CPSDA Board of Directors 2014

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President Randy Bird, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS, University of Virginia
Randy Bird returned to familiar territory in 2010 to begin a new tour of duty as Director of Sports Nutrition at The University of Virginia, having served in the same position since 2005 at the University of Kansas.  Prior to joining KU’s athletic staff, Randy worked as a clinical dietitian for three years


in Giles, VA and Washington, PA.  As the Sports Nutritionist for KU, he provides nutrition education and counseling for the university’s 16 athletic teams, collaborating with the sports medicine team and coaches to promote enhanced performance and optimal health in each athlete.  He also oversees the Jayhawks’ Training Table, body composition analysis, and dietary supplement evaluation.  Randy is a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association, as well as a member of the Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists (SCAN), a practice group of the ADA.  He is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.  Randy is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.  He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.   Randy holds a Master of Science Degree in Sports Nutrition from Virginia Tech, and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise is also from Virginia Tech.


“The success of CPSDA is dependent upon member participation.  The knowledge, skills and experience of our members is what makes us strong.   I want to encourage everyone to volunteer to serve on a committee.  Because we all have hectic schedules, it is critical that we have many people volunteer to evenly distribute the work.  Let’s keep our progress rolling!”  

Vice President Becci Twombley, RD, CSSD, University of Southern California
Becci Twombley joined the University of Southern California as Director of Sports Nutrition in the summer of 2012 after five seasons at UCLA.  Prior to joining UCLA Sports Medicine team, she spent four years as a pediatric and neonatal nutrition specialist at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA.  As the Sports Dietitian at UCLA, she oversees the fueling of 600 athletes on 22 teams.  Becci believes nutrition is an essential part of training and tailors diets to meet the individual needs of her athletes based on their role on the team, position, personal goals and time of season.  Her mission is to “fuel athletes” so that training is more efficient, career longevity is maximized, and performance is optimized.  Becci is a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association, as well as a member of the Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists (SCAN), a practice group of the ADA.  She is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.  Becci is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Becci received her Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and in Nutritional Science from Pepperdine University.

"CPSDA is a network of influential sports nutrition professionals poised to promote our profession by showing, rather than telling, some of the most high-profile athletes, coaches and athletic directors in sport the value we bring to athletic programs.   I want to encourage everyone interested in becoming a sport dietitian, and everyone who supports our mission, to join the CPSDA. There’s strength in numbers." 


Secretary Lindsey Remmers, MS, RD, CSSD, University of Nebraska
As a registered dietitian and board certified specialist in sports dietetics, Lindsey 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.

Treasurer Robert Skinner, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS, Washington Redskins
Rob Skinner, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, is one of the founding members of CPSDA. He became Sports RD for the NFL's Washington Redskins in the summer of 2013.  After an early career in the U.S. Army, Rob returned to earn his Master's Degree from the University of Georgia in Exercise Science and became Director of Sports Nutrition for Georgia Tech University, then served in the same capacity for the University of Virginia.  Often serving in a consulting role as Nutrition Specialists for major colleges and individual athletes, Rob blended his two passions in recent years by opening Skinner Consulting in Virginia Beach, Va. and serving as a consultant to members of the U.S. military.  Rob assumed the role of Treasurer of CPSDA upon being elected to the Board of Directors in May 2013, taking over for recently named President Randy Bird from the University of Virginia.  Rob and his wife Barbara share a variety of common interests, not the least of which is travel. 

Conference Chair Amy Freel, MS, RD,
Indiana University

Amy Freel became Director of Sports Nutrition for the Athletics Department at Indiana University on March 2, 2011, assuming the same position she held for nine years at Virginia Tech. Prior to becoming the full-time sports nutritionist, Amy worked as the Coordinator of Student Life for Virginia Tech and as a clinical dietitian in Salem, VA. As the Sports Nutritionist at Indiana, she provides nutrition education and counseling for all the university’s athletic teams, collaborating with the sports medicine staff and coaches to promote better performance and optimal health in every athlete.  Amy also oversees the Nutrition Oasis, body composition analysis, and dietary supplement evaluation.  She's a Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetic Association, as well as a member of the Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists (SCAN), a practice group of the ADA.  She is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.  Amy holds a Master of Science Degree in Dietetics from Ball State University and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics is also from Ball State.  Amy chairs the all-important Education and Annual Conference Committee for the Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Assn. 

“CPSDA’s annual conference provides an opportunity to network with other sport dietitians while learning the most current research on supplementation, NCAA rules and regulations, and fueling and recovery recommendations along with suggestions for practical applications.  The 2011 conference in Scottsdale promises to be exciting, innovative and fun! We look forward to seeing you in Scottsdale as we continue to grow our field.”


Membership Chair Scott Sehnert, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS, Auburn 

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. Sehnert holds a Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics from Ball State University, where he was also a varsity student-athlete. He earned his first Master's Degree in Nutritional Sciences with a wellness and sports nutrition emphasis from the University of Kentucky while completing his clinical training at UK's Chandler Medical Center and the Lexington V.A. Hospital. He received his second Master's Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in exercise physiology from Michigan State University.  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).  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA).

 "One of the most important functions of CPSDA is to create employment opportunities for registered dietitians who are willing to acquire the knowledge, develop the special skills and work the longer hours required by coaches, athletic directors and other employers.  Students of dietetics will usually start with internships. But all of us are required to digest a steady diet of continuing education to keep up with the rapidly changing nutrition environment we live in.  Those of us who remain focused on a lifetime of learning usually reap the benefit always finding employment somewhere in sports when the need arises.”  

Careers Chair Allison Maurer, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS  Univ. 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 Nutritionist/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.

“CPSDA is on the cusp of a new revolution in sports performance.  The position of the Sports RD in athletics is still very young and new to many institutions.  The leaders of CPSDA have wasted no time in making sure our value does not go unnoticed.  With that being said, it is important that our organization keeps growing, especially in leadership.  The sky is the limit for what we can do to help student-athletes achieve their athletic potential and getting involved with CPSDA is a great way to do that.”

Research Chair Amanda Carlson-Phillips, MS, RD, CSSD        EXOS (Phoenix, Az)

Amanda is the Vice President of Nutrition and Research for Athletes' Performance and Core Performance in Phoenix, Arizona.  A registered dietitian, Amanda earned her bachelor's degree in nutritional sciences with a minor in chemistry from the University of Arizona, then went on to complete a master's degree in sports nutrition and exercise physiology from Florida State University.

At Athletes' Performance, Amanda works directly with the nutrition team and also coordinates research efforts to help Athletes' Performance stay on the cutting-edge of sports science. The CPSDA plans to capitalize on Amanda's research experience as she endeavors to develop the 4-year-old national not-for-profit organization's first efforts to validate the value that sports dietitians bring to athletic programs. 

"The science of Sports Nutrition has progressed rapidly over the past 15 years and Sports Dietitians are coming into their own by leading the charge in helping athletes and teams fuel effectively to reach their maximum potential.  Nutrition is coming out of the shadows and being recognized not only for health, but as a key factor to improving performance.  Athletes, teams, and organizations are all looking for ways to improve performance and decrease injury potential, and nutrition plays an integral role in creating sustainable success.   The CPSDA will continue to support the growth and development of the Sports Dietitian by creating a place to share new information, best practices and integration with other specialties that help to support the athlete."

Past-President/Ambassador Amy Bragg, RD, CSSD, LD, University of Alabama
Amy Bragg was appointed Director of Performance Nutrition for the University of Alabama Athletic Department in June 2010.  Prior to joining ‘Bama athletics, Amy served in a similar capacity with Texas A&M University Athletics for more than six years.  Amy is responsible for nutrition coaching and education for all Alabama athletic teams, and collaborates with coaching and sports medicine staff members to integrate cutting-edge nutrition
strategies, optimizing team and student-athlete performance and health.  Prior to becoming a full-time sports nutritionist, Amy was clinical dietitian in the Texas Medical Center in Houston.  Amy is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in sports dietetics.  A member of The American Dietetic Association and four practice groups, Amy is active within Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and serves on the nominating committee.  Amy is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Foods from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  As CPSDA Vice President, Amy works with sponsor partners to advance the organization and the sports dietitian profession.

“Progressive, ethical food and nutrition companies are interested not only in the CPSDA’s growing membership, but in the common interests we share with them, primarily in promoting principled fueling and recovery strategies, and mentoring young athletes to perform at their best. “

Past-President/Ambassador-at-large 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 hampionship 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 is a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association, and also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.   Dave holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Nebraska.  For a more complete history on Dave click www.DaveEllisbio.com.

"It will be the full-time professional members of the CPSDA that define the scope of practice for sports dietitians, and for the young people who follow in our footsteps.  Athletes and coaches are gradually coming to recognize Sports Dietitians as “Performance Nutrition Professionals,” which is an important step forward for all registered dietitians. “

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