for student-athletes to help them make better food choices.

Bird created and implemented the first sports nutrition program at Kansas where he provided nutrition education and counseling for the Jayhawks' 18 intercollegiate athletics teams. He worked with Kansas' sports medicine, sports performance and coaching staffs to promote enhanced performance and optimal health for each student-athlete.

Prior to his position at Kansas, Bird was a clinical dietitian at The Washington Hospital in Washington, Pa., for two years and also worked as a sports nutritionist in the Greater Pittsburgh area. He also served as a clinical dietitian for Carilion Health Services, Inc., at Giles Memorial Hospital in Giles, Va., and NRV Medical Center in Radford, Va., for one year.

Bird spent three years at Virginia Tech serving as a strength and conditioning intern, sports nutrition intern and a graduate teaching assistant in the department of human nutrition, foods and exercise science.

He earned a bachelor's of science degree in human nutrition, foods and exercise science from Virginia Tech in 1999 and a master's of science degree in nutrition for sports from Virginia Tech in 2005. He served a dietetic internship at the University of Delaware in 2002.

Bird is a registered dietitian and a certified specialist in sports dietetics with the American Dietetic Association, and a certified strength and conditioning coach with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is an executive committee member of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association. 

Vice President and Treasurer:
Allison Maurer, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS
University of Tennessee

Allison Maurer joined the University of Tennessee in 2007 after a three-year stint at the University of Colorado. She served as the sports dietitian and an assistant strength and conditioning coach in Boulder, Colo., since 2004. Maurer is responsible for performance nutrition for the men's and women's athletic departments, and her duties include analyzing athletes' nutritional status, working with Team ENHANCE, creating meal plans, and providing nutrition education on a team or one-on-one basis.
Maurer also plans pre-game, post-game and travel meals for various teams, performs body composition testing for men's athletics and order and distributes nutritional supplements. She also works directly with the training table staff to create healthy meals for all student-athletes.

Maurer received her bachelor's degree in dietetics from Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, IL) and a master's degree in nutrition from Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA). She comes to Knoxville with her husband Dan, former assistant baseball coach at Colorado Christian University and finance manager at Denver First Church of the Nazarene, and their son, Manny.

Secretary and Conference Chair:
Lindsey Remmers, MS, RD, CSSD, LMNT, CLT
University of Nebraska

As a registered dietitian and board certified specialist in sports dietetics, Remmers joined the Nebraska Athletic Department as a full-time staff member in 2008 and serves as the director of sports nutrition. In her role, Remmers works to help integrate healthy choices and optimal 

fueling into daily training routines for all of Nebraska's 24 varsity sports. She provides individual nutritional counseling that focuses on individual performance fueling strategies, hydration and proper supplementation, team nutrition education sessions, on-site and travel meal management, body composition analysis, and eating disorder prevention and counseling. Remmers also assists with the daily operations of the Training Table, administering the food labeling system and participating on the menu management team.

Previously, Remmers served as a volunteer intern for the nutrition staff in 2005 and was promoted to graduate assistant in 2006. She served as the associate director of sports nutrition for the Huskers from 2008 to 2011. Originally from Filley, Neb., she obtained her bachelor of science degree in human nutrition from Winthrop University in South Carolina, where she was also a member of the volleyball team. She helped Winthrop to a pair of conference championships as an athlete and another as a volunteer coach. Remmers earned her master's degree in health and human sciences, specializing in exercise science from the University of Nebraska in 2008.

Education Chair: 
Scott Sehnert, MS, RD, CSCS

Auburn University 

Scott Sehnert joined the Auburn University Sports Medicine staff in August 2009. In his role as sports dietitian, he oversees the sports nutrition needs for AU's 21 varsity sports including nutrition education, counseling, training tables, body composition analysis and supplement evaluation. 

After completing his first master's degree and clinical training, he spent three months as an intern with the U.S. Speed Skating Team and the University of Utah sports nutrition program. Prior to coming to Auburn, he held a similar position at Michigan State University where he coordinated the sports nutrition services for student-athletes. Sehnert is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and is a member of the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) dietetic practice group. Scott also holds certifications with the ADA as a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  

Research Chair: 
Amanda Carlson-Phillips, MS, RD

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. The CPSDA plans to capitalize on Phillip's research experience as she endeavors to validate the value that sports dietitians bring to athletic programs.

Military and Professional Sports Chair:
Robert Skinner, MS, RD, LD, CSCS
Washington Redskins

In the summer of 2013, Skinner became the first full-time sports dietitian for the NFL's Washington Redskins. After an early career in the U.S. Army, Skinner attended Georgia State University to earn an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and was hired as the director of sports nutrition with the Georgia Tech Athletic Association. After 10 years supporting Georgia Tech student-athletes, he moved to a similar role at the University of Virginia. 

Combining his two careers, Skinner took an opportunity to work with the United States Naval Special Warfare Command in the support of special operators. Skinner was one of the founding members of CPSDA.

Student and Sports Nutrition Immersion Program Chair:
Chelsea Burkart, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN
University of Illinois

Chelsea Burkart joined the University of Illinois athletic department in 2012 as the university's first full-time sports dietitian. As the director of sports nutrition, she oversees all performance nutrition related concerns and education for Illinois' 19 varsity sports.

Previously, the Moscow, Idaho, native served two years as the coordinator of sports nutrition at the University of Florida, where she also completed her master's degree in clinical exercise physiology. While with the Gators, Burkart served as one of two head sports dietitians for football as well as the primary sports dietitian for volleyball, baseball, gymnastics, lacrosse and men's and women's tennis and track and field. 

She 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.

Careers Chair:
Victoria Rosenfeld, RD
Princeton University 

With more than 13 years of experience in wellness and performance nutrition, Rosenfeld has served as the sports nutrition program developer for Princeton University's 38 teams and 1,200 NCAA Div. I varsity athletes since 2009. With experiences in medically based fitness, wellness, private practice and as a dietitian in the US Army Reserves, Rosenfeld has developed a well-balanced sport nutrition philosophy centered on food first. Victoria is both an in-the-trenches sports dietitian and the nutrition therapist for one of the most cutting edge eating disorder treatment teams in college health.

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 speciality of collegiate sports nutrition through professional writing, contributing to special projects for CPSDA and through mentoring young professionals and students.

Victoria holds a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University and completed her dietetic internship at Hines VA Hospital in Hines, Ill. She anticipates completing her master's degree in biology from the University of Nebraska in December 2014.  

Membership Chair:
Joel Totoro, RD
University of Michigan 

Joel Totoro is entering his third season as the University of Michigan's sport nutritionist. Prior to Michigan, he served eight years as team nutritionist for the NFL's New England Patriots, where he directed all aspects of the team's nutrition and wellness needs.

Totoro also served as the assistant chief dietitian and manager at Southcoast Health System-St. Luke's Hospital in Massachusetts from 2002 to 2004. He earned his bachelor of science in allied health-dietitics from the University of Connecticut in May 2002.

Dave Ellis, RD, CSCS
Nutrition Consultant

Dave Ellis spent 20 years at the University of Nebraska and the University of Wisconsin before hitting the road in 2001 as a traveling consultant to major college and professional sports programs.  No sports dietitian in the world has worked with a more prestigious roster of athletes and championship teams, from Olympic gold medalists and Cy Young Award winners to NCAA football champions and Super Bowl winners.

Dave forged his skills and earned his college degree working alongside legendary football coach Tom Osborne at Nebraska, then spent four years at the University of Wisconsin (1990-94) before coming home to the Huskers for seven more seasons.  As perhaps the best known sports dietitian to coaches, athletic directors and general managers at the highest levels of sport, Dave is a vocal and visible advocate for the value of bringing full-time sports dietitians to every college and professional sports team in the U.S. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Nebraska.  For a more complete history on Dave click

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