Lindsey Remmers from the University of Nebraska and Rob Skinner, a sports performance consultant based in Virginia Beach, Va, both of whom were honored by CPSDA in 2011
for outstanding service to their profession, were elected in April to join the nine-member CPSDA Board of Directors. They'll immediately begin monitoring Board activities before formally filling their positions at the CPSDA business meeting that will be held on the last day of the annual conference May 20-23 in St. Louis.
The Nebraska-born Remmers was an oustanding college volleyball player before dedicating her career to sports nutrition with the Cornhuskers, and she's volunteered as an original
member of the CPSDA Conference Committee supervising meal planning for the past three annual conferences. Skinner was a dedicated U.S. Army soldier before beginning his sports nutrition career in his home state of Georgia, and has since returned to military service of another kind, providing nutrition counseling to military personnel as well as to any number of other athletically-minded clients.
Vice President Randy Bird, Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of Virginia, one of the original five Board members who were so instrumental in building the organization from the ground up just a few years ago, was re-elected to serve another term. "Careers" Chair Scott Sehnert, Sports Dietitian at Auburn University, returns for a second two-year term, ensuring continuity in overseeing the CPSDA's aggressive "jobs and internship effort," which is regarded as an essential component of the organization that now has 800 members, nearly half of whom are college students of dietetics preparing to enter the workforce.
CPSDA's two newest Board members have big shoes to fill, replacing the CPSDA's first elected President, Dave Ellis, and Membership Chair Amy Goodson, who've combined since 2010 to manage the CPSDA's social media function, among many other duties.
Ellis worked tirelessly during his two year stint as President from May 2010 to the Spring of 2012 to lead the Board in constructing foundational pillars for the newly formed organization that would stand the test of time. He directed incorporation procedures and By-Laws; supervised online membership and communications programs; spearheaded publicity efforts to bring credibility to CPSDA; and served in tandem with now President Amy Bragg to build sponsorship support for an organization that could not possibly have successfully launched on modest membership dues alone.
While Ellis rotates off the board in order to, as he says, "make room for fresh ideas," the Board has invited him to remain an "Ambassador at Large." Outgoing President Amy Bragg will remain on the Board and assume the Ambassador role that all Past-Presidents are asked to serve for at least one year.
Goodson, one of the most respected and best known sports nutrition consultants in Texas, serves out her 2-year term after helping create more understanding between CPSDA and SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition), a dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Goodson served CPSDA as both Membership Chair and as Director of Social Media, often teaming with original Board member (Secretary) Becci Twombley to make new students feel at home, and to welcome high-profile newcomers aboard.
Goodson and Twombley have also served as managing editors of the CPSDA's Student Newsletter, which is published three times a year by Student Commitee co-Chairs Rebecca Rick and Charles Hewitt.