Advisory Boards

Educational Experts

Dr. Chris Lineberry
Chairman of the Educational Advisory Board

Chris has been an educator since graduating with his undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1994. Chris has taught high school English, Sports Medicine, and Physical Education. In addition to teaching, Chris has coached swimming and worked as an athletic trainer on both the high school and college level. Chris began his administrative career in 2002 as an assistant principal in an urban, high poverty middle school. In January of 2005 Chris became the principal at Richfield Elementary School, a small K-8 school in rural Stanly County.

At age 36, while working at Richfield Elementary, Chris suffered a minor heart attack. Realizing that a major cause of his condition was stress, Chris, along with his staff set out to improve coping mechanisms for staff and improve staff health. The discussion naturally progressed to student health and wellness. Armed with data on 4th grade students, 44% of whom had BMI rankings in the 85%ile or above, Chris threw the sugary, highly caloric foods out of his cafeteria, implemented an hour of physical activity daily for students, and required staff to integrate health and wellness into the curriculum. Student achievement improved, staff attendance improved, and student BMI decreased. Richfield Elementary achieved 3 years of academic growth in a two year time period. The results earned him and his staff the North Carolina Prevention Partners School of Excellence award in 2007 as well as the designation as a School of Distinction, ranking Richfield Elementary in the top 10% of schools in North Carolina. Currently, Chris is the principal of Jack W. Harmon Elementary School in Queen Creek, Arizona where he and his staff are working together to improve the lives of children, academically, physically, and emotionally.

Chris has spoken at conferences and conventions around the country, been featured in a documentary produced by the North Carolina Department of Public Health, and continues to work to spread the word of educating the whole child.

Barry Leimkuehler

Food Services Expert

Barry Leimkuhler has worked in the Food and Nutrition field for 38 years. He has spent 20 years in the private restaurant industry for national companies and then worked spent 16 years as a School Food Service Director. He then worked for 2 years with the Arizona Department of Education as the statewide coordinator for CDC’s Coordinated School Health Model. In that capacity he worked directly with on USDA school programs such as the breakfast, lunch, summer feeding as well as the Fresh Fruits and Vegetable program and the Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC). He also worked with the school food service departments and was the statewide coordinator for the Cente for Disease Control’s Prevention Coordinated School Health model. That role called for him to work with local county and statewide agencies and organizations to set up trainings provide workshops and train school health index facilitators.

I worked closely with the Farm to School programs, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs, the Healthier US School Challenge program, Alliance for Healthier Generation and many other agencies involved in the effort to improve the school environment, reduce childhood obesity and diabetes.

Barry has had many articles written about his work and has appeared many times on radio educational programs and television programs highlighting his work in schools and food service operations. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona and has served in the U.S. Air Force as well and been active duty, Arizona Air National Guard and the U.S.A.F Reserves.

General Advisory Board

DJ Irie

Dominating any venue and infusing every party with his seemingly infinite energy, DJ Irie has captivated the entire industry.  Nominated for a BET Award and voted Best DJ by the Miami Herald, Irie’s passion, enthusiasm and particularly charming personality sets him apart.  Although Miami is his stomping ground, on the national level DJ Irie is impossible to miss.  As the official DJ to Jamie Foxx and the 2006 NBA World Champion Miami HEAT, and member of the 2008 Pepsi DJ Division with performances at MTV’s Total Request Live, the Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards and the Halftime show at the Orange Bowl for three consecutive years, DJ Irie knows no boundaries.

For DJ Irie, music and sports also seem to go hand in hand.  As the official DJ of the 2006 NBA World Champions Miami HEAT, Irie is known in the American Airlines Arena by fans and players alike, for his immeasurable enthusiasm and ability to play the beats that get fans out of their seats.  His energy is contagious, and for the eighth season in a row, Irie is steadily playing his position keeping the HEAT on fire.

DJ Irie is also a philanthropic entrepreneur who uses his skills to benefit others. Irie has created the annual IRIE WEEKEND, which benefits the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund. Irie also makes himself available to other charitable groups he admires such as: The Special Olympics, Udonis Haslem Foundation, Overtown Youth Center, Alonzo Mourning Charities, Odessa Chambers Foundation, Ronnie Brown Foundation, The United Way, Jason Taylor Foundation and numerous groups benefiting Hurricane Katrina victims.

Ed Brantley and Heba Salama

Fresh off their stint on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Ed and Heba are paying it forward! This North Carolina couple was surrounded by temptation in their lives, with Heba working in the pharmaceutical industry, and Ed as a professional chef. They needed a major change, to get healthy, and put their lives on track.  They began as the heaviest married couple on the show with Heba at 294 lbs and Ed weighing in at 335. Over an incredible season they lost a combined 277 pounds, with Heba having the highest percent of weight loss (46.94) of anyone that season.  Now with their new healthy lifestyle under their belts, they are working to help bring attention to childhood obesity and hoping to soon start a family of their own.

Medical Advisory Board

Clement A. Maccia MD

Dr. Maccia is Board certified in Pediatrics and Allergy and Immunology.  Presently he is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Maccia is the Director of the Allergy Clinic. He is the author of numerous articles and has been selected for the past eight years into the Best Doctors in the New York-New Jersey Metropolitan Area by Castle Connolly. In 2007, he was included in the edition Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area.

He was elected by the residents in Medicine and Pediatrics at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for a teaching award in 2001and in 2005 for his excellence as a clinician, teacher and role model.  Dr. Maccia was Chief of Pediatrics at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, an affiliate of UMDNJ- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, from 1991-1999.

He presently serves on the Board of Governors for Conventus Medical Malpractice Insurance Company.  In the past he served on the Board of Governors for Muhlenberg Hospital and the Solaris Health System.

Dr. Sarah Armstrong

Sarah Armstrong, MD is a primary care pediatrician specializing in the clinical treatment of childhood obesity. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and completed her pediatric residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She practiced general pediatrics for several years in Baltimore, MD before joining the faculty at Duke University, where she currenly practices.  Dr. Armstrong is the Director of the Healthy Lifestyles Program, a multidisciplinary clinical program for obese children and their families.  She is the Fellowship Director for Duke Children’s Childhood Obesity Fellowship program.  She has spearheaded a statewide effort to battle childhood obesity in NC with the organization Eat Smart, Move More, NC.  She is a co-chair of the National Institute for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) Childhood Obesity Action Network, and a project manager for the National Association for Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) Childhood Obesity Consortium.  Dr. Armstrong’s interest focuses on the role healthcare providers can play to prevent and treat obesity and to prevent chronic illness.

Dr. Patricia Whitley-Williams

Patricia Whitley-Williams, M.D. is currently Professor of Pediatrics and Interim Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, as well as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  A native of Boston, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Simmons College in Boston and an M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati and fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases at Boston City Hospital/Boston University School of Medicine. She previously served on the faculty of Boston University School of Medicine and the Morehouse School of Medicine before joining UMDNJ-RWJMS faculty in 1993. She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

She is a member of the National Network for Immunization Information of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, and the National Medical Association’s liaison member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has received many awards for her teaching, physician practice and public service. She has published many articles and written several book chapters. For over 25 years she has provided care for HIV-infected children and their families and serves as an advocate for children with HIV/AIDS.  She has participated in medical missions as a member of a team providing medical care including HIV specialty care to children and adults in resource-limited countries throughout the world such as Ukraine, South Africa, Cuba, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Her research interests are HIV/AIDS in women and children as well as childhood and adolescent immunizations. She resides in central New Jersey with her constant supporter and husband, Harold.

Ashley Koff RD (Nutritionist/Dietitian)

Ashley Koff is a registered dietitian (R.D.) who strives to make better nutrition a way of life for all. Koff has the proven ability to demystify the science of nutrition and communicate the importance of a healthy lifestyle to clients in a way that instills loyalty and trust. Never preachy, Koff’s clients truly admire her gentle and patient way of finding the correct and effective nutritional program to suit their individual needs. Her passionate style is effective, resulting in Koff being named by Citysearch as LA’s “Best Nutritionist” three years running and a national media favorite. Koff appears monthly on Good Morning America Health and as the lead expert for HuffPost Living’s ‘Total Energy Makeover’ with Ashley Koff RD; selected as Hollywood’s Dietitian, InStyle magazine featured Koff’s work in their coveted December (2009) issue.

Bernard F. Fuemmeler, Ph.D.

Bernard F. Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H.  is Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University and directs the Pediatric Psychology and Health Promotion lab. Dr. Fuemmeler is a clinical child psychologist and public health researcher. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of New Mexico, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Oklahoma State University, and M.P.H. from Harvard University. Before coming to Duke University, Dr. Fuemmeler completed a prestigious post-doctoral fellowship with the National Cancer Institute in cancer prevention and control. His overall research program focuses on understanding the contributing factor leading to childhood obesity with the aim of developing interventions and prevention efforts to help curb the childhood obesity epidemic. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and Lance Armstrong Foundation to support some of his recent research. He is particularly interested in using mobile technology and persuasive mobile phone apps and games to help adolescents make healthy lifestyle choices, like eating healthier and becoming more active.

Fitness Advisory Board

Michael Torchia
Michael Torchia is the cutting edge fitness advocate leader.   He now introduces a fresh, effective approach to fitness that helps the entire family create and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Torchia’s innovative programs are interactive and direct both parents and their children toward weight loss through age-appropriate exercise and nutritious eating.  He offers tailor-to-fit programs that engage children while showing parents how to organize activities and stay involved.

The genesis of Michael’s journey began over 38-years ago when, in his own words, “I will never be fat again.” He vowed that he would never be perceived as an underdog or under achiever ever again, resolving to be fit both physically and mentally.  Michael never lost sight of this vision, and leading by example, became a personal trainer to a succession of executives in New York City and celebrities in Los Angeles with such luminaries as Kevin Spacey, Matt Damon, Al Pacino, Kim Cattrall and Ralph Lauren.

After being appointed Fitness Specialist at the world-renowned “Beverly Hills Hotel” and the prestigious “Hotel Bel Air”, he then developed the Youth Fitness Program at “The Sports Club LA” and established the new business protocol and complete operations overhaul for the “Aroma Resort” in downtown Los Angeles.

For two decades, he has traveled to schools to study, research, and attack childhood obesity.  This issue is one of his passions. No stranger to television, Michael has appeared on various news programs including ABC News, CBS Morning News, Dateline, Fox News, and the NBC Today Show.  He has also been featured in numerous international fitness magazines.

Michael has embarked on programs for children and young adults called “Operation Fitness™”, designed to teach kids how to properly work out and eat right, culminating in a healthier lifestyle.  The all-around effect is an equal balance of feeling good mentally, emotionally and physically. Now, through the development of the “Holistic Health Foundation”, “Children’s Fitness Academy” and with the success of “Operation Fitness,” Michael intends to use this incredible opportunity to reach children across the nation, helping them achieve self-worth and positive body image

Michael Olajide, Jr.
A former champion boxer and international fitness expert, Michael Olajide, Jr. is the Co-Founder, Director of Programs and Chief Instructor at AEROSPACE. At age 18, Michael began his career as a professional boxer trained by his father Michael Olajide, Sr. and renowned boxing coaches Hector Rocca (Buddy McGirt, Arturo Gatti) and Angelo Dundee (Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard). Known as “Silk” for his exceptionally smooth footwork, hand speed and head movement, Michael’s boxing record was 28 wins and 4 losses – with 20 wins by knockout. Michael earned four championship titles and became the No. 1 ranked middleweight contender in the world.

Using some of the smooth moves he perfected in the ring and combining them with basic conditioning movements such as jumping rope, push-ups and lower body lunges, Michael pioneered the innovative and challenging AERO workouts, including AEROBOX®, AEROJUMP®, AEROSCULPT™ and AEROIMPACT™ that use the training techniques of boxing to help clients achieve optimum health.

Michael’s workouts have earned widespread acclaim. He was dubbed “the undisputed champion of boxing fitness” by Sports Illustrated and recognized in New York magazine’s 2003 “Best of New York” feature. He has also been featured on major television networks and cable channels including CBS, ABC, ESPN, FOX and Nickelodeon. Michael has served as a consultant and choreographer on such films as “Ali” starring Will Smith and trained John Leguizamo how to box for “Undefeated. For Spike Lee’s Subway Stories series for HBO, Michael choreographed the fight scenes. In 2004 Michael was hired by celebrated director Brian Depalma to consult and choreograph the fight scenes for the 2005 release of a film named The Black Dahlia, starring Josh Hartnett, Mark Wahlberg and Scarlett Johansson.

The AEROBOX™ and AEROJUMP™ workouts are also popular master classes that have been presented at fund raisers and benefits for the Arthur Ashe Foundation, Bennetton: Give a Kid a Dream Charity and for the fight against Muscular Dystrophy.

Eric Fleishman
Eric Fleishman (aka Eric the Trainer) began his fitness career as a 98lb. weakling living in rural Maine.  At age ten his father, suspecting that his son would remain small throughout his teens, took Eric to his first martial arts class.  This initiated a lifelong passion that would lead him to Hollywood, California.

After college, Eric moved to New York city and spent five years working as a personal trainer in Manhattan.  It was here that he began to develop a gender specific workout regimen that would eventually become the Sleeping Beauty and Sleeping Giant programs.  It was also here that Eric pinpointed the science of change through three major components: diet, exercise, and sleep.

In 1996 Eric moved to Los Angeles and established ETT Corp.  His methods have been utilized by Hollywood’s top celebrities both in front and behind the camera.  He has appeared in major magazines and television programs, spreading the word on his unique health and fitness methods.  Eric has been an instrumental part of some of the highest profile weight loss stories of the past decade including The Fat Man Walking, Ethan Suplee, and Kirstie Alley. Eric is a sponsor of Muscle Beach in Venice, California.  He is a VIP attendee of the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition.  He is also a regular contributor to Muscle and Fitness magazine and train s members of Joe Weider’s  family at their private gym.  Eric is the creator and host of “The Hollywood Fit Flash” a behind the scenes look at the world of health and fitness.  He also is the host of 2009’s “New Year, New You” a fitness/lifestyle show on  He recently completed 40,000 pushups to raise money for charity.

Juan Carlos Santana, MED, CSCS
Juan Carlos “JC” Santana received his Bachelor and Masters Degree in Exercise Science from Florida Atlantic University.    His training methodologies have been successfully applied to the full spectrum of the population; youth, geriatrics, rehabilitation and elite athletes.  JC has authored over 50 books and videos titles, along with numerous articles, on topics involving training methodologies and human performance.  His energetic approach to life and advanced knowledge of training and conditioning have made him a sought after international speaker and consultant.  JC’s is currently the director and CEO of the Institute of Human Performance in Boca Raton Florida, and serves a consultant to various governmental agencies, educational institutions, college and professional teams and equipment manufactures. In 2006, JC became part of the strength and condition staff at Florida Atlantic University Sports teams, and is currently responsible for the men’s basketball, cross country, track and field, and women’s volleyball strength and conditioning programs.

JC is a member and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA, and a member and a certified Health Fitness Instructor with the ACSM.  Carlos also a certified Senior Coach and Club Coach Course Instructor with the USA Weightlifting, and a LEVEL I coach with the USA Track and Field Association.  JC’s professional responsibilities have included serving as the Vice President of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Chairman of the NSCA Sport Specific Conference, a member of the NSCA Conference Committee, and the NSCA Florida State Director.  He has also been involved in the certification programs for the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) and USA Weightlifting.  As a college professor, he has taught Sports Training Systems and Strength Training at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and is currently involved in several ongoing research projects with FAU and the University of Waterloo in Canada.   JC currently serves as a member of the NSCA Board of Directors, and Sport Specific Conditioning Column editor for the NSCA Journal.

Cyndi Gryte

Cyndi Gryte’s innovative and fresh approach to training began at a very early age in the beauty of the Heartland. Growing up in Iowa she took on her father’s passion and excitement for exercise and all things sports related. Her father, a doctor and ex-marine, who is a fitness fanatic taught her that health and fitness were a way of life and a fun one at that.  With this instilled in her very being Cyndi headed to New York City where she has spent ten years motivating and working with a roster of clients ranging from corporate executives, fashion designers, actors and models to the hard core weekend warriors.

With numerous certifications, Cyndi’s unique style of lifting, laughing and losing has made her one of the most sought after trainers in New York City. With a decade of training experience, her expertise ranges from functional training, weight management, spinning, kickboxing to pre/post natal workouts among other disciplines. She has created a unique exciting style that is all her own.

Cyndi’s inspirational and upbeat spirit inevitably led her working with children. Having a passion for kids health issues, she has worked with children in everything ranging from swim instruction, track and field, cross country, camp counseling to the assistant teaching of Music and Drama. She adamantly believes healthy habits start at a very young age as did with her. The philosophy of educating children to lead healthy lifestyles while having fun is at the core of her strategy in engaging today’s youth.

Having worked as a volunteer in schools, Cyndi has spent limitless time specifically working with young girls helping them learn about living a healthy lifestyle.With her knowledge from working on stage and on television including CMT, ABC, WB, GMTV and being featured in IVillage, New York Magazine and on the Radio she wants to pass on how important it is for young girls and woman to be happy with their body and how to deal with all the images bombarding them in the media today. She loves working with issues surrounding body image and feels it is of the utmost importance to teach healthy goals for each unique body. Working with all ages of women has become one of her greatest joys and has led her to working with brides and having an unsurpassed reputation helping them feel confident, healthy and beautiful on their wedding day. A core principle in Cyndi’s training philosophy, as well as one of her favorite accomplishments, is helping women feel confident in their inner beauty as well as their outer beauty at any age.

Tadeo Arnold
For over 10 years, Latino fitness guru and founder of Cuerpaso, Tadeo Arnold has been training celebrities, athletes, and under privileged youth. Through his website and global travels he has been able to spread his philosophies of fitness and proper eating habits to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Although hailing from the Dominican Republic, Tadeo was raised between New York, Los Angeles and France. Being exposed to different languages and cultures at an early age, he uses his travel experiences to shape his fitness philosophy. Seeing obesity run rampant throughout his community, Tadeo pledged himself to fighting this epidemic by arming everyone he could with the knowledge to help themselves.

To hone his skills Tadeo attended the prestigious University of Southern California where he formalized his health education and a coherent strategy to spread his health revolution. Tadeo has been a top trainer with endless accolades and over 20 certifications at the number one gym in the country, THE SPORTSCLUB/LA (Beverly Hills and Rockefeller Center) where he has worked training actors, directors, Tony Award winning Broadway dancers, models and professional athletes. Some of his current clients include heartthrob Jessie Metcalfe, Award Winning Choreographer Debbie Allen, MTV Star Erin Lucas and many more.

Tadeo is also the go to health consultant for popular Latin web pages such as When health and image matter Tadeo is the definitive solution, clients have found unprecedented success via his innovate workouts and unprecedented enthusiasm and dedication and with his latest Cuerpaso DVD set he will be making these results available to the masses.

What conveys Tadeo’s character and distinguishes him as a humanitarian is his work with thousands of youth via non-profits, schools and Cuerpaso to ensure that people of all socioeconomic backgrounds can be afforded a healthy and enjoyable living. His hope is to one day save the Latin community from obesity, which is currently the number two cause of death. Currently he is in the process of starting Cuerpaso Camp, his very own organization, which will give scholarships to children to go to fitness camp every summer.

“When you have a passion for what you do, for your career, you’re one of the lucky ones. I am passionate about saving lives. I want to see a health and fitness revolution— one that starts in the Latino community and expands globally” says Tadeo.

The x generation fitness guru has arrived and sees his work as art-“Sculpting tomorrow’s future and ending the obesity epidemic in an enjoyable manner.”

Tadeo, a seasoned Veteran and celebrity trainer understands the body and how to get results. He doesn’t just tell you what to do but tells you why. His workout and meal plans are comprehensive and learned. Tadeo has poured his heart and soul into creating his Cuerpaso brand over the last five years.

Educational Advisory Board

Dr. Jayne Greenberg

Dr. Jayne Greenberg is presently serving as the District Director of Physical Education and Health Literacy for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. In her current position, her primary responsibilities include supervising Physical Education, K-12 Health Education, Safety Education, HIV/AIDS Education, Adapted Physical Education, the Sports Program for Students with Disabilities, the Learn to Swim Program, and Special Projects.

Throughout her 26 year professional educational career, Dr. Greenberg has served as Special Advisor on Youth Fitness to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; President of the Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, and Driver Education (FAHPERD); chaired the Sport Development Committee for the United States Olympic Committee as a Regional Development Program Coordinator for USA Field Hockey; coordinated the Olympic Torch Relay Miami Leg for the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, served as a national consultant in assisting school systems in setting up FIT-TECH Centers and assisted the United States Department of Health and Human Services in the development of the I Can Do It, You Can Do It Program, a national initiative to address the physical activity levels of youth with disabilities. For these efforts, Dr. Greenberg was named as the 2005 National Physical Education Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and received the 2005 Highest Recognition Award by the United States Secretary of Health, Michael Leavitt.

Dr. Greenberg has recently published a book, “Developing School Site Wellness Centers”, published numerous articles, co-authored a professional text, and has been a speaker at several state, national, and International conventions. In the past six years, Dr. Greenberg has further secured over $11.3 million in federal and foundation grants for educational programs, including the Carol M. White, Physical Education for Progress (PEP) grant.

Gerald Baratta Jr.

Born and raised on Long Island, Gerald Baratta Jr. is one of five children. After graduating from Wellington C. Mepham High School, Gerald went on the Nassau Community College and then onto Towson State University where he played both college football and lacrosse. Gerald graduated from Towson with a B.A. in International Business. After a challenging college career Gerald moved on the Long Island University, C.W. Post campus where he earn an Masters of Science in Education. Gerald then pursued a career in Education where he started as a teacher in the New York City Schools. At the same time Gerald started coaching football and lacrosse at the varsity level on Long Island. After four years as a NYC school teacher, Gerald committed to a teachers job at Syosset High School where Gerald taught Business Education and coached football, wrestling and lacrosse. After five years as a teacher, Gerald received his Administration certificate and accepted a position of Administrative Assistant at Syosset High School. After one year of service as Administrative Assistant, Gerald accepted a position as the Athletic Director of the Syosset School District. Gerald served four years as Athletic Director. He then accepted a position of High School Assistant Principal at Carle Place High School where he is currently serving.

Emily Pharez

Emily Pharez is a teacher at J. Larry Newton School in Fairhope, Alabama. She has been a teacher for 21 years 19 of those years have been in Baldwin County, Alabama. She has been married to her husband Richard Pharez for 20 years and is the mother of two boys, Tyler 14 and Garett 12. Emily has been a member of the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance board of directors since 1999 serving in numerous positions and is currently the President. She has been honored as Newton School’s Teacher of the Year in 2000, the Alabama State Dance Teacher of the Year in 2002 and the Alabama State Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 2004. In 2006 she was the Alabama State Middle School Teacher of the Year, she advanced to the district competition and was awarded the Southern District Middle School P.E. Teacher of the Year. This award includes 13 southern states from Texas to Georgia, from Kentucky down to Florida. As a district winner Ms. Pharez was eligible for the national award and in March was announced as the 2007 National Middle School P.E. Teacher of the Year. Ms. Pharez recently completed the comprehensive task of become a National Board Certified Teacher. She is involved as a troop leader in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. She is a Sunday school teacher and youth group leader at her church. Each summer she directs a Cub Scout day camp for 150 local cub scouts. Emily also finds time to stay physically fit by competing in triathlons and just recently finished riding 150 miles on her bicycle to raise funds to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Her colleagues say this about her: Coach Pharez has a constant commitment to students and to teaching excellence. This is evident in the respect she has earned at J. Larry Newton School and in Baldwin County and around the state. She feels a true calling to her profession and our school has been blessed to share in her excellence.

Eloise Elliott

Eloise Elliott, PhD, received a BA in Elementary Education from Concord University, Athens, WV, a MA in Physical Education from Salem University, Salem, WV, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.  Since 1989, Dr. Elliott has been employed at Concord University in the Department of Human Performance, where she served as chair of the dept from 1993 to 2004.  For the 2009-10 academic year, she is a visiting professor at West Virginia University, serving as the Ware Distinguished Professor for the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.  Prior to joining the ranks of higher education, she taught physical education and kindergarten in Mercer County (WV) schools for 13 years.

Dr. Elliott’s work primarily focuses on children’s health, specifically physical activity, nutrition and obesity prevention, and on pedagogy and curriculum development.  Her interest in educational technology led to the development of Healthy Hearts 4 Kids, and Take Charge! Be Healthy!, both school-based health instructional modules delivered via the Internet designed to teach intermediate age children and adolescents about good health practices.  Currently, Healthy Hearts alone has been used by more than 30,000 students in 47 states.

Nationally, Dr. Elliott has served as Chair  of the Council of Physical Education for Children (COPEC) of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), co-authored the NASPE Position Paper, A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Plan, served on the National Physical Education Teacher of the Year committee,  served as Director of the American Master Teacher Program, and has been involved in various capacities in AAHPERD at the state and national level over the past 20 years.  In West Virginia, Dr. Elliott is the Associate Director for Interventions for the WV CARDIAC Project in the WVU School of Medicine, WVU.  Selected professional contributions to her state include past chair of the West Virginia on the Move Board of Directors, co-chair of  the physical activity committee of the West Virginia Action for Healthy Kids Team, past president of the West Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (WVAHPERD), and mentor for fellows in the WVDE Health and Physical Education Teacher Leadership Academy.  Dr. Elliott has written numerous articles, and made over 100 presentations locally and across the country.  She has written two Instructor Guides for a popular elementary physical education textbook, Children Moving, and authored a textbook chapter on interdisciplinary learning. She helped found the popular website, PE Central, and serves as a Senior Advisor to the website.   In 2006, Dr. Elliott was recognized as the American Association of Health Education (AAHE) Health Professional of the Year – Public and Community Health.  She has also been honored as the Concord University Outstanding Faculty for Service in 2009, the 2004 WVAHPERD Health Educator of the Year, and received the Ray O. Duncan Award for outstanding professional service in 2001 from the West Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (WVAHPERD).

As the Ware Distinguished Professor, Dr. Elliott plans to focus her efforts on obesity prevention and service to West Virginia.  She is the co-manager of the Camp NEW You Program, a year long program that helps adolescent children and their families identify and practice lifestyle changes to assist them in reducing unhealthy body weight.  Modeled after a new CDC/USHHS initiative to develop a National Physical Activity Plan, Dr. Elliott hopes to lead the charge for West Virginia in bringing together all sectors of the population to develop “one vision, one voice” in promoting physical activity for all WV citizens.  Her focus on schools will include efforts to educate students through web-based instructional modules, working with physical education teachers to better meet the needs of overweight children, and promoting the development of a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Plan for schools that includes quality physical education, other active time during school such as recess and drop-in physical activity opportunities, after school programs, and active transport to/from school.

Tracy Krause

A 1993 graduate of Washington State University, Tracy teaches health and fitness at Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, WA, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. As part of his program Tracy teaches outdoor recreation including; hiking, biking, rock climbing and fly-fishing. He has coached girls’ golf for seventeen years and also coaches boys’ basketball.

Since 2004, Tracy has been part of a sophomore integrated program, Outdoor Academy, which includes a language arts and science teacher and has an outdoor focus. The program was recognized with an educator award from the National Arbor Day Foundation for their stewardship work and the Washington Fish and Wildlife educator award for their work with natural resources. Tracy believes that physically active students perform better academically. It is reinforced in Tahoma’s Outdoor Academy program, where students have continually scored 15% higher than their classmates on state assessments in reading, writing, and science.

Tracy is involved at the state level with the development and implementation of state assessments in health and fitness. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and the 2008 National Association for Sport and Physical Education, National High School Teacher of the Year.

Dr. J. Allen Queen

Dr. Queen is currently Professor and former Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has been a classroom teacher, principal, college administrator and university professor. He has been a consultant to over 160 schools and districts in 36 states and 3 foreign countries in the areas of classroom discipline, student transitions, block scheduling and time management, and health and wellness. Dr. Queen has written over 24 books and 75 articles including books on karate for children. In addition to books, Allen has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including ABC World News Now. Dr. Queen has done work with teachers and principals on block scheduling, student transitions and time and stress management, and student / teacher health and wellness. Allen has also worked with numerous universities, businesses, and government organizations in time and stress management. Dr. Queen was a major consultant for several years to the Justice Department in Washington as a presenter of the Attorney General’s Selective Seminars. Dr. Queen has written “The Frazzled Teachers Wellness Plan”, “The Frazzled Principal’s Wellness Plan” and co-authored “A School Leaders Guide to Reducing Overweight in Adolescence and Childhood.”

Bob Fitzpatrick

Bob Fitzpatrick has presented over 75 workshops nationally for the Bureau of Education & Research (Bellevue, WA) and his own company, PE Providers (Northborough, MA). He was named a NASPE TOY in 2007 and currently is an adjunct professor for Emporia State University in their graduate HPER Program. Bob taught physical education for the Leicester Public Schools in Leicester, Massachusetts for 34 years, where he also served as department chair for his last 10 years. Bob has recently served as a grant evaluator for Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids..